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Hamas Bids Children to Die By: Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch | Friday, March 10, 2006

Hamas has a special web site for children, al-fateh.net, where violence is glorified and death for Allah is labelled a "victory." Al-Fateh means 'The Conqueror.' The Shahada deaths of terrorists during attacks against Israel are presented to children as a time of celebration. A mother is quoted on the website as saying that when she heard that her son had become a shahid (martyr), she bought dates, candies and coffee to give out.

The website features a page entitled 'Stories of the Shahids.' The current story honors Hamas suicide terrorist Naseem Ja'abari who killed 16 people in a bus bombing in Beersheba on August 31, 2004.

The drawing of the religious girl participating in the violence (at right) appears both on the homepage as well as a second page with a poem glorifying fighting, Jihad, and Shahada (Death for Allah). Israel is referred to as "thief" and "invader," and its defeat in battle is both desired and anticipated.

Following are translations of the poem and excerpts from 'Stories of the Shahids.'

We rose up

We rose up against the thieves
We rose up against [them], and we shall never surrender

We will rise up in determination, like our ancestors
We will sacrifice, sacrifice our lives
Our father's bidding has taught us
That Jihad is the eternal path
And that the oppressors will be defeated...

We have become devoted and we will never surrender
One day we will defeat all the invaders
We bless and honor the proud
The blood of the shahid has taught us
That Shahada is a new life
O Allah, bless the steps of the rebels
Indeed, Shahada is an open victory
[Al-Fateh website, March 7, 2006]

Stories of the Shahids

"...Our shahid today is the the Shahada-seeker, the hero Naseem Al-Ja'abari."

Naseem's mother tells of her son's merits and says that when she heard of his terrorist action, she took the money he had left her and "went to buy dates and candies for the people who came to congratulate [us]." She goes on to tell how she heard her son commited the suicide bombing. Finally, she sends her greetings to all those people who want to become shahids.

Naseem's mother also gloats that "[in light] of the success of the heroic attack in Beersheba, the Zionist Secret Service admitted they failed in eliminating the Resistance [a Palestinian euphemism for terror], its roots and infrastructure".
[Al-Fateh website, March 7, 2006]

This on a website for children.

The story of the shahid is headed by his name superimposed on the map of Israel.

Below is al-fateh.net's homepage, as it appeared on March 7.

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Itamar Marcus is the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch. He was appointed by the Israeli government to be the Israeli representative (communication specialist) to the Trilateral (Israeli-American-Palestinian) Anti-Incitement Committee established under the Wye Accords. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Marcus served as research director of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, writing reports on PA, Syrian, and Jordanian schoolbooks. He holds a BA in political science from City College of New York and an MA in Hebrew culture from New York University. Barbara Crook is associate director and North American representative of Palestinian Media Watch. She teaches at the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She holds an Honors BA in English literature from Queen's University, an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and is a Southam Fellow at the University of Toronto.

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