Jewish Journal


December 23, 2011

UNESCO cut finding for a Palestinian magazine in which a teenage girl appears to express admiration


The magazine, Zayzafouna, published an article earlier this year from a high-school-age contributor in which she describes four role models.

One of them is Adolf Hitler, who comes to her in a dream and says he killed Jews “so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world” and counsels her to be “resilient and patient concerning the suffering that Palestine is experiencing at their hands.”

The Associated Press on Friday quoted UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and scientific arm, as saying it “deplores and condemns” the article and would cease funding for the magazine.

The article was first brought to light by Palestinian Media Watch, a group that tracks Palestinian incitement.

The AP quoted the magazine’s editor as saying that the article is “accusatory” toward Hitler, although he did not dispute the translation.

The Palestinian Authority, which also funds the magazine, said the article was “unacceptable” and that the editor would in the future show greater care.

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