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Daily Israel Report

P.A. Again Encouraging Suicide Bombings

The PA is once again broadcasting anti-Israel incitement, in the form of a music video on television. Itamar Marcus of PMW has the details.
First Publish: 8/13/2003, 7:31 PM

Two days ago - before the twin suicide bombings in Rosh HaAyin and Ariel - Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), informed the public that the PA was once again broadcasting anti-Israel incitement. Specifically, a music video praising suicide terrorism had returned to the air. Speaking on Israel's Channel Ten and on IDF Radio, Marcus warned,
"That this message has returned quickly, after several weeks during which we did not see it, is very serious - as they are showing men once again that it is a good idea to become a shahid (martyred in an act of terrorism)."

The music video, which depicts an Arab martyr joining beautiful maidens in heaven, has been broadcast hundreds of times in the PA over the past three years, reports PMW. "Whereas there is clearly no causal link between the recent broadcast on PA TV and [yesterday's] bombing," the PMW report states, "there may very well be a more important link. The political forces in the PA that control TV and gave the instruction to rebroadcast this music video encouraging martyrdom are quite possibly the same political forces that gave the OK to go ahead with the attacks."

Similarly, PMW reports, PA religious leaders have recently emphasized the heavenly reward for suicide bombings. As broadcast on PA TV on August 17: "When the shahid meets his Maker, all his sins are forgiven from the first gush of blood. He is exempted from the 'torments of the grave' (judgment); he sees his place in paradise, he is shielded from the great shock, and marries 72 dark eyed virgins. He is a heavenly advocate for 70 members of his family, on his head is placed a crown of honor, one stone of which is worth more than all there is in this world."