An Egyptian music video clip promoting hatred of the USA and Israel,
called "Hey Arabs Leaders," is a big hit in Egypt and the Arab world.
Among other hate messages Israel, it says Israel destroyed the World
Trade Center, and the US and Israel are dividing up the Arab world.
To see the subtitled Egyptian video clip click here: ADSL 56K
The use of music and song to promote hatred among children is very
common on Palestinian Authority TV (to see examples on
PMW Web Site click here)
It is seen as a way
of influencing children through a popular and effective medium.The following are texts from the new Egyptian clip that was
produced a month ago:
"...Two faces of the same coin, America and Israel.
They made the world a jungle and ignited the fuse.
America spread its wings, doesn´t care at all.
No one can stop her, no one can catch her.
Soon he (Bush) will say Iran, then he will say Syria,
But he is silent about [North] Korea.
About that [Twin] Tower, oh people
Definitely! His friends [Israel] were the ones who brought it down.
What terrorism!! [Visual shows Sharon pushing the button]
How many years are left.
For America and Israel acting as bullies. . . "
The singer, Shaaban Abdul Rahim, was interviewed in the official PA
daily Al Hayaat Al Jadida this week, and said that his feelings of
hatred of Israel and the US were representative of the sentiments of
the Arab world in general.The following is from the interview in the PA daily:
He [Shaaban] talks about what is in the heart of all Arab nations and
his song "Hey Arabs Leaders"... demonstrates the contempt of American
President Bush for all the UN decisions . . . Shaaban´s last song "I
hate Israel," had great success and the song "Hey Arabs Leaders" also
is having a big impact upon everyone...We asked Shaaban about the
idea behind the song and he said: "I found that the Arab nation needs
a new song with words that will be a clear statement of refusal and
resistance... I made the clip because I feel the words and I´m not
afraid of ´Israel´ or America or their threats and I´m no better then
those who are dying every day in Palestine or Iraq."
Q: We heard that you refused [to participate in] parties is America.
Is that true?
Shaaban: "I was asked to many parties in America for the Arab
communities, and although it is worth a lot of money I will not go to
America and I boycott even American cigarettes...I wrote the song ´I
hate Israel´ in 2000...we did not anticipate the greatness of the
success... About the song ´Hey Arabs Leaders,´ it must express things
that are happening...in the clip we made Sharon´s hands long, holding
a cake with the writing ´The Arab World,´ and Sharon and Bush are
dividing up the cake among those with them." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,
May, 4, 2004]