Fatah’s official TV station, Awdah, aired a music video that celebrates the party’s paramilitary past 72-times in November, according to a report released Sunday by Palestinian Media Watch.
The song, entitled “From my wounds, my weapon has emerged,” a decades-old Palestinian fight song, received heavy play time in the run-up to the Seventh Fatah Congress, a five-day conference that began on November 29th.
During the conference, Palestinian Authority President and Fatah party leader Mahmoud Abbas sought to boost national support for his party.
Lyrics from the song include: “From my wounds, my weapon has emerged. O, our revolution, my weapon has emerged.
There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand.”
According to the report, the song also includes the quote from former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, “For our movement, ‘armed struggle’ means taking part in an armed revolutionary war of the masses.”
The song itself was played in the event hall in of the PA headquarters in Ramallah during the conference.
The music video for the song aired on Awdah was first broadcast on Feb. 22, 2015. Since then it has been rebroadcast hundreds of times, the report said.
Scenes in the music video are from old black-and-white clips of former Palestinian paramilitary training camps. Arafat is shown handing out rifles in the video.
Four times in November, a longer version of the video was broadcasted that included an additional stanza that, according to the report, “celebrated death while fighting Israel.”
“He who offers his blood doesn’t care, if his blood flows upon the ground. As the weapon of the revolution is in my hand, so my presence will be forced [upon Israel],” the stanza said.
During his speech on the second night of the Seventh Fatah Congress, Abbas reiterated his call to renew the tripartite committee to monitor both Palestinian and Israeli incitement, which was formed as part of the Wye River Memorandum in 1998, and met every two months until the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000.