Beyond Arab Idol: Palestinian Creativity Is Flourishing All Over

Mohammed Assaf showed the world what was already obvious: Palestinians have an identity distinct from living in exile, being refugees and inhabiting the enclaves imposed by Israel since 1948 and the military occupation.

It would appear the big day had already arrived. Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, winner of “Arab Idol,” is expected to make it to the West Bank and give a number of performances.