An article in the official PA daily newspaper claims that Palestinian
Christian youth perform a spring march in the streets that includes
the chant: "Jews, Jews! Your holiday [Passover] is the Holiday of
Apes." (See PMW web site for examples of the Palestinian Authority
referring to Jews as "apes and pigs."
He writes that these "meaningful messages" are in response to
Israel´s security measures in Jerusalem during the holiday of
"For many years the holy city [Jerusalem] has been deliberately
closed to Palestinians, under security-related pretexts and for the
Jewish festival of Passover."
The writer says that the Easter services in Jerusalem have lost their
Palestinian flavor because of western Christian pilgrims:
"The festivities at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre have begun to
assume a western character, because of the massive presence of
foreign Christian pilgrims and the limited presence of Palestinians."
But the writer insists that in Palestinian Authority cities, the
festivities have retained their Palestinian flavor. He describes
youth chanting that the Jewish holiday of Passover is the "Holiday of
"The spring carnival has retained its [Palestinian] flavor in towns
such as Bethlehem, Beit Sahour and Ramallah... with the
demonstrations of the Scouts, songs, dances, and popular Palestinian
hymns about Christian-Islamic unity and internal Christian unity.
These hymns carry meaningful messages, in response to the Israeli
prohibition [to enter Jerusalem], as seen in the calls of the youth
who lead the procession of light, waving swords and not caring if
anyone accuses them of anti-Semitism: ... ´Our master, Jesus, the
Messiah, the Messiah redeemed us, with his blood he bought us, and
today we are joyous while the Jews are sad,´ and, ´Jews, Jews! Your
holiday is the Holiday of the Apes, while our holiday is the Holiday
of the Messiah.´" [PA TV (Fatah), April 11, 2011]