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Thursday, September 25, 2008
PMW Bulletin: PA TV denies existence of Jewish Temple

Bulletin
Sep. 25, 2008Palestinian Media Watch

PA TV video:
There never has been a Jewish Temple
- never will be!
Defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israel

"Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig
and no matter how much you destroy,
your imaginary Temple will not come into being"
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch:
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@pmw.org.il
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.pmw.org.il

A music video currently broadcast on Palestinian Television denies any
historical connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem: "Oh [Sons of]
Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your
imaginary Temple will not come into being". The repeated refrain, "Al-Aqsa
is ours," is meant to emphasize this statement, as the Al-Aqsa mosque is
built on the site of the Temple, destroyed in the year 70 during Israel's
revolt against the Roman Empire.

The video images focus on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and praying Muslims, and
together with the lyrics repeat the Palestinian fabrication that Israel is
planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and therefore it needs protection:
"Oh God, protect Al-Aqsa, Oh Allah, Al-Aqsa is ours, [protect Al-Aqsa] from
every thief and every oppressor."

www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=VPWfTtVPmhU
PA TV (Fatah) Sep. 23, 2008

The clip includes pictures to identify the "thief and oppressor" - Jews
wearing skullcaps, Israeli police and military, Israeli excavations of Old
Jerusalem, the Israeli flag, and the Western Wall. The clip sings for
another Saladin, the Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem in 1187, to appear: "How
you [Al-Aqsa] suffer! How you have bled for years! How you scream! How you
call out to the millions! What are you hoping for, who are you crying for?
Saladin!"

The video was broadcast this week on Palestinian TV, the same day that a
Jerusalem Arab injured 20 Israelis in a terror attack in Jerusalem. PA TV,
which is under the authority of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas TV have
shown this clip intermittently during the last 18 months, and it constitutes
part of a prolonged hate campaign against Israel. The campaign denies the
historical fact of the connection between the Jewish people, Jerusalem and
the Temple Mount, while infusing hatred and fear by pretending that Islam's
holy site, as well as its adherents, are in great danger.

These are the complete words of the song:

"Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, Oh Muslims, Al-Aqsa is ours, our Al-Aqsa screams
and shouts, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Arabs and Muslims, no, no, Al-Aqsa is ours.
Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you
destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being, Al-Aqsa is ours.
Al-Aqsa is ours, Oh Muslims, Al-Aqsa is ours. My land, my Jerusalem, my
blood and my honor will not be scorned. Al-Aqsa is ours, how you suffer! How
you have bled for years! How you scream! How you call out to the millions!
What are you hoping for, who are you crying for? Saladin [Muslim conqueror
of Jerusalem in 1187] ! Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Lord, protect Al-Aqsa, Oh Allah,
Al-Aqsa is ours, [protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor. Oh
Allah, Al-Aqsa is ours. Al-Aqsa is ours, Oh Muslims, Al-Aqsa is ours."
[PA TV (Fatah) Sep. 23, 2008]

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