Israelis love Hamas fight song

Israeli Defense Forces soldiers join in the song / Photo: IDF
Israeli Defense Forces soldiers join in the song / Photo: IDF, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

WASHINGTON, August 13, 2014 — When the most recent conflict between Hamas and Israel started, Hamas released an updated version of a 2012 song, “Carry Out Terror Attacks.” The original version was aimed at invigorating Hamas backers against Israel. It became highly popular with militant Palestinians, gaining more than a million views on YouTube.

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The newest version is in Hebrew, and again includes anti-Israeli battle cries.

Ironically, however, the song “Up, Do Terrorist Attacks,” has gained traction not with Hamas, but with Israelis.

Lyrics such as “Try to make contact with the Zionists. Burn camps and soldiers. Shake the security of Israel” have caused quite a bit of hilarity in Israel, to the point that even Israeli officers have made it their ring tone.

Other lyrics include:

Rock them, now, multitude of missiles,
Turn their world into a scene of horrors,
Burn into their minds a great miracle,
That they are being expelled, and we are going to stay!

Yagil Henkin, an Israeli military historian and reservist told NPR, “The song is hilariously silly,” he said, “When you listen to the lyrics, they are quite awful. You have modern Hebrew with ancient Hebrew with some things that are not Hebrew at all. And all in very bad accent and extremely bad diction.”

Groups of giggling Israeli girls point out that the song includes shouts of “Vulcanim,” which has no known translation. They told Haaretz, “We like it because it makes us laugh.”

The video is full of hatred. It shows Hamas fighters building missiles and launching attacks against Israel. The video also shows burning wreckage in Israel and large letters spelling “Death to Israel.”

One young Israeli noted, “We know they are trying to use this to scare us, but it makes them seem weak and stupid. A song? A really bad song? It’s ridiculous.”

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Others disagree, “Hate is hate,” says a Haaretz journalist, “I hope I never hear the song again.”

Following is a general translation of the song:

Up, do terror attacks,
Rock them, inflict terrible blows,
Eliminate all the Zionists,
Shake the security of Israel!

Aim to make contact with the Zionists,
To burn bases and soldiers,
Shake the security of Israel,
Reveal volcanic flames of fire!

A country of weakness and delusion,
When it comes to war, they cannot hold out,
They blow away like spider’s webs,
When they meet the valiant!

Shake the security of Israel,
Set the heart of her [i.e., Israel] on fire like spider’s webs,
Demolish her down to her foundations,
Exterminate the nest of cockroaches,
Expel all the Zionists!

The hearts of the Zionists, each one turns,
In a different direction, and does not identify,
They are frightened by death, and they run to hide,
Behind walls and in reinforced rooms!

It is an illusion, it will not succeed,
Its time is past, and it is polluted,
Gone, like mice in a parched field,
Get close then open fire, all at once!

Rock them, now, multitude of missiles,
Turn their world into a scene of horrors,
Burn into their minds a great miracle:
That they are being expelled, and we are going to stay!

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Lisa M. Ruth is Editor-in-Chief of CDN. In addition to her editing and leadership duties, she also writes on international events, intelligence, and other topics. She has worked with CDN as a journalist since 2009. Lisa is also President of CTC International Group, Inc., a research and analysis firm in South Florida, providing actionable intelligence to decisionmakers. She started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service. She holds an MA in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a BA in international relations from George Mason University. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Horses Healing Hearts, and is involved with several other charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and AYSO.