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Mohammed Assaf granted permission to move to the West Bank

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Aug 07, 2013 | 4:42pm EDT

Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf has been granted permission to move from the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza to the West Bank in Israel. The 23 year old, who won the TV talent show in June (13), has lived in the facility since he was four, but now, thanks partly to his success on the programme, he, his sister, brother-in-law and the couple's three children have been given approval to relocate after a request was made by the Palestinian Authority. Assaf was the first Palestinian to win the competition, making him a national hero and earning him the title of honorary ambassador from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas In June (13). United Nations officials also made Assaf a youth ambassador. With the relocation, Assaf will now be able to travel freely.

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