HIZBALLAH REPEATS VOW OF DEATH TO ISRAELIS, AS PALESTINIAN AND SOME
PAN-ARAB MEDIA ECHO HIZBALLAH'S VOICE
By Michael Widlanski 19 July 2006
Hizballah's propaganda machine continues to threaten death and
destruction to all Israelis in its regular radio, television and internet
shows, and this message is being echoed by some of the most important Arab
"Al-Mawt le-Isra'il"-"Death to Israel" chants Sheikh Hassan Nasserallah
repeatedly in a montage television film shown many times daily on Hizballah's
Al-Manar television station.
Pictures show the terrorist leader in his black turban and dark jalaba
robe striking the air with his fist as a crowd answers his chant with their
own chant of "Death to Israel."
The films show Nasserallah's followers marching in uniforms,
goose-stepping as they frequently give an open-palm salute that is identical
to the Nazi "zig-heil."
Nasserallah, the Iranian-educated and financed terror leader, has not
been seen in public or on live television for several days, but his message
of death and destruction for Israel-and for the United States and other
Western "infidels"-is preserved by the miracles of video-tape, audio-tape
and computer technology.
Al-Manar television and Al-Nur radio rebroadcast Nasserallah's words
several times a day-sometimes several times an hour, and other video and
audio clips make it clear that this is not some abstract message but a
"Nastarjiu Khaybar"-"We will return to Khaybar" declares a sonorous
narrator, recalling the oasis of Khaybar where Muhammad slaughtered all the
local Jews who opposed his views and leadership 1400 years ago.
Several times an hour, Al-Manar television places a bull-eye on the name
of different Israeli cities on a map, followed by explosions signaling the
fate in store for the people living there.
Israel itself is almost never mentioned by name in Nasserallah's
speeches. He and the Hizballah officials generally call Israel al-'udu
al-sihyouni-"The Zionist Enemy" or "Al-kiyaan al-sihyouni"-The Zionist
Israelis do not exist, only 'sahayyan'-Zionists, with a tone that
indicates that they are some lower dangerous life form which endangers
higher life forms, such as Arabs and Muslims.
Hizballah's web-site is called Moqawama.net-Resistance Net-and its net
message is rather gross: total destruction and annihilation for all Jews
leaving in the "settlement" or "colonies" of Palestine: in other words all
Israeli towns, villages and cities.
"In the name of God the merciful, we have responded to the the enemy's
targeting of regions in Lebanon, and we have brought and returned hell to
the infidels with hundreds of katyusha rockets at the hour of 15:17 on the
areas of Kafri and Dalton [places in the Galilee]."
Hizballah's new slogan is "harb maftooha"-"open-ended war," and this
message is now being echoed by Al-Jazeera, the popular Pan-Arab television
station which uses a logo for its crisis coverage: Al-Muhajimma
al-maftooha-The Open-Ended Confrontation.
Al-Jazeera and Palestinian Authority media also echo Hizballah's
treatment of other subjects: Hizballah fighters and Palestinian terrorists
who die are all martyrs, and they are all part of "muqawwama"-resistance.
Sometimes, they even promote fanciful, even outrageously ridiculous
claims as if they were proven facts.
"Polls show 81 percent of Israelis overwhelmingly support the war, and
Israeli school children draw pictures and messages which are pasted on
bombs that rain down and kill Lebanese civilians," intones a bespectacled
Al-Jazeera interviewer as he questions Israeli Arab parliament member Azmi
Bishara, who does not try to correct the preposterous second part of the
A cartoon today in the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds shows a gun-toting
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert being hung out to dry-literally-on a
laundry line, with one ear pinned by a lothes pin labeled "Lebanon" and the
other ear pinned by a clothes pin labeled "Gaza."
A cartoon today on the web site of Al-Ayyam, the Palestinian newspaper
controlled by Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement shows an explosive mine shaped
like Lebanon-and labeled '2006' about to destroy an Israeli missile boat.
The footage of Al-Jazeera and Palestinian television also show graphic
pictures of dead Palestinians and Lebanese, often with comments about
Israeli "state terror" and "war crimes." No such comments are attached to
pictures of Israeli dead.
The Hizballah films also exhibit pictures of Israelis weeping at
funerals, then showing Nasserallah and his followers with exultant smiles
in the background or as follow-up.
© 2006 Michael Widlanski Associates. Material may be quoted citing source.
Dr. Michael Widlanski is a specialist in Arab politics and communication
whose doctorate dealt with the Palestinian broadcast media. He is a former
reporter, correspondent and editor, respectively, at The New York Times
,The Cox Newspapers-Atlanta Constitution, and The Jerusalem Post.