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PA TV broadcasts song calling for Jihad against Israel
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PA TV broadcasts song
calling for Jihad against Israel:
"Draw your sword, let it not return"

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

Official Palestinian Authority television has broadcast a song calling for Jihad and violence against Israel. The PA TV program on culture included an interview with singer Amar Hasan, and the playing of his song: "The oppressors [Israelis] have gone too far. Therefore Jihad is our right... draw your sword." The words call for violence against Israel in the name of both Arab pride and Islam.

The song was written in the 1940s, and became popular after Israel's independence in 1948. The words calling for violence were included in many violence and terror-promotion clips that were broadcast on PA TV during the PA terror campaign (The "Intifada," 2000 - 2005).

PA TV is controlled by the office of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Following are the lyrics of the song:

"My brother! The oppressors [Israelis] have gone too far.
Therefore Jihad is a right, and self-sacrifice is a right.
Shall we let them steal the Arab nature -
the patriarchal glory and rule?
And only through the sound of the sword
They respond, with voice or echo.
Draw from the sheath your sword;
And let it not return.
My brother, my brother, Oh proud Arab
Today is our moment, not tomorrow.
My brother, the time of our nation's sunrise has arrived,
[the time] for you to repel those who are misled
And bring renaissance to Islam."
[Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 23, 2010]
To see more PA songs promoting violence click here