Abbas' speech at PA event: All of Israel is occupied Palestine
"Gaza... the West Bank... the 1948 lands (i.e., Israel) are occupied"
Song glorifying violence at event: "There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand"by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, PMWAll of Israel is "occupied Palestinian land" was part of the message of a speech by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at a memorial this month. Delivering "the speech of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine," member of Fatah Central Committee Jamal Muhaisen stated that "not an inch of the land of Palestine" has been "liberated":
"All our holy places are still under occupation, and so far we have not liberated one inch of Palestinian land. All Palestinian land is occupied - Gaza is occupied, the West Bank is occupied, the 1948 lands (i.e., Israel) are occupied and Jerusalem is occupied."Click to view
A poster announced that the event was "under the auspices" of Abbas.
A song glorifying the weapon and the use of violence, "My Weapon Has Emerged," was chosen as part of the National Security Band's performance at the memorial, which marked the anniversary of the death of a senior Fatah and PLO leader from 1970s, Majed Abu Sharar:
Oh, our revolution, my weapon has emerged.There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand."[Official PA TV Live, Oct. 9, 2013]
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Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the PA has also chosen this song to be performed at other events. A longer version of the song also includes text that glorifies death:
My weapon has emerged.My weapon has emerged.He who offers his blood doesn't care if his blood flows upon the ground.As the weapon of the revolution is in my hand, so my presence will be forced [upon Israel].My weapon has emerged.My weapon has emerged."Click to see more examples of the PA's policy of denying Israel's right to exist and its policy of promotion of violence.
The following is an excerpt from Abbas' speech at the memorial, delivered by Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen:
[Brackets indicate lyrics from full version of song that were not sung at the event]