Boy: “Today, O our West Bank, our Gaza, raise your voice
O our land, the time has still not passed
As we expelled them from Gaza and Sderot
As we slaughtered them in your streets, Beirut
For you, Yasser Arafat, for you we shall die
After the night comes the light of day, and the fig leave will be removed...
Tomorrow we will take our vengeance, and their leader will be carried in a coffin
We, Fatah, are a storm, and our blood is food for the revolution...”
PA TV host: “Bravo, Muhammad, thank you, thank you, thank you!”
[Official PA TV, The Best Home, Jan. 6, 2017]
A girl and a boy recited another poem on the same children’s program, celebrating the escalation from violence of “rocks” to violence of automatic rifles:
"We want to speak openly, with no hesitation and with no fear
World, hear and see, my rock has turned into an AK-47 [assault rifle],
Your words are true, Yasser Arafat
O mountain, the wind will not move you."
[Official PA TV, The Best Home, Jan. 20, 2017]
These recitals by children on official PA TV of poems that advocate murder and Martyrdom add to the efforts of PA and Fatah leaders to heat up the atmosphere in the Palestinian street. Palestinian Media Watch has documented their many statements promising "religious war" and violence should US President Trump move the US embassy to Jerusalem. A Fatah official even explained that Fatah is holding meetings with “all of the field leaders... in preparation for a fierce popular intifada.”
The poem declaring that “my rock has turned into an AK-47” echoes a music video which PA TV broadcast numerous times from 2000-2003 during the PA’s terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005). It featured a boy singing “Don't be afraid. Allah is with them... The stone in their hand has turned into an AK-47.”
From 2000-2005, the PA leadership used its TV station to broadcast numerous inciting videos encouraging Palestinians to attack Israelis and seek Martyrdom in confrontations.
This week, PMW reported on a music video broadcast on Fatah-run Awdah TV, which also featured content reminiscent of Intifada broadcasts.