Palestinian Space Cadets

Ever wondered why the palestinians have not sent anyone to the moon. Well, wonder no more!


DAM (Facebook)

A Palestinian musician is blaming the U.S. and Israel for the fact that the Palestinians have not yet been able to send a man to the moon.

Tamer Nafar of the Arabic hip hop band DAM says the group’s latest album was inspired by the contrast between NASA’s space exploration and the digging of smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. He tells the pro-Palestinian website Electronic Intifada that the “occupation” and the U.S. are to blame for hindering Palestinian space exploration ambitions. He does not mention that Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005 and that Hamas – defined by the State Department as a terrorist organization – now controls Gaza, not an Israeli “occupation.”

In the interview, Nafar describes the inspiration for DAM’s new album Dabke on the Moon. Dabke or Debka is a traditional Arab line dance (Emphasis added):

Well, once I read an article about some NASA experiment on the moon, or in space, I don’t know, but they created some kind of a spaceship that goes to outer space to do something. And on the same day, I read an article about the people in Gaza digging tunnels. I didn’t feel comfortable with these two opposites. They are exploring the galaxies outside of Earth, and the Palestinians are digging tunnels — it’s the opposite direction.

Of course we want to go to the moon, but we cannot do it with the occupation. And who’s responsible for the occupation as well? America, the USA. They are sponsoring billions of dollars every year to make us dig under tunnels. I didn’t like it, and it was a sad song at the beginning. How come we are digging tunnels and they are reaching outer space?

I dunno. The palestinian space program seems to be thriving.

Photo: IDF Spokesperson

gaza rocket launch

Update: In other space program related news, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is yet again set to go in to space.

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  • Norman B.

    Is this Iranian space monkey Shi’ite or Sunni?

  • Jrmo

    I wouldn’t say E.I. is pro Palestinian so much as anti Jew.

  • ahad ha’amoratsim

    There’s gratitude! How can he blame American after Obama’s 2010 directive to NASA’s head administraor Charles Bolden that “perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.”

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  • Abu Zibby

    Israel starts operations at pilot space station on Mars. Fakestinians: “The Zionists stole it from us”.

  • Sams

    Hamas and the Nazis both had in common that they loved Genocide and launched rockets as war crimes, so a Palestinian in the moon in the next decade is possible.

    PS: I know that technically the Americans made it to the moon, but Werner Von Braun is still the Nazi V2 rocket scientist.

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