A comparison of the Palestinian and Israeli national anthems

June 15, 2006 at 1:21 am (Arabic, Israel, Middle East, Palestinian Territories)

This is an interesting file I found on Youtube while finding a rendition of Japan’s national anthem, Kimi Ga Yo. It’s a comparison of the Palestinian national anthem and the Israeli national anthem, comparing not only their music but also their words and themes. (For the record, as beautiful as the Israeli national anthem is, it’s probably the most somber and depressing national anthem I’ve ever heard.)



  1. Wickedpinto said,

    One a somber ballad written by a jew after 6.2 million jews were slaughtered, to find that they could find a place to live in peace.

    The other, a manic, and pathetic march written (did I get that right? by a terrorist?) while a bunch of palestinian murderers, work to kill the rest of the jews.

    Thank god I’m a conservative, otherwise I’d have to find some way of equating those two in terms of morality. Since I’m not a lib I can say “yeahp, bout what I’d’ve thought.”

  2. Anonymous said,

    This ballad (lyrics and music) was written 50 years before the holocaust and not “after 6.2 million jews were slaughtered, to find that they could find a place to live in peace.”

    “The title of the national anthem, HATIKVA, means “The Hope.” It was written by Naftali Herz Imber (1856-1909), who moved to Palestine in 1882 from Galicia. The melody was arranged by Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia, from a musical theme in Smetana’s “Moldau” that is partly based on a Scandinavian folk song.”

    Wickedpinto said he was a conservative, but he forgot to add that he was a an ignorant too.

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