Striking new PA TV Hate VideoIsrael behind all world terror and wars

Posted in Israel / Palestine | 22-Sep-04 | Author: Itamar Marcus and Barbara Croo| Source: Palestinian Media Watch

Introduction
A new and most striking hate music video, entitled "The Game" started appearing yesterday on Palestinian Authority (PA) TV. The clip, which is sung in English, starts with the female vocalist, looking down from heaven, singing about "hundreds of years" of "peaceful living" on earth. Then suddenly "heaven's gates opened wide" and waves of victims start to arrive. (Visuals of Arabs and Africans.) The singer decides to go to earth to see for herself what has caused this death wave and discovers a world so horrific she is happy "not to be alive." The world has been engulfed in "the game of terror". Interspersed throughout the clip primarily of Palestinians, are archival scenes of injured and suffering people from around the world. Dead bodies and victims of massacres, horrific close ups of mutilated bodies, including scenes of victims from Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Africa, and even the well-known picture of a tractor pushing piles of Holocaust victims into a grave. The atomic-bomb mushroom cloud appears followed by pictures of victims. (Below.)

The repeating refrain of the song: "In the name of terror, innocents die. It's a game of horror, I don't know why."

The lyrics on their own suggest this is a song condemning terror, however, the visuals paint a different picture: Israel is to blame for all world terror and suffering. While the victims are from numerous conflicts, the only soldiers shown are Israelis, often in shooting positions, and Israeli soldiers appear at least ten times. The text also includes the words: "How could anyone have survived? I was happy to be not alive. How could anyone, through occupation, survive?" The word "occupation", of course, being the word the PA uses in English to define Israel's rule over the disputed territories, and in Arabic to define all of Israel.

The message of this hate-clip is a common theme promoted by PA and Arab leadership: Israeli and/or Jews are behind all world conflict and suffering, either directly, or indirectly by forcing the hand of world powers. It is likewise interesting to note that following standard propaganda tactic, killer and victim are switched. Though Israel has been the most repeated terror victim in recent years, Israel is depicted in this clip as the perpetrator of terror. And whereas perpetrators of international terror have been predominantly Arabs and Muslims, there is not even one scene showing either Arab terror, such as, the world trade center, or victims of Arab terror.

The visuals are very powerful and tell the main story. The scenes of victims of massacres and dead bodies interspersed with pictures of Israeli soldiers, send a clear hate-message.

The following is the full text. As mentioned, the song is in English and all language mistakes below are in the original.

"The Game" / Aida

Vocalist:
I live in heaven for hundreds of years
A peaceful living
Without fears or tears
Where there's no fear, death or sorrow
No yesterday and no tomorrow
Vocalist recites:
Suddenly heaven gates opened wide
People were coming tide after tide
From all races, colors and places
Agony stories on their faces
To know what happened
And find out why
I went to earth down from the sky
What I saw I wish no one will see
Even an enemy who can see
I was happy to be not alive
How could anyone good survive?
I was happy to be not alive
How could anyone, through occupation,
survive?
Vocalist sings:
In the name of terror
Innocents die
It's a game of horror
I don't know why
Chorus:
In the name of terror
Innocents die
It's a game of horror
I don't know why
Genocide inside camps and cities
Massacres outside and through cities
In the name of terror
innocents die (x2)
Vocalist:
Forces of evil
Destruction and death,
Killing the men
Stealing the land and wealth
....
And assassinate who's not fearing.
Chorus:
In the name of terror
Innocents die
It's a game of horror
I don't know why
Genocide inside camps and cities
Massacres outside and through cities
In the name of terror innocents die (x2)
Vocalist:
Rise the child from God
Give the child food
Denounce everyone and his livelihood
Mothers hugging their babies dying
Others running
Their lips are crying
Chorus:
In the name of terror
Innocents die
It's a game of horror
I don't know why
Genocide inside camps and cities
Massacres outside and through cities
Vocalist:
I return to heaven
And ask the Lord
To stop the violence of century gone
Ask to have more justice
With occupation
Peace without justice
Is just an illusion (x2)
Chorus:
In the name of terror
Innocents die
It's a game of horror
I don't know why
Genocide inside camps and cities
Massacres outside and through cities
In the name of terror
Innocents die (x2)
In the name of terror

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