Palestinian Media Watch
19 June '11
There are signs that the Palestinian Authority is beginning to present the signing of the Oslo Accords with Israel as a negative event as bad as Israel's creation and the defeat of the three Arab states, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, in the Six Day War.
Two visual expressions of this message appeared in the last two weeks in the official PA media.
One was a cartoon in the official PA daily, depicting a man preparing a headstone for a grave, who is wondering which date to inscribe to complete the text. The headstone reads:
"The deceased: 'Arab History'
[Date of] death..."
The man considers which year to add to the inscription as the year Arab history died. The dates he thinks possible are: "1948, 1967, 1993, 2003, 2008 and 2010."
The dates refer to events considered negative for and by the Arab world. Significantly 1993, the year the Oslo Accords were signed, is included.
1967 - The Six Day War
1993 - Signing of Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO
2003 - US invasion of Iraq
2008 - The Gaza War
2010 - Possibly refers to the Flotilla to Gaza that ended in violence
The second visual appeared in a music video of a song encouraging Palestinians to overcome their tragedies. Children are seen sitting around a table drawing. One drawing included in the video shows the dates "1948, 1967, 1993."
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