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Hebron radio station shut by IDF had urged: ‘Strap yourselves with bombs’

Palestinian Media Watch releases audio from Radio Al-Khalil, one of three stations recently shut down for incitement

One of the three Hebron radio stations shut down by the Israeli military over the past few weeks for incitement had called for Palestinians to return to suicide bombings.

Monitoring group Palestinian Media Watch published a recording on Monday from an October 29 Radio Al-Khalil broadcast in which an announcer praises “martyrdom” and then plays a song encouraging bombings and calling for death to Israel. Al-Khalil is the Arabic name for Hebron, the West Bank city which has been a focus in the recent wave of violence.

The IDF raided the station’s offices on November 21, confiscating equipment and leaving behind a notice announcing the closure of the station for six months. The notice was signed by IDF Central Command chief Major General Roni Numa.

PMW translated the song’s lyrics as: “Blow up the executor’s [Israel’s] innards / Bring back the period of Martyrdom-seeking (i.e., suicide bombing) / Rise and strap yourself with bombs.”

The song ends with the call: “Write in dripping blood: death to Israel! Write in dripping blood: death to Israel!”

An additional recording from the station, published in the same release, is from November 19 and includes a song promoting the shooting of Israelis:

“Load your machine gun and advance, son of proud Jerusalem
Gird yourself with flames and capture the soldiers
Load your machine gun and advance, son of proud Jerusalem
Gird yourself with flames and capture the soldiers
Open fire, have no mercy, shoot the Zionists!
Advance with your men, O keffiyeh-masked one!”

This image posted by Palestinian social media users overnight Saturday purports to show IDF soldiers outside the offices of Radio Dream in Hebron. (screen capture: Facebook)
This image posted by Palestinian social media users overnight Saturday purports to show IDF soldiers outside the offices of Radio Dream in Hebron. (screen capture: Facebook)

Two other Hebron stations were also raided and closed in recent weeks.

Popular station Radio Dream was shut down Saturday night and closed for six months after Israeli accusations that it was inciting violence. On November 3, the Al-Huriya station was raided, and its equipment confiscated, over its broadcasts of support for the stabbing of Israelis in the West Bank city.

The station closings come as part of an effort directed at cutting down on Palestinian incitement to violence, which Israel claims is behind the recent wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis.

Many of the attacks have taken place in and around Hebron, while others — including deadly attacks in Israel — have been carried out by terrorists who set out from the area.

The city, which features a small Israeli settler population guarded by a constant military presence, has also seen almost daily clashes between soldiers and Palestinian rioters.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said after the November 3 Al-Huriya raid that “the army will continue to take all legal steps available to it against the attackers and their accomplices in order to ensure security for the residents of the State of Israel.”

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