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Guardian: Not clear if ‘rock throwing dolls’ were heading to Palestinian Authority


The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont yesterday reported on the seizure, by Israeli Custom officials, of thousands of stone-throwing dolls with keffiyahs saying “Jerusalem is ours” and “Jerusalem we are coming.” 

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Just in time for Christmas

The shipment, noted Beaumont, “was found last week hidden among other goods coming into the port at Haifa”, and was purportedly “shipped from a supplier in the United Arab Emirates.” 

The report quoted Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely thusly:

These dolls were making their way to the Palestinian Authority with one clear purpose, and that was to poison the minds of innocent children. The Palestinians are continuing to incite their youth using any means necessary to educate them about violence and hatred. Here, it’s in the form of a doll.” 

Beaumont then responded:

Despite her claim, it was not entirely clear who the recipient was intended to be.

However, multiple news reports on the incident cited Haifa Customs inspectors’ comments confirming that the dolls were indeed heading to the PA.

A report in USA Today on the row noted that Haifa Customs inspectors “found the dolls in a container that was supposed to hold rugs and plastic items shipped from the UAE to the West Bank via Israel.

Additionally, a NBC News report on Dec. 9th, more than a week before Beaumont’s piece was published, quoted the Head of Enforcement for Haifa Customs (Doron Samara) saying that “this shipment was intended to reach the Palestinian Authority

Indeed, nobody even vaguely familiar with the PA’s ongoing campaign of incitement would be at all surprised to learn that Palestinian children were the intended recipient.

Commenting on the dolls, Palestinian Media Watch observed:

The rock-throwing doll fits the PA and Fatah’s policy of promoting violenceand glorifying terroristsin general, and its clearsupport for the current wave of terror attacks and murder of Israelis in particular. One PLO official honored murderers of a young couple as performing a “national duty” and a PA official openly praised all the recent murderers.
 
Throughout the current wave of violence, the PA and Fatah have continuously promoted rock-throwing in the official PA daily, on Fatah’s Facebook page and Fatah’s Twitter.
Beaumont’s skepticism over the intended recipient of the dolls should be seen in the context of a larger pattern by which the Guardian downplays or ignores antisemitism and the glorification of violence within Palestinian society. 

9 replies »

  1. Despite his claims, it’s not necessarily clear if Peter Beaumont can be considered a logical human being. He is, after all, a shill for those who think justice will be found if they simply murder enough Israelis.

    Stay irrelevant, Peter Beaumont, and may you find a rock up your ass.

    • lets just nuke israel and surrounding areas and be done with it…..at first all the muslim hatred was because of land stealing and now muslims are killing palestinians and their own….nuke em all and give peace a chance

  2. “Despite her claim, it was not entirely clear who the recipient was intended to be.”

    What? It was only somewhat clear? Or what? What is this mealy mouthed apologist for Arab violence against Jews saying?
    Sorry, Mr. Beaumont, for this bit of reality’s intrusion into you moral confusion.

  3. What he’s actually saying is that he’s surprised that the dolls were shipped to the PA. They were supposed to be shipped to the Guardian and given out as Christmas presents to the employees. Now the children of Guardian journalists will have to be content receiving cheap Russel Hobbs knife sets.

    One can imagine the scene, early Christmas morning, when the doting presents sneaks up on his or her sleeping child with a brand new….

  4. Obviously the intended recipients are those who already have in their collection, ‘Burka Barbie’, and ‘Psycho Ken’ an action figure who runs around in black pyjamas wanting to behead anything that moves.