Songs calling for violence and attacks on Israelis are enjoying a great amount of popularity on the Palestinian street and in official Palestinian Authority media, according to a report by watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch.
One such song, posted on Fatah’s Facebook page in November 2014 and recently seeing resurgent popularity, proclaims: “I’m coming towards you, my enemy; We’re going down from every house with cleavers and knives… I swear, you won’t escape, my enemy; From the revolution and the people.”
An article in the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida last week claimed the song is often heard on the streets these days. The paper interviewed a Ramallah street stall owner who said “discs of national songs make up 90% of his sales at the moment because the prevailing national sentiment causes people to buy them.”
Another song famous for its role as something of an anthem of previous uprisings (or intifadas) has been playing on Fatah-run television for months, and includes the phrases: “Where is the Arab rage? Where is the Arab blood? …The revolution (needs) men, it is not bought with money; The revolution of a people holding rocks against fleets…My red blood will water the green with the flavor of lemon.”
The newspaper also interviewed children in the Gaza Strip who, it claimed, are fond of intifada songs and “are determined to take part… in the mass insurgency, in order to help the Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem in their own way.”
One 11-year-old girl told the paper she often watches a Hamas music video, “On the Borders,” which encourages rocket attacks and kidnappings of Israeli soldiers and is sung by a child in military uniform.
“I love the songs, I love to sing them. My siblings also sing them at home, and we always see mom and dad turn on the TV when these songs are on. We also see Martyrs killed by the Jews. I always hear the song ‘On the Borders,’ and long to fight the occupying Jews when I grow up.”