Haifa customs staff seized 4,000 dolls encouraging terrorism against Israelis Tuesday, in yet another revelation about Palestinian Arab incitement against Israel amongst the youngest Palestinians.
Each doll bore the words 'Jerusalem is ours' and 'Jerusalem, we are coming!'; Palestinian Authority (PA) colors; a keffiyeh; and a rock in its hand.
The dolls were seized containers were imported to Israel from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and were en route to the Palestinian Authority.
Also in the containers were various undeclared items and even weapons-making equipment, such as light bulbs (which rioters often fill with paint, nails or incendiary liquid to throw at security forces) and army boots. According to an importer's declaration, the containers were supposed to contain clothing, carpets and plastic products.
"The customs department continues its daily work in preventing smuggling into Israel with an emphasis on smuggling weapons and preventing the infiltration of inciting material - especially in this climate," Haifa Customs director Coby Yahav stated.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) condemned the find Tuesday afternoon.
"These dolls were en route to the PA with one clear purpose: to poison the minds of small and innocent children," she stated. "The Palestinians continue to incite their children, continue to educate their children about hate and violence, in any way possible - this time, through the figure of the doll."
"The nations of the world must understand that until there is a dramatic change in the Palestinian educational system, in the very core of Palestinian leadership which only plants fear and hate, we cannot conduct any dialogue with our neighbors."