Palestinian commentators on Gaza League soccer games over the past month have been injecting praise for the current wave of terror attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces into their reports.
During a match on Saturday broadcast on Amwaj Sport TV between the Gaza-based Khan Younis and Jerusalem-based Al-Hilal al-Quds teams — and posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute — the commentator hailed the performance of the latter team after one of its players scored a goal.
“He has spoken in the language of the intifada,” cries the broadcaster. “We send the love of the homeland from Khan Younis to Hebron.”
“Hebron is speaking with a machine gun, with its head held high, it attacks with bullets. Hebron of Palestine is defending with a knife,” he goes on.
In a game earlier this month in Gaza between two native teams, Ittihad Shejaiya and Khadamat Rafah, the commentator was even more chatty, praising West Bank Palestinians for the recent attacks
“All of Shejaiya is with you, oh the West Bank, a knife stabbing the bodies of the cowards, an axe tearing the veins of the idiots, a car running over someone who plundered the land of the prophets, a bullet piercing the heart of the evil ones, a stone humiliating the weak Zionists,” he said.
The commentator went on to mention the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006 — Shalit was held captive by Hamas for five years — and promises more such operations.
“A soldier was kidnapped and he cried, ‘I wish I had never invaded a land whose soldiers show no mercy to oppressors,’ this was Shalit and more Shalits will follow,” he said. Shalit was released in 2011 in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.
Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip have actively encouraged the ongoing surge in attacks, which have so far claimed the lives of nine Israelis since October 1.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday called for the current uprising against Israel to be intensified.
In a speech broadcast at a Hamas gathering in southern Lebanon, Haniyeh said the uprising, which he called an “intifada,” has succeeded where the attempts at reconciliation have failed and has united the Palestinian people.