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PA award to writer of poem that includes words "Zion is Satan"

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
PA award to Egyptian writer of poem
that includes words
"our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinian Media Watch has reported that on three different occasions, Palestinian Authority TV has broadcast children reciting a poem that
El-Gakh receiving the plaque of honor,
published by Palestinian news service Ma'an,
Oct. 1, 2013
includes the words "my enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail."

Last week during a performance given in the PA, the Egyptian writer of the poem, Hesham El-Gakh, recited this and other poems, after which the PA Minister of Culture Anwar Abu Eisheh and PA District Governor of Ramallah Laila Ghannam venerated him with a plaque of honor. The event was broadcast on official Palestinian Authority TV Live.

To warm up the audience, a young girl recited a small part of the same poem, the stanza including the words "my enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail":

"When I was young, I was taught that Arabness is my honor...
and that our lands extend from one end to the other,
and that our wars were for the Al-Aqsa Mosque,
and that our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail
and that our nation's armies are outstanding."
[Official PA TV Live, Sept. 30, 2013]

The poem describes what children have been taught by Arab leaders, opening with "When I was young I was taught...", but criticizes these leaders for not acting according to their own teachings. "My enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail" was one such teaching, the poem states. The poem criticizes the Arab world for its lack of unity, which prevents it from fulfilling the goals it has set.

Click to view the poem recitals by the young girl and the writer El-Gakh.

During his visit to the PA, the Egyptian poet was also introduced to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
"Yesterday (Monday) [Sept. 29, 2013] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas received Egyptian poet Hesham El-Gakh in the presidential residence in the city of Ramallah."
[WAFA (the official PA news agency), Sept.30, 2013]

The official PA news agency WAFA reported on El-Gakh's performance and the honor he received from the PA:
"Egyptian poet Hesham El-Gakh held an evening of poetry in the Ramallah Cultural Palace yesterday... During his [poetry] evening, the poet recited many of his famous poems, among them The Visa, and the poem The Last Thing Distorted in the Torah, and several of his other poems, which pleased the audience...
At the evening's conclusion [PA] Minister of Culture and District Governor of Ramallah honored El-Gakh."
[WAFA (the official PA news agency), Sept. 30, 2013]

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