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January 3, 2014 3

Hezbollah Posts New Games Aimed At Youth

In a con­tin­u­a­tion of its effort to pro­mote its hate­ful mes­sages to chil­dren and cul­ti­vate the next gen­er­a­tion of ter­ror­ists, Hezbol­lah has updated the video game web­site it orig­i­nally cre­ated a month ago to include newer, more cartoon-like games geared toward even younger audiences.hezbollah-kids-games

The orig­i­nal games, released last month and still avail­able on the site, enabled play­ers to sim­u­late Hezbol­lah oper­a­tives as they reen­act var­i­ous bat­tles against Israeli forces. Since then, five games have been added:

  • Invaders Grave­yard, fea­tur­ing South Park-like car­toon fig­ures, pro­vides Angry Birds-style tar­get prac­tice against car­toons of Israeli sol­diers attempt­ing to enter Lebanon.
  • In the Heart of the Enemy has play­ers aim missile-shaped darts at a Jewish-star shaped dart board.
  • House of Spi­der, described on the web­site as teach­ing that, “The Zion­ist enemy is weaker than the house of the spi­der,” involves aim­ing a soc­cer ball with a Jew­ish star on it at a spi­der web and at var­i­ous prizes on the web.

The other two games, Lib­er­a­tion of Pris­on­ers and Destroy­ing the Enemy, were posted but not oper­a­tional as of this writing.

This new set of games may not be the last. The front page of Hezbollah’s games’ web­site encour­ages user inter­ac­tion, ask­ing play­ers to “join us” by email­ing “if you have an idea for a game.”

Hezbol­lah has cre­ated a num­ber of games geared at chil­dren through­out its his­tory. In 2003, it began sell­ing a game called “Spe­cial Force,” which was fol­lowed in 2007 by “Spe­cial Force 2.”  The cur­rent web­site is the first to fea­ture games for free online, and is specif­i­cally geared to “strengthen the cul­ture of resis­tance” among chil­dren “ages 11 and above.”

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