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Egyptian Video Clip: Hate USA and Israel (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook 05/06/04)Source: http://www.pmw.org.il PMW} PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH PMW} PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Introduction
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]


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