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PA crossword puzzle: Israeli city Haifa is “port in occupied Palestine”

Itamar Marcus  |


PA crossword puzzle:
 Israeli city Haifa is 
“port in occupied Palestine”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2016]
Itamar Marcus
A crossword puzzle clue in yesterday’s official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reiterated the Palestinian Authority ideology that teaches Palestinians to see all of Israel as “occupied territory.”
Clue (9 down): “A port in occupied Palestine”
Solution: “Haifa,” (i.e., Israeli port city in Northern Israel). 
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2016]
The PA avoids expressing legitimacy for Israel in any borders by using euphemisms to replace “Israel.” The official PA daily regularly presents all of Israel as “occupied Palestine,” “occupied Palestinian Interior” or “1948 territories,” and defines Israeli cities as “occupied” cities.



Recently, the official PA daily reported on an invention by Israeli Arabs who were studying in a university in Haifa. The PA daily defined the Arabs of Israel as “Palestinian students from the Interior that was occupied in 1948.” Haifa, where they were studying, was defined as “the occupied city of Haifa”:



"Three Palestinian students from the Interior that was occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel), who are studying software engineering at the College of Applied Sciences at Technion University in the occupied city of Haifa, have succeeded in inventing a small device that reveals the quality of the watermelon before the purchase."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 28, 2016]



An additional example of the use of a euphemism instead of the name “Israel”:



“Thousands of citizens from occupied Jerusalem and within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), and about 200 adults from the Gaza Strip, held Friday prayers yesterday at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza.”
[Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 28, 2016]


The following are two among many pictures posted by the PA Security Forces defining places in Israel as “occupied Palestine”:

PA Security Forces picture of Israeli city defining it as “occupied Acre”





Text on photo: "Good evening occupied Acre"
[Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces, Jan. 14, 2016]
PA Security Forces picture of Israeli city defining it as “occupied Caesarea”

Text on photo: “Good morning, Occupied Caesarea
[Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces, Jan. 4, 2016]
Children are likewise taught to see all of Israel as “occupied.” The following is the cover of a PA funded youth magazine with a picture of what it teaches the children is “occupied Haifa.” 

A picture of Haifa on which is written “occupied Haifa" (bottom left corner, in black).


[Zayzafuna magazine, Feb. 1, 2016]


Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children which receives funding from the PA.


Recently, a PA TV children’s program taught Palestinian children to see Israel’s coast, referred to as “the [Mediterranean] Sea” as the Palestinian coast that the “occupation,” i.e. Israel, “took:”


Puppet Raed: “[We wear] sunglasses on the beach. La la la.”
PA TV host: “Stop, why are you making me sad, reminding me that we have no sea?”
Puppet Raed: “We do have a sea (i.e., Mediterranean Sea)!”
PA TV host: “We have a sea, but the occupation (i.e., Israel) took it. We can't get there.”
Puppet Raed: “We need to go there! ... ”
PA TV host: “Even though we can't go to the sea without an entry permit, and there are many obstacles to receiving an entry permit to go to the sea we will continue to defy [Israel] and be strong and hope that the sea and the [Jordan] River will return to us, and that all of Palestine will return to us.”
[Official PA TV, The Best Home, July 15, 2016]
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The expression "all of Palestine will return to us" is a PA euphemism for the end of Israel.

Last week, Palestinian Media Watch reported on a PA TV song that presented Arabs from Israeli cities Haifa, Jaffa and more as “a bone in the throat of the Zionists":

Click to view more examples of the PA use of these euphemisms to show its rejection of Israel and its right to exist.

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