PA TV teaches children
that all of Israel is "occupied Palestine"
Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Official Palestinian Authority TV continues to teach children that all of Israel is "occupied Palestine."
On the latest episode of The Best Home, a PA TV program for young children, the host says that Israeli Arab children living in the Israeli cities Lod, Nazareth and Be'er Sheva are living under occupation. She addresses Israeli Arab viewers: "Dear children... we will always remain in contact with you, because you have the right, and this program is certainly yours too, just as it belongs to every Palestinian child, since you are part of occupied Palestine."
The host repeatedly avoids using the name "Israel" on the program, referring to the land of the State of Israel alternately as "the occupied territories," "the 1948 territories" or "occupied Palestine."
Palestinian Media Watch has repeatedly documented the Palestinian Authority policy of depicting a world in which Israel does not exist.
Click to view this excerpt from the PA TV program.
The following is the transcript from the TV program:
Host addressing Israeli Arab children: "Soon, if it works out, we will be among you [Israeli Arabs] in the 1948 territories [PA euphemism for Israel] - the occupied territories...
Our friends from the 1948 territories - the occupied territories - they write wanting us to [broadcast] there with them. Many of them have come here, Bissu [name of co-host, in cat costume], trying to be friends [of the program] and they are truly dear friends and regular [viewers]...
There are also [children] from Lod [Israeli city] and also Ahmad from Nazareth [Israeli city] and there are so many. There's Adnan from Be'er Sheva [Israeli city]. Dear children [Israeli Arabs]: we will definitely always remain in contact with you, because you have the right, and this program is definitely yours too, just as it belongs to every Palestinian child, since you are part of occupied Palestine."
[PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 26, 2010]