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Israel Allows ‘Arab Idol’ Champion From Gaza to Live in West Bank

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Mohammed Assaf, from Gaza's Khan Yunis, on Arab Idol. Photo: Screenshot

Times of Israel – Fame has opened a door for a former Gaza wedding singer that remains closed for others in the blockaded territory: Mohammed Assaf, winner of the popular TV talent contest Arab Idol, gets to move to the West Bank.

The West Bank and Gaza lie on either side of Israel. Citing security reasons, Israel has severely restricted movement between the two territories for more than a decade.

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