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In photos: Assaf performs in Bethlehem for Yarmouk benefit

Feb. 18, 2014 4:57 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 20, 2014 9:45 A.M.)

Arab Idol winner Mohammad Assaf performed in Bethlehem on Monday, drawing a crowd of hundreds to a conference hall near Dheisheh refugee camp.

The concert was held as a benefit for Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, and a portion of ticket sales were set aside for humanitarian aid to the camp.

Filling the auditorium to the brim, the audience cheered as Assaf took the stage to sing.

When he performed his signature Palestinian anthem Ali al-Kuffiyeh, members of the crowd danced and clapped, swinging checkered kuffiyehs in the air above their heads.

Assaf himself donned a kuffiyeh during his 20-minute rendition of the song.

Abdullah al-Zaghari, the coordinator of the fundraising campaign that organized the concert, said that the event raised 60,000 shekels ($17,000) for Yarmouk camp.

The money will be delivered to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who will see the funds distributed in aid to the besieged Damascus camp, al-Zaghari said.

Assaf, the first Palestinian to win the popular Arab Idol TV singing contest, became the UN's first Palestinian goodwill ambassador in June 2013 following his victory.

He was raised in Gaza's Khan Younis refugee camp.
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