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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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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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