PA TV Continues To Promote Israel’s Destruction While PA’s Abbas Claims In English To Accept Israel
November 2, 2007

New York — While the Palestinian Authority announces in English its demand for a two-state solution, to its own people in Arabic it continues to define all of Israel as “Palestine,” and to promise Israel’s destruction. A new video clip, broadcast numerous times daily since it first appeared on Fatah-controlled TV last week, passionately promises “Mother” that every Israeli city will be “liberated” because its “identity is Arab” and “Palestinian”: “We will liberate the Land… [which] is Arab in history and identity, Palestine is Arab in history and identity.” The lyrics of the song — “From Jerusalem and Acre and from Haifa and Jericho and Gaza and Ramallah From Bethlehem and Jaffa and Be’er Sheva and Ramle And from Nablus to the Galilee, and from Tiberias to Hebron” — make it clear that all of present-day Israel, not merely the territories conquered in 1967, are within the scope of Palestinian ambitions. This is significant not only because it was broadcast on Fatah TV, but because the constant repetition of this clip promising Israel’s destruction comes at the very time that the world is preparing for a peace conference (Palestinian Media Watch report , October 29, 2007).

The text of the song, as broadcast on Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah controlled PA TV on October 23, is as follows:

The following is from the text of the song:

“Oh mother, they destroyed our house
The house of my brother and my neighbor [2X]
Do not be angry, oh mother, we got more stones [2X]
We are Palestinians, we are not terrorists [2X]

We have the right, oh mother, we want to bring our home back
Hand in hand, and arm in arm, we will protect your land, Palestine
We will pray in Al-Aqsa and the [Church] of the Nativity, Islam and Christians
We will liberate [Palestine] the Land of Religions.
And we will build Jerusalem of the homelands.
We are the sons of glory, oh mother …

We are Palestinians we are not terrorists
We are the students of freedom we are not terrorists

Oh Arab, oh noble son, your blood is in my blood and your business is my business
Peace will be achieved through unity, oh my brother and cousin
The land is Arab in history and identity
Palestine is Arab in history and identity
We will live in peace, oh mother, and our lives will not be wasted

Oh mother, they destroyed our house
The house of my brother and my neighbor [2X]
Do not be angry, oh mother, our rocks increased [in number]

From Jerusalem and Acre, from Haifa and Jericho and Gaza and Ramallah [2X]
From Bethlehem and Jaffa, from Be’er Sheva and Ramla, [2X]
from Nablus to the Galilee, from Tiberias to Hebron [2x]

In addition to the Fatah-controlled PA promoting anti-Jewish hatred and extremism, the Fatah Constitution to this day calls for the “demolition” of Israel (Article 12); the use of terrorism as an indispensable part in the strategy to obtain that goal (Article 19); condemns Zionism as racist (Article 7); calls on countries to prevent Jews from moving to Israel (Article 25); and opposes any political solution whatsoever (Article 22). Since September 2000, Fatah has been responsible for as many murders of Israelis as Hamas: the terror groups having murdered nearly 500 Israelis each since that date in scores of suicide bombings, hundreds of roadside bombs, and thousands of shootings.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “Only days after it was revealed that Mahmoud Abbas Fatah-controlled PA TV was broadcasting maps of the region with Israel replaced by ‘Palestine’ here we have yet another example of the eliminationist hatred and incitement which are standard fare in Abbas’ PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps. Like previous cases of erasing Jewish national, political and religious history from PA publications, they underscore the sad fact that no change for the better has taken place in Palestinian education over the past few years. Palestinians have not reviewed their attitudes and decided to embark on the road to a genuine peace and reconciliation with Israel — something that ought to have led the Bush Administration and the Olmert government to postpone any current plans to reward the PA with concessions in the upcoming Annapolis Conference.”

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