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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Muslim Palestinian Expectations Presented in Portland by Itamar Marcus

Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch, gave a lecture tonight at Portland State U. This is a group that started working in 1996 that has translated Arabic spoken and written to see if the Palestinians are saying the same things to their people that they have said to us. They analyze Palestinian Authority culture and society from numerous perspectives.

What we heard was quite shocking to many. The task of reaching a peace accord with the Palestinians is marred by their cultural and religious goals which do not include having a peaceful Palestinian State next to Israel.

The Palestinian Media Watch have monitored and documented every type of Palestinian media; sports, music, videos, school books crossword puzzles, media meant for children and media for adults.

Soccer games are shown on TV with teams of 14 year olds and the teams are named after terrorists who sacrificed themselves with bombs in order to kill Jews which gives them martyrdom. This is the idol that these children worship. These teams were supported by UNISEF for two years in a row. The same thing was going on for the girls' teams.

Video news material was staged. They would tell their children to run towards fighting and then complain to the authorities that Israelis were shooting them. Other times they actually staged situations and children were acting like they had been shot. They would show real footage of Israeli planes and then show "dead" children as a result.

Muslims see themselves in a global conflict as much as one with Israel. They admire Saddam Hussain. Champions are named after him.

The Muslims are brainwashing their children and adults in every way every day. The shift to radical Palestinian Islam is not only with Hamas but also Fatah, the group we are planning to discuss peace with. Hamas won the election between the two groups by 56%. It's very name means "Islamic resistance Movement". Their charter includes world domination, no Israel at all but they will claim it all and rename it Palestine. All Jews are to be killed for G-d. They are in G-d's War. Fatah has been trying to be seen as the more moderate group but their citizens have just voted to cut off the hands of thieves, which goes along with the law in Saudi Arabia and other countries. The Palestinian Teacher's Union voted in the Hamas union in 2007.

As recently as October 11, 2007, Palestinian maps show that all of Israel is actually Palestine. Israel is not there. This is how they want it to be. They show TV historical dramas about the founding of Israel showing Jews that are depicted worse than Shakespeare's Shylock. I was sickened at the outlandish negative portrayal of a Jewish man dealing with some Arabs.

School books teach that children should partake in jihad and that there is no Israel. They are busy poisoning the minds of the children and are indoctrinating them to commit suicide. They teach that Jews are dangerous to the world and it a service to humanity to kill them. This has been going on more than that last 8 years. They are an old hand in staging and editing their video to make Israelis look like horrid monsters. Children are taught through TV to use violence to solve their problems which is the opposite of what we teach our children in schools. One example is that Hamas "borrowed" Mickey Mouse" and gave him the new name of Farfur. Farfur teaches the children to be bloody and violent and that Islam shall rule the world. They used Farfur in one story where a child did not do his homework, and he told the teacher that because of the problems his family had, it was the Jews' fault. Pressure was brought on Fatah to take this off the air, so they had Farfur killed off by the Jews, turning him into a martyr which caused the children to hate Jews even more and want to go on Jihad. The goal of those putting pressure on the station was to save Mickey Mouse. They did not think about the attitude created by killing Mickey, or rather, Farfur.

The Palestinians have received more financial aid than any other country, including Israel. They have not put it to good use, but have wasted it, and then they turn around and blame Israel, the USA and Europe for them not having any money.

We look upon these suicide bombers with shock, wondering how anyone could possibly blow themselves up for any cause. Since the beginning of the Muslim religion in the 700's AD, this type of behavior has been found and encouraged. They are even encouraged by their mothers. They view this as aspiration, not desperation, as we had thought. They are honestly taught on TV and shown that after a man was blown to bits he was married to 72 dark-eyed virgins. We view this as a joke. They are dead serious. We need to look at these things through their eyes to understand what they are doing. A story was told on Palestinian TV of a 9th century period where Mohammed's friend was captured and he died in battle. A girl came down from heaven for him. This thinking has a long tradition. If a girl dies in battle, she becomes one of the virgins and gets a man. A mother whose son became a martyr saw friends coming to her home. They told her, "Bless you on your son's wedding day. " They came to celebrate. They encourage their sons to die for Allah. Eighth graders were interviewed. They said they seek death, not life. Their philosophy is the opposite of Israel's, whose toasts of L'Chaiym, or "To Life" identifies their view. Life is the most important state, not death.

We saw 15 year old martyrs who are role models for other children to encourage them to follow them to blow themselves up. 70 to 80% of Palestinian chidren want to do this. It's called Shahada, or afterlife and that they will not be dead. They really believe that they will go to Paradise, a place full of amusement park items and other such wonders and delights.

Americans and Jews are placed in the same catagory. The goal is Islamic supremacy. Islam is to rule the world. They tell us that all peoples will benefit from this.

We cannot make peace with a people that does not intend to have peace. One Muslim was mentioned that is a moderate and does not believe all of this radical philosophy. It was said that we need to build him up and help him spread the word of living in peace as others are trying to do. Knowing what has happened in Lebanon to Christian leaders causes me to think that he doesn't have a chance. He will be in danger of being murdered if he is spotlighted. It comes down to this. Peace will have to wait until children are not being brainwashed. Their textbooks have to be changed. Their TV programs need to be revamped. Hatred has to stop being the focal point in their life. Europe needs to be a part of the plan as all of Muslimhood is being swept up in this radical movement. They need to stop supporting groups and withhold their money for them. The world cannot become emprisoned. One thing we can do is to educate people about what the Palestinian Media Watch has unfolded. History would have been taking different directions if more people were made aware of others' aims. We need to realize what is the truth. Truth should rule, not extremism.

This lecture was brought to Portland by the Jewish Federation of the Greater Portland Community Relations Committee and Hadassah.

I knew about school books and staging video for TV propaganda that was happening many years ago. I had heard about math books with story problems such as: if 2 Jews are killed in Tel Aviv and 3 are killed in Safed, how many are killed? David Bedein wrote about uncovering facts that showed that the backhoe incident where an American for Peace volunteer was killed accidently while protesting the actions of the Israeli Army and not as the Palestinians suggested. The terrorists could not win battles with the army, so they found that they could defeat Israel with media.

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