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PA TV teaches children all Israel is "Palestine"
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Palestinian children sing:
Tiberias, Acre, Haifa, and Jaffa
are in "my country Palestine"
- on PA TV children's program


by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The official Palestinian Authority TV program for children, The Best Home, broadcast the song "Oh flying bird," which misrepresents cities and sites in Israel as "Palestine." The "Band of Palestine" accompanied several children singing the song:

"My country Palestine is beautiful.
Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberias,
and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa.
Don't forget Nazareth - the Arab fortress,
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return.
My country Palestine is beautiful."
 
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This song has been given prominence on official PA TV. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that at least eight different versions of this song have been broadcast, some of them repeatedly, on PA TV.

The different versions of this song misrepresent the following places in Israel as "Palestine": Jaffa, Ramle, Safed, Tiberias, Acre, Haifa, Nazareth, Beit Shean, and Be'er Sheva, and mention the following places in the PA: Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, and Gaza.

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Click to see more examples of the PA and Fatah's policy of teaching its people to deny Israel's existence or present it as Palestine.

The following is a longer excerpt of the broadcast of the song on PA TV:

PA TV host: "Tell me, what do you like to do? What are your hobbies?"
Boy: "Singing is my hobby..."
Host: "Good, so go ahead, sing something for us."
Boy: "I'm singing [a song by Arab Idol winner] Muhammad Assaf"
Host: "You want to sing a Muhammad Assaf song? What will you sing?"
Boy: "Oh, Flying Bird..."
"Oh flying bird, circling around
My eyes protect you and Allah keeps you safe..."
[Band joins in and several children sing]
"Oh flying bird, circling around
My eyes protect you and Allah keeps you safe
By Allah, oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy.
My country Palestine is beautiful.
Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberias,
and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa.
Don't forget Nazareth - the Arab fortress,
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return.
My country Palestine is beautiful. "
[Official PA TV, Dec. 20, 2013]

Note: This song has been broadcast in at least seven other slightly different versions on PA TV. The full lyrics of the different versions of this song misrepresent the following places in Israel as "Palestine": Jaffa, Ramle, Safed, Tiberias, Acre, Haifa, Nazareth, Beit Shean, and Be'er Sheva, and mention the following places in the PA: Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, and Gaza. The different versions of this song have been broadcast, some of them dozens of times, on PA TV and PA TV Live since 2011.


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