PA defines "Palestine": Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilee, Negev, Rosh Hanikra, Caesarea, Acre, Masada, Beit Shean, and Jerusalem.
In front of Abbas:
All of Israel depicted as "my [Palestinian] land"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Contrary to the PA leadership's claim that they recognize Israel's existence, their controlled TV and cultural events continue to reinforce the message of non-recognition of Israel, by their ongoing depiction all of Israel as "Palestine."
This week a PA TV program for teenagers included a short video clip which opened with the words across the screen: "Palestine: We will return one day to our home," and then followed with a series of pictures of cities and regions in Israel, with the names on the screen, including: Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilee, Negev, Caesarea, Acre, and Jerusalem. PA TV also showed a picture of Masada but incorrectly labeled it "Jericho mountains."
The picture of the Galilee, though not labeled, was of the ancient Synagogue in Capernaum. The Christian Bible cites the Capernaum Synagogue as a place where Jesus taught on the Sabbath. [Luke 4:31-37]
After the showing of the Israeli cities and regions, the PA TV host said:
"This [video] is our gift to Palestine and to all the Palestinians inside and outside, and throughout the world."
[PA TV (Fatah), April 11, 2011]
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At a recent Fatah event in the presence of Mahmoud Abbas and many other senior PA officials, a Palestinian singer defined Palestinian land that "I am returning to" as spanning from Rosh Hanikra, in Israel's north, to Rafah in the Gaza Strip in the South, and from Haifa, on Israel's Western coast to Beit Shean on Israel's Eastern border.
The following are the words of the song at the Fatah event:
"We commit and promise to stand behind you, oh Mahmoud Abbas, until Judgment Day. I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free. No matter how long the nights of exile, I am returning to you, oh land. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra (northern Israel) our coast, and Beit Shean (Israeli city). Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra our coast, and Beit Shean. Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra, north and south, are the picture's borders. From Haifa (Israeli city) and Tantura to the [Jordan] valley (i.e., all of Israel). I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free."
[PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 27, 2011 and May 12, 2011]
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