Hamas Web Site for Children Hosted by Scottsdale-based GoDaddy, Expert Says
A feature article in a Hamas Web site for children hosted by a local domain seller has a Palestinian boy lamenting that he must "kill the Israeli occupation and break the siege of Gaza," according to an American expert on the Middle East.
The most recent update on the children's site also has an editorial article that "celebrates the life of a young man by the name of Asim, who killed himself carrying out a suicide attack in 2001 against an Israeli bus as it approached a busstop," writes Laura Mansfield, who runs a Web site dedicated to translating inflammatory Arabic rhetoric into English.
As Mansfield points out, a "whois" search of the site's domain name shows it is being hosted by the Scottsdale-based GoDaddy.com:
Amman, N/A 9776
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: ALFATEHMAG.NET
Created on: 15-Dec-07
Expires on: 15-Dec-09
Last Updated on: 06-Dec-08
halabi, samo email@example.com
Amman, N/A 9776
(UPDATE 1-7-09: GoDaddy says it will remove at least one "offensive" page from the site and do more research on it).
An October 2007 article from the Washington D.C.-based Jewish Policy Center states that when GoDaddy learned it was hosting a potential terrorists' site, islamic-block.net, it "immediately suspended" the site.
When told of the site, Nick Fuller, a GoDaddy spokesman, got back to us with this written reply:
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