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PA values:‎ Purify yourself with your blood, ‎ make sure your bullets hit the target…‎

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

  • ‎“O self-sacrificing fighter, ignite it, ignite it everywhere, make sure ‎the cannon is a fire burning by night”‎

The Palestinian Authority is using its current TV quiz series about ‎Palestinian cultural songs to stress that violence and confrontation remain ‎lofty PA ideals. Palestinian Media Watch has exposed that most of the songs ‎that “fascinate… with values and meanings” chosen by the PA for the quiz ‎until now present PA’s “cultural and… national identity” as being about rifles, ‎violence, ‎murderers, and Martyrdom: ‎

Two recent songs featured in the quiz also focused on this. One song called on Allah ‎and spoke of “ritually purifying” oneself with one’s blood. Whereas a Muslim ‎ritually purifies himself before prayer with water, in the PA song the water has been ‎changed to one’s own blood. In other words - sacrifice yourself and aspire ‎death as a “Martyr” - while attacking Israel with “the bullets of the revolution”:‎

Lyrics:“O the bullets of the revolution, call out! …‎
And to the Seventh Heaven, call out:‎
Allahu Akbar (i.e., “Allah is greatest”), Allahu Akbar
Hurry to the revolution, hurry”‎
… ‎

Official PA TV narrator: “Who is the composer of the song O the ‎bullets of the revolution, call out!‎”‎

Lyrics:“I will ritually purify myself with my blood,‎
and pray on the wooden beam of my rifle…‎
And my beads is the bullets – the bullets are my prayer beads”‎

[Official PA TV, The Tune of the Homeland,  
Jan. 29 (twice), 30, Feb. 1 (twice), 2, 3 (twice), 2021]‎

Another song of “value” presented in the PA TV quiz calls directly to the “self-‎sacrificing fighter” and instructs him to “make sure your bullets hit the target” ‎and that “the [Israelis’] day does not emerge”: ‎

Singer: “O self-sacrificing fighter – make sure your bullets hit the ‎target”‎
Choir: “Hit it, hit it …”‎
Singer: “Your blood is Arab”‎
Choir: “Palestinian…”‎
Singer: “O self-sacrificing fighter – cause the outbreak [of the ‎revolution] like a volcano
O self-sacrificing fighter, ignite it, ignite it everywhere
Make sure the cannon is a fire burning by night
Make sure [the Israelis’] day does not emerge”‎

[Official PA TV, The Tune of the Homeland,  
Jan. 22 (twice), 23 (three times), 24, 26, and 27, 2021]‎

PMW has documented that the rifle is a central theme in Palestinian culture, ‎be it in art on posters, in songs, or in speeches. The rifle has also been ‎prominent in several songs in the Tune of the Homeland quiz.‎

The Tune of the Homeland is a quiz program on official PA TV ‎playing highly violent pro-terror songs, which is often broadcast during the ‎‎4:00-5:00 p.m. time slot for children's programming on official PA TV. The ‎broadcast of songs promoting hate and violence immediately after animated ‎children's shows should not be seen as a coincidence, but rather as part of ‎the PA's indoctrination of children.

The following is the standard introduction to the quiz series about ‎Palestinian national songs:‎

Official PA TV narrator: “Because songs are a basic part of our ‎culture and they express our national identity… and because these ‎songs are present in our consciousness and still fascinate us with ‎values and meanings… It’s here: ‘The Tune of the Homeland.’”‎