Palestinian children see Arafat as symbol of violent struggle

Thursday, November 19, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A memorial ceremony held earlier this month to mark the fifth anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death confirmed that Palestinian children have been raised to hate the Jews, and see their deceased leader as a symbol for continued violent confrontation.

The television broadcast of the ceremony on official Palestinian Authority TV included a clip of Palestinian children being interviewed regarding their feelings toward Arafat.

Nearly all of the children insisted that Arafat had been poisoned or otherwise assassinated by "the Jews," with one young girl adding, "I hate them so very much."

Not one child spoke of Arafat's alleged efforts to forge peace between Israel and the Arabs, for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, one young Palestinian boy said he idolized Arafat precisely because he "did not make peace," but rather "did things through [violent] struggle."

[Translation provided by Palestinian Media Watch]

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