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Not your average cartoon

Not your average cartoon

Hamas-owned al-Aqsa TV aired the first of many cartoons featuring a spineless Palestinian soldier named Bahlul and a blood-drinking Jew. The pilot episode is a jab against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group and its policies.

January 13, 2010 1:13 by

Despite ongoing efforts to reconcile Palestine’s Hamas and Fatah movements, Hamas-run al-Aqsa TV released the first in a series of cartoons accusing Abbas’s political party of serving Jewish interests, reports The Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri). The cartoon features the usual suspects: blood-drinking settlers, dead children (including a close-up shot of a severed head) and a boot-licking Palestinian soldier named Bahlul (buffoon in Arabic).

The pilot episode features Bahlul, who represents the Fatah movement, pledging his allegiance to Israeli soldiers. The television station will air more cartoons in February.

“We are preparing films and cartoons to broadcast on al-Aqsa at the start of next month focusing on the disgraceful practices of the (Palestinian) Authority,” an official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The following is an excerpt of the dialogue between Bahlul and the soldier:

Israeli officer: If you get orders to arrest your father or your uncle, would you do so?

Bahlul: Yes.

Israeli officer: What if you get orders to shoot your brother?

Bahlul: I will.

Israeli officer: And if you get orders to divorce your wife?

Bahlul: I will.

Israeli officer: What if you get orders to shine my boot?

Bahlul: I will shine it, and even kiss it.

At the end of the episode, Bahlul stands by as a Jewish man drinks the blood of dead Palestinian children.

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1 Comment

  1. James Hovland on January 14, 2010 7:21 pm

    Hamas! Or anyone who has them by the ear.

    These are the kind of influences that undermine your power. Not only is the world watching in extreme disapproval, but the extremists around you feel justified in their actions because they grant more authority to the emotions this evokes than the peaceful path you propose.

    Domonizing the “enemy” causes prejudice, hate, racism, and fear. So if you find the extremists to be a little irrational and hard to reason with, you know why. Fear and hate make people irrational! Prejudice and racism make them feel justified.

    Humanize the “enemy”. It’s about calming the emotions that undermine your ability to govern effectively. Humanize your own, it’s about security and empathy, and the balance of power based on world opinion and more.

    So. How can we frame this so that we’re all on the same side?

    We can all start by teaching our children to be strong, courageous, and consciously intelligent in their pursuits.

    The extremists in Israel and America need to be addressed. The pro-war propaganda in America’s right-wing media is an absolute threat to you, and every other Muslim in the world. How can you effectively condemn that when you engaged in the exact same thing against the Jewish people, Fatah, etc?

    Jews are cool, extremists are not. Racism is lame. Lame like a horse that will never run again. Please join the rest of the world in changing the influences that shape our future.

    I know you know this, but the struggle demands more than knowing what’s right, the real struggle is doing it.

    The Zionist doesn’t say to the Jew: They’re attacking me. He says: They’re attacking us.

    Antisemitism benefits Zionism, and nothing else. Antisemitism is your worst enemy, always has been, and will remain so until it’s crushed.

    Rise without sacrifice. Jews and Muslims are cool, extremists are not.


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