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National Anthems say a lot about an entity's character.     The Israeli National Anthem is about peace for the Jewish people and about hope, not about violence and revenge.

It seems as though the Palestinian "National" anthem is specifically designed to a) strenghthen Palestinian claims to the land of Israel and b) encourage further bloodshed and violence.  Is this something that us in the west should condone?  Compare the anthem below to the Palestinian National Anthem - there is NO comparison.  There is no talk of violence and revenge for past injustices in the Israeli National Anthem, of which there have been many.

Source: Jewish Virtual Library

In The Jewish heart
A Jewish spirit still sings,

And the eyes look east
Toward Zion

Our hope is not lost,
Our hope of two thousand years,

To be a free nation in our land,

In the land of Zion and Jerusalem

The title of the Israeli national anthem is HATIKVA, which means “The Hope.” It was written by Naftali Herz Imber, a Galician Jew, and set to music in Palestine in the early 1880s. Hatikva is about “hope,” the undying hope of the Jewish people, through the long years of exile, that they would someday return to independence in their homeland.

In 70 C.E. Titus led his Roman soldiers in their destruction of Jerusalem. Most of the Jews were carried away as captives and scattered across the lands of the world.

During the two thousand years of exile, the Jewish people always kept a heartfelt prayer in their hearts for return to Israel. They said special daily prayers for return and they celebrated the holidays according to Israeli seasons and calendar. This is the message of the Hatikvah's first stanza. Zion is another name for Israel and Jerusalem. When the Jewish people pray their eyes, hearts and prayers are directed toward Israel and Jerusalem. For many long painful years, the land of Israel was in the hands of foreigners. The Jews who lived in Palestine were not free. Yet their hope for freedom and independence never died. The second stanza of the Hatikva recalls the undying hope of Jews through the generation, Jews who lived in other countries and Jews who had remained in Palestine.

When we sing the Hatikva together, we are doing much more than just singing a nice melody. We are making a promise that we will never forget the undying Jewish hope for independence and that we will do all within our power to help the State of Israel prosper.


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