Song on official PA radio encourages Martyrdom:
"Jerusalem... redeem it with your life and blood"
Fatah encourages violence "for Jerusalem":
"Rise up for revolution and revenge, rise up like a hurricane"
Fatah students wear mock bomb belts
by Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A song on official Palestinian Authority radio encouraged Palestinians to "redeem" Jerusalem "with your life and blood":
"O Palestinian, Jerusalem is your name, your land, your heartbeat, and your mother. Redeem it with your life and blood, O [you] who raises my head in pride... O pained Palestinian, your head is lifted high with pride, the entire world hears your voice, only your resolve strengthens me... We are united, Muslims and Christians. So that Palestine will live, we must remain united."
[Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Jan. 1, 2018]
This song joins the similar messages Palestinian Media Watch has documented have come from PA and Fatah officials calling for "rage" and promoting violence since US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6, 2017.
The same ideal - to die as a "Martyr" for Jerusalem - was expressed by students belonging to Fatah's Shabiba Student Movement at Birzeit University. At an event, several participants wore mock bomb belts - imitating suicide terrorists - while masked in keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) and wearing yellow Fatah headbands. The participants in white held a Quran in one hand and held up one finger with the other signifying Allah. Other masked participants wore military uniforms and held Fatah flags with the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas.
Posted text: "[The Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement at Birzeit University organized an event today [Jan. 3, 2018] to mark the 53rd anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) of the Fatah Movement
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 3, 2018]
PMW has exposed the PA and Fatah's policy of promoting Martyrdom-death to Palestinians.
The following are additional recent examples of Fatah promoting violence "for Jerusalem":
The image from a video posted by Fatah's Nablus Branch shows masked Palestinians wearing military uniforms and carrying AK-47 assault rifles.
Posted text: "To its men, to its men,
The revolution is calling to its men"
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Nablus Branch, Jan. 12, 2018]
Posted text: "Rise up for revolution and revenge, rise up like a hurricane"
Text on image: "Rise up for revolution and revenge, rise up like a hurricane
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 6, 2018]
The image shows a masked Palestinian using a slingshot, with the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in the background.
Posted text: "Continuing for Jerusalem"
Text on image: "Continuing for Jerusalem
The Bethlehem District Faction Coordination Committee calls on you to participate in a procession
Tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.
Which will set out from the Bab Al-Zuqaq Junction
Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of Palestine"
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Bethlehem Branch, Jan. 8, 2018; Jan. 9, 2018]
The image shows the Dome of the Rock, and above it a masked Palestinian using a slingshot. In the upper left corner is the PLO logo, which features a flame, the Palestinian flag, and the PA map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas. Text on logo: "The Palestinian Liberation Organization National unity, national mobilization Liberation."