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PA-funded children's magazine story features "racist" Israeli soldier attacking Palestinians at bus stop

Headline: "Racist attack"
"Fadwa sat in front of the TV and saw the terrible scene: An Israeli soldier gets out of a car, draws near to three Palestinian workers who were standing and waiting for a bus, hits them with the butt of his rifle, and kicks them with his feet.
Why? Because they are Palestinians.
Fadwa was shocked by what she saw. She recalled her eraser that erases the enemy's soldiers, put her hand in her pocket, and did not find it. She ran to her bag and took out the eraser.
She stood ready in front of the TV in order to erase the attacking soldier, but he had already got in his car that took him far away, and the workers remained on the sidewalk waiting for the bus.
Fadwa's father shouted angrily: 'That is racism.'
Her mother shouted: 'That is a despicable attack.'
Fadwa hid the eraser in her pocket, and afterwards fell asleep and dreamed about a free homeland without racists."
[Jomana Al-Rommanah and Other Stories, Zayzafuna collection of children's stories, 2016]

Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children partially funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. Zayzafuna's website states that the magazine's advisory board is comprised of PA officials and educators, including Jihad Zakarneh, PA Deputy Minister of Education, and Abd Al-Hakim Abu Jamous, Head of the Media Department at the PA Ministry of Education. Since September 2015, Zayzafuna included a note on its second page thanking the PA Ministry of Finance for its financial support of the magazine (true as of the time of this writing). In May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of the Zayzafuna organization Abd Al-Karim Ziyada explained on PA TV that the PA gives "a monthly payment of 10,000 shekels ($2,700) to cover the magazine's [costs]." [Official PA TV, May 9 and 13, 2011]