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PA Min. of Culture: Jaffa, Haifa etc., are in "Palestine"
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Young girls perform song
presenting Israeli cities as "my country Palestine"
at event under auspices of PA Minister of Culture

Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, Ramle, Safed,
Tiberias, Nazareth, Beit Shean, and Be'er Sheva
are "Palestinian"

Song repeatedly broadcast on PA TV

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

At a rally under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority Minister of Culture Anwar Abu Aisha, young girls performed the song "Oh flying bird." The song presents cities and places in Israel as "my country Palestine."

The event, which was entitled "My heritage is my identity," featured the song defining the Israeli cities and towns of Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, Ramle, Safed, Tiberias, Nazareth, Beit Shean, and Be'er Sheva as "my country Palestine." The song was performed during the period of peace talks between Israel and the PA.

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Palestinian Media Watch has documented that PA TV has repeatedly broadcast different versions of this song. Recently, in its program Palestine Club that visits and interviews Palestinians around the world, the song was chosen for the episode visiting Denmark.

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PMW documents that the PA and Fatah replace Israel with "Palestine" and deny Israel's right to exist.

The following are the lyrics of the song as it was performed by young girls at the rally under the auspices of the PA Minister of Culture:

Sign at rally:
"Under the auspices of [PA] Minister of Culture
Anwar Abu Aisha...
The Ministry of Culture... invites you to attend
the rally 'My heritage is my identity'"

Song performed by young girls on stage at the rally:
"Oh flying bird, circling around,
My eyes protect you and Allah keeps you safe
By Allah, oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy.
My country Palestine is beautiful.
Go to Jenin and bring me from its valley greetings to Nablus,
Tulkarem and their soil.
Drink the water of Jaffa's port,
don't forget Ramle and Ramallah.
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."
[Official PA TV Live, Oct. 7, 2013]

The song was broadcast on the program Palestine Club - Denmark on official PA TV on two different dates: Sept. 27 and 29, 2013