Seven years ago, Hamas launched its own television station: Al-Aqsa TV. The station quickly became a highly-effective propaganda tool, which Hamas continues to use to preach its message of hatred of the West, Jews and Israel.
Through Al-Aqsa TV, Hamas broadcasts a variety of programming, including sermons, political speeches and children’s shows that inspire Gazan youth to become suicide bombers when they grow up.
Take a look at our top seven Al-Aqsa clips from the past seven years:
7. Hamas Music Video: “Killing Jews Is Worship”
November 8, 2012
In this catchy music video, released during Operation “Pillar of Defense”, Hamas fighters pretend to shoot IDF soldiers and fire rockets at an Israeli tank, while the singer proclaims that “killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.”
6. Hamas Fighters Simulate Capture of Israeli Soldier
June 16, 2008
After Hamas terrorists kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the organization celebrated the attack and called on Gazans to continue to capture soldiers. Here, Hamas fighters simulate the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier, to music.
5. Cartoon: Jews Endanger the Al-Aqsa Mosque
Anti-Semitism is a core part of Hamas’ ideology. In a children’s cartoon, Hamas uses classic anti-Semitic imagery to vilify Jews and suggest that they are secretly destroying the Al-Aqsa mosque from deep underground.
4. Hamas Preacher: Death to the Jews and to America
December 2, 2011
Every Friday, Gazans head en masse to their local mosque to pray. Here, a Hamas preacher takes advantage of a captive audience and calls on his followers to kill Jews.
3. Hamas Prime Minister: We Will Not Recognize Israel
In an address to thousands of people gathered in Gaza City, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh stands in front of a giant picture of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock and exclaims three times: “We will not recognize Israel!”
2. Suicide Bombing Mastermind Ahlam Tamimi: “I Had Hoped for a Larger Toll”
July 12, 2012
On August 9, 2001, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in the Sbarro restaurant in downtown Jerusalem, killing 15 Israeli civilians, including seven children, and wounding 130. The mastermind behind the attack was Ahlam Tamimi. In an Al-Aqsa TV interview, she describes the joy she felt after hearing about the attack’s “success”.
1. Farfour “Martyred” by Israelis
June 29, 2007
Farfour, Hamas’ version of Mickey Mouse, served as co-host of the popular Al-Aqsa TV children’s show Tomorrow’s Pioneers. In his final episode, Farfour is “martyred” by an Israeli security operative, after refusing to hand over the “land documents” that will help him “liberate Jerusalem”.