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December 5, 2013

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

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 governmentrun 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

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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