Daily Israel Report

PA Video Mimics Psalms: 'If I Forget You, Al Quds'

Now, Arabs try to steal the Bible. PA TV has produced a video song with a Muslim version of Psalm 137
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/19/2012, 3:06 PM

Jerusalem's Western Wall, Kotel
Jerusalem's Western Wall, Kotel
Uri Lenz/Flash 90

Official Palestinian Authority (PA) TV has produced and broadcast a music video that attempts to steal Psalm 137 regarding Jerusalem, mimicking the famed words: "If I forget thee, oh Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill, may my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember thee, If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy."

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) monitored, recorded and translated the clip.

The eternal verse from Psalms expresses Jewish longing for Jerusalem after its destruction and the Jewish exile. It is recited at every traditional Jewish wedding and has been quoted and put to music by countless writers, speakers and artists over time.

The song broadcast on PA TV and performed by an Egyptian singer includes scenes from the markets in the old city of Jerusalem, Arab children playing, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, blended with scenes of riots, stone-throwing, and clashes with Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem. PMW notes that no Jewish holy sites or landmarks are shown and the only Israelis seen are soldiers.

The song includes the following lyrics:

"May my right arm forget me, may my left arm forget me.

May the light of my eyes and the openings of songs forget me, if I forget Jerusalem.

(…)

May I wilt, may I wilt and die, if I forget Jerusalem.

May the joy of the day, the shadow of the houses, the sound of strings forget me,

and the laughter of every neighbor, if I forget Jerusalem.

The clip was broadcast on PA TV (Fatah), on Feb. 25 and March 11, 2012.

Denial of the Jewish history and connection to the Land of Israel has been policy since the establishment of the PA.