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“Strike Tel Aviv... terrify the Zionist” is actor's ringtone in PA TV comedy

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

  • Song was part of Hamas propaganda during 2014 Gaza War 
  • Song was played at PA rally in 2013

During Islam's current month of Ramadan, official PA TV is treating Palestinians to a variety of drama series. One of them, The Damascus Gate, included a scene in which the main character’s phone rings while he is sleeping and as he gropes for the phone, the song Strike Tel Aviv plays as its ringtone. The song urges Palestinians to carry out terror and “terrify the Zionist!”: 

Song on ringtone: 

Strike Tel Aviv, strike it,
and terrify the Zionist!
Either it will work out
or we will destroy it
Strike, strike Tel Aviv
Strike, strike Tel Aviv
O occupier, you must know
The Palestinian will never be humiliated
We want to strike Tel Aviv.
Israel’s oppressing army,
[Do] anything, all the way to Gaza!
Here, the definitive response has reached you. 
Strike, strike...
Man picks up the phone: “Hello”

[Official PA TV, The Damascus Gate, April 26, 2020]

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that this song was played at a rally in the town of Azzoun in the West Bank in 2013, celebrating Palestinian Prisoner’s Day and commemorating the death “as a Martyr” of arch-terrorist Abu Jihad who orchestrated attacks in which 125 were murdered: 

Unidentified speaker: “Mothers, sisters, and wives of prisoners, welcome to Azzoun. Sisters of Wafa Idris, Andalib, and Dalal (i.e., female terrorist murderers of dozens of Israelis), welcome, you are the honored ones and the fighters...”

Mayor of Azzoun: “The revolution continues in all its forms, because this is a revolution until victory, until victory.”

Song: “Strike, strike Tel Aviv!
Strike, strike Tel Aviv!
Strike Tel Aviv, strike it,
and terrify the Zionist!
Either it will work out
or we will destroy it
Strike, strike Tel Aviv!”

[Official PA TV, April 30, 2013]

During the Gaza War 2014 (Israel's Operation Protective Edge which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and its ability to launch rockets) PMW documented that Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV broadcast a propaganda video glorifying the killing of Israelis, calling on the "beloved Qassam fighter" to bomb Tel Aviv. The video also included footage of school girls chanting the chorus of the song: "O beloved Qassam fighter, strike, strike Tel Aviv," while cheering on Hamas fighters: 

Narrator: "The sirens herald death 
[Hamas'] Al-Qassam [Brigades] answer by striking Sderot, Eshkol and Ashdod (i.e., towns and areas in Israeli) 
Avenging the Martyrs' blood. There's no louder sound... 
O beloved Al-Qassam fighter, strike, destroy Tel Aviv!" 
School girls: "O beloved Qassam fighter, strike, strike Tel Aviv."

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 11, 2014]
 

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