Daily Israel Report

PA TV Songs: Israel is Really Arab Palestine

The Palestinian Authority is working hard to ensure its children believe Israel is really Arab Palestine, an independent, different country.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 7/11/2011, 11:09 PM / Last Update: 7/12/2011, 8:35 AM

PMW screenshot and Israel

The Palestinian Authority is working hard to ensure that the next generation grows up to believe that the State of Israel is really Arab Palestine, an independent, different country entirely.

PA government-linked PA TV recently ran two programs – picked up and translated by the media watchdog organization Palestinian Media Watch -- which underscored this point

The first is the PA TV children's program, The Best Home, broadcast June 24 on the Fatah-linked network. The scene translated by PMW involved Arab boys in costume dancing a debka to a song, “My Country Palestine.”

Sung to a little bird flying over the cities, the lyrics are:

[Oh bird] turn to Tzfat and then to Tiberias
and send regards to the sea of Akko and Haifa
Don't forget Nazareth – the Arab fortress
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return.
Oh flying bird, circling around, by Allah
oh traveling [bird] I burn with envy
My country Palestine is beautiful.

Go to Jenin and bring me [grain] from its valley
Greetings to Nablus, Tulkarem and their soil
Drink the water of Jaffa's port
Don't forget Ramle and Ramallah.
Oh flying bird, circling around, by Allah
Oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy
My country Palestine is beautiful.

A second song, a music video featuring a male vocalist originally broadcast on the Fatah-backed PA TV program on May 13, was rebroadcast on June 24.

The lyrics to this song claim the Israeli cities of Ashkelon, Akko, Haifa, Jaffa (Yafo), Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Tiberias all are part of the Palestinian Authority, as follows:

Jaffa, Akko, Haifa and Nazareth are ours.
[I], Muhammad, sing about the Galilee and the Golan (Heights)
Jaffa, Akko, Haifa and Nazareth are ours.
[I], Kabha, sing about the Galilee and the Golan (Heights)
From Bethlehem to Jenin is Palestinian
Ramle, Lod and Sakhnin are Palestinian
Nowhere is more beautiful than Jerusalem
no matter how much we travel
From Tzfat to Al-Badhan (near Nablus) is Palestinian
Tiberias and Ashkelon are Palestinian.

In essence, the Ramallah-based PA government led by Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, seen as a moderate throughout the world, is working to educate its children, while reinforcing to the adults, that Israel simply does not exist. It accomplishes this task through a variety of methods, including constant conditioning through cultural media such as music, song and dance which are then broadcast to hundreds of thousands throughout the PA.