Palestinian Authority television broadcast live in December a young girl calling to “banish the scoundrels from my land and liberate it from the Jews,” in footage translated this week by the by Middle East Media Research Institute.
During a December 28 broadcast on Palestine TV of a ceremony held in honor of Fatah’s 57th anniversary, a young girl at a primary school in Jenin read out a poem asking God to banish the Jews from the region.
“Jerusalem is lost. It was sold to the plunderers by our greatest enemies. Oh Lord take them to hell and gather them with sinners like Abu Lahab and save us,” the girl said, referring to Muhammad’s half paternal uncle, who opposed the Muslim prophet during Islam’s formative years.
“Oh Lord, support the Muslims and return them to their lands, where they lived blissfully,” she said. “Banish the scoundrels from my land and liberate it from the Jews and from those who slayed the prophets. Thank you!”
Israel has repeatedly denounced what it deems to be incitement to terror and hate speech in Palestinian textbooks and media. American and European legislators have also held hearings on the matter.
Palestinian Girls’ Primary School Student Recites a Poem in Honor of Fatah Anniversary: Oh Lord, Banish the Scoundrels from My Land and Liberate It from the Jews #antisemitism #Palestinians #Fatah pic.twitter.com/46TU2yeNFW
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) December 31, 2021
The Palestinian Authority says that its media and curricula content reflect the national narrative and do not constitute hate speech.
“We have to explain and justify what appears in our curriculum, which reflects our narrative and national identity, while no one is demanding to review the Israeli curriculum and media,” PA President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly in September.