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PA to kids: Jaffa, Haifa, Safed, Tiberias, Acre all in "my country Palestine"
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PA to kids: Jaffa, Haifa, Safed, Tiberias, Acre
 all in “my country Palestine”
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Song broadcast over 30 times in 2017


 
Itamar Marcus
 
Music and song play an important role in Palestinian Authority political messaging to its children. The PA’s most fundamental message to its people and its children, that all of Israel is actually “Palestine,” is prominent in many songs broadcast regularly on the official PA and Fatah TV stations.
 
One of these songs depicts a bird that flies over all of “my country Palestine.”  The bird “flies over” the Israeli cities Safed, Tiberias, Acre, Haifa, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Jaffa, and Ramle, all of which are depicted as part of “my country Palestine.” [Official PA TV, The Best Home, Aug. 25, 2017]

 
Palestinian Media Watch has noted this song at least 30 times already during 2017, on official PA and Fatah's Awdah TV. The most recent time was this week on PA TV in the new version sung by a young girl on the most important Palestinian children’s program, The Best Home.

 
The following are the full words to the song, that depict all of Israel as “Palestine”:
 
“Oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy. 
My country Palestine is beautiful. 
Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberias, 
and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa. 
Don't forget Nazareth - the Arab fortress, 
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return.
Oh flying bird, circling around... 
by Allah, oh traveling [brid], I burn with envy. 
My country Palestine is beautiful. [...] 
Go to Jenin and bring me from its valley 
greeting to Nablus, Tulkarem and their soil. 
Drink the water of Jaffa's port, 
don't forget Ramle and Ramallah. 
Oh flying bird, circling around... 
by Allah, oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy. 
My country Palestine is beautiful." 
 
This song was first broadcast in 2011, and has been rebroadcast hundreds of times in many different versions since then on PA TV, PA TV Live, and Fatah's Awdah TV.

A compilation of five of the earlier versions of this song can be viewed here: