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USA Today quotes PMW director in article about Palestinian rock-throwing dolls

Michele Chabin  |
USA Today quotes PMW director Itamar Marcus 
in article about Palestinian rock-throwing dolls

Headline: Israel seizes shipment of Palestinian dolls holding rocks

by Michele Chabin

Israeli customs officials seized a shipment of 4,000 stuffed dolls designed as Palestinian rock-throwers that was en route this week to the Palestinian Authority from the United Arab Emirates.

The dolls were confiscated as Israelis have been targets of attacks during the past two months by Palestinians using rocks, knives and guns. The Israeli government denounced the dolls as a way to teach Palestinian children to "hate and kill Israelis," spokesman Ofir Gendelman told USA TODAY on Wednesday...

The Palestinian Authority could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The heightened violence has killed 22 Israelis and foreign nationals since Sept. 22, mostly in stabbing attacks. More than 100 Palestinians have also been killed, the majority of them while carrying out attacks or during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, according to the Israeli government...

The Palestinian Authority “puts great effort into teaching children to hate Israel and promote violence,” said Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli group that monitors Palestinian education and messaging. The dolls “are just one more step in the process.”