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Peech
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posted 04 October 2005 04:29 PM      Profile for Peech   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
'Protocols of Elders of Zion' in Palestinian Ideology

by Itamar Marcus - Palestinian Media Watch
November 2002


The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" is a viciously anti-Semitic book. It is the second most widely published book in history.

The book is a complete fabrication, created by the Russian secret police. It is an alleged record of the minutes of a secret meeting held by Jewish leaders. These influential Jews, says the book, were plotting to take over the entire world. It also strongly influenced the masses and bolstered the credibility of the myth that Jews control governments.

This depiction of the infamous libel as a true Jewish conspiracy is not new to the residents of the Palestinian Authority [PA], where the "Protocols" has been presented as the reason for the creation of the State of Israel and the guide for Israeli policy.

Following are examples of the use of the "Protocols" in PA media and education over recent years. It should be noted how the Palestinians, including academics, present the forgery as a truthful plot upon which Zionism is based.

▪ The official PA daily in its "Political­National Education" page, cited precise quotes from Protocols 2 and 12 to explain Israeli policy:

"Morale and psychological manipulation has a significant place in the minds of Jews, and formed a very important source of strength in the "Hebrew State." Dis-information has been one of the bases of morale and psychological manipulation among the Israelis. The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" did not ignore the importance of using propaganda to promote the Zionist goals. "The second protocol reads: 'Through the newspapers we will have the means to propel and to influence'. "In the twelfth protocol: 'Our governments will hold the reins of most of the newspapers, and through this plan we will possess the primary power to turn to public opinion.' [Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 25, 2001]

▪ In this article as well the "Protocols" are presented as the Jews' road map in building Israel:

"Remember the history, oh Arabs! I focused on important dates in the world of the Zionism and the Arabs: In 1897 the first Zionist Congress was held in Basel... In 1907 the actual immigration operation began... In 1917 the woeful declaration of Balfour was made... In 1977 the visit which shocked the Arab Nation occurred, the President of Egypt visited Israel... Every ten years, a vital aim is achieved. These are the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, of a century, from 1897 till 1997. They have planned and accomplished. Every ten years, another aim was achieved, proving their continuity and their power." [Al Quds, July 10, 2001]

▪ In this article in the official PA daily, America as well is following the dictates of the "Protocols": "The hero of this movie, which concluded last Saturday, was the former American President Bill Clinton, and the theater of events, as we said, was the entire world including the Middle East ... out of prejudice in favor of a racist state that is foreign to it, that is the State of Israel, which, from the outset, could not have held its own if not for the continuous American efforts which incessantly implemented the Protocols of Zion." [Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 18, 2001]

▪ Israeli military action is defined as following the script of the "Protocols" "The purpose of the military policy is to impose this situation on the residents and force them to leave their homes, and this is done in the framework of the Protocols of Zion..." [Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 18, 2001]

▪ The Jews changed the Bible, wrote the Talmud and concluded with the Protocols: Sheikh Attiyeh Sahar, Chairman of the Department of Islamic Research in The Al-Zahar University:

"It must be known that this nation, the Jews, are willing of mind soul to alter their religion in order to attain their demands. This is rooted deep in their history. "We know that after our master, Moses, delivered them from the hands of Pharaoh and took them through the sea; then they found a nation of idol-worshippers, and they said to Moses: 'make us a God like theirs'. They alienated the God that saved them and willed to worship idols. These things show us that these people, in order to attain their goals, are willing to turn away from their God and His Singularity, which was introduced to the world by their prophets. We also know that they changed the Bible and replaced it, because It does not serve their purposes, and they drafted the Talmud, as it is known, and came up, finally, with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion." [Palestinian Authority TV, September 10, 2000]

▪ PA academics and historians refer to the Protocols as a truthful Jewish plot on PA educational television. Dr. Issam Sissalem, History professor at the Islamic University and host of an history program on PA educational TV: A viewer, Dr., Attallah Abu Al-Farah, calling in: "Can there be, in practice, co-existence on Palestinian land between ourselves and the Jews, in light of their mentality which stems from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Dr. Issam?" Sissalem: "This question comes from 'My Beloved Friend'. I say: Dr. Attallah, who is a learned expert." [Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 1999]

▪ The following is the recent article in the PA press referring to the circumstances of the discovery of the "Protocols" and the new Egyptian TV series.

"The Egyptian actor said to the France Press news agency that the series does not answer the question of truth or lie in the book "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and said 'What Israel is doing on the land of Palestine is more severe than the book.' There are contradictory claims as to the truth of the book 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' and the widespread supposition is that in 1870 Russian intelligence uncovered a book of Jewish elders' plots to take control of the world. In Jewish circles, however, this is vehemently denied and they accuse the security apparatus of Czar Alexander II of having written the book in order to inflame anti-Semitism, which was prominent then in Russia.

"Subhi [main actor] added: 'I attach no importance to all that was said and will be said by the Americans and the Israelis, nor to the accusations directed at the series, and I am proud of the Egyptian government whose Minister of Information, Saffwat Al-Sharif, defends the freedom of artistic expression and thought.'

"Subhi said that the Minister of Information stressed that our society does not attack other religions. He clarified that the Egyptian Censorship Committee previewed the series and found nothing that counters our values or other religions. "He added: 'We know that the book around which this storm rages was prohibited for a hundred years, because they were operating under cover, and now they are operating openly. However, we do not pass judgment on this book; whether it is truth or forgery. We direct our interest at the Zionist movement, which cast its net to rob a land from its people... "Baghdadi [the writer] summarizes his position saying: 'we have no problem with the Jews, but we are against the Racism of the Zionists." [Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 1, 2002]

http://www.teachkidspeace.org/doc1014.php


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Hamas summer camp: 'Kill Zionists'

San Francisco Chronicle
July 31, 2005

Seventeen-year-old Osama Abu Asi knows what Hamas stands for: swimming lessons, horseback riding, potato sack races and other summertime fun -- including religious education and paramilitary training.

This is summer camp in the Gaza Strip, as organized by Harakat al-Moqawama al-Islamiyah, the Islamic Resistance Movement, better known as Hamas -- which is officially regarded by the United States and many other countries as a terrorist organization that has killed hundreds of Israelis.

All summer long, at camps in playgrounds, in dirt-poor neighborhoods and on glittering Mediterranean beaches, Palestinian boys and young men get together in safe, well-managed, comfortable facilities decorated with the fluttering green flags of Hamas.

"In this camp we learn the important things of life -- good behavior, respect," said Osama, who was spending the summer at a Hamas-run camp on the beach outside Gaza City.

They also learn how to sing "intifada songs," including one urging them to "kill Zionists wherever they are, in the name of God."

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's spokesman Ra'anan Gissin described the summer camps as "indoctrination camps" comparable to the Hitler Youth camps, and accused Hamas of taking advantage of Gaza parents' desperate economic straits by offering to care for and feed their children while concealing the organization's true motives.

"This is where you create cultural hatred, so by the age of 15 or 16 you can send them out as suicide bombers. That's the whole purpose of them," he said.

Osama didn't see it that way. "They are not terrorists. We've been trained and taught to live and forgive. That is the lesson here."

As he spoke, fellow campers ran laughing through the shimmering breakers, rolling in the white sand. Nearby, a group of camp "graduates" -- young men now regulars in Hamas -- played volleyball in an enclosed area. Up the beach, families relaxed under tents, while women walked into the sea wearing long dresses and with their hair covered by a hijab, maintaining their modesty in the surf.

Other campers gave similar responses when asked what they were learning from the bearded instructors who stood nearby as they spoke and sometimes whispered suggested answers.

"Math, sports, swimming, Islamic behavior," said Ibrahim El-Kanua, 12, at a camp in a playground near the Jabaliya refugee camp where he lives. "I learned how to respect and honor."

The camps are especially popular with Palestinian families in Gaza, where Hamas is perceived as both less corrupt and more administratively competent than the ruling Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas.

The movement did well in municipal elections in December, January and May, and now controls 50 of 121 Palestinian local governments, mostly in the Gaza Strip. Observers believe it would have done equally well in parliamentary elections that have been postponed.

For Gaza parents, the camps provide an alternative for their children during the summer school holidays when there is little to offer in the way of recreation on Gaza's dusty streets, and kids are often seen playing in the raw sewage that flows to the sea.

"The Hamas summer camp is teaching them good behavior, teaching them to honor and respect people, instead of losing them to the streets," said 60-year-old Abdullah Fatah, as he came to check on his four grandchildren enrolled in a playground camp near his home in the Jabaliya refugee camp.

"(Hamas) follows Islam. Because they follow Islam, I trust them. I would follow them anywhere."

More than 80 percent of the 1.3 million people in the Gaza Strip live below the poverty line, with an unemployment rate of 50 percent. More than half of the population is 14 years old or younger.

"If Hamas won't watch them, who would keep them busy during the summer break?" asked Ibrahim Salah, an accountant who is also head of Hamas' education department. "When they're in the hands of Hamas, they're in good hands."

At Hamas camp, every camper gets a crisp green baseball cap. Camp officials said they have already given out 12,000 caps this year in 60 Gaza summer camps, out of 100,000 caps they ordered from a Chinese company.

"This is one of the basic things we can provide these kids -- a cap and a T-shirt," said Jasser Shameyah, a Hamas administrator. "We try to take them once in a while to a playground, special beaches with entry fees -- we can pay up to five shekels a kid."

At four separate camps visited earlier this month, the campers, who ranged in age from about 8 to 18, were organized into groups of a dozen or so with individual instructors, playing tug-of-war and wrestling, learning the Quran -- campers easily recited long sections by heart -- and munching on pita bread stuffed with hummus and a mystery meat as unidentifiable as that in any Boy Scout lunch.

Fatah, the ruling Palestinian party in the occupied territories, and other groups -- Islamic Jihad and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, for example -- also offer camps. But a tour of camps in Gaza found most bearing the green flag of Hamas.

Some American and European programs offer summer camps in Gaza, which bring Jewish and Muslim children together and emphasize peace and reconciliation. But those groups tend to attract far fewer children, from mainly well-to-do backgrounds, and put them in a Western environment, one Hamas instructor asserted, where girls without head coverings are thrown in with boys, something many Muslim parents consider unacceptable.

Hamas, following its interpretation of Islamic principles, runs separate camps for boys and girls. The children pay for the camp on a sliding scale -- from a shekel (about 25 cents) to 10 shekels for the duration, depending on their ability to pay, Hamas officials said.

"The main reason for Hamas summer camp is just for fun, to take them from the killing environment. They've gone through things they weren't prepared for," Salah, the Hamas education chief, said. "The main thing is to teach them to love their nation, Palestine. We're all one nation."

But while Hamas leaders point to their social programs as the reason for the camps' popularity, Israelis -- and some Palestinians -- are far more critical of what the young campers are learning besides horseback riding and the backstroke.

At one beach camp, attended by approximately 100 kids, an instructor wore a heavy flannel shirt under which a webbed belt could be seen strapped to his stomach. Asked by a reporter what it was, he answered, with a broad smile, "Boom!"

The instructor led a group of young teenagers through marching drills on the sand -- facing movements, close quarter drill. With a smile at the reporter, he put a megaphone to his lips.

"What are you?" he called.

"Monsters!" the kids replied.

"What are you?!"

"MONSTERS!"

As the instructor, Sa'eb Dormush, stepped aside for an interview, a youth in the group shouted out "moqawama!" -- resistance.

"That is the first word they learn when they are born," Dormush said with a laugh. "This is the next generation."

Across camp, a group of younger children -- most between 10 and 12 -- sat in a circle in the sand singing one of the "intifada songs" they learn at camp. One boy sang verses in a rolling soprano as the others joined in on the one-word chorus.

"We don't want to sleep.

HA-A-MAS!

We want revenge.

HA-A-MAS!

Raise it up.

HA-A-MAS!

Rifle fire.

HA-A-MAS!

If it will take a thousand martyrs.

HA-A-MAS!

Kill Zionists.

HA-A-MAS!

Wherever they are.

HA-A-MAS!

In the name of God.

HA-A-MAS!"

Such activities prompt Israeli officials to look harshly at the camps, especially when combined with statements from Hamas officials such as Gaza leader Mahmoud al-Zahar, who said in a recent interview that despite the current shaky hudna (truce) with Israel, Hamas will continue to attack Jewish settlements in the West Bank until Israel disengages from that area. He also said that he remains devoted to the elimination of the state of Israel altogether.

"These summer camps are an industry of a culture of hatred," said Gissin, Sharon's spokesman. "They don't teach them how to fly kites; they teach them how to become walking bombs."

Gissin said the Palestinian Authority should take over supervision of the camps and their curriculum.

"We have extremist groups (in Israel)," Gissin added. ... "They probably also have summer camps. But the minute they engage in incitement, we throw the book at them."

Last September, several days after a double suicide bombing claimed by Hamas killed 16 Israelis on two buses in the southern desert town of Beersheba, Israeli helicopters attacked what Israeli government officials said was a Hamas training camp, located on a soccer field and playground that was used as a summer camp during the day. Fourteen Hamas members were killed.

According to Hamas, Palestinian Authority officials have cited the Hamas camps' military training activities as the reason to bar Hamas from holding such camps in Palestinian public schools -- a sign, say Hamas officials, that the Palestinian Authority fears the competition.

Hassan Al Khatib, assistant deputy minister of the Palestinian National Authority Ministry of Youth and Sport, rejected the notion.

He said the Palestinian Authority, in cooperation with UNICEF, runs more than 700 camps for children and teenagers in the West Bank and Gaza.

The official Palestinian camps focus on education and art, Al Khatib said -- political content does not go far beyond singing the national anthem and saluting the Palestinian flag.

"The Palestinians don't need to have the children learn military things and politics in the summer camps. They already learn it in the occupation," he said.

The Palestinian Authority would not permit Hamas to train children with guns, Al Khatib said, and frowns on songs encouraging attacks inside Israel.

More problematic, he said, was whether children are being taught terrorism or to value what the Palestinian Authority considers legitimate resistance. And the Palestinian Authority is weak, he said, and must pick its battles.

"If we have the ability to control, we will stop this kind of (incitement)," he said. "That's not what the PNA is trying to do right now. Right now we're trying to stop Kassams (rockets fired by Hamas) on settlers and suicide bombs in Israel."

Hamas, for its part, defends its militant curriculum as essentially defensive in nature.

"We would like to train them how to react when we get attacked by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), by planes or tanks or foot patrols," said Bilal El-Nawajha, a Hamas camp director. "Because they like to go and see -- Gaza is so full of houses and people, and they get curious," he said. "When they get into a dangerous situation, we want them to know how to react."

On the beach, Osama was learning how to react, under the watchful eyes of his instructors.

"We've been instructed first to provide help to injured people, then to run away," he said.

What if he found an injured Jew? Osama stopped and looked at his instructors.

"Who shot him?" he asked.

Told to imagine he could not tell whether the Jew had been injured by Palestinians or Israelis, he paused again, looking from instructor to instructor, then replied.

"I would call a paramedic."

http://www.teachkidspeace.org/doc1021.php


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posted 04 October 2005 04:39 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Y'know Peech, these posts are hate propaganda. They are. You are trying to cause people to hate Palestinians based on some selective reports.

Anyone could just as easily create a similar thread entitled "Hate Propaganda in Israeli Media and Culture" and find similar tracts and subjective reports.

What purpose does it serve other than as an attempt to foment fear, anger, and, indeed, hatred against the target group, in your case, Palestinians.

I hope this thread is closed soon.


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posted 04 October 2005 05:15 PM      Profile for Peech   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
Funny how the shoe doesn't fit so well when it's on the other foot ? When you and your Israel bashing club publish allegations against Israel as a right wing entity designed to wipe out and hate Palestinians it's fair comment. But I guess that's because it's oh so politically correct and fashionable. An obvious double standard.
Any way I would expect nothing less of you than to attempt to silence a voice in opposition to your POV. Ironic isn't it? Never let the truth get in the way of your ideology.

BTW I don't suppose you even bothered to read the above before posting your knee-jerk reaction?

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posted 04 October 2005 06:18 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post
Yo! Peech!! PEEE-CHEEEE!!!!

quote:
BTW I don't suppose you even bothered to read the above before posting your knee-jerk reaction?

That's about the size of it me boy-o!

Big surprise! Steal some people's land, abuse them daily, and some of them will start to hate you.

You been sleeping under a bridge all your life so you never figured that out on your own?

Y'know, there are all sorts of places to find the Israelis saying terrible things about the Palestinians, right?

And you can find websites where US servicemen post pictures of dead and mutiliated Arabs accompanied by jokes and triumphant phrases.

But ours is a culture of life while theirs is a culture of death, right?

So, to conclude, you're an unremarkable, boring, stupid, useless waster of bandwidth.

Bye-bye.


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posted 04 October 2005 06:21 PM      Profile for worker_drone        Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Y'know, there are all sorts of places to find the Israelis saying terrible things about the Palestinians, right?

Yup, and thanks to allies of humanity like Wingnut, we get links to them on babble regularly, e.g. "Tales from the Israeli Race War".


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posted 04 October 2005 06:33 PM      Profile for Hinterland        Edit/Delete Post
Workder_drone, all you ever do is pipe-up, now and again to say "Yeah, that's right...You do it too."

I don't know why you ever bother.


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posted 04 October 2005 06:41 PM      Profile for Peech   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by thwap:

That's about the size of it me boy-o!

Big surprise! Steal some people's land, abuse them daily, and some of them will start to hate you.


Sounds familiar ...like the raison d'etre of the Third Reich and other fascist regimes. There is no justifiable reason for hate or murder. But I don't know why I am bothering to respond someone as abusive and ignorant as the likes of you.

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posted 04 October 2005 06:44 PM      Profile for jrootham     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Peech, do you understand what you just said?
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posted 04 October 2005 06:52 PM      Profile for Peech   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by jrootham:
Peech, do you understand what you just said?

I said that justifying the Palestinians' hate for the "theft" of their land is a kin to justifying the same big lie of the Third Reich. That the grim economic situation of pre WWII Germany was because the Jews and Jewish bankers have stolen wealth from the Germans. So yes "I" understand what I "said". Do you?

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posted 04 October 2005 06:59 PM      Profile for worker_drone        Edit/Delete Post
quote:
I don't know why you ever bother.

There are many mysteries in life that we may never fully understand, and are a lot more interesting than that.

The mystery here (at least to me) is why Peech is being accused of spreading hate propaganda by somebody who has basically made a career on babble of doing the same thing to Israelis, and whether or not the moderator will call him on it.

I'm eagerly waiting to see what happens.


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posted 04 October 2005 07:06 PM      Profile for Peech   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
Thanks Worker but don't hold your breath. It's clear to me that on Babble (as with any politically correct club) it's a pre-requisite to bash Israel and glorify the "noble" Palestinian cause without actually looking at the complexity of the issue. So no matter how extreme it is (unless the N word is used) it seems to be OK to vilify Israel.
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See? And now it's a smear without substantiation. I rarely notice you participating materially in these discussions, Worker, so I don't know what makes you think that gives you the authority to pipe up now about any issues you may have had about what's happened in the past.

Your kind of participation is what makes these threads normally a waste of time.

...and I'm gone.

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posted 04 October 2005 07:10 PM      Profile for jrootham     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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I said that justifying the Palestinians' hate for the "theft" of their land is a kin to justifying the same big lie of the Third Reich. That the grim economic situation of pre WWII Germany was because the Jews and Jewish bankers have stolen wealth from the Germans.

The reason I asked the question is that it read to me as if you were equating the Israeli government with the Nazis. I suspect that is not what you intended.

I am not interested in justifying anybodies hate. I am interested figuring out where it comes from in order to deal with it.

In your explanation of what you said you seem to be implying that the relationship between the Palestinians and the the Israelis is the same as the relationship between the German population and the Jews in Germany in the thirties. Is that what you are saying?


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posted 04 October 2005 07:24 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Oh for godsakes. Where do I start? I guess from the beginning of the thread.

Peech: you've been here long enough to know not to post full articles. Grab a clue.

WingNut: Peech is allowed to post stories about bad behaviour of Palestinians towards Israelis, just as you and everyone else is allowed to post thread after thread after thread after thread after thread after thread after thread about Israeli abuses of Palestinians.

Peech: "you and your Israel bashing club" and "But I don't know why I am bothering to respond someone as abusive and ignorant as the likes of you" gets you your second warning.

Thwap: "So, to conclude, you're an unremarkable, boring, stupid, useless waster of bandwidth" gets you your first warning.

worker_drone and Hinterland: get a room. I don't need you to moderate the middle east forum for me. Next time is warning time (and Hinterland, you've already got two, and I really don't want to give you a third).

Peech and worker_drone: the next time you start one of these tag-team meta-discussions making blanket accusations about this forum and the people who post in it, I'm going to grant you your wish and lock your accounts so that you will no longer feel compelled to spend so much time in a place and with people you so obviously can't stand.

And now, I'm closing this thread.


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