Bethlehem fetes Palestinian Arab Idol singing hero

Yacoub Shaheen
Tons of of Palestinians celebrated in Bethlehem after a younger singer from the occupied West Financial institution metropolis turned the second Palestinian to win the Arab Idol tv track contest. Yacoub Shaheen, the 23-year-old son of a Syriac Christian carpenter, on Saturday evening gained the pan-Arab singing competitors, defeating a fellow Palestinian and a Yemeni within the finals filmed in Lebanon.

He turned the second Palestinian to win the competition after Mohammed Assaf, who was raised in a refugee camp within the Gaza Strip, gained Arab Idol towards all odds aged 23 in 2013.

Tons of of individuals together with the city mayor gathered in entrance of a giant display screen in Bethlehem’s Manger Sq. to observe Shaheen sing within the last of the favored tv present. Supporters celebrated all evening after Shaheen gained, waving Palestinian flags and logos of the Christian Syriac church.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas this week in Beirut met Shaheen and fellow finalist Amir Dandan, 25, an Arab Israeli descended from the Palestinians who remained on their land when Israel was established in 1948.

Dandan’s supporters additionally feted him in his hometown of Majd al-Krum in northern Israel, gathering in a stadium to assist the singer who has lived in the US for a number of years.

This yr, 4 of the 25 contestants participating in Arab Idol had been Palestinian or Arab Israeli, the best participation for Palestinians in 4 seasons of the present. Assaf turned an emblem of Palestinian resilience when he gained in 2013, inspiring two-time Oscar nominee Hany Abu-Assad to direct a function movie about him.

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