Facts on the Ground, Brian Whittaker and several Arab bloggers have been doing a great job debunking the mythical MEMRI translation of the Hamas TV show which allegedly features Mickey Mouse provoking a young Palestinian girl into embracing martyrdom for the cause. Problem is, the actual translation isn’t what MEMRI claims it is. Chalk another one up to pro-Israel media manipulation.
As I noted in yesterday’s post on this, it is reprehensible to manipulate children into endorsing a political agenda no matter who does it. The Hamas TV show should be condemned for doing so. But it be condemned for its actual content, not for what some propagandist claims it says.
And while we’re at it, may we point out that Israelis too exploit their own children for political ends? Take a look at these images I’ve featured at this blog. In one a group of settler children hold bull’s eyes over their chests so that the Israeli police chief attempting to remove their families from illegal Israeli settler outposts can allegedly shoot them. In the second image, Israeli schoolgirls in northern Israel lovingly inscribe messages to Hassan Nasrallah on IDF munitions before they are lobbed into Lebanese territory. Unfortunately, two can play this game. For every sin that MEMRI and the Islamophobes can dig up, you can find similar sins on the other side.
Instead of scoring propaganda points as MEMRI wishes to do (with the willing cooperation of a gullible internationa media, I might add), why don’t we get down to actually solving the conflict and encouraing each side to make the real compromises they will need to make in order to achieve peace?