When Ban Ki-moon justifies Palestinian terrorism with frustration and a much too lengthy wait for an independent state, it is clear that no one in his staff has alerted him to how terrorists sing the praise of incitement. The word ‘sing’ here is most appropriate, and the titles of the terrorists’ songs prove it.
The Israeli newspaper on line Times of Israel has reported the story. “Lovers of Stabbing” is the most popular “hit”. And then we have: “Stab the Zionist”;”Fill the Bottle with Fire” (one guesses a Molotov bottle); “Raise Your Weapons”.
The first of these Palestinian songs, sung by the Al Gorbaa band, has received 5 million hits on YouTube. In the video, the mother of the “martyr” Mohammed Ali al Liqdad, who stabbed three people in December at the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, before being killed by the police, sings the words of the popular song at the head of the funeral.
The incitement-to-kill songs never speak of the search for a future state, of a peaceful solution, nor of two states for two peoples. They are invitations – broadcast in a high voice by cars, shops and homes – to kill as many Jews as possible, to wipe them out, for pure hatred “as you wish” as one of the songs says.
The killing songs are very popular and attractive for the public, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Hamas that broadcasts them continuously on its TV channels “Al Aqsa” and “Al Quds”. As if they were elements of natural audience admiration and attraction, the songs are backed by photographs of the “heroic shahid” with a wealth of material showing the attacks in sequence.
One can often admire, for example, the moment in which Alaa Abu Jamal, who before choosing to become a terrorist was an employee of the Israeli telephone company Bezeq, accelerates his car towards the group of people waiting for the bus, there killing the forty year old Yeshayahu Kirshavski.
Even the TV channel of Abu Mazen’s “moderate” Fatah, who in the UN’s fantasies wishes to return to the peace negotiation table, has rushed forward to transmit the songs that have become the soundtrack to terror. “Raise Your Arms”, for instance, is one of its hits, and it says “Drown them in a sea of blood, kill them as you wish” and then adds a list of examples of “martyrs”.
The singer continues with “Face death and resist, because victory is near”. The exaltation transmitted by the songs is exciting like a drug: on 26 October, for example, Red Jaradat, aged 22, right before going out to stab a soldier in the neck, posted on Facebook the clip of “Lovers of Stabbing”.
One of the terrorists’ explanations for their attacks is often the defense of the Al Aqsa Mosque against the Israeli who allegedly intend to take it over. This is not true, but the music ignites to kill and die the souls already fanatically inflamed.
Al Aqsais a favorite slogan not only for Hamas, an Islamic organization that naturally uses the religious approach, but also for Fatah. These two players, rivals in winning the Palestinian public’s attention, are competing with each other in incitement toward terrorism, each in its way. While Hamas invites acolytes to indulge in suicide terrorism, Fatah pays wages to those who are imprisoned for terrorism-related offences.
The game of raising the stakes of violence, encouraged by the complacency of the UN and by the insisted disapproval of Europe and of the US currently expressed through the decision to label the West Bank products, naturally can only lead to war scenarios. And it sounds really against any logic that Ban Ki-moon thinks that justifying terrorism can help some peace process.
By the way, just a few days ago an Israeli senior officer released a statement saying that Gaza, with its new tunnels and accumulation of new missiles, seems to be ready to engage in a new war.
This article originally appeared in slightly different form in Italian in Il Giornale (January 30, 2016)