Video game with Palestinians killing IDF soldiers sparks Israeli fury

Video game where gamers play as a Palestinian gunman assassinating IDF soldiers sparks fury in Israel

  • Gamers play as a Palestinian gunman and are rewarded for killing Israeli soldiers
  • Headshots spark congratulatory messages, stabbings help your health recover
  • Game has angered Israelis with politicians calling for the government to block it
  • It is set to go on sale on world’s largest game streaming site Steam in December
  • A video game where gamers play as a Palestinian gunman and assassinate IDF soldiers has sparked fury in Israel.

    Il gioco, titled Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is set to go on sale on the world’s largest game streaming site Steam in December.

    Gamers play as Ahmad al-Falastini, meaning Ahmad the Palestinian, with the ultimate objective of killing as many israeliano soldiers as possible and taking over the Jewish state under the slogan ‘resistance is not terrorism’.

    Headshots result in congratulatory messages while the character, who wears a traditional black and white Palestinian keffiyeh, regains his health by knifing people to death.

    The game has angered Israelis with politicians calling on the government to step in and block adverts and access in the country.

    Head of far-right party Otzma Yehudit, Itamar Ben Gvir, branded the game an ‘incitement of murderand demanded the foreign and justice ministries force the Brazilian authorities to ban it.

    A video game where gamers play as a Palestinian gunman (nella foto) and assassinate IDF soldiers has sparked fury in Israel

    A video game where gamers play as a Palestinian gunman (nella foto) and assassinate IDF soldiers has sparked fury in Israel

    Headshots result in congratulatory messages while the character, who wears a traditional black and white Palestinian keffiyeh, regains his health by knifing people to death

    Headshots result in congratulatory messages while the character, who wears a traditional black and white Palestinian keffiyeh, regains his health by knifing people to death








    The game was developed over ten years by Brazilian-Palestinian Nidal Nijm who wanted to ‘break the cliché of portraying Arabs as Terrorists’, according to his website.

    ‘You will play in missions across Palestine with many objectives to accomplish, epic battles, powerful guns, vehicles to drive’.

    A trailer for the game, set to rousing music, features an action-man style PalestinianAhmad al-Falastiniin full tactical combat gear and a keffiyeh killing IDF soldiers.

    ‘With bullets and blood we will free Palestine’, reads the tagline in English and Arabic. ‘We are the Palestinians’.

    In the first kill the Palestinian fighter sneaks up on the Israeli soldier, pulling him back and stabbing in the neck and chest. The trailer then cuts to the gunman holding a pistol before he seamlessly shoots two more IDF soldiers.

    Footage then shows Palestinian holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher standing in front of a garage painted with slogan ‘Palestine will be freenext to a raised fist coloured red, verde, white and black.

    Gamers are rewarded with congratulatory messages when they hit Israeli soldiers in the head

    Gamers are rewarded with congratulatory messages when they hit Israeli soldiers in the head

    Shouting 'Allahu Akbar' – 'God is Great', he fires the RPG towards an Israeli tank, which promptly explodes, before turning on soldiers inside - winning extra points for headshots

    Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar– ‘God is Great’, he fires the RPG towards an Israeli tank, which promptly explodes, before turning on soldiers insidewinning extra points for headshots

    Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar– ‘God is Great’, he fires the RPG towards an Israeli tank, which promptly explodes, before turning on soldiers insidewinning extra points for headshots.

    The fighter is also seen rescuing a babywrapped in a keffiyeh and strapped to his backand a woman from the Israeli soldiers.

    ‘We will never surrender. We fight for freedom. Freedom of our homeland. Freedom of our people. We fight for life. We resist until death. Resistance is not terrorism. Join the resistance now,’ the trailer says.

    According to adverts for the game, al-Falastini is a ‘young Palestinian Student who was unjustly tortured and jailed by Israeli Soldiers for 5 years and had all his family killed by an Israeli Airstrike.

    'Adesso, after getting out from the prison, he seeks revenge against those who wronged him, killed his family and stolen his homeland, by joining a new Palestinian Resistance Movement called Fursan al-Aqsa.

    It will also have a multiplayer mode with a split screen which, Nijm said, is ‘to revive the golden era of 90s shooters.

    'We will never surrender. We fight for freedom. Freedom of our homeland. Freedom of our people. We fight for life. We resist until death. Resistance is not terrorism. Join the resistance now,' the trailer says

    ‘We will never surrender. We fight for freedom. Freedom of our homeland. Freedom of our people. We fight for life. We resist until death. Resistance is not terrorism. Join the resistance now,’ the trailer says

    The developer said his father was a Palestinian resistance fighter with Fatah but admitted ‘I have no connection to any political or military party, group or organization’.

    Egli ha detto: ‘I just lived with my father, his whole history of struggle and the resistance of the Palestinian people.

    ‘And it was my father who encouraged me to get into video games since I was a little boy, and he told me to study and learn so that one day I could produce a video game about the Palestinian Resistance.

    He said his aim was to change the perspective on Arabs and Palestinians.

    ‘Since I was little I’ve always seen that here in the West, in movies and video games, Arabs were portrayed as terrorists, so I always wanted to change that image.

    ‘And as I’ve always liked games since I was little, I decided to create this game of mine to show that Arabs are not terrorists, but they fight for the freedom of their people,’ Egli ha detto.

    According to adverts for the game, al-Falastini is a 'young Palestinian Student who was unjustly tortured and jailed by Israeli Soldiers for 5 years and had all his family killed by an Israeli Airstrike

    According to adverts for the game, al-Falastini is a ‘young Palestinian Student who was unjustly tortured and jailed by Israeli Soldiers for 5 years and had all his family killed by an Israeli Airstrike

    The fighter is also seen rescuing a baby - wrapped in a keffiyeh and strapped to his back - and a woman from the Israeli soldiers

    The fighter is also seen rescuing a babywrapped in a keffiyeh and strapped to his backand a woman from the Israeli soldiers

    Nijm believes the plot ‘is a fictional history inspired by real factsand in no way anti-Semitic.

    ‘In this game, the player does not shoot Israeli civilians, donne, bambini, elderlyonly soldiers.

    ‘This game only contains the virtual representation of the Palestinian Resistance Movement against the Israeli Military Occupation, which is officially recognized by the United Nations’, reads a disclaimer on the game’s website.

    But the game has drawn the ire of Israelis. Ben Gvir said: ‘The Foreign and Justice Ministries must take action and ensure that the Brazilian authorities do allow this game of incitement to murder to be advertised.

    ‘The creator of this game, who clearly lives in an illusory world, should learn the lessons of history and come back down to earth.

    ‘The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest siteso it has been for all generations, and thus will it remain.

    Meanwhile Jewish game developer Luc Bernard slammed the game for ‘encouraging violence’.

    ‘As video game creators we are the biggest pillar of the entertainment industry, so we are responsible for what could inspire real world violence. And I don’t think this is the right kind of video game companies should be promoting,’ disse Haaretz.

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