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Youth mag praises Hamas leader Abd Al-Aziz Rantisi and his support for terrorist Yahya Ayyash

The regular Zayzafuna column, Poet from Palestine, chose to write about the “poet” Abd Al-Aziz Rantisi (1947-2004), who succeeded Ahmed Yassin as head of Hamas. The text expresses support for Rantisi as someone who fought against Israel and as someone who glorified Yahya Ayyash – the initiator of suicide terror against Israel.
“Poet from Palestine – the poet Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Rantisi (1947-2004)”
     “On Dec. 9, 1987, the f irst Intifada broke out. On that day he [Rantisi] joined Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and others in founding the Hamas organization… the Jews imprisoned him several times. In 2000 the Al-Aqsa Intifada broke out. The Jews adopted a policy of assassination against Palestinian leaders, and a Jewish plane killed him with a missile in April 2004. His funeral was attended by masses, more than any [other] Arab leader. Abd Al-Aziz contained within him all attributes and qualities: He was a skilled and brilliant doctor and an experienced leader… a preacher and a poet… He wrote, mourning the Martyr (Shahid) Engineer Yahya Ayyash, [who initiated the Palestinian suicide bombing tactic and built the first suicide bombs] who was assassinated by the Jews: Ayyash lives; do not say that he is dead… Ayyash lives on in [our] hearts, in which the blood of revenge will storm the tyrants… Ayyash is a school that spreads culture Ayyash is the university of heroism and resolve.”

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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