News of the seizure by Israeli customs of a shipment of dolls of rock-throwing Palestinians was misreported in the Palestinian Authority’s media, a watchdog group said Thursday.
Some 4,000 plush toys of rock-throwing men dressed in Palestinian garb were intercepted Tuesday at the Haifa port by Israeli authorities, who said the dolls were headed for the Palestinian Authority and were part of an incitement campaign.
Each toy has its face hidden by a keffiyeh, with one arm raised and clutching a tiny toy rock. They hold banners in Palestinian colors proclaiming “Jerusalem is ours” and “Jerusalem, we are coming.”
Customs officials found the dolls in a container that arrived from the United Arab Emirates and was destined for the Palestinian Authority. According to the accompanying paperwork, the shipment was supposed to be clothing, rugs, and plastic products.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said in a statement that the dolls were “on their way to the Palestinian Authority with one clear intention, to poison the minds of innocent young children.”
However, reports in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper, al-Hayat al-Jadida, claimed the children’s toys were confiscated simply for sporting headscarves, the Palestinian Media Watch group said. The PA paper’s coverage neglected to mention the rock-throwing aspect, according to the PMW report.