by Itamar Marcus
Jaffa, Haifa, Tiberias, Acre, and Nazareth are currently "occupied Palestine"Official Palestinian Authority radio expressed hope and certainty that Israel, which was referred to as "occupied Palestine," will cease to exist. The Voice of Palestine radio announcer directed her comments to Israel's Arabs in its holiday broadcast last week:
"Our people in occupied Palestine... our people in Acre, Nazareth, Tiberias, Haifa and Jaffa... one day Palestine will be Palestine again!"
Acre, Nazareth, Tiberias, Haifa and Jaffa are all cities in Israel.
Palestinian Media Watch has reported that despite the PA's commitments and claims to the international community that it recognizes Israel, official PA media regularly denies Israel's right to exist and very often denies Israel's very existence. By calling Israel "occupied Palestine," PA radio implicitly recognizes Israel's existence, while explicitly denying Israel's right to exist.
Also denying Israel's existence, a PA daily crossword puzzle from a few days ago defined Jaffa as "a Palestinian city":
Clue: "A Palestinian city"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 14, 2013]
Earlier this month, PMW reported on official PA TV quiz questions that encouraged Palestinians to deny Israel's existence. The quizzes defined the following cities and sites in Israel as Palestinian or located in "Palestine": Jaffa, the Sea of Galilee, the Hula Lake, Ashdod, Mt Meron and Safed.
The statement on official PA radio that "one day Palestine will be Palestine again" expresses hope and anticipation that the State of Israel will be replaced by "Palestine."
The following is a longer excerpt of the radio broadcast:
Voice of Palestine, official PA radio:
"Greetings to all our listeners and happy holiday to you, our people in occupied Palestine (i.e., Israel), 1948 Palestine, the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel, created in 1948)... Greetings to our people in Acre, Nazareth, Tiberias, Haifa and Jaffa (all Israeli cities)... May your Palestinian identity be rooted in your hearts and minds. Allah willing, one day Palestine will be Palestine again!"
[Voice of Palestine (official PA radio), Aug. 8, 2013]
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