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Girl on PA TV: "By the blood of the youth, Jerusalem will come back to us"
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Girl on PA TV:
"By the blood of the youth,
Jerusalem will come back to us...
We'll free every inch
from the foreigner's clutch"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

On a children's program, Palestinian Authority TV broadcast a girl singing a song anticipating the defeat of Israel in battle. The opening of the song demonizes Israel as an oppressor that took the young girl prisoner, thereby preventing her from attending "school" and playing "games": Israel "took my book away... tied me up, blindfolded me and threw me in a tank."

The end of the song encourages youth to take part in "free[ing] every inch from the foreigner's clutch," and promotes sacrificing themselves "by the blood of the youth," so that "Jerusalem will return to us."
[PA TV (Fatah, Sept. 8, 2012]
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The aspiration to die for "Palestine" was also presented as a goal for children in another song, performed by young children and youth in front of senior PA leaders, including Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, at a PA-Fatah celebration in January this year:
"How beautiful you are, my country...
You waited patiently and discovered your heroic children
Oh, my pure land, I shall saturate you with my blood
I shall live and die upon your green ground...
I shall redeem you with my life, oh my land" 
[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 5, 2012] 
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In a song with a similar message, PA TV told children:
"Oh children of the stones,
teach the sinners [Israel] that shooting doesn't scare you,
that your dignity is preserved,
and that death for the sake of the country is not terror."
[PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 24, 2012]
 
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PMW has documented how PA TV broadcast children singing about violence and the destruction of Israel. Two young girls dedicated a song to their aunt imprisoned for aiding a suicide terrorist, which included the words "I want to carry a machine gun and a rifle" and "we shall strike Israel."
[PA TV (Fatah), May 28, 2010]

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During the PA terror campaign (the Intifada, 2000-2005), the PA actively
encouraged children to seek Martyrdom-death - Shahada - and to sacrifice themselves to "liberate Palestine." Although less frequent, the PA still presents Martyrdom-death as an honorable goal for children today.

The following are the longer transcripts of the songs mentioned above:

Girl's song about "blood of youth" liberating Jerusalem on PA TV:
Girl: "They say I'm a terrorist, but I'm no terrorist
What can I do, Mother, they took my book away
They tied me up, blindfolded me and threw me in a tank
They threw me into a dark room under watch
They wouldn't let me see you, Mother, and wouldn't let me see my friends
I longed to go to school and I longed to have my games...
I swear by a child's tears...
By the blood of the youth
Jerusalem will return to us...
We'll free every inch from the foreigner's clutch."
PA TV host: "Bravo, bravo, applause."
[PA TV (Fatah), Sept. 8, 2012]

Children singing song at PA-Fatah celebration about "saturating the land with blood":
"How beautiful you are, my country
The love in my heart for you is great
You have brought up and educated
generation after generation,
You waited patiently and discovered your heroic children
Oh, my pure land, I shall saturate you with my blood
I shall live and die upon your green ground
Your ground satiates us, your goodness satisfies us
I shall redeem you with my life, oh my land
Your embrace warms us
Your ground satiates us, your goodness satisfies us
I shall redeem you with my life, oh my land
Your embrace warms us"
(emphasis added)

Applause by PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Secretary General of the President's office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim and PLO Secretary General Yasser Abd Rabbo.
[Live PBC broadcast from Ramallah, PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 5, 2012]

Song broadcast on PA TV presenting "death for the sake of the country" as honorable for children:
"Teach the sinners [Israel]... that death for the sake of the country is not terror
Don't cry Palestine -- stand tall for your heroes.
Let the cowards [Israel] see that your kids didn't surrender to fear in the midst of horror.
Oh children of the stones, teach the sinners [Israel] that shooting doesn't scare you,
that your dignity is preserved, and that death for the sake of the country is not terror.
Terror is the occupier and his helpers,
not those who saw and tasted death but were not humiliated,
and not the child who nurses fear and expulsion, yet surrenders not.
He vows that when he grows up, he will follow the same path.
Don't be sad, oh great nation, Allah is with you.
Don't be sad with Allah's help."
[PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 24, 2012]
 


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