PALESTINIAN REGIME RESUMES PRAISING TERROR AND ABDUCTION AGAINST
BY MICHAEL WIDLANSKI Sunday, 22 April, 2007
Official Palestinian broadcast media have sharply increased anti-Israeli
propaganda in recent days, including explicit and implicit calls for suicide
attacks on Israeli civilians and kidnappings of Israeli soldiers.
"Oh, Lord, martyrdom is [being done] for you," crooned a singer, while
pictures of prominent Palestinian women suicide bombers, clad in white,
floated beatifically across the screen.
It was part of a music video aired today (April 22, 2006) on the PBC
television network under the direct control of Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO
Chairman and Palestinian Authority leader. The same video had appeared in
the past, but had disappeared after protests from Israel and the United
States, but it has now returned, and it is not alone.
Voice of Palestine radio, also controlled by Dr. Abbas and his Fatah
movement, have resumed regular airing of the song "Felastin
Arabiyyeh"-Palestine is Arab-which includes specific praise for "martyrs"
acting against "the cowardly enemy."
And the broadcasts of PBC television and VOP radio have for the last
month left no doubt who that enemy is. It is Israel, which is increasingly
called "al-'udu al-sihiyouni" (The Zionist Enemy) or "al-kayaan al-sihyouni"
(The Zionist Entity) or simply "al-'udu"-The Enemy.
"The only language the enemy understands is force," declared several
different members of Abbas's Palestinian Authority cabinet in broadcasts
dedicated to "The Day of the Prisoner" in the last three days.
While PLO Chairman Abbas has told Israeli officials and American
officials that he is working for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier
Gilad Shalit, Palestinian officials appearing before Palestinian audiences
say that the Palestinians are entitled to use the "Zionist soldier"
[Arabic-al-jundi al-sihyouni] to extricate thousands of convicted Arab
terrorists from Israeli jails.
Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns in the Negev, such as today
and yesterday, are ignored in the Palestinian media, while Israeli strikes
at the rocket launchers or terrorists trying to infiltrate bombs into
Israeli cities are regularly condemned as "aggression," and the terrorists
are lauded as "martyrs" and noble citizens.
"Nine more martyrs reached the heavens in the last 48 hours," observed
Voice of Palestinian radio, referring, in part, to a rocket crew that had
attacked the Israeli town of Sderot, destroying a house.
"These are crimes against humanity," declared Dr. Mustapha Barghouthi,
the PA Information Minister, in a statement to the foreign press, referring
to the Israeli "assassination" of members of the rocket crew in Gaza and
armed terrorists in the West Bank towns of Nablus and Jenin.
There are also indications that mosque speeches broadcast by the PA media
are turning back to the anti-Semitic themes which regularly appeared during
the leadership of Yasser Arafat and the early leadership of Abbas, and it
seems there is scant difference between the messages of Abbas's Fatah
movement and the Hamas movement.
In a mosque speech on March 30, Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan explicitly
called for killing Jews, during a Friday prayer address at the Sheikh Zayad
Bin-Sultan mosque in Gaza, citing a Hadith-or oral tradition-attributed to
Muhammad, Islam's founder:
"The Day of Judgment will not arrive until the Muslims fight the Jews and
kill them, until the Jew hides behind the stones and the trees; and each
stone or tree will say: Oh Muslim, Oh servant of God, there is a Jew hiding
behind me, come and kill him; except for the gharqad, which is the tree of
The upsurge in official Palestinian hate messages against Israelis
dovetails with a sharp rise in rocket attacks and attempted suicide bomb
attacks against Israeli targets.
Israeli Army intelligence reported that during the second half of March
there was an increase in the number of rockets fired at Israeli settlements
in the western Negev (22 confirmed rocket strikes), following a relative
reduction in attacks of the first two weeks of March (12 confirmed rocket
Dr. Michael Widlanski is a specialist in Arab politics, terror and
communication who has served as a special advisor to Israeli delegations to
peace talks in 1991-1992 and as Strategic Affairs Advisor to the Ministry of
Public Security, editing secret PLO Archives captured in Jerusalem.
Dr. Michael Widlanski
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