January 24, 2008

Video: Palestinian Peace Song

Via Palestinian Media Watch, by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook:

"My enemy, oh snake! Around the land, you are coiled. You have no choice, oh enemy, but to leave my country." -- [Palestinian TV, January 2008, broadcast daily] A hate video broadcast continuously on official (Fatah-controlled) Palestinian TV over the past several months calls Israel "my enemy" and spews out messages of hate and loathing. The song's refrain, My enemy, oh enemy," is repeated over and over throughout the song. Israel is not even given the courtesy of a name, but is tagged with such labels as "treacherous," "imperialism" and a "coiled snake."

The Palestinian is portrayed as a heroic victim who courageously confronts the evil "enemy" Israel:

"If you pull out my eyes, my heart will see.

If you cut off my hands, my chest is knives and swords."
The enemy, Israel, is denied the right to "This homeland is ours."

Therefore, the song concludes, the Palestinians will ultimately prevail, and Israelis will be expelled: "You have no choice, oh enemy but to leave my country."

The goal of this music video clip is to inculcate loathing of Israel and anticipation of its destruction. The repeated broadcast over recent months by Fatah-controlled television is consistent with other Arabic-language hate messages currently being disseminated -- in spite of the peace talks.

PA TV first aired this music video in 2004 and resumed its broadcast in October, 2007. It was broadcast throughout the Annapolis conference as well as during President Bush's visit to Israel. It continues to be aired on almost a daily basis.

The following is the text of the Palestinian Arab hate video.

Click here to view:

"My enemy. Oh, my enemy.
Stop your crimes.
Treaty breaker! Treacherous!...
If you pull out my eyes,
My heart will see. (x2)
If you cut off my hands,
My chest is knives and swords.
My enemy! Oh imperialism!
This homeland is ours. (x2)
This land will be tilled
only by our hoes. (x2)
Whenever the tension rises,
Whenever this land weeps, (x2)
the flower will return
to grow in our house.
My enemy. Oh, my enemy.
Stop your crimes.
Treaty breaker! Treacherous!...
My enemy! Oh snake!
Around the land, you are coiled. (x2)
We, noble, courageous,
on the day of ruin [battle], shall stand.
You have no choice, Oh enemy,
but to leave my country.
And my children will return.