Mohammad Assaf's fiance, Al Falastiniah TV presenter, Lina Qishawi, finally spoke about her engagement to the Arab Idol star.
Lina Qishawi was recently interviewed by The National, and she expressed she is very happy to be engaged to the Arab Idol Mohammad Assaf.
Lina Qishawi and Mohammad Assaf were lately spotted at the premier of his movie in London.
"I was born in my mother’s home country of Kazakhstan and then we moved to the Occupied Palestinian Territories – where my father comes from – when I was 4 years old," she says.
She grew up in Ramallah with her parents and two siblings, an older sister called Kristina, and Khaleel, her younger brother. Qishawi’s father, an IT engineer, had decided early on that he wanted his children to be raised in his homeland, where they can speak Arabic.
Her mother, who runs a beauty salon, speaks the language with a Russian accent, something which Qishawi has always found “very amusing”.
Like Assaf, she carried on her education after high school, attending Palestine’s oldest university, Birzeit, near Ramallah, to study diet and nutrition. She then moved into television, specialising mainly in interviews with academics and health-care specialists. Three months into her job, she landed that fateful interview with Assaf. It was on August 20 and, the very same day, Lina Qishawi signed up to Twitter and announced her impressive coup. She claims it was “just a way of announcing what was on the programme”. However, to many it sounded like a formal declaration that she had a new boyfriend.
"Actually, I first met Assaf six months before we got engaged in September, and not just before the August interview," she states.
They got together in Ramallah, and "we texted each other constantly and spoke on the phone as much as possible".
During one of their early meetings, Lina Qishawi told Assaf: "My family and I voted for you when you were on Arab Idol," but added immediately: "This doesn’t mean I’m a fan of yours."
"Our engagement party took place in my parents’ house in Beit El, near Ramallah," she says, referring to the town that has been the flashpoint of some appalling violence during the current disturbances linked to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Lina Qishawi is now concerned that it may be difficult to get her family from the West Bank for a Gaza wedding, such are the restrictions imposed by the occupying Israelis.
"Accompanying Assaf on the red carpet was a pleasure, but a little stressful because of all the media attention," she says. However, the couple’s England experience was not just attending ritzy events. They managed some window shopping on Oxford Street. Although Qishawi has one tiny grumble: "He hasn’t bought me my engagement ring," she says. "He still has plenty of time."
Source: Al Bawaba