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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Spoonfed Hatred, Morning, Noon and Night- Part #2


Back in November of 2006, I wrote a piece, called "Spoodfed Hatred, Morning, noon and night, which documented the type of hate filled prejudice and bias that is being taught to children by extremists across the world.

Today I see the New York Times has seemingly just discovered what has been documented in words and films, from those that teach hatred to their children morning, noon and night, via their television commercials, in the religious houses and as bed times stories. We showed cartoons shown to children that promoted the the supposed high moral ground of suicide bombing, we showed parents, on film teaching their children to repeat, time after time that Jews are pigs and apes and we showed proof in their own words.

The documented examples have been out there for years and years and yet the Times, just discovers it or just finds it worthy of reporting?

Such incitement against Israel and Jews was supposed to be banned under the 1993 Oslo accords and the 2003 “road map” peace plan. While the Palestinian Authority under Fatah has made significant, if imperfect efforts to end incitement, Hamas, no party to those agreements, feels no such restraint.

Since Hamas took over Gaza last June, routing Fatah, Hamas sermons and media reports preaching violence and hatred have become more pervasive, extreme and sophisticated, on the model of Hezbollah and its television station Al Manar, in Lebanon.


Another children’s program, “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” has become infamous for its puppet characters — a kind of Mickey Mouse, a bee and a rabbit — who speak, like Assud the rabbit, of conquering the Jews to the young hostess, Saraa Barhoum, 11. “We will liberate Al Aksa mosque from the Zionists’ filth,” Assud said recently. “We will liberate Jaffa and Acre,” cities now in Israel proper. “We will liberate the whole homeland.”

The mouse, Farfour, was murdered by an Israeli interrogator and replaced by Nahoul, the bee, who died “a martyr’s death” from lack of health care because of Gaza’s closed borders. He has been supplanted by Assud, the rabbit, who vows “to get rid of the Jews, God willing, and I will eat them up, God willing.”

When Assud first made his appearance, he said to Saraa: “We are all martyrdom-seekers, are we not, Saraa?” She responded: “Of course we are. We are all ready to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of our homeland. We will sacrifice our souls and everything we own for the homeland.”

The cluelessness and irresponsibility of ignoring the problems of Hamas, Iran, and other extremists teaching hate to their children abroad, being taught such hatred that the never ending cycle of violence and anti-Semitism will continue to the next generation, is not the New York Times alone.

I also see members of the left asking why other members of the left are not discussing this problem?

Years and years this has been documented and now, all of a sudden because the Times acknowledges there is a problem, the left finally sees what has been in front of their faces for decades?

Hamas is aiming this programming at children in Gaza. Children, learning hate. No matter what opinions you harbor about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, you have to recognize that indoctrination of young minds, open to suggestion, into a belief system full of hate and uncritical thought is heartbreaking. And speaking on political terms, if this is how Hamas aims to teach the next generation of Palestinians, then those adults 15-20 years from now won’t seek peace, thus the cycle of violence perpetuates itself.

So why don’t we talk about this? And by “we”, I mean the left. Looking at this story on , I see that a few rightwing/pro-war blogs have latched onto it, but no blogs from the left. And I don’t feel like reading their analysis, because I’m sure the lot of them have used this Times article as an excuse to feed into their own hatred of Palestinians, but we don’t we discuss it? If we’re on the side of the political fence which wants to see less conflict, and Hamas is obviously doing something wrong, how come all I hear from us is silence?

Maybe the left should understand the "right" has been correct in acknowledging the hatred being taught to those children this whole time and it never was about hating the Palestinians. It was about acknowledging the evidence in front of our eyes.

To the left blog, "Comments from the left field", that is asking why this issue isn't being discussed BY the left.... you are a little late to the game, the data, the statistics, the video and the written word has been shown, consistently, by the right, but you have been too blind to see it.

The silence "Comments from the left field" is seeing from the left, is the same silence, members on the right, have been seeing from them this whole time.

They ask why no one on the left has been discussing it? Perhaps because members of the left are so busy worrying about the fact the members of the right might be correct about this issue, they would rather ignore it until it hits them in the head, then they dare ask, why is no one discussing it?

People have been discussing it, nice of you to finally join the discussion we have been having for decades.