PA radio broadcasts song glorifying suicide attacks

‘Grieve not, Mother,’ the lyrics urge, ‘shed no tears over my torn flesh’

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

The official radio station of the Palestinian Authority broadcast a song glorifying suicide bombers, an Israel-based media watchdog said Wednesday.

The song, broadcast by the official Voice of Palestine radio station on December 1, was the latest in a series of segments of anti-Israel incitement sanctioned by Ramallah, according to Palestinian Media Watch..

“My heart, with fury, exploded and scattered.The shrapnel of this life flew, and the enemies were beheaded,” went the words of the song, according to the PMW translation. “Grieve not, Mother, shed no tears over my torn flesh. Gather [my] bones, Mother, return them to the earth…”

In October, the group also said, the PA’s official TV station broadcast a segment with a girl calling for the liberation of Jerusalem “by the blood of the youth,” and a documentary that listed a number of Israeli cities, such as Haifa and Ashkelon, as Palestinian.

The Palestinian Authority committed to ending all forms of incitement under the Oslo Accords. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited incitement as a main stumbling block for peace with the Palestinians.

“The Palestinian Authority is unwilling to move toward accepting the existence of the State of Israel. It is poisoning the Palestinian public,” Netanyahu said.

The Palestinian Authority, for its part, also accuses Israel of engaging in incitement, and recently launched a campaign to highlight cases of anti-Palestinian rhetoric.

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