Ideologically eyeless in Gaza

We went to see the film, The Green Prince, last night at the Jewish International Film Festival. I have never been so stunned in my life. It was a Hamas propaganda piece tailored for Jews which became evident within the first sixty seconds and never let up for a moment. But what was the truly stunning part was the way in which the audience in general and the people we sat for coffee with afterwards, were so easily taken in by what ought to have been obvious beyond argument, that this was a film that in no way was friendly to the continuation of the state of Israel.

You don’t have to know much spycraft to understand the nature of double agents. To have the son of the leader of Hamas as one of your agents is quite a coup, but how do you know whether he is or isn’t, even when he does give you low grade information of some value? That is Espionage 101. You decide, which is more likely? That the son of the Hamas leader has a genuine desire to help Israel against his family, his nation and his religion, or that he found some gullible Israeli agent who swallowed his story whole. To help you think about it, you might find this article of some help: ‘Son of Hamas’ Denounced as a Phony: Pro-Israeli former terrorist Walid Shoebat accuses Mosab Hassan Yousef of duping the West. In the article, we find translations of what our Green Prince was saying to audiences in his own language:

Speaking on Al-Arabiya, Mosab said: “During my tours in universities and even churches, [I found] the real support for Israel stems from the church in the West. … We need to understand the difference between “revenge” and “resistance” and once the Palestinians do, we will have our victory against Israel. Israel is the problem and as an occupation it needs to end. … There are many ways to do this besides the cowardly explosive operations.”

He adds that he “suffered under all the problems of murder and the criminal operations that were carried out by the Israeli occupation against my people, my family, myself, and against humanity.”

When Mosab was being interviewed on Christian-Arabic television station Al Hayat, the presenter asked a caller what he would do if he were in Mosab’s position and could prevent dozens of school children from being killed by turning in a Hamas man to Israel. When the caller vacillated, Mosab spoke:

If I was in your shoes, you should not report it to Israel. I do not encourage anyone to give information to Israel or collaborate with Israel. If anyone hears me right now and they are in relation to Israeli security I advise them to work for the interest of their own people — number one — and do not work with the [Israeli] enemy against the interest of our people. They should collaborate with the Palestinian Authority only.

It really does make me furious how naive some people are. It is just as Shoebat says:

“Mosab is now touring churches to end Israel’s lifeline. Many Jews and Christians in the West are unable to determine friend from foe in the Mideast; they are not able to read what is said in Arabic. They must seek translations, and must be aware of double agents like Mosab.”

You would think they would at least have been a little jaundiced, not so easily taken in. But if a crude piece of propaganda is so invisible to most people – which I suppose why even now Obama is given the benefit of the doubt by so many who should fear him like the plague – the dangers for potential catastrophe merely multiply. My darkest suspicion, however, is that most people most of the time sympathise with their ideological enemies more than they know and can no longer even hear what is being said to them because they have actually joined the other side but do not know it themselves.

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