a shooter: the protagonist is a Palestinian militant who kills soldiers with the cry of Allahu Abkar
Keffiye, Ak-47 and, in the background, the golden dome of the al-Aqsa mosque. Right from the poster Fursan al-Aqsa – The Knights Of Al-Aqsa Mosque it has all the ingredients to become a political case despite being just a video game. The work is a shooter (as they are defined among video game enthusiasts) like there are many, with the lone hero who fights against enemies with machine guns, knives and bombs, only here the protagonist a Palestinian militant, l’target are Israeli soldiers and when he kills them he shouts Allahu Akbar.
The player is played in the role of Ahmad al Falastini, Palestinian student unjustly imprisoned and tortured by the Israeli military for five years, the synopsis reads. His entire family has been killed in an Israeli airstrike and wants to take revenge on those who wronged him, killed his family and stolen his homeland by joining a new Palestinian resistance movement called Fursan al-Aqsa.
The author, 37-year-old Nidal Nijm, part of the story. born in Brazil but declares himself to be the son of a former Al Fatah militant who fled to the South American country after the 1982 Lebanon war. Until now he has always returned any accusation to the sender but even in the game warnings he inserts these notations: The player does not shoot civilians , women, children and the elderly. Only to Israeli soldiers.
Fursan Al-Aqsa has actually been around for years, at least since 2019. He has participated in numerous events dedicated to independent games, has been selected at several festivals and judged among the hundred best indies twice, in 2019 and 2020. has been registered in Brazil and approved by the Carioca Ministry of Justice which only limited it to of age. Now we talk about it again because it should have officially released in December on the Steam platform, but the game purchase page disappeared.
But in the meantime from Israel and in the Jewish communities, also in Italy, one arrived strong condemnation of incitement to violence, the Simon Wiesenthal Center called for a boycott of Steam and the Israeli Minister of Justice asked that the trailer be deleted from YouTube. Google’s platform did this but limiting the removal to Israel. On the other side of the gamer spectrum, Palestinian developers and journalists are galvanized by the success of a game from a fellow countryman as local authorities keep themselves on the sidelines.
October 15, 2021 (change October 15, 2021 | 22:19)
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