The Hamas Boy Band

How do you raise your sagging popularity after 6 months of economic sanctions, limiting freedom of press and assembly , and opening fire on your own people during a national leader memorial service? You create a Boy Band. A Hamas Boy Band.

I AM NOT KIDDING.

The asst. general manager of the palestinian police forces decided to create a vocalist group comprised of 5 members (5. Just like New Kids on the block, Backstreet Boys and Nsync. Ahh, Justin is so dreamy)  of his security forces called "The protectors of the Homeland". They are all in their twenties, and they all have beards and they supposedly come from musical backgrounds, each allegdly having at least 6 years of musical experience  gatherd in the free time between beheadings and bombings. 

Their songs are not of the typical boyband I-wanna-love-you-on-a-mountain-you-are-the-virgin-for-me variety, as one- or at least me- would expect. They are supposidly songs about heroic fighters, resistance and islamic values, and are aimed to raise the spirits of the Gaza residents, who are depressed these days. Yes, I am sure all the people will need to ignore the depression of having a theocracy that opens fire on protests is a bunch of islamic Jihad pop songs. Good thinking. But I digress. The Gazan Hijabi tween market remains untapped. Someone call Lou Perleman, quick.

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  1. K-2
    November 15, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Well, this is not related to your post, but I don’t know if you have watched this video. Achmed is a good terrorist ;)

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  2. savtadotty
    November 15, 2007 at 11:42 am

    This sounds more and more like a Mel Brooks movie every day. What a circus we live in!

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  3. TeacherLady
    November 15, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Someone with paintshop needs to make a poster for these guys, complete with white outfits and laser light shows going on in the background…
    The real question is: Do they do that thing where the one with the bass voice does a little talking while the others do quiet backing vocals? You know, those bit that usually start with “Girl, you know I love you… “

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  4. Beso
    November 15, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    ha ha ha

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  5. Mohamed
    November 15, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Nice. I wonder what the groupies will look like.
    “Sign my niqab, baby, sign my niqab!!”

    Hope you’re well, lad.

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  6. The Foreigner
    November 15, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    Saw an interview with them somewhere where one of them started talking about how he was an artists.

    Uh-huh. Two years of jazz and seven years of tap.

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  7. V Samuel
    November 16, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for the funny.

    Whilst on that link I switched to the English version and read this story:

    “Saudi rape victim sentenced to jail and flogging
    Lawyer faces disciplinary hearing for contesting the verdict”
    http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2007/11/15/41708.html

    My point here is to note very sadly that the BBC in Britain has barely mentioned this, except in such an oblique way that you don’t know that rape and the punishment of victims is even happening.

    Alarabiya.net is clearly not in the pocket of the government the way the BBC is. Comes to something when you have to get your news off the pan-Arab news services. Credit then for Alarabiya, because I will bet you they are under pressure not to run anything ‘sensitive’.

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  8. V Samuel
    November 16, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Quote: “They also sing and perform short anti-crime skits in jails to ‘entertain and educate’ prisoners. Amnesty International has accused Hamas’s security services, as well as their Fatah counterparts in the West Bank, of abusing human rights”

    Their singing is THAT bad?

    As you know, our previous PM Tony Blair is now working on peace in the Middle East, and by strange fortune, he used to play in a band called ‘Ugly Rumours’. They only had one or two gigs, but some people say Tony was really a Mick Jagger wannabe at heart, not a politician. Maybe he could go down to Gaza and do a few sessions with the guys, give them a few tips, help them with their moves.

    Mr Blair himself has been limbering up. He always stayed in shape in office with a little rowing machine. Whilst he is not waxed and muscelly in the fashion of Vladimir Putin – who really does punch bears out of the way to get to leaping salmon – Mr Blair is a fair figure of a man for his age who can still do delicate foot-work and has never lost his taste for an audience.

    C’mon, Police Commander Jamal al-Jarah, give the guy an audition
    http://tonyblairsportsfoundation.org/

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  9. tapline
    November 17, 2007 at 5:12 am

    SM, you never cease to amaze me. Great post….stay safe…..

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  10. samer
    November 18, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Shame on you Hamas/fatah,
    both of you have let down your folks twice, and everytime, I just read a sad story on Elaph.com on how many youngesters are killing themselves with drug overdose because you not only give them nothing but will not allow them to get anything if somebody came forward. How sad for those in the refugee camps to be bertayed not once not twice but hundreds of times in thier short miserable lifetime.

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  11. christina/ohio
    November 18, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    I can’t believe I missed reading you for so long! Looks like I have sevral days of reading to do to catch up. A belated welcome back! :)

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  12. Toady
    November 19, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    V Samuel;

    We heard about it in the US.

    If the Saudi people don’t organize a letter writing campaign to protest (they can sign anonymously if needed), I’ll write them off as hopeless. They really do have some deep seated cultural problems in regards to treatment of women.

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  13. anon
    November 21, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    You think like a westerner. And you´re clueless.

    Hizbollah guerillas have been using the very same propaganda for years.

    And it works…!

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  14. Barb
    November 27, 2007 at 1:55 am

    This is a hoot! Thank you Sandmonkey.

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