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Mohammed Assaf

Inspiring singer, Arab Idol winner, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Palestine.

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Mohammed Assaf, a Palestinian-Arab singer and songwriter, rose to fame after winning the 2013 Arab Idol competition. His music, which combines traditional Palestinian music with contemporary Arabic sounds, has been influential in spreading awareness about the Palestinian cause. As a UN Goodwill Ambassador, Assaf has been involved in various philanthropic initiatives, particularly focusing on the plight of those affected by violence in Gaza and supporting refugees in the Middle East.

Brief bio

Born in Libya to Palestinian parents and raised in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza, Assaf began singing at a young age. His victory in Arab Idol made him a symbol of hope and resistance for Palestinians. His music often reflects themes related to the Palestinian struggle, and he is celebrated across the Arab diaspora for his contributions to Palestinian culture and identity.

Major Milestones


  • 2003: Started his singing career at age 10, performing nationalistic songs at local events.

  • 2013: Won the Arab Idol competition, gaining international recognition.

  • 2013: Awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador for peace by UNRWA and named the ambassador of arts and culture by the Palestinian government.

  • 2018: Appointed as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Palestine.

  • 2013-2018: Released several successful albums, including “Ala Babi Waef Amarin” and “Deewan Al-Hawa”.

  • Revitalized traditional Palestinian music, blending it with contemporary Arabic sounds...See More

  • Raised international awareness for Palestinian issues through music and philanthropy...See More

  • Actively involved in charity concerts and initiatives supporting those affected by violence in Gaza...See More

  • Worked closely with various organizations to assist refugees across the Middle East...See More

  • Became a cultural symbol of Palestinian identity and resistance, uniting Palestinians globally.

Date of Last Update: 
December 14, 2023

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