PA TV: Dreaming of Israel´s destruction (PMW) Palestinian Media Watch) By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook 05/15/06)
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Every year, as the date of Israel´s Independence (May 15)
approaches, Palestinian Authority TV broadcasts numerous programs
and video clips to mourn Israel´s creation -- what they call
the "Nakba," the catastrophe. The recurring themes are the denial of
Israel´s right to exist and the call for the undoing of "the
catastrophe" - a euphemism for Israel´s destruction.
This year´s recurring clip shows the map of Israel --
entitled "Palestine" - scrolling slowly down the screen. The date
1948 - the year of Israel´s establishment - repeatedly appears on
the screen, behind bars.
At the end of the clip an old woman is shown, while the words on the
screen read: "Palestine is the land of my forefathers.LEAVE IT." To view
this clip click here.
It is important to note that this clip, calling for Israel´s
destruction, has been broadcast almost daily in recent weeks on PA
TV - which is still run and totally controlled by the office of
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, not by Hamas.
Non-recognition of Israel´s right to exist has been a cornerstone of
PA ideology, shared by both the PLO-Fatah faction and by Hamas, and
expressed in Arabic by both groups. The only substantive difference
between the two groups on this issue has been the fact that Fatah
has professed to recognize Israel in its English messages, while
Hamas has refused to accept Israel in either its English or its
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