Hamas terrorist organization leader Ismail Haniyeh (center) during a previous visit in Iran. (AP/Vahid Salemi) (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Hamas terrorist organization leader Ismail Haniyeh in Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)


A song titled “Death to Israel” was playing on Hamas TV half an hour before Israeli fire destroyed the station this week.

By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch

About a half hour before Hamas’ TV station in the Gaza Strip was bombed by Israel, the station broadcasted a music video repeatedly announcing: “Death to Israel.”

The video shows footage from terror attacks and scenes from funerals and burials of Israeli terror victims. The words “DEATH TO ISRAEL” flash in Hebrew on the screen as the Arabic song focuses on that message.

Embedded in the music video is a clip with Hamas leader Nizar Rayan chanting with the audience: “[Remember] Khaibar, Khaibar, O Jews. The soldiers of Muhammad have started to return.” This slogan is often chanted as a threat to Jews that they should expect to be defeated and murdered again by Muslims, just as Muhammad murdered Jews at the village of Khaibar in the year 628.

That Hamas TV broadcast a song calling for the killing of Israelis and Jews is not surprising. Such music videos are common on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, as Palestinian Media Watch has documented.

In fact, Hamas broadcast a similar song calling for “death to Israel” after the terror organization had agreed to a ceasefire with Israel in November 2014. Israel had launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip called Operation Protective Edge with the aim of crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and protecting Israeli civilians from Hamas rocket fire. On Nov. 22, 2014, one day after Hamas and Israel had brokered the ceasefire, Hamas broadcast the following music video with the words:

“Repeat in the name of your Jihad: Death to Israel!

With blood and fire, resist until freedom

Defeat the soldiers of aggression the enemies of humanity.” [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 22, 2014]

Despite the new ceasefire, which Hamas and Israel agreed upon on Tuesday, Hamas – an Islamic terror organization that writes in its charter and declares openly that Muslims have a religious obligation to destroy Israel and exterminate Jews – will hardly change its hate messages.

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