Daily Israel Report

No End In Sight To P.A. Media Incitement

The latest Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin notes that while the PA sends the world "messages of peace" via its English-language spokespersons, it continues to send messages of "Kill and be killed" to its own people. Palestinian Media Watch , a watchdog organization monitoring the official PA media, cites a "new film clip on PA television" featuring a young b
First Publish: 10/4/2002, 4:06 PM

The latest Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin notes that while the PA sends the world "messages of peace" via its English-language spokespersons, it continues to send messages of "Kill and be killed" to its own people. Palestinian Media Watch , a watchdog organization monitoring the official PA media, cites a "new film clip on PA television" featuring a young bereaved mother as the heroine of incitement. PMW Director Itamar Marcus explains:
"In a new film clip on PA TV, five civilian [non-uniformed] gunmen, armed with automatic rifles, go off to fight Israelis. One of the gunmen is seen running towards Israeli fire until he attacks the Israelis with a hand grenade, after which, in slow motion, he is shot and falls dead to the ground. When his body is brought to his mother, she kisses him and raises her hand above her mouth and calls out the traditional Arab call of joy. Afterwards, she stoically hands the rifle to the next in line to continue the killing of Israelis. The PA message to their people of 'Kill and be Killed' has never ceased."

PMW recently cited another clip shown on PA television about a child's farewell letter in which he writes, "Mother, don't cry over me, be joyous over my blood." The two clips complement each other, Marcus explains, as "one is from the child's perspective, expressing the willingness to die, while the other is from the parent's perspective, showing her joy over her child's death as a holy martyr. The two are indicative of the continued glorification of death as 'Shahids' that is inherent to PA social ideology."