PA Live TV Event Glorifies Terror, Murder, Hatred
The Palestinian Authority (PA) continued its promotion of murder and hatred of Israel at a December 9 event, broadcasted live on PA official TV. The event was under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and featured the participation of the PA Minister of Culture Anwar Abu Aisha.
Aisha opened the "5th Festival of the Heritage of the Fathers," heralded in a PA TV ad as being under Abbas's auspices and hosted by Ramallah's Youth Club, by awarding plaques of honor to two recently released terrorists on stage. They were freed in October as a "gesture" for peace talks.
The plaques given to the murderers prominently featured a map of "Palestine," wiping out the existence of Israel.
Each of the terrorists was serving a life sentencing for murdering Israelis. One of them, Asrar Samrin, recently appeared on PA TV, where he said "there is no Palestinian who did something for the homeland and his nation who will regret it. We don't regret what we did and we will not regret what we did."
After the honoring of terrorists, a play was performed by PA youth, segments of which can be seen here accompanied by Palestinian Media Watch's (PMW) translation:
The play portrays divided Hamas and Fatah supporters who eventually unite under the PA flag, mirroring real-life reports of a united government comprised of the two terrorist organizations.
A female actress unites the groups with calls to blot of Israel. She says: "[Fatah and Hamas], unify your ranks. Palestine is calling you. Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is calling you. Haifa, Akko, Yafo, Lod, Tiberias, Ramle and Tzfat (all Israeli cities) all of Palestine is calling you from the river to the deep sea (all of Israel)."
After unifying, the actors shoot and kill all the "Israeli" actors, finding a PA Arab spy among them.
The pleading of the "spy" is ignored, and the group's leader shoots him in the head, saying "he's a traitor, a damn spy. In life, it's either victory or Martyrdom death for Allah."
At the staged execution, the audience erupted in applause.
This is not the first incident of PA cultural propaganda on official TV by any means. A "music video" released in 2011 and re-released earlier this year called Israel the "snake's head" that needs to be crushed by Arab rifles. Even ping pong has been used by the PA to promote "martyrdom."
British MP Gordon Henderson has said "a culture of hate has wormed its way into the very fibre of Palestinian society. ...No peace agreement will be able to guarantee peace...if a generation of Palestinians is growing up indoctrinated to hate Israel, Jews and the West."
Similarly, Norweigan MP Morten Hoglund spoke against the indoctrination, saying "we must use the power we have, and as a major donor to the PA, we must fight fire with fire and say that we will stop the aid unless the PA takes immediate action to stop this type of hate message."