With the Israeli attacks on Hamas' positions in Gaza comes a ratcheting up of the hatred in the Arab and Muslim media.
You have to register to view MEMRI's video clips now (it's free) but here's a grotesque diatribe from three women - faces hidden, slits for eyes - on the glories of martyrdom which appeared on Al-Aqsa (Hamas-run) TV yesterday. Transcript here:
If one of our men dies, a thousand men will set out in his place. We, the women, will set out. We are the granddaughters of Yassin, Al-Bana, and Al-Qassam. We are all the daughters of Palestine, the daughters of steadfast Gaza. We will set out, booby-trapped. From every home, a bomb will set out, and it will explode among the sons of Zion. We are no less than Fatima Al-Najjar and Rim Al-Riyashi [two Palestinian women who blew themselves up among Israelis]. We will blow ourselves up among those traitors, those apes and pigs.
It is told that the Israelites killed more than 70,000 prophets in a single day. It’s not the people they want to eradicate, but Revelation itself. They do not want there to be any revelation, purity, religion, or religious law. The secret behind the war between the Jews and non-Jews is that they want to have a monopoly on the spiritual and ideological leadership of the world, and eventually, the physical leadership. [...]
By the “Chosen People,” they mean that they are a people, and all those who are inferior to them are not peoples. In other words, they are human beings, and all others are not. They are people, and all others are not. They are human beings, selected by God to be the leaders of all beings. So what about the rest of mankind? They view them as pigs. That’s the truth. Pigs! So why do they look like human beings? So that they will be worthy of being servants of the Jews, who could ride on their backs and such their blood. That’s why when a Jew kills a Palestinian child, he considers him to be a little pig. What difference is there between the two?! On the contrary, he might show mercy for the pig, as an animal that should not be harmed. The Palestinian child is worth less to him than a pig.
These children were defenseless. They were so young that they didn't know anybody but their parents. Except for strolling down the street and looking for a flower to smell, these children didn't do anything. They didn't understand what war is. They didn't understand what murder, massacre, and crime are. They didn't understand what evil is. But before they had time to grow up, they got a taste of the enemy's evil. [...]
We all loathe those enemies. We all loathe them. We are furious at them. We identify with the Palestinian children.
For a change from the familiar reporting of, as George Szirtes puts it, 'evil Israelis kill innocent Palestinian children', Harry's Place is the place to go. This past week they've really gone into overdrive. Too many good posts to link individually. Best of the blogosphere....
Update: the latest HP post, by Michelle Sieff, is especially worth reading.