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Group that sings about destruction of Israel named national band by Abbas

     "The Palestinian Alashekeen band discovered yesterday that President Mahmoud Abbas recently published a presidential decision to turn the band, established in 1978 in Damascus, into a [Palestinian] national institution. Director of the Alashekeen band, Maisa Harb, said that the President had approved the decision as part of the presidential directives which he had announced during a banquet which he held in honor of the members of the band...
The director of the band introduced her speech with gratitude to President Mahmoud Abbas for his interest in and admiration for the band."

Note: Among the performances that have been broadcast by the Alashekeen band on PA TV was a dance and song about conquering Israel through war. Palestinian Media Watch reported when this song was first broadcast on PA TV on Sept. 12, 2010.
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