Well on Hezbollah TV, the resident Edouah Magoub is asking the difficult questions, with contestants getting cash and a car bomb if they propel Islam back to Jerusalem, and drive the filthy Jew into the sea!
Hezbollah's satelite television broadcast is higher rating than Al Jazeera in the West Bank and Gaza, and are concerned their cable rights to Europe and the US are being censored- after all, they're only offering a non-Israeli perspective on an area besieged by Zionist stooges like the BBC and the Guardian.
There are suicide bomber trading cards, video games where children can control a martyr on a mission to kill Jews, and the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah even has its own satellite channel, al-Manar (The Beacon), founded in June 1991. One of the Syrian/Iranian funded networks newest and most popular programs is a game show called, The Mission. Contestants answer questions about the American-Zionist conspiracy for points. For every question a contestant answers correctly, they are allowed to move another step closer to the goal of Jerusalem on a large map. Sixty points lands a contestant on the holy city while the Hezbollah anthem plays in the background. The refrain Jerusalem is ours and we are coming to it rings out as the contestant collects a $3,000 check.
The Mission follows a standard game show format, with contestants quizzed about history, literature, geography, science and the arts, according to a recent New York Times article. But at least half the questions revolve around Palestinian or Islamic history, and at least one contestant is usually Palestinian.
Throughout the show, the host praises the exploits of suicide bombers and pleads for viewers to keep the faith that one day Arabs will recapture the land stolen by the Jews.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is about the most kind-hearted programming the channel has to offer.
Another show, Sincere Men, profiles suicide bombers.
The station was the first to break the story that 4,000 Jewish World Trade Center employees were warned about the September 11 in advance and didnt show up to work that day. The attacks themselves were perpetrated by, Jews, Israel, and Mossad, of course. Before the 2000 pullout of Israeli forces from Lebanon, the station aired live pictures of attacks against Israeli soldiers and broadcast threats against the Jewish state in Hebrew.
Today, not much has changed. Al-Manar, aside from a couple sports shows and an entertainment hour for children, is almost non-stop propaganda. Speeches by well-known Hamas and Hezbollah figures are broadcast over and over again. The well-orchestrated marches of the same terrorists get similar coverage.
Of course, there are nearly endless images of the Israeli military cracking down, including a new documentary series which promises to expose crimes perpetrated by the Zionist enemy and recalls the Zionist massacres, and brutal practices that take place on the day the show airs.
An upcoming two-and-a-half hour special will celebrate the fourth anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, following 24 students from across the world (including two from the United States) as they tour the formerly occupied territory. One student told the Lebanon Daily Times that the trip to Southern Lebanon meant a lot to him, because it is liberated, and gives me hope as a Palestinian that the Gaza Strip will soon be liberated, too, adding that he took a lot of photographs, and it gives me the chance to convey the revolutionary spirit to others. Ah, al-Mansar, spreading the love.
Those waiting for peaceful or conciliatory messages from Hezbollah in the post-occupation period may as well not hold their breath. According to its own mission statement, Hezbollah formed al-Manar to showcase the suffering of Israeli arrogance and focus the people on resistance activityhoping to formulate a resistance-nation.
Part of that resistance is against America now, particularly coalition troops stationed in Iraq. The station makes time in its programming now for pictures of gruesome scenes from Iraq. The people of this region will receive you with their rifles, with blood, with martyrdom, and martyrdom operations, a Hezbollah official warned Americans during one broadcast. Today, as the region fills up with hundreds of thousands of American troops, our slogan was and will remain Death to America.'
I notice the kiddie programs involve Islamic muppets- there seems no indication if the cheery glove puppets are stuffed with kapok or C4- just in case the harlot talking to the puppet is not a direct family member, or at least engaged and in company of a chaperone.
You can't be too careful.
As to the banning of said broadcaster, I'm agin' it; the 1st Amendment in the USA guarantees any eejit to say what they want, and our constitution (tacitly) agrees; during WW2 Lord Haw Haw and Tokyo Rose (while using crappy AM transmitters, so no-one much heard them except for combat troops, who would've loved to use them for bayonet practice) were free to snork on right up until the surrender, where they were hung as war criminials.
Sounds fine to me.
(Cross-posted at the Daily Diatribe).