According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), PA TV (the official TV station) has started re-airing the following video after approximately a year's absence from the airwaves. Why now, is a very interesting question, given the recent Annapolis Summit.
This abbreviated version of a charming little - let's glorify death 'cos you'll get your virgins now- music video, shows a beautiful, young woman waving at her boyfriend from behind a barbed wire fence. As she wriggles through and runs towards him, she is suddenly shot by the evil Israelis (or martyred as they like to call it), and is immediately transported to heaven where we see her joyously cavorting with all the other beautiful, dark-eyed virgins. (I guess they don't like blue-eyed.) The video then cuts to the grief-stricken man visiting the grave of his lover, and as he runs away, he too is 'martyred' by the Israelis. Then, like a Hallmark card advert of old, we see our beautiful young maiden opening her arms to greet her young, handsome stud-of-a-shahid (martyr). And all's well that ends well, in Muslim heaven. The Shahada (Death for Allah) propaganda video has been around since 2000, when it was constantly broadcast during the terror war years between 2000 and 2005, and then in September 2006. During those times it was used to inspire the young to martyr themselves, so if they are truly looking towards peace, why re-air this video? Their actions always seem to contradict their words, which just continues to prove them untrustworthy.
But I have some questions that I've been wondering about regarding all this virgin business:
1. If a married man martyrs himself does he also get the 72 virgins?
2. And if each man gets 72 virgins, where do all those virgins come from? Are they recycled? Do they get to share the same ones?
3. If a female martyrs herself, does she get 72 female virgins as well, or does she become one of those virgins?
4. And lastly, if female martyrs become one of the 72 virgins, what happens to the married martyrs, do they automatically revert to virgin-hood by the power of Allah?
Hmmmm. Just wondering.
For the slightly longer version (with all the emoting) click here.