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Israel Targets Al Aqsa Radio, Television In Mideast Conflict

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 7/30/2014

Explosions at Gaza's only power plant put much of the country in darkness. Palestinian officials blame an Israeli airstrikes, while Israel says the power plant was not a target. Israel does take responsibility for attacks on a radio and television station. Al Aqsa TV is presented as a combination of news and entertainment, but the theme of Hamas rising up against Israel is a near-constant undercurrent. In this video, Hamas fighters triumphantly tunnel into Israel, take out Israeli targets, then sneak back into the tunnels and return home as heroes. he station is used to broadcast messages directly from Hamas leadership. In the first days of the conflict, the group's spokesman encouraged Gaza residents to act as human shields, saying, "do not comply with the war of rumors and psychological warfare that the Zionist enemy is waging upon you." Al Aqsa's news anchors also toe the party line. "How many children has Hamas killed? Zero. How many women has Hamas killed? Zero," he says. "How many children has Israel killed? Over 400. How many did the hit? Thousands." Saying later, "All of the martyrs are civilians. All of them." Al Aqsa began to broadcast in Gaza in 2006, shortly after Hamas won a landslide victory in Palestinian elections. In 2007, they garnered international scrutiny with this children's program featuring a Mickey Mouse-like character named "Farfour." "You're calling us despicable terrorists, Farfour?" ...Who was killed by an Israeli interrorgator. "Yes, my dear children. We have lost our dearest friend, Farfour." But beyond the clear Hamas propaganda, Al Aqsa TV does do its own reporting from the field. They're often first on the scene of airstrikes, broadcasting some of the most searing images of this conflict. But the Israeli's say images like these are themselves propaganda, as effort by Hamas to garner sympathy around the world and part of the reason the I-D-F targeted Al Aqsa's headquarters, saying, in part, Al Aqsa was used to, quote, "incite Palestinians against Israel," and to, "transmit orders and messages to Hamas operatives."

   
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