LIVEBLOGGING: The Middle East Forum put together a small lunch with Itamar Marcus, counter terrorism analyst and the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, which studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. The PMW exposes the death culture in Palestinian "society."
Photographer: Ted Belman, Israpundit
What separates Marcus from other Middle Eastern Arabic translating organizations (ie MEMRI) is Palestinian society is all they do. What is going on in Palestinian society and only Palestinian society. They were the first to report that Yasser Arafat was saying one thing to English speaking audiences and a completely different thing to the Arab world.
It began in a quest to learn what the Palestinians were saying to their people and more specifically, their children. The Palestinian media is PMW's window to the Palestinian society because it is state controlled so you can determine what the objective is by the propaganda being
Its many reports and studies on summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, crossword puzzles, religious ideology, women and mothers, children's video clips, and inciting children to 'Shahada" -Martyrdom', have brought the world's attention to many aspects of Palestinian society hidden from the non-Arabic speaking world.d conferences world wide.
In the case of a crossword puzzle, a clue would be "sea port in Palestine" -- Haifa. The implication that all of Israel is occupied.
Schools reflect a religious battle, an Islamic battle - a battle that will go on forever
The subject of Marcus's talk was
FROM THE PLO TO HAMAS: IS PALESTINIAN SOCIETY BECOMING ISLAMIST?
In reading the HAMAS CHARTER - it is an Islamic covenant. The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is a Palestine (waft) land. Hamas in its own words.
They see blowing Jews up, killing the Jews as a service to humanity.
The differences between Hamas and Fatah could not be more clear.
The Hamas charter has 105 references to Allah, Fatah none
The Hamas charter has 33 references to the Koran, Fatah none
The Hamas charter has 7 references to Koran , Fatah none
The Hamas charter has 33 quotews from the Koran , Fatah none.
Marcus is now showing video of Abbas saying one to the Palestinian people (we do not and will not recognize Israel) and saying the complete opposite to the English media the same day - with Condi Rice in the region.
Marcus is showing Palestinian video of their version on official Palestinian televison that the Jews "created the ovens of the Holocaust." That the Jews "baked the humans. The Jews had blood on his hands."
This package of "killing the Jews" is the same package that Hitler put forth in Mein Kamp.
Hitler packaged it as self defense. Creating a situation that it is self defense to kill Jews.
This exact message of Hitler was put forth today in the Hamas newspaper "The extermination is good for the benefit of all mankind. Don't blame us - it's our Lord."
Like the Nazis said "we were just taking orders." Hamas too is saying don't blame us, "we are following the Lord's orders."
Suicide terror is not an act of desperation it is an aspiration.
They still use the blood libel of Al Dura to seduce their children. They have a music video of the small boy running, laughing, going on ferris wheels (there are no ferris wheels in Pali territories) and he is shouting happily, waving to the children calling to them, "I am waving at you not to say goodbye but to follow me."
The Palestinian media run music videos for years , every day glorifying death, and glowingly depicting 72 virgins in white, dancing and prancing in the water waiting for the shaheed.
We, in America, tend to separate Hams and Fatah but they overlap. They are a global Islamic force. They are calling for death to America, death to Israel on both Hamas and Fatah Israel, more here. Marcus said the biggest the west makes is separating Hamas and Fatah. Their goals are the same and they work together. The Islamic brotherhood.
There is a new program on they have starting showing :mickey Mouse type character to pass on these messages of hate. They use poetry readings to chant death, "Oh Jerusalem we are coming.. "This is a new program - FOX News will be showing portions of it on Sunday, May 6th.
Gotta run to liveblog a UN conference, do me a favor and send PMW a donation now.
UPDATE: From today's PMW:
extermination of the Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds.”
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook - May 3, 2007
The extermination of Jews is Allah’s will and is for the benefit of all humanity, according to an article in the Hamas paper, Al-Risalah. The author of the article, Kan'an Ubayd, explains that the suicide operations carried out by Hamas are being committed solely to fulfill Allah’s wishes. Furthermore, Allah demanded this action, because “the extermination of the Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds.”
The killing of innocent Jews by terrorist attacks is portrayed as Allah’s plan for the benefit of humanity.
It should be noted that Hamas’s justification for the extermination of Jews, both as God's will and for the benefit of humanity, echoes Hitler's words in Mein Kampf:
“In this case the only salvation remaining was war… If the Jew with the help of his Marxist creed is victorious over the peoples of this world, then his crown will be the funeral wreath of humanity… Thus I believe today that I am acting according to the will of the almighty Creator: when I defend myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” (Mein Kampf)
In another parallel to the Nazi genocide of Jews, the writer says he wants to be sure that “everyone will know” that these murderous actions are “not of [Hamas’s] own accord” – an echo of the Nazi war criminals’ repeated justification of their actions with the defense that they were only following orders.
The fact that these orders are said to be divine in nature makes Hamas’s justification for the murder of Jews even more ominous.
Following is the excerpt from the Hamas article:
"We find more than once condemnation and denunciation to the resistance operations and bombings [suicide attacks], carried out by Hamas and the Palestinian resistance branches. There is no other choice but to use restraint regarding the condemnation, the attaching of the label of terror [to "resistance"], and the assembling of conferences [for] condemnation [of the attacks]. [This] so that everyone will know, that we did this only because our lord commanded so, “I did it not of my own accord” [*] and so that people will know that the extermination of Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds on a land, to which Allah gave his blessing for the sake of the inhabitants of the worlds.”
[Al-Risalah, April 23, 2007]
[*] Translation of Quranic verse taken from USC Compendium of Muslim Texts.