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Battle of the bands! Palestinians erupt over presence of Israelis

It seems there are few bridges that cannot be burned by Palestinians who want nothing to do with Israelis.

Even when the platform is music, which according to Ludwig van Beethoven, is “the language of God.”

The conflict arose recently when the Palestinian Edward Said National Conservatory of Music sent a delegation to perform at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, there also was an Israeli delegation at the event, which prompted the Palestinians to accuse the French event organizers of deceiving them.

A report from the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida said the conservatory “condemned the deception on the part of the administration of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, to which it fell victim during a concert tour of the Palestine Youth Orchestra in France.”

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The complaint continued: “The participation of an Israeli band was added at the last moment to the program … the wording of the program … gives the reader the impression that Palestinian and Israeli young people met in France in order to exchange ideas and engage in dialogue, something which the conservatory resolutely refuses.

“Even though the performance of the Palestine Youth Orchestra was not scheduled on the same day that the Israeli band performed, shoving the group into the festival was not done innocently, but was rather intended to promote Zionist ideology.”

PMW explained: “The Palestinian Authority adamantly opposes peace-building between Israelis and Palestinians. Whether at joint sporting events for children, women’s embroidery groups or at conferences promoting coexistence, Palestinian Media Watch has shown that the PA condemns meetings that bring Palestinians and Isrealis together.”

The Al-Hayat report continued:”The conservatory stated: ‘After the orchestra reached France on Aug. 15 in order to begin its concert tour, the administration of the conservatory and members of the orchestra – more than 80 young Palestinians and Arabs – were surprised to discover that a new version of the festival program had been published and distributed.”

The report said the goal appeared to be to “draw comparison between the victim and the hangman, and to beautify the image of the occupation in the eyes of the European public and the world.”

The academy “will oppose this matter now and always,” Al-Hayat said.

PMW said Palestinian opposition to any interaction with Israelis also is shared by the Saudis.

“Official PA TV reported that a Saudi football team coming to the PA areas refused to have any contact with Israelis or have their passports stamped while traveling to the PA areas, and therefore could not get to their game.”

The report said the Saudis eventually found options.

According to Tayseer Nasrallah, of the Palestinian Football Association, “One option is that they come by land under the supervision of FIFA, so that their passports would not be stamped and so there would be no contact between them and the Israelis. … The other option is that their arrival will be mediated by Jordan … so that they will go by plane from Marka International Airport (in Jordan) to Ramallah or Al-Ram. …”

WND reported last month a Palestinian television show featured two interviewees in military fatigues who declare their aspiration in life is to “blow up the Jews.”

They’re about 6 years old.

The boys appeared on a children’s show moderated by a girl who is not much older than they are, reported the Middle East Media Research Institute.

MEMRI said the show was on Al-Aqsa TV, the official channel of Hamas, the jihadist organization that governs Gaza.

The moderator asks one of the boys, Muhammad, about his poetry.

“Who taught this poem, Muhammad?” the young moderator asks.

His mother, said Muhammad Ali Zakariya Al-Astal.

He then recites:

Oh Jerusalem, I shall redeem you with my soul and my blood.

I shall liberate you from the Jews by means of the Al-Qassam Brigades, of course.

I bring glad tidings to our prisoners: Salvation is near.

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Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Muhammad said he wants to become a member of Al-Qassam Brigades, the so-called military wing of Hamas.

Another interviewee, identified as Zakariya, said he wants to be an engineer “so that I can blow up the Jews.”

See the interview: