Monday, June 19, 2017

Palestinian kids told, "Leave toys, take up stones"

In this PA TV music video broadcast in May 2001 and again in June 2007, Palestinian kids are told to leave their toys and take up stones. The introductory text states that the song is dedicated to Muhammad Al-Dura who Palestinians believe was killed by Israelis during a shootout with Hamas on September 30, 2000. 
The song includes lyrics that insist that 'the promise of peace' and the 'time for talking' are over and that the 'stone' of the country is in the 'hands of a youth' to confront the 'enemy'. Children are shown abandoning their toys for stones and running off with them [presumably to fight].

Text introducing song: "This song is dedicated to the Palestinian child Martyr Muhammad Al-Dura, who symbolized the courage of the Palestinian-Arab nation, its children, elders, and mothers. It [the song] demonstrates the hatred, cowardice, and oppression of the Zionist Israelis."
Song: "The promise of peace is over. The time for talking is over. The stone of our country in the hands of a youth confronts you, my enemy. Defeat him, O stone! Defeat him!"
[Video cuts to a young boy who drops his toy car and picks up a stone.]
"I will meet you, Muhammad, Palestine's child."
[Young girl drops her doll and picks up a stone.]
[PA TV (Fatah), May 2001, June 2007]

The above clip was translated and documented by Palestinian Media Watch:

Founded in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch is an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.

PMW’s many reports and studies on Palestinian summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, crossword puzzles, religious ideology, women and mothers, children's music videos and the PA’s indoctrination of adults and children to seek Shahada (Martyrdom), have had significant impact on the way the world sees the Palestinians. PMW has presented its findings before members of US Congress and to members of Parliament in numerous countries, including the European Union, Britain, France, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, and has lectured at universities and conferences world wide.

PMW material has been presented before the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress and the US Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, PMW reports regularly on how foreign aid is misused by the PA for terror promotion. These reports have led to changes in legislation and funding procedures. Through its bulletins and reports, PMW continues to give the world a precise understanding of the reality of the Palestinian Authority.