Fatah TV cartoon teaches children:
Jews do the work on earth for the satans
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
In honor of Ramadan, Fatah TV broadcast a cartoon series for young children that presents Jews as the representatives of several satans, fighting battles for these satans, and doing their work on earth. The educational message to Palestinian children is that the satans are scheming to fight and destroy Muhammad, and in order to succeed in this, they use the Jews to fight Muhammad.
The series shows the satans (who oppose Muhammad) being upset that the Jewish tribes left Medina without fighting Muhammad, thus enabling Muhammad an unopposed victory. One of the satans then plants the idea in the minds of the Jews to organize all the tribes to fight against Muhammad so that the Jews can regain their prestige. This plan succeeds because the satan knows "the burning hate and loathing of Muhammad and his supporters, that fills the hearts of the Jews."
Finally, viewers are taught that Muhammad was preparing for battle by digging trenches to protect himself from the Jews, even though he already had a treaty with them because, as one Muslim explains: "Since when do Jews keep their treaties?"
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Presenting Jews as agents of the satans who do evil on earth is a part of the PA's religious ideology, although the PA claims to the international community that their conflict with Israel is only territorial. Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Islam recently stressed that the Palestinian Authority ideology is to see the conflict with Israel as a conflict with Satan. Israel, Mahmoud Al-Habbash taught, is "Satan's project":
"We are not inventing anything new here. This is a conflict between two entities, good and evil, between two projects: Allah's project vs. Satan's project."
Official PA TV, Oct. 23, 2015]
It is significant that one of the most important PA religious leaders and cartoons for the youngest children are both teaching Palestinians to see Jews as the helpers of satans to spread evil in the world.
PA TV for children is reinforcing this hate message. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that a poem teaching that "Zion, is Satan with a tail" has been recited by children six times in recent years on official PA TV, most recently on Nov. 6, 2015.
The following is the transcript of 3 segments form the Egyptian series The Raids of Prophet Muhammad, broadcast on Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 22, 25 and 27, 2016 Fatah TV. These cartoons were previously broadcast on Official PA TV, July 25, 29 and 30, 2013.
Muslim man: "Prophet [Muhammad] agreed [that the Jews] would leave with their possessions, but not their weapons, so they would not fight with the [weapons] again."
Muslim boy: "So we drove them out without fighting. What a great victory...Praise and thanks to Allah..."
Satan 1: "We (i.e., Jews and satans) suffered a defeat from one of the soldiers of Allah, who we have no power over."
Satan 2: "What sort of soldier was it, my lord? I didn't see any fighting in this raid."
Satan 1: "It was 'fear' (i.e., Allah's soldier) that defeated the Jews and caused them to leave their lands [in Medina] in shame and disgrace, and it's what prevented me from going down to make them fight... Yes, satan. Don't you see that my hands are shaking [from 'fear']? ..."
Muslim man: "The Jews left while playing flutes and drums. How strange!"
Muslim boy: "They did not want to show their frustration over the defeat, [and behaved] as if they had won. May Allah humiliate them."
[Official PA TV, July 25, 2013 and Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 22, 2016]
Satan: "I've built my plan on the burning hate and loathing of Muhammad and his supporters, that fills the hearts of the Jews..."
(Satan hovers above the Jews)
Jew 1: "We [Jews] have lost our prestige because of Muhammad..."
Leader of Jewish tribe: "We must return to Medina and harm Muhammad and his supporters... There are [Arab-Pagan] tribes that want to destroy Muhammad and the ones who want that the most are the Quraish and their allies... These tribes are not small and they have a major conflict with Muhammad. If they unite, it will be possible to destroy Muhammad."
Jew 1: "And then we'll return to Medina and go back to being prestigious leaders."
Jew 2: "A wise idea."
Leader of Jewish tribe: "So let us go to the tribes and prepare for the war with Muhammad."
[Official PA TV, July 29, 2013 and Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 25, 2016]
Muslim boy 1: "I saw Prophet [Muhammad] digging [the trench] with his hands along with the Muslims..."
Muslim boy 2: "Where were they digging?"
Muslim boy 1: "North of Medina"
Muslim boy 2: "Why?"
Muslim boy 1: "Because mountains, gardens and date trees surround Medina from all sides except for the exposed northern side where we are digging the trench and the southern side where the Qurayza (Jewish tribe) live."
Muslim boy 2: "Does the Prophet trust the Qurayza?"
Muslim boy 1: "They have a treaty with him [the Prophet]."
Muslim boy 2: "Since when do Jews keep their treaties? Have you forgotten the Qaynuqa and the Nadir?"
Muslim boy 1: "I haven't forgotten but I'm sure Allah will protect the Prophet."
[Official PA TV, July 30, 2013 and Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 27, 2016]
Among the Arab pagan population of Medina, there were three Jewish tribes. In the year 625 Muhammad exiled the Jewish Qaynuqa and Nadir tribes. Soon afterward, he captured the Qurayza tribe and had the 750 male captives decapitated and the wives and children sold as slaves. Islamic tradition justifies Muhammad's actions, teaching that the three Jewish tribes broke their treaties with Muhammad.