PA TV song longs for a world without Israel:

Feb 15, 2012 No Comments by

“We will return to Jerusalem, to Gaza, to Acre, to Haifa… I wish I could enter my country with no borders”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik – www.palwatch.org
Twice in the last two weeks, Palestinian Authority TV broadcast a song which expressed longing for a world without Israel. The lyrics of the song express a desire for the Israeli cities of Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Ramle and Nazareth to be part of “my country,” which is Palestine, where all cities would be accessible “with no borders”:

“Even if our path has grown long, one day we will return:
To Jerusalem, to Gaza, to Acre, to Haifa, oh Lord.
To Jerusalem, to Ramle, to Acre, to Haifa, oh Lord…
I wish I could enter my country with no borders.”

Portraying a world without Israel is a recurring PA theme documented by Palestinian Media Watch. The PA frequently reinforces this message through cultural events broadcast on PA TV, including song performances. For examples, click here and here.

The following is the transcript of the song. Note that Nazareth, the Galilee, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Acre, and Haifa are Israeli cities and places:

“I wish I could enter my country with no borders…
I will go about in Bethlehem and in Al-Aqsa [Mosque], which is held captive
I will eat lunch in Nazareth and eat dinner in Beit Sahour…
I do not forget Jenin nor Nablus, and the Galilee
I do not forget you, Jaffa, your long sea [shore]
I will never forget the olives of the Galilee
Even if our path has grown long, one day we will return:
To Jerusalem, to Gaza, to Acre, to Haifa, oh Lord.
To Jerusalem, to Ramle, to Acre, to Haifa, oh Lord…
I wish I could enter my country with no borders.”
[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 30 and Feb. 9, 2012]

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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