Monday, November 19, 2012

The Music of Israel's Enemies

The Middle East Media Research Institute (memri.org) posted a shocking war song that was posted on Youtube this weekend.  
Memri translated the lyrics which I posted below and can be found on Memri's website.  

The entire song was shocking, but one line in particular really stood out.  
"Oh you settler, with your sidelocks, in your shelter you cower with fear."My entire people cry out loud:"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
This line includes three distinct groups:  Settlers, people with "sidelocks" and Tel Aviv.  

In Israel, when the term "settlers" is used it usually refers to Israelis who live in the settlements beyond the pre-1967 borders.  These "settlemnts" are considered by some people in Israel and around the world to be the main obstacle to a peace settlement between Israel and the the Palestinians.

Tel Aviv, Israel's second largest city, is not considered by Israel to be a "settlement" or an "occupied territory."  In every proposed peace plan Tel Aviv is part of the Jewish state.  This video is just another indication that Israel's enemies view all Israelis as "settlers" and all of Israel as one "settlement."

But more shocking is the line about "sidelocks."  Their image of the Jew is the traditional image of the European Jew in chasidish garb with a black hat, long black coat, and sidelocks around his ears.  In truth, that caricature can only be used to describe at most 10% of Israel's population.  Further, politically Hareidim represent the most extreme leftist views on Jewish sovereignty in Israel and historically the Hareidi population opposed the use of force to establish a Jewish state.  

But the people that made and identify with this music video are not interested in what political, religious, or other views a Jew may hold.  Their objective is to kill Jews.

On Chanukah we celebrate the victory over the Greeks who wanted to destroy Judaism.  Like other enemies in history, their objective was to impose their beliefs on the Jews through force.  There conflict with the Jews was a conflict of ideas.

But Israel's current conflict is not predicated on ideas. Hamas's hatred of Jews is just that - hatred of Jews.  How is Israel supposed to negotiate with such an enemy?  What can Israel offer Hamas that will placate them other than national suicide?

The response to the video - or lack there of - is even more shocking than the content.  If a Jewish group were to produce a similar video about killing Arabs the outrage from the Israeli government and from Jewish groups around the world would be deafening.  

But from this video, we have instead a deafening silence.  

I hope that we will soon see outrage unleashed against this vile, racist, hatred.  But I am not holding my breath.


Strike a Blow at Tel Aviv

"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv and frighten the Zionists.
"The more you build it the more we will destroy it.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"You need to know, oh occupier, that the Palestinians won’t be humiliated.
"We don't want no truce or solution.
"All we want is to strike Tel Aviv.
"We will strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Oh oppressive Israeli army, you can take on anything but Gaza.
"Here comes the decisive response:
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.

"You sent a bomber to shell us neighborhood by neighborhood,
"But we downed the airplane.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Here is the breaking news:
"We shot down the airplane, and the pilot is missing.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"We have downed their airplane, and filled up their air raid shelters.
"Oh Palestinians, you can be proud.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv. 

"Oh you settler, with your sidelocks, in your shelter you cower with fear.
"My entire people cry out loud:
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"After the raid, after the strike – Netanyahu, you son-of-a-$@#$%,
"How come you are hiding in the shelter?
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Netanyahu, son-of-a-whatever, we will wipe out your entire army.
"You can stick your operation up your ass.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Oh Gulf states, shut up.  All you are good at is convening conferences.

"Those lowlifes are not the same blood as me.
"We want to strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"We want to strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"The Gulf states and all their billions are tough only with NATO's support.
"Their statements are of no use to us.
"We want to strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"We want to strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"We don't want no truce or bargain.
"We have sworn in Gaza only to wage resistance. 
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Strike, oh Qassam missile, do not let the Zionists sleep.
"Even if they beg for mercy – be sure not to show Tel Aviv any mercy.
"Don't show Tel Aviv any mercy.
"Oh Fajr missile, explode in the Knesset and the army base.
"Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar – terrorize Tel Aviv.
"Blow up, blow up Tel Aviv.
"Upon hearing the air-raid sirens, Akko and the valleys sing out: 
"Oh Arafat, your people are striking a blow at Tel Aviv.
"Let's strike a blow at Tel Aviv."

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