Day by Day

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Children of Palestine:

Meanwhile, while all that was going on, Ali Daraghmeh, a writer for The Associated Press, reported from the West Bank that playtime for Palestinian kids isn't just limited to nice things like kickball, not when there's a jihad to be staffed. "Palestinian children," reported Daraghmeh, "are collecting cards showing gunmen and soldiers the way American kids trade baseball cards, and some educators are concerned that the uprising hobby is helping to breed a new generation of militants."

And business is good, says Majdi Taher, a former candy salesman who makes the cards. All told, about 6 million cards have been sold over the past two years, plus sales in December alone of 32,000 albums in the two main population centers of the northern West Bank, with little slots for a kid's favorite suicide bombers.

"The albums are sold in cardboard boxes shaped like Israeli tanks and include a dedication from Nablus governor Mahmoud Alul," wrote Daraghmeh. "A child who fills an album with all 129 pictures can win a computer, a bicycle, a watch or a hat."

It works. Overdose on 129 collectable martyrs, stick some dynamite under your new hat and bicycle off to blow up some infidels. - Breeding Palestinian terrorists

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