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Monday, October 19, 2009

The 'lovely' Saraa: Learning the language of the 'enemy'

On Hamas' al-Aqsa television on Friday, Tomorrow's Pioneers hostess Saraa Barhoum, the niece of Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, encourages a child to learn English because it's the 'language of the enemy.'

Let's go to the videotape. A transcript and more will follow.

Here's the transcript.
Child host: "What do you want to be in the future, Allah willing?"
Child caller: "A teacher of the English language."
Host: "Why do you want to be specifically an English teacher?"
Child: "To teach children the language of their enemy." [Child host smiles.]
Host: "Very nice. A great field. It is not enough for us to know our own language… We also want to study the language of our enemies, to know how to have contacts with them, and so that we can convey the message of Palestinian children..."
Nassur: "Like me! Just like I know the Zionist enemy’s language."
Host: "Really?"
Nassur: "Hebrew."
Host: "Okay, speak [in Hebrew]."
Nassur: "I can't." [laughing].
[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Oct. 16, 2009]
Maybe if they learn enough English, Hamas can start a game show like this one (Hat Tip: Soccer Dad).

What could go wrong?


At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She has a great point. What a pity Arabic is not obligatory for all Jews learning in Israeli high schools.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Shy Guy,

She has a great point regarding teaching Hamas Hebrew.

I think many Americans will be surprised to hear her say that the Hamas kids should learn English as the language of the enemy.

Maybe it's time to awaken those Americans from their stupor.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Hamas does have a site in Hebrew and so does the PA. More Arabs speak Hebrew than Israelis speak Arabic.

So they understand how Jews think but Jews don't understand, since few of them speak Arabic, they don't understand the Arabs all that well.

While Carl noted its time to awake Americans from their stupor its time to demand the same of Israeli Jews as well.

Know Thy Enemy!


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