Hamas’ leading bombmaker the star of a new Syrian-produced TV series

April 19, 2005

This is an update to several previous dispatches on Hizbullah, Syria, and the manipulation of the media by extremists groups.



1. Glorifying the father of suicide bombing
2. The ultimate lie: Hamas "spares children"
3. Banned in France
4. Another victim
5. "Israel's hand in 9/11 is clear"
6. "Hamas bombmaker star of Syrian produced TV series" (Arutz Sheva, April 18, 2005)
7. "Taliban take to the airwaves" (UPI, April 19, 2005)
8. "Bush refuses to talk to Assad" (Al-Jazeera, April 18, 2005)



[Note by Tom Gross]

According to the article below, a 12-part Syrian-produced series on the life of the "father of suicide bombings," Hamas bomb-maker Yihye Ayyash, has begun airing on the Lebanese-based Hizbullah satellite television station Al-Manar.

The new series, which is airing in prime time each evening in Lebanon and internationally, glorifies the master terrorist Ayyash and Hamas in general. Sinister music is played whenever a Jew appears on the scene.


Ayyash is portrayed as a role model, and even a moral humanist. One scene depicts Ayyash urging terrorists under his command not to harm any Israeli children in an "operation." He says to them: "Never forget, we are superior to our enemy in our moral standards."

This is a lie worthy of neo-Nazis and Holocaust revisionists. On countless occasions, Ayyash and Hamas have deliberately targeted children.


This series is yet another reminder that Hizbullah holds back the Palestinians by not sending out a positive message to their Muslim brethren, but by praising the mass killers of Jews.

The series come only days after it was reported that the Arab League Ambassador to Britain, Ali Muhsen Hamid, told a gathering of the Foreign and Commonwealth Council at the British Parliament that "Israel's hand in the [9/11] matter is clear."


As reported on this email list, Al-Manar was recently banned in France for its previous incendiary broadcasts, such as the dramatic adaptation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which the French authorities finally admitted had helped stir up anti-Semitic violence in France. It is still broadcast in other European countries and is popular with Arab-speaking populations there.

The BBC World Service also continues to promote Al-Manar. Last week, for example, a leading Al-Manar journalist appeared for a full hour on a special BBC discussion program. In the course of the entire hour, the BBC, while reporting in bemused tomes that the US government have sought to have Al-Manar banned for encouraging terrorism, did not provide a single example of Al-Manar's extremist broadcasts, and left BBC listeners with the idea that Al-Manar was a legitimate form of journalism and the Bush administration's complaints were all imaginary.


Hizbullah almost certainly aided Syrian intelligence in the bomb that killed ex-Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri in February. Yesterday, another former Lebanese minister (Basil Fuleihan, the economy minister) died from wounds sustained in that same attack.

Fuleihan, who had suffered burns to more than 90 percent of his body, succumbed to his injuries in a Paris hospital, leaving behind a wife and two young children. Fuleihan held a British passport, and was one of Hariri's top aides and was credited for the success of many of his economic policies.

-- Tom Gross




Hamas Bomb-Maker Star of Syrian Produced TV Series
Arutz Sheva
April 18, 2005


A 12-part series on the life of the "father of suicide bombings," Hamas bomb-maker Yihye Ayyash is set to be aired on the Lebanese-based Hizbullah satellite television station al-Manar.

Ayyash was born in 1966, near Shechem. He studied electrical engineering at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah and joined Hamas shortly afterward. His bombs killed at least 76 Israelis and injured more than 400 before Israeli intelligence succeeded in killing him, using a bomb installed in his cellular phone.

Ayyash is lauded as a hero in the Palestinian Authority and posters featuring his face, with the honorific nickname 'al-Muhandas' [the engineer], plaster the walls of many Arab towns in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

On January 5th, 1996, Israeli security agents succeeded in planting 1.7 ounces of explosives in his cell phone detonating it after he answered the phone and his voice was confirmed.

This is not the first anti-Semitic program to be aired on al-Manar. Aside from the laudatory news reports following any attack on Israeli civilians, the channel broadcast a series called 'A-Shatat' [Diaspora] in November 2003. The show was billed as an accurate depiction of modern Zionism, but was blatantly anti-Semitic in content and made repeated references to the forged anti-Semitic document "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion".

Following that broadcast and the refusal of al-Manar to remove anti-Semitic programming, the channel was removed from the rosters of local satellite networks in the United States and France.

The series on Ayyash began airing in April, at prime time each evening. The series glorifies the terrorist and Hamas in general.

The Arab actors playing IDF soldiers of Israeli government officials speak Hebrew in the series, though with a thick Arabic accent. Sinister music is played whenever a Jew appears on the scene.

Ayyash is portrayed as a role model, and even a moral humanist. One scene depicts Ayyash urging terrorists under his command not to harm any Israeli children in an "operation." He says to them: "Never forget, we are superior to our enemy in our moral standards."



Taliban take to the airwaves
April 19, 2005

Afghanistan's overthrown Taliban regime has announced the start of a pirate radio station which will air anti-government programs.

Abdul Latif Hakimi, a Taliban spokesman, said the station known as Shariat Ghagh (Voice of Islamic Law) is back on the air and can be heard in four southern Afghan provinces. The station, which was active during the Taliban's time in power from 1996 to 2001, will use a mobile transmitter inside Afghanistan, the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Web site reported Monday.

"The radios of the world, which are apparently free, are in fact slaves of others. That is why we have launched the radio, to make people aware about the Taliban's thoughts and objectives," Hakimi said, as quoted by the Pakistani newspaper Daily Times. An official with the U.N. World Food Programme also confirmed the start of the new station's broadcasts.

U.S. forces have predicted the collapse of the Taliban, saying there are roughly only 2,000 fighters still loyal to the Islamist movement. The radio station is an effort to strengthen their stand and expand their sphere of influence in the southern region of Afghanistan.



Bush refuses to talk to Assad
April 18, 2005

According to the pan-Arab daily Al Sharq Al Awsat, U.S. President George Bush will not sit down and talk to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad a U.S. official was quoted as saying.

"The United States is not at all happy with Syria's policies," the unnamed official told the London-based paper. "Contact with the Syrian regime will remain at the lowest level and will not reach the point where President Bashar Al Assad finds himself at the same table as President George Bush."

Meanwhile, the Israeli daily Maariv on Thursday quoted U.S. officials as saying that "in private, American officials and in particular President Bush, say that Assad is a 'strange personality,' that he can't be trusted and that we must wait for him to leave the political arena."

"Even in Syria, people are conscious of what's going on in the world and around them" say the Americans. (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon has heard from his partners that the "Syrian regime is about to collapse and won't survive the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon," the Israeli paper said.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ali Tuygan called on Washington to cooperate with Syria and Iran in order to solve pending issues and to further avoid confrontations.

The Anadulu News Agency quoted Tuygan as saying, during a meeting at the Washington Institute, that the Syrian-Turkish relations gave Turkey the opportunity to understand the situation in the region.

Meanwhile, in Paris, the Chairman of the Arab- French Solidarity society Lucien Peterlein underlined the society's absolute solidarity with Syria in the face of the current pressures it is exposed to.

According to Peterlein, "We stand by Syria in the face of pressures and threats against that aim at obliging it to abandon its firm principles." The statement hailed Syria's wise and brave leadership towards the existing pressures, stressing that Syria has opted for the way of peace and what is right.

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