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Rock-throwing dolls for Palestinian children
confiscated by Israeli Customs
 
PA daily misrepresents Israeli confiscations
claiming it was because of the keffiyehs
 
Caption: "The confiscated doll"
 
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
 
A container load of dolls holdings rocks in their raised hands (see picture above) and wearing Palestinian headscarves - keffiyehs - with the inscriptions "Jerusalem is ours" and "O Jerusalem, here we come" was intended for Palestinian Authority children to play with. However, the Israeli Customs Authority confiscated the dolls shipped from the United Arab Emirates as "inciting material" this week.
 
The official PA daily referred to the confiscation as the "Israeli war against children's dolls" [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2015] and pretended the problem was the Palestinian headscarf: "Israel confiscated 4,000 dolls whose faces were covered with a Palestinian keffiyeh!" The paper did not mention the fact that the doll is positioned to throw a rock and is promoting child violence.
 
However, this reaction is not surprising as the rock-throwing doll fits nicely the hate and violence messages of PA children's education. Palestinian Media Watch has reported that a PA school recently honored and named a football tournament after a terrorist who stabbed and seriously injured two civilians. Similarly, Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi praised his 2-year-old son for singing "Daddy, buy me a machine gun and a rifle, so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists":


PMW has also documented that the
Fatah movement promoted Martyrdom
and Palestinian parents praised their children for seeking and achieving it.
 
The rock-throwing doll fits the PA and Fatah's policy of promoting violence and glorifying terrorists in general, and its clear support for the current wave of terror attacks and murder of Israelis in particular. One PLO official honored murderers of a young couple as performing a "national duty" and a PA official openly praised all the recent murderers.
 
Throughout the current wave of violence, the PA and Fatah have continuously promoted rock-throwing in the official PA daily, on Fatah's Facebook page and Fatah's Twitter.
 
See PMW's recent report on PA education, A Recipe for Hate and Terror, which exposes the PA's naming of schools after terrorists, its glorification of murderers and prohibition against joint Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding activities.
 
The following is the report in the official paper on the confiscation of the container full of rock-throwing dolls:     
 
Headline: "Israeli war against children's dolls - Israel confiscated 4,000 dolls whose faces were covered with a Palestinian keffiyeh!"
 
"Yesterday, the Israeli Customs Authority at the Haifa Port [Dec. 8, 2015] confiscated 4,000 dolls whose faces were covered with a Palestinian keffiyeh.
The Customs Authority stated that it confiscated a container of 4,000 dolls from the [United Arab] Emirates at Haifa Port because they 'incite against Israel.' The notice stated that 'these dolls are in the colors of the Palestinian flag, and have the phrases "Jerusalem is ours" and "O Jerusalem, here we come" on them.' Likewise, it added that the dolls were in a container about which it said that it contained 'clothing, prayer rugs, and plastic products,' but [the notice] did not disclose when it was confiscated. In addition, it stated that 'the Customs Authority will continue its daily work of preventing the smuggling of weapons into Israel, and the entry of inciting materials, especially these days.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2015]
 
Caption: "The confiscated doll"
Note the rock in the doll's hand -Ed.