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PA TV song: “We are a thorn in the throat of Zionism”
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PA TV song: “We are a thorn in the throat of Zionism”
 
 Arabs of Gaza, West Bank, Jaffa, Haifa, Lod, Ramle, Acre
“have given them [Israelis] a taste of grief”


Itamar Marcus

A song with an upbeat tune broadcast twice on PA TV celebrates that Palestinians are “not afraid of the enemy [Israel],” are “a thorn in the throat of Zionism” who “have given them [Israelis] a taste of grief.” The song identifies the “Palestinians” as people from cities of the West Bank and Gaza, as well as the cities of Israel. As the names of cities are sung, different people, adults and children, respond “We are!” while raising their arm with a clenched fist.
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While singing the words "in place of one [prisoner] here are ten" - the singer points to the young boy he is holding: He is the "one" future prisoner who will be replaced by ten others.
 

The following is an excerpt from the text of the song:

Singer: "We are not afraid of the enemy - a thorn in the throat of Zionism!
Palestinians - We are! We are!
The people of Jerusalem - We are! We are!
The people of Jenin - We are! We are! ...
The people of Gaza...
The people of Jaffa - We are! We are!
The people of Haifa - We are! We are!
The people of Lod - We are! We are!
The people of Ramle
The people of Acre - We are! We are!
The people of Nazareth - We are! We are! ...
We swear in the name of the prisoners
In place of one [prisoner], here are ten
We have given them [Israelis] a taste of grief
We have given them a taste of grief - a thorn in the throat of Zionism!"
[Official PA TV, July 30 and Aug. 6, 2016]
 
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Following are all the places in Israel mentioned throughout the song: Jaffa, Haifa, Lod, Ramle, Acre, Nazareth, Galilee, Beer Sheva, Tiberias, Safed, Beit Shean and Jerusalem.

Following are the places in the PA: Jenin, Hebron, Tulkarem, Qalqilya, Nablus, Gaza, Jericho, Ramallah.
 


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