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Is PA TV using former Palestinian UN Youth Ambassador to glorify murderers?

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

  • Music video on PA TV Live includes photos of terrorists, among them Dalal Mughrabi who led murder of 37 Israelis, among them 12 children

Since Muhammad Assaf won the song contest Arab Idol in 2013, he has become a Palestinian and Arab pop star celebrity, especially for youth. So much so, that the UN appointed him UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador from 2013 - 2017.

In 2016, Muhammad Assaf produced a music video of the song “My Blood is Palestinian,” which blends footage of him performing it live with footage of Palestinian cultural activities such as dancing, along with scenes of riots and rock throwing.

Now PA TV Live has broadcast the same music video, but with additional images blended in that include terrorists like Dalal Mughrabi, who together with others murdered 37 Israeli civilians, among them 12 children, in a bus hijacking; Salah Khalaf, head of the terror organization Black September, who planned the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics; and the organization’s commander of operations Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar:

“I’ve remained as I was.
I’ve remained loyal to my religion.
On my land you will find me.
I will sacrifice myself for my family.
My blood is Palestinian, Palestinian.

[I’m] a Palestinian and the son of free people.
My head is in the heavens and proud.
In my oath of loyalty to the home,
My head has never bowed.”

[Official PA TV Live, June 1, 6, 9 (twice), 2020]

Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the former UNRWA Youth Ambassador has performed a number of anti-Israel songs, including one that denies Israel's legitimacy and presents all of Israel as “Palestine.”

This current video joins the stream of violence and terror promoting videos that the PA is broadcasting these days as a means to heat up the atmosphere in the Palestinian street. See PMW’s latest reports:

In this song, the PA TV LIVE video blends in pictures of former and current PA Chairmen Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, and two Fatah officials together with the three Palestinian terrorists:

Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar - was Arafat's deputy and among the founders of Fatah. He was the Commander of Al-Asifa, Fatah's military unit, and member of Fatah's Central Committee and PLO's Executive Committee. He also was the Commander of Operations of the terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah, and involved in the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972). He was killed by Israel in 1973.

Majed Abu Sharar - senior Fatah and PLO leader from the 1970s.

Dalal Mughrabi – female Palestinian terrorist who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat’s deputy, one of the founders of Fatah, and head of the terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.

Abu Al-Hol (Hayel Abd Al-Hamid) – One of the founders of Fatah.