The video on YouTube shows scenes that reportedly depict Israelis fleeing and panicked after rocket attacks. (TDS/YouTube screen grab)
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The music video opens with Palestinian Hamas fighters in fatigues building, transporting and then firing rockets at Israel -- but the triumphant lyrics are being sung in Hebrew, not Arabic.The five-minute video is part of a slick propaganda program designed by Hamas and its armed Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades wing.It appears to be the first time that Hamas has released a song in Hebrew, but it builds on a broader strategy of delivering its own message to Israelis.Underneath it lists the rockets it is firing at Israel, as though challenging Israelis to guess what is coming: M75, R160, J80, S55?Saleh Masharqa, a lecturer at Bir Zeit University who writes for the Palestinian Al-Hayat newspaper, said Hamas had built its Israel-focused propaganda strategy over more than a decade. Hamas's message to the Palestinians, on the other hand, is a bid to appeal to a fractured polity in which many bitterly oppose the group.
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