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December 5, 2013 0

Hezbollah Video Games Targeting Youth Promote War Against Israel

Hezbol­lah has launched a web­site for chil­dren “ages 11 and above” fea­tur­ing games that sim­u­late Hezbol­lah mis­sions against Israel from the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions per­spec­tive dat­ing back to 1982.hezbollah-video-game-adl

Play­ers can take part in sim­u­lated mis­sions from 1982, 1986, 1996, 1999 and 2000. The web­site says that “The games…are not ran­dom. Their goals are to strengthen the cul­ture of resistance.”

Each game is made up of three lev­els requir­ing play­ers to shoot with period-appropriate weapons rang­ing from machine guns to Katyusha rock­ets to tanks. Play­ers also under­take other actions such as fig­ur­ing out codes to dis­able radar and advanc­ing on tar­gets in the face of oppos­ing fire.

The web­site, launched in Novem­ber, also fea­tures videos pro­duced by Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion Al Manar. The videos pro­vide play­ers with Hezbollah’s nar­ra­tives on the conflicts.

  • In the 1986 game, play­ers advance on a for­ti­fied hill to an Israeli out­post using a vari­ety of weapons until they are able to kill all the Israeli sol­diers, take con­trol of the out­post and seize ammu­ni­tion and equipment.
  • In the 1999 game, play­ers must first dis­able mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment before they can explode a road­side bomb to destroy a con­voy trans­port­ing Israeli Gen­eral Erez Gerstein.
  • The 2000 game involves fir­ing rock­ets into Israeli ter­ri­tory to kill Israeli sol­diers on patrol.

Hezbol­lah has pre­vi­ously pro­duced video games; in 2003, it began sell­ing a game called “Spe­cial Force,” which was fol­lowed in 2007 by “Spe­cial Force 2.” Both depicted attacks against Israelis. Hezbol­lah claimed that the orig­i­nal Spe­cial Force sold over 10,000 copies inter­na­tion­ally, in loca­tions rang­ing frospecial-force-hezbollahm Lebanon and Syria to Canada, Ger­many and Australia.

The new games, which are avail­able for free through Hezbollah’s main web­site, had attracted nearly 350 “likes” on an asso­ci­ated Face­book page, pri­mar­ily from Lebanese young adults aged 18–34, with many oth­ers likely play­ing directly on the web­site. The Face­book page was appar­ently removed on Decem­ber 3 or 4 but has since been recreated.

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May 13, 2013 0

Spotlight On Al Aqsa Television

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Al Aqsa TV describes Salama and Al-Kumi as “Martyrs”

Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV, a Trea­sury Depart­ment Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist entity, has been the focus of media scrutiny after a deci­sion by the New­seum to honor two Al Aqsa TV mem­bers as part of its ongo­ing memo­r­ial to jour­nal­ists who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2012.

On Sun­day, the Anti-Defamation League described the inclu­sion of Hus­sam Salama and Mah­moud Al-Kumi in the New­seum Jour­nal­ists Memo­r­ial as “a dark day for an Amer­i­can insti­tu­tion devoted to free speech and the First Amendment.”

Today, the New­seum issued a state­ment on its web­site indi­cat­ing that it has “decided to re-evaluate their inclu­sion as jour­nal­ists on our memo­r­ial wall pend­ing fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion.” ADL wel­comed the museum’s decision.

Al Aqsa TV was estab­lished by Pales­tin­ian Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil mem­ber and cur­rent Hamas Inte­rior Min­is­ter Fathi Ahmad Ham­mad. It began broad­cast­ing in the Gaza Strip in Jan­u­ary 2006.

Mod­eled after Al Manar, which is owned and oper­ated by the Lebanese-based ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion Hezbol­lah, much of Al-Aqsa TV pro­gram­ming reg­u­larly glo­ri­fies vio­lence and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis focuses on chil­dren or is geared towards children.

For exam­ple, at the begin­ning of Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense in Novem­ber 2012, Al Aqsa TV inter­viewed the chil­dren of Hamas mem­bers who were killed in Israeli airstrikes. One of the boys inter­viewed said that he wants to fol­low in his father’s path, “I want to fol­low the path of Jihad like daddy and I want to be mar­tyred like daddy.”

Over the years, Al Aqsa TV has fea­tured music video aimed at rad­i­cal­iz­ing chil­dren. For exam­ple, a few years ago a music video aired by the net­work depicted a 4-year-old girl singing to her “mother,” iden­ti­fied as “mother Reem,” (an appar­ent ref­er­ence to Hamas’s first female sui­cide bomber Reem Riyashi).  Later in the video, the woman det­o­nates her­self and kills four Israeli sol­diers. After her mother car­ries out the attack, the lit­tle girl holds an explo­sive and sings to the cam­era, “I am fol­low­ing Mommy in her steps.”

In April 2007, the show “Tomorrow’s Pio­neers” fea­tured a Mickey Mouse-like char­ac­ter called “Far­four” pro­mot­ing a mes­sage of rad­i­cal Islam, anti-Semitism and hatred for the West. The “Far­four” char­ac­ter and child actors on the pro­gram taunt West­ern lead­ers and urge chil­dren to take up AK-47 assault rifles to defeat Israel and the United States.al-aqsa-tv

The Newseum’s Jour­nal­ists Memo­r­ial pre­vi­ously included Ahmed Haidar, a cam­era­man for Al Manar who was killed in 1993. Al Manar was des­ig­nated a Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist entity in 2006.

This year’s memo­r­ial also plans to honor Maya Naser, a cor­re­spon­dent for Iran’s Press TV, Iran’s gov­ern­ment-run Eng­lish lan­guage satel­lite news net­work. Press TV has emerged as the Iran­ian government’s pri­mary pro­pa­ganda tool to pro­mote a wide range of per­ni­cious anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries in Eng­lish to a world­wide audience.

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February 7, 2013 0

Hezbollah Military Branch Offers Free Podcasts On iTunes

The mil­i­tary branch of Hezbol­lah, The Islamic Resis­tance (“Al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya”), offers a col­lec­tion of free Farsi and Ara­bic lan­guage pod­casts on iTunes that pro­mote both the ter­ror­ist group’s and the Iran­ian regime’s mil­i­tant propaganda.

The col­lec­tion of 20 pod­casts, appar­ently uploaded between Octo­ber 2010 and Decem­ber 2012, includes speeches by Hezbollah‘s leader Has­san Nas­ral­lah, speeches of Iran­ian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and mil­i­tant songs and other record­ings prais­ing the Lebanese-based U.S.-designated ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion and its ter­ror­ist operations. 

The Farsi descrip­tion of the pod­cast states that the audio has been uploaded from the Iran­ian sec­tion of The Islamic Resis­tance website.

In one of the avail­able pod­casts, titled “Sanc­tion­ing Israel,” Khamenei deliv­ers a Farsi ser­mon hail­ing efforts to attack Israel in the Arab world, describes Israel as the “Can­cer­ous Gland,” and pre­dicts the destruc­tion of Israel.

Another pod­cast, titled “The Resis­tance Essay,” mixes Jihadist songs, mil­i­tary chants and ser­mons by Iran­ian and Hezbol­lah lead­ers. In one part, Khamenei says, “After the great and tremen­dous vic­tory of Hezbol­lah in Lebanon [against Israel], America’s strat­egy in the Mid­dle East faced a destruc­tive earth­quake. The dev­ils of arro­gance rushed to treat their drub­bing and repair their defeat.”

Last year, Hezbol­lah used iTunes to deliver mobile access to con­tent from its satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, al-Manar.

Hezbol­lah has been impli­cated in numer­ous ter­ror­ist attacks against Israeli and West­ern tar­gets since 1982. Most recently, Hezbol­lah mem­bers were impli­cated by Bul­garia in the July 2012 bomb­ing of a bus of Israeli tourists in the resort city of Bur­gas. Hezbol­lah and its main inter­na­tional spon­sor, Iran, have also been linked to a spate of attacks and attempted attacks on Israeli diplo­mats and other tar­gets abroad in 2012.

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