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PA TV repeats "Our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail" poem
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"Our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail" appears in poem
that "people liked the best,"
says young Palestinian

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinian Authority TV has broadcast a fourth child reciting a poem with the words, "Our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail." Last year, the PA Ministry of Culture also invited the Egyptian poet Hesham El-Gakh, who wrote the poem, to perform it on stage at a cultural event at which the PA gave him an award. At the ceremony, a young girl also recited the stanza from the poem that "Zion, is Satan with a tail."

Palestinian Media Watch has documented three other PA TV broadcasts of children reciting this poem.

During the recent TV broadcast, the boy introduced the poem by saying it is a very popular poem, that he is often asked to recite:

PA TV host:
"What poem do you like to recite most?"

Muhammad, creative boy who writes and recites poetry:
"The poem people liked the best, wherever I went, people asked me to recite 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.'"
[Official PA TV, May 13 and 14, 2014]

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The poem by the Egyptian poet describes what children have been taught by Arab leaders. It opens, "When I was young I was taught...", but criticizes Arab leaders for not acting according to their own teachings. "My enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail," is one such teaching, the poem states. The poet criticizes the Arab world for its lack of unity, which prevents it from fulfilling the goals it has set.

See other examples of PA demonization of Jews and Israelis.