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PA to children: Israel's entire coast is really “Palestine,” “under occupation since ‎‎1948”‎

Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus  |

The Palestinian Authority instructs Palestinian children never to acknowledge Israel's ‎right to exist. In a recent TV program, children were taught that Israel's entire coast is ‎part of “Palestine” and its “gateway to the world.” Israeli ports Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, ‎Ashdod, and Ashkelon were listed as part of the “Palestinian coastal plain” that has ‎been “under Israeli occupation since 1948”: ‎

Official PA TV host: “The Palestinian coastal plain (i.e., Israeli coastal plain) is ‎Palestine’s face towards the Mediterranean Sea and the Arab world, and a ‎cultural junction between the East and West. It constitutes Palestine’s gateway ‎to the world. The Palestinian coast stretches from Mount Carmel in the north ‎‎(i.e., in Israel) to Rafah that is on the border with Egypt in the south. It is between ‎the Palestinian mountain ranges in the east and the Mediterranean Sea in the ‎west. There are many ports on it such as the ports of Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, Ashdod, ‎Ashkelon (i.e., all in Israel), and Gaza… Many nations have arrived there ‎throughout the generations out of a desire to exploit its location. The Palestinian ‎coastal plain has been under Israeli occupation since 1948.”‎

[Official PA TV, Farhan and Friends, Jan. 10, 2021]‎

This has always been the PA’s message to its people. Palestinian Media Watch ‎exposed a similar broadcast focusing on Israel's coast, which official PA TV ran ‎numerous times over five years:

Official PA TV narrator: "The West Bank and Gaza have another section in ‎Palestine which is the Palestinian coast that spreads along the [Mediterranean] ‎sea, from ...Ashkelon in the south, until Haifa, in the Carmel Mountains. Haifa is ‎a well-known Palestinian port. [Haifa] enjoyed a high status among Arabs and ‎Palestinians, especially before it fell to the occupation [Israel] in 1948. To its ‎north, we find Acre. East of Acre, we reach a city with history and importance, ‎the city of Tiberias, near a famous lake, the Sea of Galilee. Jaffa, an ancient ‎coastal city, is the bride of the sea, and Palestine's gateway to the world."‎

‎[Official PA TV, numerous times between 2007 - 2012]‎

Another recent children’s broadcast presented the city of Lod in central Israel as ‎occupied “Palestine,” destined to be liberated:  ‎

Official PA TV children’s host Walaa Al-Battat:“Lod (i.e., an Israeli city) is one ‎of Palestine’s ancient cities - 38 km northwest of Jerusalem, 16 km southeast ‎of Jaffa… Abd Al-Rahman Baba is a 12-year-old child from Lod. He is living in ‎the Al-Amari refugee camp temporarily, because he is returning to Lod. Lod is ‎inside him, and his yearning is there.”‎
Abd Al-Rahman Baba: “The Jews stole our land from us, and I have been ‎waiting 12 years already, my father 40 years, and my grandfather has been ‎waiting 70 years… The Jews took our land by force and settled us in the ‎‎[refugee] camps. I hope to return to Lod, my city…”‎
Host: “Do you feel that tomorrow we will return?”‎
Abd Al-Rahman Baba: “Yes. I feel that tomorrow I will return and liberate ‎Palestine… Every day, every minute, and every year I imagine that I’m in Lod... I ‎imagine that I'm playing with my friends, my neighbors, in our backyard. I ‎imagine our home, how it will be... I imagine the Lod Airport that the occupation ‎‎(i.e., Israel) Judaized and called “Ben Gurion” … Of course we will return and ‎live in those houses.”‎
Host: “This is the Palestinian child refugee... There is no replacement for the ‎return. Nothing will make them forget the homeland from which they were ‎expelled.”‎

[Official PA TV, Dec. 3. 2020]‎

Numerous other broadcasts have emphasized – to children as well as adult ‎Palestinians – that all of Israel is “Palestine,” and that it will “return to us.” ‎