Hamas Magazine For Children Glorifies Terrorism And Hatred Of Israel And Jews
New York, NY, May 11, 2007 … The online magazine, with its colorful cartoon characters and "Chutes and Ladders"-style games, looks at first glance like any other designed to appeal to young children. But closer inspection reveals something far different – the games and characters promote a message of Islamic extremism and hatred of Israel and Jews.
This is the most recent edition of the online children's magazine Al-Fateh, published by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Arabic-language site is tailored to "poison the minds of Palestinian children and to infect them with anti-Semitism and hate."
"The fact is, the teaching of hatred of Jews and Israel is deeply ingrained in Palestinian society, and Hamas is constantly looking for new ways to glorify terrorism and to poison the minds of Palestinian youth with anti-Semitism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Whether it is a Mickey Mouse-like character, or games for toddlers, the goal is to appeal to young minds and indoctrinate them into their culture of hate."
Al-Fateh (Arabic for "the conqueror") has published more than 70 issues since the site was launched in September 2002. The issues have included stories and columns praising attacks against the "Jewish enemy," as well as other anti-Semitic and anti-Israel themes.
According to ADL, the newly published May 1 issue includes a "games" section with a virtual board game consisting of images of Israeli soldiers with snake bodies and tongues and caricatures of children throwing stones. Titled "The Palestinian kid and the Israeli soldier," the winner of this version of "Chutes and Ladders"-like game is the player that reaches the Dome of the Rock first.
The magazine also features a coloring book, a "news brief" listing the latest attacks on "Zionist soldiers" or "Jewish Settlers" and a section titled "children of the stones," which is made up of pictures of children with guns and portraits of former Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. Children are encouraged to contribute pictures for this section.
Previous issues of Al-Fateh have encouraged kids to become suicide bombers and advocated hatred of Jews.
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