Dying for the sake of "Palestine" as an ideal, even for Palestinian children and youth, remains part of Palestinian discourse.
This week, official Palestinian Authority TV reported from a Fatah celebration in a refugee camp in Lebanon and chose to focus on the following slide shown at the celebration. Fatah's message was that children are created so that their blood will be "fertilizer" to saturate the land:
"Our children are our glory and honor, they were created to be fertilizer for the land of Palestine, and for our pure land to be saturated with their blood."http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
Earlier this month, a PA-Fatah celebration in Ramallah featured a performance with the same message. In front of senior PA leaders, including Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, young children and youth performed a song that included the following words:
"My pure land, I shall saturate you with my blood...redeem you with my life." (Palestine Media Watch)
I know, its simply a cultural thing. They don't really mean they want their children to be fertilizer -- that would be insane. And Palestinians can't be insane, because that would be politically incorrect.
And we can't argue with political correctness.
Update: To prove my point, Shimon Peres extolled the virtues of the PA President TODAY at the Herziliya Conference...
Within the Palestinian Authority leadership and its ruling Fatah party, the president explained, there are leaders like PA President Mahmoud Abbas who are ready to make peace, unlike Hamas, which denies peace and rejects negotiations. (JPost)
The only difference is that Peres actually believes what he is saying. Ready for peace...and ready to fertilize the land with Palestinian children's blood.
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