Palestinian Authority TV last week broadcast a morning show featuring two young girls no older than seven or eight who recited what appeared to be an anti-Semitic poem that one source noted would put even former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to shame!
Below is the full dialogue between the Palestinian reporter and the girls, translated by the anti-incitement watchdog, Palestinian Media Watch:
PA TV reporter: "Let's meet these girls who want to recite a short poem."
Girl 1: I do not fear the rifle because your throngs are in delusion and ignorant herds.
Jerusalem is my land, Jerusalem is my honor
Jerusalem is my days and my wildest dreams.
Oh, you who murdered Allah’s pious prophets (i.e., Jews in Islamic tradition)
Oh, you who were brought up on spilling blood
You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship.
Oh Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations
Oh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs
Girl 2: Jerusalem is not your den
Jerusalem opposes your throngs
Jerusalem vomits from within it your impurity
Because Jerusalem, you impure ones, is pious, immaculate
And Jerusalem, you who are filth, is clean and pure.
I do not fear barbarity.
As long as my heart is my Quran and my city
As long as I have my arm and my stones
As long as I am free and do not barter my cause
I will not fear your throngs
I will not fear the rifle.
This recent case is just one of the endless examples of how the Palestinian Authority manipulates it media by use of their own children in order to actively promote religious hatred and anti-Semitism towards the Jewish people. It is a trend in Palestinian media to depict Jews as animals, in this case, as “barbaric monkeys and wretched pigs.”
This is nothing new for Israeli ears; anti-Semitism and anti-Israel rhetoric ricochets throughout this region every day, just as it did for centuries in the nations where the Jews suffered in exile.
However, to experience such episodes at a time of prospective negotiations understandably leaves Israeli leaders questioning whether the Palestinian people are really sincere about peace. The question most Israelis are asking: is true peace viable? Can there ever be genuine recognition of Israel’s right to exist – which is Israel’s chief peace demand – when there appears to be no real change coming from within the Palestinian camp in this regard?
As Israeli Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan noted, there doesn’t seem to be a “genuine end to the anti-Israel incitement.”
With that said, the issue therefore is not prevention, but control. Once it is recognized that this Palestinian education of brainwashing and hatred is impossible to eradicate, people may begin to understand why Israelis take their state security policies and premise for negotiations so seriously.