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Denying Israel's Existence is Worth $100

Written by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik of Palestinian Media Watch

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Denying Israels Existence is Worth 100 DollarsPA TV Ramadan entertainment replaces Israel with "Palestine"

During the month of Ramadan, official Palestinian Authority TV has been entertaining its viewers with quiz questions. PA TV reporters have been asking Palestinians in the street different questions and rewarding a correct answer with a $100 prize.

Some of the questions, which PA TV chose to ask and later broadcast, present a world without Israel by defining the Israeli cities of Jaffa, Safed, and Ashdod, as well as Mount Meron as "Palestinian."

Palestinian Media Watch has shown that the PA as policy denies Israel's existence and its right to exist, and official PA TV also follows this policy. The following are some current examples:

PA TV reporter: "On the beach of which Palestinian village did the whale spew out the prophet Jonah? Naturally, it's a coastal city."
Man: "Ashdod." (Israeli city on the Mediterranean coast)
PA TV reporter: Ashdod is the correct answer... You win $100 from [the sponsor] Jawwal."

PA TV reporter: "Which city did [Palestinian writer] Mustafa Dabbagh call 'The city that fell from Heaven?'"
Man: "In Palestine or outside of Palestine?"
PA TV reporter: "In Palestine."
Man: "Maybe Jaffa?" (Israeli city, part of Tel Aviv)
PA TV reporter: "Correct answer. Jaffa. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Wataniya Mobile."

PA TV reporter: "A lake in Northern Palestine drained by the Israeli occupation. What is the name of the lake?"
Man: "The Sea of Galilee?" (In north east Israel)
PA TV reporter: "Think."
Man: "The Hula [Lake]." (The Hula Lake is in Northern Israel)
PA TV reporter: "You've earned $100 from the [sponsor] Bank of Palestine."

PA TV reporter: "Name the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means 'beetle' in the Syriac language, and whose residents are mostly Druze ."
PA TV reporter: "The correct answer is Hurfeish, the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means 'beetle'. Congratulations. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Jawwal." (Hurfeish is a Druze village in Northern Israel.)

PA TV reporter: "What is the highest mountain in Palestine?"
Man: "Mt. Meron." (Mt. Meron is in Northern Israel.)

Another question presented the border from Eilat in the south to the Golan Heights in the north as "Palestine's" border with Jordan, likewise ignoring the existence of Israel:

PA TV reporter: "[Which] country has the longest border with Palestine and what is [the border's] length?"
Man: "The country is Jordan and [the border is] 586 [km.]"
PA TV reporter: "Congratulations. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Jawwal." ("Palestine" in this measurement includes all of Israel from Eilat until the Golan Heights.)

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Each "correct" answer was rewarded with $100, sponsored by the Bank of Palestine, and two mobile phone companies, Jawwal and Wataniya.

Below are examples of PA TV quiz questions in recent years, which show that PA TV consistently encourages Palestinians to picture a world without Israel.

In 2012, a PA TV quiz taught viewers that Safed is a "Palestinian city."

In 2011, Jaffa was described as "a Palestinian city," Israel's Ga'aton River was said to be in "Northern Palestine," and Mount Meron and Mount Carmel were defined as "mountains of Palestine."

In 2010, PA TV also rewarded the denial of Israel's existence with prizes of $100. A PA TV host asked refugees in Lebanon to name 5 cities in "Palestine" and rewarded the "correct" answers citing Israeli cities as Palestinian.

Also in 2010, another PA TV quiz, indicating EU sponsorship by displaying EU's logo, also erased the existence of Israel, by claiming that Haifa was "a Palestinian coastal city."

Similarly, in 2009, Haifa, Jaffa and Acre were named "Palestinian ports."

In 2008, PA TV transmitted the same message to children through various questions on a children's quiz show. Here, Haifa, Jaffa, Ashkelon, and Ashdod were presented as "Palestinian ports," "Palestine," not Israel, was said to share a border with Lebanon, and the Sea of Galilee was a "sweet water lake in Palestine."

The following are the transcripts of some of this year's quiz questions and their answers denying Israel's existence that were broadcast by PA TV:

PA TV program Every New Day:
PA TV reporter: "[Which] country has the longest border with Palestine and what is the [border's] length?"
Man: "The country is Jordan and [the border is] 586 [km]."
PA TV reporter: "Congratulations. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Jawwal."[Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 28, 2013]

Note: The PA presents the border from Eilat in the south to the Golan Heights in the north as "Palestine's" border with Jordan, thereby ignoring the existence of Israel.

PA TV program Tamarind:
PA TV reporter: "A lake in Northern Palestine drained by the Israeli occupation. What is the name of the lake?"
Man: "The Sea of Galilee?"
PA TV reporter: "Think."
Man: "The Hula [Lake]."
PA TV reporter: "You've earned $100 from the [sponsor] Bank of Palestine."[Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 25, 2013]

Note: Both the Sea of Galilee and the Hula Lake are in Israel.

PA TV program Lamps:
PA TV reporter: "Which city did [Palestinian writer] Mustafa Dabbagh call 'The city that fell from Heaven'?"
Man: "In Palestine or outside of Palestine?"
PA TV reporter:
"In Palestine."
Man: "Maybe Jaffa?"
PA TV reporter: "Correct answer. Jaffa. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Wataniya Mobile."[Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2013]

Note: Jaffa is an Israeli city on the Mediterranean coast.

PA TV program Every New Day:
PA TV reporter:
"On the beach of which Palestinian village did the whale spew out the prophet Jonah? Naturally, it's a coastal city."
Man: "Ashdod."
PA TV reporter: "Ashdod is the correct answer... You win $100 from [the sponsor] Jawwal."[Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 21, 2013]

Note: Ashdod is an Israeli city on the Mediterranean coast.

PA TV program Every New Day:
PA TV reporter: "Name the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means 'beetle' in the Syriac language, and whose residents are mostly Druze."PA TV reporter: "The correct answer is Hurfeish, the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means 'beetle'. Congratulations. You win $100from [the sponsor] Jawwal."[Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 21, 2013]

Note: Hurfeish is a Druze village in Northern Israel.

PA TV program Tamarind:
PA TV reporter: "What is the highest mountain in Palestine? ... Is it Mt. Tal Asour or Mt. Nabi Younes or Mt. Meron?"
Woman: "Mt. Meron." (Mt. Meron is in Northern Israel)
PA TV reporter: "The answer is correct. You win $100 from the [sponsor] Bank of Palestine."[Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 11, 2013]

PA TV program Every New Day:
PA TV reporter:
"What is the highest mountain in Palestine?"Man: "Mt. Meron."[Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 11, 2013]

Note: Mt. Meron is a mountain in Israel near Safed

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