Fatah official presents all of Israel as “Palestine” -
“between the [Jordan] River
and the [Mediterranean] Sea”
- PA National Security Forces and PA Ministry of Education give out honorary plaques with the PA map of “Palestine” denying Israel's existence
by Nan Jacques Zilberdik
In an interview, a Fatah official described “all of the Palestinian land” as covering the area “between the [Jordan] River and the [Mediterranean] Sea.” This leaves no room for the State of Israel, obliterating it in its entirety:
Deputy Secretary of Fatah Revolutionary Council, Majed Al-Fatiani: “It is not enough that only the residents of Jerusalem stand against [the occupation] in its streets, alleys, and neighborhoods... This act needs to spread over all of the Palestinian land between the [Jordan] River and the [Mediterranean] Sea. Our identity is between the river and the sea. Our national popular sovereignty is between the river and the sea.”
[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Jan. 1, 2018]
Palestinian Media Watch has documented many statements by PA and Fatah officials using this specific term - “from the river to the sea” - to indicate the size of “Palestine,” thereby erasing the State of Israel. In addition, Palestinian leaders use numerous other ways to pass on to Palestinians this ideology of not recognizing Israel in any borders.
One such way is by consistently using a visual map of “Palestine” that includes all of Israel.
At a ceremony, the PA National Security Forces presented District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam with an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, with a Palestinian flag on it and a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern in the background.
Posted text: “During the tribute held by the gender unit of the [PA] National Security [Forces] for District Governor [of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Dr. Laila Ghannam, as a sign of appreciation for her giving and excellence.”
[Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Jan. 17, 2018]
The PA Ministry of Education also favors the use of the PA map of “Palestine”:
At a ceremony honoring students in Nablus, PA Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam posed with an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine.” [Al-Quds, Aug. 6, 2017]
The PA Ministry of Education also honored a school principal with a framed version of the PA’s “Palestine.” The word “Palestine” is written in English on the plaque, which also shows the Palestinian flag, the Dome of the Rock, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque:
Posted text: “The [PA] Ministry [of Education] honored Principal of the Faisal Al-Husseini Junior High School for Girls Samar Samarah for her contribution to the success of the Intilaqa Table Tennis Championship, which the ministry held last week.”
[Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education, Jan. 10, 2018]
PA leaders and institutions continuously use plaques such as these that visually deny Israel's entire existence and right to exist. PA and Fatah officials, such as Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub, routinely appear with this PA map presenting all of Israel as “Palestine." Likewise, this message is taught to children on official PA TV, as it was in this song that presents the Israeli cities Jaffa, Haifa, Safed, Tiberias, and Acre as being in “my country Palestine”:
PA TV host: "What would you like to sing for us?"
Girl: "The Bird Song."
PA TV host: "Let's hear it..."
Girl: "By Allah, 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...
My country Palestine is beautiful."
TV host: "Bravo! You are so talented."
[Official PA TV, Best Home, Aug. 25, 2017]
Different versions of this song misrepresent the following places in Israel as "Palestine": Jaffa, Ramle, Safed, Tiberias, Acre, Haifa, Nazareth, Beit Shean, and Be'er Sheva, and mention the following places in the PA areas: Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, and Gaza.
The following is a longer excerpt of the report on the ceremony under the auspices of PA minister of education:
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education honored those who excelled in the matriculation [exams] in Nablus”
“The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education yesterday [Aug. 5, 2017], through the Nablus Education Directorate (i.e., under the PA Ministry of Education) and with the participation of the United Parent Council, honored the students who excelled in the matriculation exams of 2017 in the directorate, and this was under the auspices and with the participation of [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam...
At the end of the ceremony, gifts of appreciation were distributed to the students who excelled, and the minister and those who assisted at the ceremony and helped the ministry to successfully implement the matriculation exams were honored.”
[Al-Quds, Aug. 6, 2017]