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PA daily: Songs encouraging violence against Israel gaining in popularity

Headline: "The national songs - the roaring at the heart of the Palestinian street"

"In periods of relative quiet in the Palestinian territories, the national songs are less common, but during insurgencies and intifadas, which come one after the other, they stand out quickly from the first moments.

Songs to the Martyrs (Shahids), the injured, the prisoners, and the exiled, songs to the flag and the stones of the destroyed home, songs for cities we long for, songs for villages whose residents were forced to abandon them and the beach, songs for the seasons, the granary, the places of exile, songs to the pine and oak trees, and songs to the anemone and the sage.

In a stall behind the Arab bank in Ramallah, two young women turn over discs of national songs, talk with the stall owner about the new songs, and [ask] if there are songs about Jerusalem and Gaza. At the same time, a young man is going around the Al-Manara Square in his car, playing Qassem Al-Najjar's song 'Do you know what intifada is?'

(PMW editorial note: This is a very militant song. The video shows footage of Palestinians rioting and during clashes with Israeli soldiers, Palestinians throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, burning tires. Also footage of dead "Martyrs" wrapped in the Palestinian flag. The video is full of Fatah symbols. The song, which is more like a speech, encourage Palestinians to engage in intifada and in confrontations and to cancel security cooperation with "the Sons of Zion," to "crush traitors and informers," boycott Israel etc. During part of the speech, the statement "Allahu Akbar - Allah is greater" is heard as well. The last words are "We will die, and Palestine will live.")

20 meters away, from a store on Al-Irsal Street, comes the voice of Abu Arab: 'O bird, take me to the homeland, color my eyes with the soil of Palestine, send my regards to Acre and the Upper Galilee, to Bir Zeit, Haifa, Tira, and Ayn Ghazal.'

(PMW has reported on this song, which misrepresents several cities and towns in Israel as were they in the Palestinian "homeland." It has been broadcast numerous times on official PA TV and PA TV Live since 2012, most recently on Nov. 3, 2015)

Muhammad Al-Ghouj, a young man from Jericho, said that he bought two discs of national songs - the first including 15 national songs, old and new, and the second of the Alashekeen band.

(PMW editorial note: PMW has reported on songs performed by the Alashekeen band, one of which promotes violence and the destruction of Israel: "Pull the trigger. We shall redeem Jerusalem, Nablus and the country." In 2010, PA Chairman Abbas declared the band a "national institution.")

He noted that the last insurgency affected the minds of 80% of Palestine's young people, and therefore they switched to national songs rather than entertaining songs.
Alaa Al-Din Nawfal from Ramallah said: 'I keep some national songs on my cell phone and listen to them non-stop. A few days ago, I received a disc of songs from the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993)... having looked for it for a long time...

Hamza Safi from the Al-Amari refugee camp, owner of the stall selling discs on Al-Irsal Street, said that the discs of national songs make up 90% of his sales at the moment because the prevailing national sentiment causes people to buy them... From another stall near the El-Bireh cultural center the song 'I come out to you, my enemy, from every home, neighborhood and street' is heard."

(PMW has reported that Abbas' Fatah movement posted this song on its Facebook page, it includes the words: "I'm coming towards you, my enemy/ We're going down from every house with cleavers and knives/ With grenades we announced a popular war/I swear, you won't escape, my enemy...")
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