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Zayzafuna youth mag publishes photos of Arafat with weapons and kissing Yassin, founder of Hamas

On the anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death, Zayzafuna published a page with photographs of Arafat, presenting him as the armed military figure he was most of his life, rather than a man of peace who received the Nobel Peace Prize towards the end of his life. At top right, he is kissing Ahmed Yassin, the founder of the Hamas terror organization, and awarding him an official certificate. In other pictures, he is shown with a loaded automatic weapon, and wearing a pistol while praying.

Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children 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. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.

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