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Palestinians Send Birthday Wishes to Saddam By: Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch | Tuesday, May 03, 2005

An advertisement sending birthday greetings to Saddam Hussein was published Monday in the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper, Al Hayat Al Jadida. As PMW has reported numerous times, Saddam Hussein is seen as a hero by the PA leadership and population. During the war in Iraq, PA political and academic leaders called for armed terror against U.S. soldiers, and a music video calling for Iraqis to kill U.S. troops was played daily on PA TV. PA society, media and leadership actively mourned his fall.

The following is the text of the birthday greeting in the PA daily:

Blessings to the leader of the masses, Saddam Hussein the faithful, the legal President of the Iraqi Republic on the occasion of his 68th birthday.

Two members of the leadership of the Fatah Movement, Bader Tewfik Hassan “Abu Yunis” and Fuzi Kamel Shahrur, express to the leader of the nation and her warrior knight

Saddam Hussein

the president of the Iraqi Republic best wishes on the occasion of his 68th birthday, and bless all of the faithful among the Iraqi and Arab nations, who support and defend justice.

We wish him long life for the sake of Iraq and to free the Arab nation from the enslavement of foreign imperialism. Oh, the glory of victory, with the help of Allah.”

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 1, 2005]

To view this bulletin online, go to: http://www.pmw.org.il/Latest%20bulletins%20new.htm
To view music video go to: http://pmw.org.il/asx/PMW_Baghdad_7.asx

Itamar Marcus is the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch. He was appointed by the Israeli government to be the Israeli representative (communication specialist) to the Trilateral (Israeli-American-Palestinian) Anti-Incitement Committee established under the Wye Accords. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Marcus served as research director of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, writing reports on PA, Syrian, and Jordanian schoolbooks. He holds a BA in political science from City College of New York and an MA in Hebrew culture from New York University. Barbara Crook is associate director and North American representative of Palestinian Media Watch. She teaches at the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She holds an Honors BA in English literature from Queen's University, an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and is a Southam Fellow at the University of Toronto.

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