Oppressed Palestinian People Too Busy Training Suicide Bombers to Train Musicians

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


It goes without saying that I blame Israel for this amazing musical rendition of the National Anthem. If only it wasn’t for the occupation, Abbas could have used all those billions of dollars in foreign aid to train a marching band above the level of your six-year old’s tin can orchestra.

I would speculate that this was a deliberate insult, except that the Palestinian anthem following it sounds almost as bad.

To be fair though, the Palestinian anthem, composed by a Greek leftist who grew up being taught that Jews drink blood, always sounds bad. Even at its best the Palestinian anthem sounds like the intro to a Broadway musical. At its worst it sounds like a drunken polka group trying to play a medley of old Nazi marching songs without being able to find the notes. And this is almost’worst territory’.

Even Obama just stands there in stoic confusion wondering where the anthem is going and when it will end because there is just no way to know. No sooner do you think that it’s over then it launches into another sonorous passage with some hopeful tooting and aimless drumming. Abbas, who has no doubt endured the Polka Anthem Marathon of Death many times before, just patiently endures it while pledging to have whoever is on the trombone dragged through the streets behind a motorcycle after all this is over.

But for an imaginary country that can’t even put together a marching band, the Palestinian Authority has lots of rituals involving swords. And there are lots of men in uniforms in a place where fighting is generally done in civilian clothing behind human shields.

Since Israel is clearly to blame for the country of fake terrorists prioritizing teaching their kids suicide bombing skills instead of trombone skills, can I just suggest that if the Palestinian Authority is going to go for a Polka anthem, they could try something simpler.

And again. I blame Israel.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Daniel, you certainly hit the nail on the head. Abbas/Abu Mazen, the purported head of the PA/Fatah terror junta, is way too busy inculcating the kiddies in "bombs away", as opposed to musical delights – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/01/pa-statehood-

    Nothing is allowed to get in the way of jihadi training!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Connie

      Why is it that so many muslims have at least 2 or 3 names. Is it because they have so many fathers?

  • gee59

    I have read much better bands in high school

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I heard better bands falling down the stairs

      • Mary Sue

        ROFPMPLMFAO =D

  • Ar'nun

    You would think with all the support from the Western Left they could get a musician with talent to write them a decent song.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      They got Mikis Theodoraki, a crazy bigoted leftist.
      http://www.engageonline.org.uk/blog/article.php?i

      Question: Mr. Theodorakis, on November 4, 2003 you said in this house the words that shocked Jews and non-Jews across the world. You said that the Jewish people are at the root of evil. What did you mean?

      Answer: "For me the root of evil today is the policy of President Bush. It is a fascist policy. I cannot understand how is it that the Jewish people, who have been the victims of Nazism, can support such a fascist policy. No other people in the world support those policies but Israel! This situation saddens me. I am a friend of Israel. I am a friend of the Jewish people. But the policy of Sharon and the support for the policy of Bush darkens the image of Israel. I am afraid that Sharon is going to lead the Jews – just as Hitler led the Germans – to the root of evil."

      Even today, 10 months later, you don't think you made a mistake when you uttered those words?

      "No, but it's important for me to emphasize that I never said that the Jews are the root of evil. I said they are at the root of evil."

      So today's globalized capitalism is controlled very much by the Jews?

      "Since we speak frankly, I will tell you something else. The Jewish people control most of the big symphonic orchestras in the world. When I wrote the Palestinian national anthem, the Boston Symphony was planning a production of my work. It is controlled by Jewish people. They didn't allow the concert to go on. Since then I cannot work with any great orchestra. They refuse me."

      You ran into this problem with other orchestras too?

      "Wherever there are Jews. Wherever there are orchestras controlled by Jewish people, they boycott my work."

      You really feel Jews control much of the music world?

      "Yes."

      • Jerry

        Mikis, maybe your work just doesn't cut it. You remind me of the muslims that blame everyone else for their problems. Face up to your inability to be good enough to play in the sandbox.

      • Toni_Pereira

        Why is that everytime someone does a template of noam chumpsky, he looks more stupid than the real deal?

  • Edward Cline

    The first video was funny. It could be rendered black and white and attached to a Groucho Marx movie. Where did they "guard" and the officers get their uniforms? They look like cast-off British army uniforms. Why was the alleged band playing a Russian tune at the end? Did Abbas spend time in Moscow in training, and that was his sentimental pick for the occasion? Given Obama's tastes in music, I guess he didn't mind listening to a discordent pretend emsemble of drums and reeds. What a joke. Obama pretending to be a leader, the Palestinians pretending to be a state, with a real band.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Abbas is a grad of Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow. The whole Palestine hoax had significant KGB input.

  • Cory

    The only thing I will commend Obama for is his ability to not laugh and keep a straight face during the so called Pali national anthem.

  • Ghostwriter

    "The Polka Anthem Marathon of Death." That's a good line. I like it. As for the Palestinians,it seems that they'd be better off training musicians than suicide bombers. Then again,these people aren't that big on music anyway.

  • R. Steinberg

    Muhammed's aversion to music and song is well-known to Muslims through hadiths (narratives) which report that he declared that songstresses and musicians who played flutes and drums (and, by extrapolation, all other instruments) would wind up in hell. The Ayatollah Khomeini, aware of Muhammed's aversion to music, personally viewed music as haram (forbidden to Muslims) except when it was employed in a military context. Since Muslims are expected to emulate the behavior and attitudes of Muhammed, it should come as no surprise that musical training has a low priority in many Muslim-dominated lands. While Verdi's Aida premiered in Cairo at the end of the nineteenth century, post-colonial Muslim countries have had no interest in cultivating an appreciation of Western musical traditions, hence, there are no symphony orchestras of significance remaining, outside of Israel, the only true Western outpost in the region. There is, surprisingly, a professional level Iranian symphony orchestra based in Tehran, which was established years ago before the Iranian Revolution, but I believe its existence is threatened due to withdrawal of government funding, official distrust, and lack of popular support.