PA hate-video returns on PA TV
"Treacherous" "Oh imperialism"
"Oh snake, you are coiled around the land"
"You have no choice, oh enemy, but to leave my country"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A music video that defines Israel as the "enemy," "treacherous," and a "snake" was broadcast on official Palestinian Authority television twice recently.
The song refers to Israel as an "enemy" six times and compares Israel to a "snake" that is "coiled around the land." It also refers to Israel as a "treaty breaker" and accuses Israel of "imperialism." The last two verses of the song anticipate the day Palestinians will defeat Israel in battle, ending with the line, "You have no choice, oh enemy, but to leave my country."
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Palestinian Media Watch reported on this PA TV hate speech when the song was being broadcast regularly from 2007-2009. After not appearing on PA TV for two years, it is now being rebroadcast.
PMW has documented the ongoing PA policy of demonizing Israel and denying Israel's right to exist. These PA messages are frequently expressed through cultural media like song and dance. Earlier this year, PMW reported on a Palestinian art piece shown on PA TV that depicted Israel as a monster impaling Palestinian babies and eating them.
The following is the transcript of the PA TV music video:
"My enemy, oh my enemy, stop your crimes.
Treaty breaker! Treacherous!
If you pull out my eyes, my heart will see.
If you cut off my hands, my chest is knives and swords.
My enemy, oh imperialism, this homeland is ours.
This land will be tilled only by our hoes.
My enemy, oh my enemy, stop your crimes.
My enemy, oh snake, you are coiled around the land.
We, noble and courageous, on the day of battle shall stand.
You have no choice, oh enemy, but to leave my country."