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PA TV Brings Back Program Showcasing Martyrs' "70 Virgins"

A media 'fave' on Palestinian Authority TV is back, as "Virgins in Paradise" returns to the Arab tube.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 12/21/2007, 9:24 AM

A Palestinian Authority TV mainstay is back on the screen, with the Virgins of Paradise reminding would-be suicide bomber terrorist shahids (martyrs) of the reward that awaits them when they die fighting the Jews.

Palestinian Media Watch alerted the public this week to the return of the program, which has been broadcast regularly over the past month after a hiatus of more than a year. The constant reruns may signal the need to increase motivation among PA Arab men to join the terrorist ranks and donate their lives to fighting Israelis.

The music video depicts a lovely Arab woman being shot in the chest, as she runs forward to greet a PA terrorist being released by IDF soldiers on the other side of a barbed wire fence.

The young woman is next seen dressed in a white robe dancing with other similar maidens in a shining pool of water, while her grief-stricken lover hunches over her tomb in the night, grim determination in his eyes.

The terrorist is then seen getting up and being shot in the back by Israeli soldiers as he is running from the gravesite. The scene flashes to the dancing maidens, including his love welcoming him, presumably to Paradise in reward for his Shahada (Death for Allah).

This scenario is based on Islamic traditions described in the Muslim holy book, the Koran (Suras 42, 44, 52, 56 and others) which states that a man who dies as a martyr is rewarded with eternal Paradise and 70 virgins upon his arrival.

To view the video, click here.

PMW Impact Growing, PA Officials Watching Closely

Palestinian Authority officials and other Arab leaders are beginning to exhibit concern about the regular bulletins from the PMW that expose the reality of PA messages to the Arab world.

According to the organization, PA TV and Arab internet news agencies are starting to respond quickly to PMW bulletins, including Fatah TV, Hamas TV and an Arabic-language internet site in London.

PMW expressed satisfaction that the monitored are now feeling the need to monitor.