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This has been a big part of Hezbollah as well as other Arab/Muslim children's teaching for years. If HATE is pushed for long enough then 3 generation are affected even if it were to stop.

And our as well as other Western World Liberals support this as well as other things worst. In fact I would say they are even part of the daily killings. Just they don't pull the triggers.


In Hezbollah children's magazine, not fairies but fighters

AFP By Mohamad Ali Harissi 4 hours ago.

It's aimed at children, but instead of princes and princesses, fairies and magicians, the heroes of Lebanon's "Mahdi" magazine are the "fighters who fell resisting the Israeli enemy".

Produced by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement for the last 11 years, Mahdi aims to teach a new generation the militant Shiite group's ideology of "resistance" to the Jewish state.

Packed full of stories inspired by the lives of Hezbollah militants, its cartoons represent bearded fighters and its puzzles teach children how to avoid Israeli landmines.

Critics accuse it of glorifying violence, but its publishers insist the monthly magazine is not about indoctrination or military propaganda.

"What we want to do is teach children the values of the resistance," the magazine's general manager Abbas Charara told AFP.

"We don't encourage carrying of weapons, we're just making sure they know about the exploits of the resistance," he added.

"We tell them: 'Just as these great people resisted and were victorious, so too can you resist and be victorious, and that starts with your education'."

The magazine is part of broad youth outreach -- schools, scout troops and summer camps -- for Hezbollah, the powerful movement that detractors accuse of being a "state within a state" in Lebanon.

Established in 1982 by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah has been a key nemesis for Israel.

The group carried out numerous attacks against Israeli forces during their 22-year occupation of Lebanon, which ended in 2000 with a withdrawal that Hezbollah claimed as a victory.

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'It's something really dangerous'

In 2006, Hezbollah's abduction of two Israeli soldiers prompted a massive military response by the Jewish state, but it failed to deal a death blow to the militant group.

The group is the only party in Lebanon that failed to disarm after the country's 1975-1990 civil war, and it remains a powerful political and military institution, with supporters revering its leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Mahdi is named after the ninth-century Imam al-Mahdi, the last of 12 imams venerated by Shiite Muslims who believe he will reappear as a saviour at the end of the world.

And some leader's in Iran want him to come back by using a nuke to start a war in which the world is reduced to ash.

One recent edition of the magazine featured stories set in the three decades when Israel occupied southern Lebanon.

One told of a fighter who detonated a bomb against an Israeli patrol in his occupied village, another of a "hero" Amer, who confides in his mother that he will participate in "a martyrdom operation".

Amer blows himself up, killing and wounding 25 Israeli officers and soldiers, and his name is not revealed until 2000, when Nasrallah praises his bravery.

Hezbollah's strong Iranian influence is also reflected in the magazine
, with the Islamic republic's founder Ayatollah Khomeini hailed in its pages in a feature on "the best leaders".

Critics have said the magazine exposes children to violence and teaches them that their identity as Shiite Muslims takes precedence over being Lebanese.

"It goes too far in making guns and violence part of the kids' imagination. It's something really dangerous," said Fatima Charafeddine, an author of children's books.

The magazine also emphasises "religious identity with virtually no mention of their Lebanese identity," she told AFP.

'Resistance and fun games'

Charara said Mahdi is not exclusively focused on religious and political issues, noting its articles on figures like Alexander the Great, Victor Hugo, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison.

Still, there is little ambiguity to a game encouraging children to colour in grenades and automatic weapons, nor to a puzzle in which readers draw a route around mines and bombs left by the Israelis in south Lebanon.

The magazine's monthly circulation of 30,000 issues includes three editions -- one aimed at four- to seven-year-olds, one at eight- to 12-year-olds, and one for 13- to 17-year-olds

Eight-year-old Zahraa
, who was born while her father was fighting in Hezbollah's ranks against Israel in 2006, told AFP she enjoyed Mahdi's "stories on the resistance and fun games".

"I like the stories about imams, and especially those talking about victory," the veiled girl added, a smile on her thin face.
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Hezbollah at the center of Lebanonís current crisis
November 13,`17 ó The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah is at the center of the recent crisis that has gripped Lebanon and rattled a region already rife with conflict.
When Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri declared his resignation in a surprise announcement from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, he blamed Hezbollah for imposing itself on the country and doing the bidding of its main backer, Iran, in Lebanon and elsewhere in the region. The one-time local Shiite guerrilla army that rallied Lebanonís Shiites and battled Israel ó even earning admiration from the regionís Sunnisó has turned into a powerful, well-armed group caught up in the Iran-Saudi rivalry that is shaping the Middle East. Saudi Arabia singled Hezbollah out, accusing it of declaring war on the kingdom, just as the U.S. ratcheted up its pressure on Iran and imposed new sanctions on Hezbollah, which it considers a terrorist group. Here is a look at the 35-year old militant group, its sources of power and regional role.


Hezbollah was formed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in 1982 to fight Israelís invasion of Beirut. Under the leadership of Hassan Nasrallah, who took over in 1992 after his predecessor, Abbas Mussawi, was killed in an Israeli airstrike, the group moved from seeking to implement an Iranian-style Islamic republic in Lebanon to focusing on fighting Israel and integration into Lebanonís sectarian-based politics. Nasrallah, now 57, has played a key role in ending a feud among Shiites, focusing attention toward fighting Israel and later expanding the groupís regional reach.

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, center, escorted by his bodyguards, waves to a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters during a rally denouncing an anti-Islam film that has provoked a week of unrest in Muslim countries worldwide, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Nasrallah, who took over the militant group in 1992, has focused on integration into Lebanonís sectarian-based politics, fighting Israel and expanding the groupís regional reach.


Hezbollah became the main militant group opposing Israel and the buffer zone it established in southern Lebanon in 1985. In 1996, Israel launched an offensive to end the guerrilla attacks, striking Lebanese power stations and killing more than 100 Lebanese civilians sheltering in a U.N. base. A year later, 12 Israeli soldiers were killed in a commando raid in the south. Israelís withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000 was hailed as a victory for Hezbollah. In the same year, Hezbollah captured three Israeli soldiers and a businessman in cross border raids, and later negotiated a swap in 2004, releasing hundreds of prisoners and fighters. Then in 2006, Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid, sparking a 34-day war that killed 159 Israelis and more than 1,000 Lebanese. A U.N.-brokered cease-fire brought thousands of international peacekeeping troops to police the Israeli-Lebanese border.


Hezbollahís popularity at home didnít only stem from its opposition to Israel. With a weak Lebanese state, the Iranian-sponsored group, like most other sects, provided a vast array of social services for its supporters, through education, health and social networks. But as the militant group sought more executive and legislative powers following Israelís 2000 withdrawal, it worked to funnel some of its support through state institutions to reach the broader public. Another turning point came in 2008, when heavily armed Hezbollah fighters seized control of vast parts of Beirut, flexing its power domestically for the first time. The show of force followed attempts by Lebanonís Western-backed government to curb the militantsí influence by dismantling its telecommunication network. Hezbollah has been the most powerful player in Lebanonís politics ever since. Saudi Arabia and Iran, which backed opposite sides inside Lebanon, ended a two-year deadlock over electing a president by tacitly approving a power-sharing deal that effectively enshrined Hezbollahís new powerful role. With that, Hariri, a Sunni, headed a unity government and Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, became president.

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