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PA TV glorifies armed attacks against Israel
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PA TV glorifies armed attacks against Israel

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinian Authority TV recently broadcast a music video glorifying and calling for armed attacks against Israel. The official PA TV broadcast, which resembles videos that were common on PA TV during the 5-year PA terror campaign (the Intifada, 2000-2005), shows masked fighters shooting automatic weapons, launching rockets and RPGs, and blowing up an Israeli tank. While showing numerous armed attacks, the song's refrain is: "The revolution calls to its men."

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Fighters in formation advance with bayonets  Camouflaged fighter launches rocket
   
 Dust and smoke from launched rocket  Masked fighter fires automatic weapon

The Alashekeen band, which wrote and performed the song, has performed other songs on PA TV promoting violence against Israel. Palestinian Media Watch documented a song by the band that presents Israeli cities like Lod and Ramle as Palestinian cities to be liberated through "Jihad." The song also includes the verses "we replaced bracelets with weapons" and "pull the trigger."

Despite the violent content of their songs, the Alashekeen band was honored by PA Chairman Abbas in 2010 and declared a Palestinian national band.

The following is the transcript of the song "Its Men" broadcast on PA TV:

"To its men, to its men, the revolution calls to its men,
[like] a rider calling to his horse, and a horse calling to its rider.
To its men, to its men, the revolution calls to its men,
[like] a rider calling to his horse, and a horse calling to its rider.
[The revolution] calls to its men, who fear no oppressor or his spears.
Whoever doesn't protect the land isn't one of its men.
To its men, to its men, the revolution calls to its men,
[like] a rider calling to his horse, and a horse calling to its rider."
[PA TV (Fatah), April 27, 2012]