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PA TV’s love song to the rifle - “My beloved”

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

As a cultural feature, official PA TV broadcast a love song to the rifle. Men and women perform a dance to a song that lauds the rifle as “my beloved”:

Lyrics: “My rifle, my beloved
I like to disassemble its trigger
It is confident when I carry it…
My rifle is my right arm
I like to disassemble its trigger”

[Official PA TV, Artistic Stories, Nov. 1, 2021]

While romanticizing and lauding weapons may seem inappropriate, in the PA it has been the norm for years because it is a key element in the terror-accepting culture the PA has created. Palestinian Media Watch has exposed numerous statements by Palestinians expressing love for the rifle, as well as songs and performances praising it. For example:

“We treat the rifle as a brother

“My machine gun and my bullets are the path to salvation

“I have no ‎love other than the love of the rifle”‎

“On the rifle butt, we have engraved [Fatah's] symbol, On the grip, we have engraved ‘Arafat’”