PA and Fatah: “Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, and Nazareth are ours”
Israeli cities "Haifa, Jaffa, Acre
and Nazareth are Palestinian,
despite the Americans and the Israelis"
PA TV song broadcast dozens of times:
"Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, and Nazareth are ours"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah continue to deny Israel's right to exist and present Israeli cities as "Palestinian." Recently, Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi emphasized on Lebanese TV that "Haifa, Jaffa, Acre and Nazareth are Palestinian," and this "despite" the opinions of "the Americans and the Israelis":
Fatah Central Committee member, Tawfiq Tirawi: "Don't you dare think there is even a single Palestinian, whether he supports the two-state solution or another path, who would agree to these settlements being part of Israel, and that Haifa, Jaffa and Acre are not Palestinian. No. Haifa, Jaffa, Acre and Nazareth are Palestinian, despite the Americans and the Israelis."
[Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Dec. 14, 2014;
posted on Tirawi's Facebook page]
Earlier this year, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Tirawi on his Facebook page called for "driving out the occupier from the entire pure land, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea."
Tirawi's latest statement is almost identical to the message of a song frequently broadcast by official PA TV and PA TV Live, which presents as "Palestinian" and "ours" the Israeli cities, towns and places Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, Nazareth, the Galilee, the Golan Heights, Lod, Ramle, Jerusalem, Safed, Tiberias and Ashkelon:
"Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, and Nazareth are ours.
[I] Muhammad sing about the Galilee and the Golan (Heights).
Jaffa, Acre, Haifa and Nazareth are ours.
[I] Kabha sing about the Galilee and the Golan (Heights).
From Bethlehem to Jenin is Palestinian,
Ramle, Lod and Sakhnin are Palestinian.
Nowhere is more beautiful than Jerusalem;
no matter how much we travel
From Safed to Al-Badhan (near Nablus) is Palestinian;
Tiberias and Ashkelon are Palestinian."
[Official PA TV, Dec. 20, 2014]
Official PA TV originally aired this song on May 13, 2011 as documented by Palestinian Media Watch and it has since been rebroadcast dozens of times on both PA TV and PA TV Live, most recently two days ago on Dec. 20, 2014.
See other statements by Tawfiq Tirawi illustrating Fatah's denial of Israel's right to exist in any borders.