Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Hate Industry

The children's TV program on the Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa channel aired a segment with spiteful cartoons inciting to hatred against Israel and undermining the legitimacy of negotiations with it. The cartoons are the creation of Omayya Joha, a Palestinian cartoonist associated with Hamas and enjoying popularity in the Arab world.

Shown during a segment called “Daily Cartoon” were several cartoons for children, taken from their daily lives. Each cartoon was shown on screen for several consecutive seconds while songs were playing in the background. In the cartoons, Israel was depicted as the perpetrator of senseless acts of slaughter of women and children while engaging in negotiations with the Palestinians. (Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC))

This is one of their favorite cartoons

A masked Palestinian who appears frightening and menacing is shown standing near a scared-looking Gilad Shalit. The caption reads, “I know you're sick of loneliness. You just pray, Shalit, that they [the Israelis] invade the [ Gaza ] Strip, and leave it to us to bring you other ‘[Gilad] Shalits' to keep you company.”


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