An online video game has provoked controversy in the Palestinian territories after an interview with an Israeli journalist in which he expressed support for the state’s right to exist.
“I love Israel,” the journalist said in the video game, “and I hate the Arabs.”
The video game developer who created the game, developer Hironobu Sakaguchi, said it was “just a fun thing to do,” but that it could be a “violation of the peace.”
“If you do that, you have to pay a price for it,” Sakaguch said.
“And this game is just a fun way of doing that.
You’ll see what I mean.”
The game is called “Eternal Night,” and it was released earlier this year on the Steam platform.
In the game the player controls an Israeli officer named Karel who has to save a Palestinian woman named Tanya who is kidnapped by Israeli soldiers.
In “Eloquent Night,” the player must defeat the Israeli soldiers and stop Tanya from escaping to the city of Ramallah.
The game’s trailer showed the player playing as Tanya in a city that the player had already visited.
The developer also said the game was “free Internet TV” and “a game of peace.”
The Palestinian Authority’s human rights chief said the video “hurt the Palestinian people and all Palestinian people, the entire Arab world, as well as other Palestinian territories.”
Hanan Ashrawi said the Palestinian Authority “regrets the insult to the Palestinian cause.”
“This is an insult to every Palestinian who wants to live a free life in the Holy Land,” he said in a statement.
“The video is not a reflection of the truth of the situation and will not help to create peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
It is also not a solution to the problems of the Palestinian Palestinian people.””
Eternal Nights” is available for free online and at retailers.
A representative for Sakagucuchi told The Jerusalem Times that the developer “has not seen the game,” and the Palestinian Information Center for Human Rights said that the game “violates human rights and international law.”
“We have seen this kind of behavior from the developer in the past,” the organization said in an email.
“We believe that this is an attempt to manipulate public opinion against the Palestinian position and to portray the situation as one of Palestinian oppression.”
Sakaguch also criticized the Palestinians for not paying “a ransom for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.”
In an interview last month, Sakaguchs wife, Yael, told The Associated Press that the video had “a negative impact on the families of Palestinian children who are kidnapped by the Israeli occupation.”
She said that, while it was a “good thing” that the Palestinian government was releasing Palestinian prisoners, she said “it’s not a good thing for the children who were kidnapped, because it will be easier for them to get away.”
“There’s no reason why they should pay a ransom to the Israelis,” Yael said.
In another interview with the AP, Sakuch said that he had not planned to make “Eliminator,” the title of his video game.
“I thought it would be nice to make something that will make people say, ‘Oh, it’s not so bad.
It’s just another game.'”
The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.