"Our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail"
Young girl repeats Antisemitic hate speech
in poem on official PA TV
PA TV host: "I really like this poem"
Fatah Spokesman: Jews are "sons of apes and pigs"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A young girl recited a poem on official PA TV that included the words "Our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail." When she finished, the host of the PA TV children's program responded: "I really like this poem."
This broadcast in which the young girl referred to Jews as "Satan" was broadcast on PA TV just two weeks after Abbas' advisor on Islam, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, preached in the Friday sermon that Israel is "Satan's project," and that Jews represent "evil."
The full poem recited by the young girl describes what children have been taught by Arab leaders, but criticizes them for not acting according to their own teachings. The poem opens with the line "When I was young I was taught," and includes the words "our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail" as one of those teachings:
PA TV host: "What are you going to recite?"
Girl: "The poem 'Visa' [by Hesham El-Gakh]...
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."
PA TV host: "Thank you very much. I really like this poem."
[Official PA TV, Nov. 6, 2015]
Shortly after the hate inciting sermon by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, more Islam-based hate speech was voiced on PA TV. Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan repeated the Quranic description of Jews as "the sons of apes and pigs":
Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan: "The heroic Palestinian people, including its children, women, and elderly, who have made intifada against the occupation and foiled [its plans]... I confirm that in this uprising, we in Jerusalem have succeeded in preventing 80% of the settlers, the sons of apes and pigs, from walking around the Old City and the stairs of the Damascus Gate."
[Official PA TV, Nov. 1, 2015]
In three instances (Suras 2:65, 5:60, and 7:166), the Quran tells of Allah turning Jews into apes and/or pigs. Sura 2:65 "And you had already known about those who transgressed among you concerning the sabbath, and We said to them, 'Be apes, despised.'" Sura 7:166 "So when they were insolent about that which they had been forbidden, We said to them, 'Be apes, despised.'" Sura 5:60 "Say, 'Shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that as penalty from Allah? [It is that of] those (i.e., the Jews) whom Allah has cursed and with whom He became angry and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghut. Those are worse in position and further astray from the sound way.'"
Another Palestinian preacher has also taught that Jews are in league with Satan and that they "worship the Devil." The Antisemitic Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi has been arrested twice following PMW's documentation of his hate speech at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.