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PA song denying Israel's existence rebroadcast more than 25 times
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All of Israel is Palestinian land:
PA song denying Israel's existence
rebroadcast more than 25 times

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Contrary to the Palestinian Authority's claim that it recognizes Israel's right to exist, PA TV and official cultural events continue to reinforce the message of non-recognition of Israel by depicting all of Israel as "Palestine."

This month marked the 27th broadcast by official PA TV of a song that presents all of Israel's land as Palestinian land. The song was originally performed at a Fatah event last year in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and many other senior PA officials. The Palestinian singer declares that "my land" and "our coast" span from Rosh Hanikra in Israel's north to Rafah in the Gaza Strip in the south, and from Haifa on Israel's western coast to Beit Shean on Israel's eastern border.
 
The fact that PA TV, which is under the direct control of Abbas' office, chose to broadcast this song numerous times, suggests the centrality of the song's message to PA ideology.
 
Palestinian Media Watch has documented this ongoing PA policy of depicting a world in which "Palestine" exists and replaces all of Israel.

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The following are the words of the song:

"We commit and promise to stand behind you, oh Mahmoud Abbas, until Judgment Day. I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free. No matter how long the nights of exile, I am returning to you, oh land. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra (northern Israel) our coast, and Beit Shean (Israeli city). Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra our coast, and Beit Shean. Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra, north and south, are the picture's borders. From Haifa (Israeli city) and Tantura to the [Jordan] valley (i.e., all of Israel). I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free."
[PA TV (Fatah), numerous times in 2011 and 2012,
most recent broadcast on May 12, 2012]


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