Palestinian promotion of child martyrdom

Part 1- Hamas TV continues promotion of Shahada (martyrdom) for children
Part 2- Overview of the history of promotion of children’s Shahada – Martyrdom

Anti-Semitism

“And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.” —Eze 34:28

Innocent Blood

“Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.”
—Psa 106:37-39

Hamas TV continues active promotion of Shahada (martyrdom) directed at children. The new video clip, broadcast Sunday, follows the growth of a young Palestinian boy from a child into a Hamas Shahid – Martyr for Allah. The video shows the young child going to the mosque, praying and reading from the Quran, and then holding an automatic rifle together with the Quran as he envisions future participation in violent acts.

Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website

[See part 2 below for an overview of the history of this phenomenon including links to numerous videos encouraging children to be Shahid – Martyrs]

The child then matures into a Hamas fighter, is shown participating in battle against Israel, and eventually dying as a Shahid as the choir sings, “The pure blood will produce honor and glory.”

This video directs Palestinian children to aspire to Shahada, reiterating a recurring music video theme of seven years that Shahada is expected of children. “Honor and glory” and “Shahada is sweet” are some of these messages specifically packaged for children on Hamas TV and Fatah controlled PA TV.

PA schoolbooks likewise promote Shahada death among children. One example:
“O heroes… Do not talk yourselves into flight. Your enemies seek life while you seek death. These drops of blood that gush from your bodies will be transformed tomorrow into blazing red meteors that will fall down upon the heads of your enemies.” [Reading and Texts Part II, Grade 8 (2002), p. 16]

The following is an excerpt from the new clip on Hamas TV:

“We have come!
Machine-gun and Quran in our hands,
[visual: see child holding machine-gun and Quran]
We’ve grown and so has the right,
In the eyes of the wronged,
[visual: see child turn into adult and attack Israel] …
We swore to retrieve the land,
The pure blood will produce
Honor and glory.
[visual: see him (child now turned adult) shot dead as Shahid – Martyr]
[Al-Aqsa TV, May 27, 2007]

Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website

Part 2: Overview of the history of promotion of children’s Shahada – Martyrdom

Shahada for children is a recurring message on both Fatah-controlled PA TV and Hamas-controlled Al Aqsa TV.

1. Hamas TV has been broadcasting regularly from March to May 2007 a video dramatization of the four-year-old daughter of female suicide bomber Reem Riyashi singing to her dead mother and vowing to follow in her footsteps. The video clip ends as the little girl picks up explosives from her mother’s drawer.

Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website

2. Another Hamas video encouraging the participation of children in terrorism focuses on Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas founder and religious leader killed by Israel. The video portrays young children as the continuation of Yassin’s legacy. Children are shown in uniforms, holding rifles and participating in military training. The lyrics stress the children’s connection to Yassin: “Even though they killed our [Ahmad] Yassin, the land will grow a thousand Ahmad.”

Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website

3. In another video, which was broadcast on Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority TV hundreds of times from 2001 to 2004, a young boy leaves a farewell letter to his parents and goes off to seek Shahada, describing the death he aspires as “sweet.” This PA clip is designed to offset a child’s natural fear of death, by depicting Shahada as heroic and tranquil.

Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website

4. From 2000 to 2003, PA TV broadcast a music video depicting the delightful Shahid paradise of Muhammad Al-Dura, who died in crossfire. The child actor is shown flying a kite, frolicking on the beach and even at an amusement park. The clip opens with an invitation to other children from Al-Dura to aspire to Shahada: “I am waving to you not in parting, but to say ‘follow me’.” This video directing children to follow Al Dura to paradise as Martyrs was suddenly broadcast again in June, 2006, after Israeli troops had gathered at the border of the Gaza Strip, following the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website

5. The result of such virulent propaganda is apparent, when listening to the interview on PA TV with two 11-year-old Palestinian girls talking about Shahada and describing it as a primary ideal and personal goal. They explain that “all Palestinian children” view Shahada as more worthwhile than living because of its promised grand Afterlife.

Click to view video on YouTube or PMW website

The Hamas Ideology of Hatred and Genocide:
Islamic supremacy over the world, destroying
Israel and Jews, promoting terror and violence

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook – May 24, 2007

Introduction
In light of the escalating conflict between Hamas and Israel, it’s important to review the Hamas ideology and understand how Hamas views the conflict.

Hamas ideology, as expressed in the Hamas Charter, sees Hamas as part of the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood (Article 2) that seeks world Islamic domination. Israel is said to exist on territory that is Islamic Waqf (Article 11) and therefore Islam demands that Israel be destroyed. Accepting Israel’s existence is a violation of Islamic law (Article 13).

The Hamas charter presents the killing of Jews as God’s will, and the inevitable extermination of Jews as coinciding with the “Hour of Resurrection” (Article 7). The charter expresses eagerness to participate in and promote this killing of Jews: “Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise [killing Jews] whatever time it might take” (Article 7). Finally, violence and terror (called “resistance”) are presented as legitimate tools.

All of these principles continue to be stated regularly by Hamas leadership and in the official Hamas media throughout May 2007.

Part 1: Islamic supremacy over the world
Part 2: Destruction of Israel
Part 3: Demonization and extermination of Jews
Part 4: Promoting terror, suicide terror, and violence

Part 1: Islamic supremacy over the world

Former Foreign Minister and Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar:
“The prophetic foundation is the message of the prophet Muhammad, that Islam will enter every house and will spread over the entire world.”
[Al-Ayyam, March 25, 2007]

Dr. Ahmad Bahar, Hamas (acting Speaker, Palestinian Legislative Council):
“This is Islam, that was ahead of its time with regards to human rights in the treatment of prisoners, but our people was afflicted by the cancerous lump, that is the Jews, in the heart of the Arab nation. Make us victorious over the infidels. Allah, take hold of the Jews and their allies, Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one.” [PA TV, April 20, 2007]

Deputy Director of Al-Aqsa [Hamas] TV, Hazem Al-Sha’arawi, discussing the children’s program Tomorrow Pioneers:
“Let’s ask history: …which time period was good to all communities? The Jews lived in the time of Islam [under Islamic rule] and were happy. The Christians lived in the time of Islam [under Islamic rule] and were happy. Look at the history, the prophet [Muhammad]… ordered the army: ‘Do not kill a monk in his prayer room.’ Even the Caliph Umar Bin Al-Khattab, [Islamic conqueror of Jerusalem in 638] when he came into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, he secured the churches and the prayer rooms. Therefore, when we talk about the mission of the restoration of Islam to its natural place [of world rule], we [are] calling for justice, and for goodness, and for world love… so that the Christians will live in peace, and that even the Jews will live in peace and security.”
[Al-Aqsa TV, May 13, 2007]

Text from children’s program on Hamas TV, Tomorrow Pioneers:
Hazim (Adult): “Islam will spread to all parts of the earth from one end to the other and justice and good and kindness will spread. Did history witness a time period better than that when Islam ruled?… Every day do you remember Andalus (Spain)? This dear Andalus will return [to Islam] one day.” [Al-Aqsa TV, May 11, 2007]

Part 2: Destruction of Israel

Dr. Khalil Al-Hayyah, member of the Hamas political leadership and the Palestinian Legislative Council:
“The Hamas movement bases its strategy and its policy on that the option of resistance is the only option that can liberate Palestine from its [Mediterranean] sea to its [Jordan] river [ie destroy Israel].”
[Al-Risalah, Hamas newspaper, April 19, 2007]

Hamas spokesman, Dr. Ismail Radwan, confirmed …that his movement will not recognize any existence of the Israeli enemy on an inch of Palestinian land and said, “We will liberate Palestine, all of Palestine…Palestine will not be liberated by negotiations, committees and decisions, it will only be liberated by the rifle and the “Al-Qassam” [rocket]. Therefore, prepare yourselves.”
[Al-Risalah, Hamas newspaper, April 9, 2007]

Video of Ahmad Yassin, founder and former head of Hamas, about future destruction of Israel, broadcast regularly March – May 2007:
“Tel Aviv is gone. They are defeated, they have no words left. … When this process will end, they will become a state with no ability, helpless. They established a state to protect the Jews from death and murder. If death and murder chase them in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and everywhere among them, then they will say: ‘What am I doing here? I founded a state to protect me from death, and if death chases me, I want to flee and go back to Europe and America.’” [Al Aqsa TV, regularly, March – May 2007]

Former Foreign Minister and Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar:
“Our position is the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine. This is the final and strategic solution for us. There is a Quranic message for us, that we will enter the Al-Aqsa mosque, and the entrance to the mosque means the entrance into all of Palestine. This is the message, no one can deny it. Anyone who denies it must check his faith and his Islam.”
[Al-Ayyam, March 25, 2007]

“The representative of the Legislative Council, Dr. Yussuf Al-Sharafi, of the ‘Change and Reform’ faction [Hamas], emphasized the option of Jihad and resistance to banish the thieves of the occupation, who longed to drink the blood of our massacred people… because the Jewish faith does not wish for peace nor stability, since it is a faith that is based on murder: ‘I kill, therefore I am’ … Israel is based only on blood and murder in order to exist, and it will disappear, with Allah’s will, through blood and Shahids [martyrs].”
[Al-Risalah, Hamas newspaper, April 12, 2007]

Part 3: Demonization and extermination of Jews

The Hamas spokesman, Dr. Ismail Radwan:
“The Hour [Resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, and the rock and the tree will say: ‘Oh, Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!’… We must remind our Arab and Muslim nation, its leaders and people, its scholars and students, remind them that Palestine and the Al-Aqsa mosque will not be liberated through summits nor by international resolutions, but it will be liberated through the rifle. It will not be liberated through negotiations, but through the rifle, since this occupation knows no language but the language of force… O Allah, strengthen Islam and Muslims, and bring victory to your Jihad-fighting worshipers, in Palestine and everywhere… Allah take the oppressor Jews and Americans and their supporters!” [PA TV, March 30, 2007]

“We find more than once condemnation and denunciation to the resistance operations and bombings [suicide attacks], carried out by Hamas and the Palestinian resistance branches… everyone will know, that we did this [suicide terror] only because our lord commanded so, I did it not of my own accord [*] and so that people will know that the extermination of Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds …”
[Al-Risalah, Hamas newspaper, April 23, 2007]
[*] Translation of Quranic verse taken from USC Compendium of Muslim Texts.

Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bahar (acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council):
“Oh warrior brothers, who stay put and withstand the [patience] test on the land of beloved Palestine. Do you know these Zionists, why they kill the children, the women and the men? This is the policy of the Zionist entity, this is a planned and organized policy. Their false Talmud, their false Torah, and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, call for the murder of children, women and men, …” [PA TV, August 4, 2006]

Hamas Web site: video of Hamas suicide terrorist, February 2006 – April 2007:
“My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children’s thirst with your blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries.”

“In the name of Allah, we will destroy you, blow you up, take revenge against you, purify the land of you, pigs that have defiled our country… This operation is revenge against the sons of monkeys and pigs.” [Hamas website, February 2006 – April 2007]

Part 4: Promoting terror, suicide terror, and violence

Hamas TV dramatization of woman suicide terrorist Reem Riyashi’s four-year-old daughter vowing to be a suicide terrorist like her mother – March 21, 2007 and repeatedly through May 2007.

[Background: Reem Riyashi killed four Israelis and wounded seven in 2004.] The following is the Hamas TV dramatization of the song in which Duha, Reem’s daughter, sings to her mother:

[Daughter sees mother preparing explosives sticks]
“Mommy, what are you carrying
in your arms instead of me?
[Mother turns to hide bomb]
A toy or a present for me?…
Mommy Reem!
Why did you put on your veil?
Are you going out, Mommy?…
Come back quickly, Mommy
I can’t sleep without you,…
[Daughter sees mother’s picture and news story about bombing on PA TV]
My mother, my mother,…
Instead of me you carried a bomb in your hands.
Only now, I know what was more precious than us…

[Images of her mother’s grave and the graves of other terrorists,
including Aayat Al-Akhras, 17-year-old female suicide terrorist]
Send greetings to our Messenger [Muhammad] and tell him:
‘Duha loves you.’
My love will not be [merely] words.
I am following Mommy in her steps.
[Finds explosives that mother left in her drawer,
picks up stick of explosives]
Oh Mommy, oh Mommy.”

Repeated calls for kidnapping Israeli soldiers

“Fathi Hamad, Hamas member of Palestinian Legislative Council, demanded the kidnapping of more Israeli soldiers in order to force Israel to free the [Palestinian] prisoners… Hamad said this at a gathering of the “Wa’ed” organization for prisoners and released [prisoners] in Khan Yunis … Hamad stressed it was the responsibility of the government, the Legislative Council, the [armed] factions and military arms to dedicate all the efforts at their disposal to free the prisoners. He argued that the kidnapping of the soldier Gilad Shalit hit Israel very hard.”
[Al Ayyam, March 10, 2007]

Transcript of Hamas broadcast:

Member of the Legislative Council Um-Nasser Farachat:
“With no connection to my being a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and my involvement in the leadership, as a Palestinian citizen, by God, I don’t believe in any solution other than one: kidnapping Zionist soldiers.”

The newscaster:
“The kidnapping of more Zionist soldiers [is required]… 10 Zionist soldiers – maybe less – will guarantee the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners.”

Sa’id Siam, former interior minister:
“There were suggestions to repeat the operations of kidnapping other Israeli soldiers, because we know that the occupation understands no other language. Second, the capture of the [single] soldier will not be enough cause for the release of [the] over 10,000 prisoners… There are many suggestions, but what’s important is what will actually be done.”

Member of the Legislative Council Um-Nasser Farachat:
“We hope that with the help of Allah, praise and extol him, the kidnappers will stick with their demands and will not lower their demands in any way… until they [the Israelis] will surrender to our conditions.”

The newscaster’s summation:
“A number of suggestions were brought up during the meeting of the Legislative Council, and the most prominent was the call for further kidnappings of Zionist soldiers as a solution to end the prisoners’ suffering.”
[Al Aqsa TV, Hamas, April 18, 2007]

Hamas Mickey Mouse creator:
Islamic rule will benefit Christians and Jews

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook – May 14, 2007

The force behind Hamas TV’s controversial Mickey Mouse clone said today that his children’s television program will continue to promote worldwide Islamic supremacy, for everyone’s benefit, including Christians and Jews.

In a long interview on Hamas TV, Hazim Al-Sha’arawi, Deputy Director of Al-Aqsa TV and one of the creators of the Hamas children’s TV show Tomorrow’s Pioneers, said that using the program to promote Islamic rule over other religions is actually promoting “justice, goodness and world love.”

Al-Aqsa TV and the Palestinian Authority have been under fire since PMW reported last week that Tomorrow’s Pioneers was using a character named Farfur, a knockoff of Disney’s Mickey Mouse character, to convey messages about Islamic supremacy as well as hatred of Jews, Israel and the U.S. Despite public statements by PA Minister of Information Mustafa Barghouti that the show would be taken off the air until it could be reviewed and revised, a new episode of the program – featuring Al-Sha’arawi as one of the hosts – ran Friday.

Al-Sha’arawi said in yesterday’s interview that he wants to raise Palestinian children so that they can achieve “Islam’s natural place” of world rule – in essence saying that although the Christians and Jews do not understand this yet, Islamic world rule is really best for them as well.

From interview of Hazem Al-Sha’arawi, Deputy Director of Al-Aqsa [Hamas] TV:

“What is being asked, so that the Americans and Zionists will be satisfied with you, is to follow their lead … We [on this program] have a message, and we understood from the beginning that it is a difficult path… But we were sure that we had to go this way, because this [young] generation needs someone to direct it …and this generation is the most worthy of the position of leadership…
Let’s ask history: …which time period was good to all communities? The Jews lived in the time of Islam [under Islamic rule] and were happy. The Christians lived in the time of Islam [under Islamic rule] and were happy. Look at the history, the prophet [Muhammad]… ordered the army: ‘Do not kill a monk in his prayer room.’ Even the Caliph Umar Bin Al-Khattab, [Islamic conqueror of Jerusalem in 638] when he came into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, he secured the churches and the prayer rooms. Therefore, when we talk [on the program] about the mission of the restoration of Islam to its natural place [of world rule], we [are] calling for justice, and for goodness, and for world love… so that the Christians will live in peace, and that even the Jews will live in peace and security.”

This is an updated version of the PMW bulletin from Friday, May 11th,
featuring more extensive translations and a video link.

Hamas Mouse: Blame the Jews

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook – May 13, 2007

The Mickey Mouse clone named Farfur who’s been preaching hatred and Islamic domination to Palestinian kids was back on the air and blaming the Jews for his woes on Friday, despite public statements by Palestinian Authority Minister of Information Mustafa Barghouti that the show would be taken off the Hamas TV network until it could be reviewed.

Farfur, star of the Al Aqsa TV children’s show Tomorrow’s Pioneers, was joined on the broadcast by his regular co-host, a little girl named Saraa. The program also featured an adult, Hazim, who delivered most of the show’s messages about Islamic supremacy.

PMW reported last week that the Hamas Mickey Mouse character was teaching world Islamic domination, violence and hatred. The ensuing worldwide outrage over the use of this character, dubbed “Terror Mouse” by the New York Daily News and described by Walt Disney’s daughter as “pure evil,” prompted the PA to announce that it was suspending the program until further review.

But the show is still on the air, with no change in content except for a somewhat smaller role for the squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse knockoff. The more inflammatory comments are delivered by the soft-spoken adult character.

It appears from the latest broadcast that the Hamas or PA officials who oversaw the show were concerned only with neutralizing Farfur’s dialogue, and not with moderating the show’s content. It is as if they decided that the show’s messages, which also promote hatred of Israel and the US, are completely acceptable — as long as the more controversial comments are not coming from a corrupted version of Disney’s beloved mouse.

Even though Farfur’s role in Friday’s program was minimized, however, it was definitely not benign. When chastised for cheating by copying another student’s work, he blamed “the Jews” for destroying his home, which prevented him from finding his own notebook.

Meanwhile, the adult Hazim told the child viewers that Islam will spread all over the world, including Spain, and that the spread of Islam is for the world’s benefit. He said the “massacres” in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine will be replaced by “love and justice” under Islamic rule.

In a debate with PMW director Itamar Marcus on FOX TV today, Barghouti again acknowledged that children shouldn’t be exposed to this type of television. He said that the program would be taken off, or have its content changed, by next week.

Click here to see the Hamas Mouse on the PMW site

Click here to see the Hamas Mouse on YouTube

The following is some of the dialogue:

Hazem: “Why did you cheat?”

Farfur: “It was against my will, uncle Hazem, because the Jews destroyed our home, and when the Jews destroyed our home I couldn’t find my notebooks.”

Hazem: “By Allah’s will, we will promote through Islam good, love and justice. Ask history, and ask the Jews, did they ever live in a time period better than the one they live under Islam. And ask the Christians how their security was assured in the churches and monasteries…Once we were! Do you remember Andalus [Spain and Portugal]? This dear Andalus will return one day.

Sara: We remind you dear kids, that the glory and the civilization of the [Islamic] nation, you shall restore!

“Terror Mouse” still on Hamas TV
Kids’ show still promoting world Islamic rule

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook – May 11, 2007

The Mickey Mouse clone named Farfur who’s been preaching hatred and Islamic domination to Palestinian kids was back on the air today, despite public statements by Palestinian Authority Minister of Information Mustafa Barghouti that the show would be taken off the Hamas TV network until it could be reviewed.

Farfur, star of the Al Aqsa TV children’s show Tomorrow’s Pioneers, was joined on today’s broadcast by his regular co-host, a little girl named Saraa. Today’s program also featured an adult, Hazim, who delivered most of the show’s messages about Islamic supremacy.

Hazim told the child viewers that Islam will spread all over the world, including Spain, and that the spread of Islam is for the world’s benefit. He said the “massacres” in Iraq Lebanon and Palestine will be replaced by “love and justice” under Islamic rule.

PMW reported Sunday that the squeaky-voiced, comical mouse character was teaching Islamic supremacy, violence and hatred. The ensuing worldwide outrage over the use of this character, dubbed “Terror Mouse” by the New York Daily News and described by Walt Disney’s daughter as “pure evil,” prompted the PA to announce that it was suspending the program until further review.

It appears from today’s broadcast that the Hamas or PA officials who oversaw today’s show were concerned only with neutralizing the dialogue spoken by the Mickey Mouse character, Farfur, and not with moderating the show’s content. It is as if they decided that the show’s messages, which also promote hatred of Israel and the US, are completely acceptable — as long as the more inflammatory comments are not coming from the knockoff of Disney’s beloved mouse.

The following is some of the dialogue:

Hazim (Adult): Islam will spread to all parts of the earth from one end to the other and justice and good and kindness will spread. Did history witness a time period better than that when Islam ruled?…
Saraa: You beloved kids will be the ones who shall restore the glory and the culture of the [Islamic] Nation.
Hazim (Adult): Every day do you remember Andalus (Spain)? This dear Andalus will return one day.
Hazim (Adult): Do you remember Baghdad?… Baghdad which cries out in pain in these times… we shall return … we the Muslims shall return as we used to be…

Farfur: “1000 blessings of Islam, blessings of the resident of Garden [of Eden]…”
Hazim (Adult): “The honor of Islam will return through knowledge.”

Girl call in: chants song:
“Oh Jerusalem we are coming,
Oh Jerusalem it is the time of death.
Oh Jerusalem we will never surrender to the enemy
And we will never be humiliated.
It is beloved Palestine that taught us what to be.”

Girl call in: “I want to be a preacher to spread Islam in the world…”
Hazim (Adult): “We will spread Islam because people don’t realize it is the religion of love and good and peace.”
Du’aa calls in: “I am the Palestinian child…
Hazim (Adult): “There is also the Iraq child if you saw him who is being murdered… and on the news yesterday we saw the fetus who was killed… and what they did in Iraq and Afghanistan and Palestine and a while ago in Lebanon – the situation is very very bad…. But a day will come and Islam will rule the world and there will be justice love and peace and all people will love each other….
[Group talks about massacres in Iraq Palestine and Lebanon]
Hazim (Adult): “When Islam will rule love and justice will prevail for sure.”…

Hazim (Adult): Ask history and ask the Jews did they ever live in a time period better then the one they live under Islam. And ask the Christians how their security was assured in the churches and monasteries.

[Farfur is disciplined for copying in school]
Farfur: [Crying loudly explains]: “Because the Jews destroyed my home. When my home was destroyed I couldn’t find my notebook.

PA government shuts down “Mickey Mouse” clone
as PMW report “sent shockwaves abroad”

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook – May 10, 2007

Sunday’s PMW bulletin, reporting that Hamas TV had stolen the “Mickey Mouse image to teach hate and Islamic supremacy,” has “sent shockwaves abroad” according to the official PA daily Al Hayat-Al Jadida. This worldwide outrage has forced the Palestinian Authority government to shut down the Hamas children’s program on which the Mickey Mouse clone named “Farfur” taught Islamic supremacy and hate messages.

The PMW report triggered a massive media campaign against this Palestinian use of the American icon. FOX News was the first to give wide coverage, and within 48 hours the story had been covered by the entire American media and much of the world media.

Click here to see the FOX news story report on May 6.

Eric Shawn, FOX news: “It looks like Mickey Mouse, it sounds like Mickey Mouse, but do you think Mickey Mouse would ever tell kids to fight Americans and the Jews?”

Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney’s daughter: “What we’re dealing with here is pure evil and you can’t ignore that.”

The New York Daily News front page headline screamed: “Terror Mouse,” and called the Hamas TV program “perverse.”

PMW director Itamar Marcus was quoted in the Daily News: “It’s a brilliant way of getting the most horrific messages into the consciousness of young children… It’s fun. You laugh at Farfur. You don’t realize you are being poisoned.”

Three days after PMW posted the Mickey Mouse video on YouTube, it has received more than 110,000 viewings in addition to the viewings on the PMW website.

PA daily Al Hayat-Al Jadida summarized the events: “Following complaints by Israeli watchdog group [PMW], which sent shockwaves abroad, Information Minister Mustafa Barghuthi said that he instructed to stop the broadcasting of the program ‘Tomorrow’s Pioneers’ until its programs are examined… ‘I demanded that Hamas suspend the program and they have withdrawn it, because it was wrong to use a program directed at children to convey political messages.'”

MA’AN News Agency, however, gave a different motivation for taking the show off the air. It quoted the same Minister of Information saying that these programs are damaging because when the world is alerted to their content it damages the PR image of the Palestinians:

“[Barghuthi] stressed the need to be cautious when making children’s programs so that these programs would not be exploited by bodies that monitor these programs in order to incite international public opinion against the Palestinian people and harm the Palestinian cause.”

It should be noted that this is similar to the PA condemnation of suicide terror “because it is damaging to the Palestinian image,” and not because it is wrong.

The following are articles in the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Islam-on-line, and MA’AN:

PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
“The government instructed yesterday to stop the broadcasting of a children’s show [broadcasted] on the Gaza channel, featuring a Mickey Mouse-like character, which calls to defeat Israel, [and calls] on Islam to lead the world.

The show ‘Tomorrow’s Pioneers’ tells the story of Farfur, who wears clothes [a costume] identical to Walt Disney’s famous character. He, along with another hostess, present to their little viewers information [including] an extreme adaptation of Islam. In one of the episodes, Farfur calls to restore the respect to the Islamic nation, to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to liberate Iraq and the Islamic nations invaded by murderers.

Following complaints by Israeli watchdog groups [PMW], which sent shockwaves abroad, Information Minister Mustafa Barghuthi said that he instructed to stop the broadcasting of the program ‘Tomorrow’s Pioneers’ until its programs are examined. Barghuthi said that he demanded that Hamas suspends the program and they removed it, because it is wrong to use a show intended for children to convey political messages. [Barghuthi] told Reuters that all media outlets that will break the laws of Palestinian broadcasting will be punished by the information ministry. Hamas said that the television channel Al-Aqsa will review the changes in the content of the program…

Disney refused to comment on ‘Tomorrow’s Pioneers,’ but the daughter of the founder of the American entertainment company criticized the [program]. Diane Disney Miller told the newspaper ‘New York Daily News’ that ‘the world loves children, and there is no humanity in this program.’ She added that ‘what we are dealing with here is pure evil and you can’t ignore that.'”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 10, 2007]

Islam on Line, one of the most popular Arabic language internet sites on the PMW Mickey Mouse story:
“The program angered an Israeli organization which specializes in following the Palestinian media, and published a report on ‘Tomorrow’s Pioneers,’ where it says that ‘Farfur conveys ideas of Islamic supremacy and hatred of Israel and the United States.’

The Israeli organization ‘Palestinian Media Watch’ claims that the Hamas movement uses Farfur to transmit hostile political messages.

Aside from the accused Farfur, the organization also expressed lack of satisfaction with the hostess, Saraa’, which the organization criticized for mentioning over and over again the Palestinian prisoners and saying in one of the episodes: ‘Allah will ask us on Resurrection Day, what have we given for their sake.’

It should be mentioned that Saraa’ is gifted, and she has published a number of poems… The satellite channel Al-Aqsa said that ‘dozens of American and Israeli broadcast stations called the channel to ask for its comment on the Israeli accusations, but the channel preferred not to speak so that its statements will not be distorted,’ and indicated that ‘the issue does not justify all this commotion, and the channel is determined to continue conveying its message.'”

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY, May 10, 2007
Bethlehem – Gaza – Ma’an – Palestinian Information Minister Dr. Mustafa Barghuthi has played down the reaction to the news that his ministry has banned the broadcasting of a children’s program on Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV because it conveys political messages.

Barghuthi said in conversation with Ma’an that Al-Aqsa TV stopped broadcasting the program itself after they reviewed the program in regards to its message. Barghuthi also denied issuing an order to end the program.

He stressed the need to be cautious when making children’s programs so that these programs would not be exploited by bodies that monitor these programs in order to incite international public opinion against the Palestinian people and harm the Palestinian cause.

In the context of his calls for media neutrality and credibility, Barghuthi clarified that he has also protested to the American media, demanding they demonstrate care for the Palestinian people’s suffering and expose the Israeli occupation’s violations against the Palestinians. He gave examples such as Israel’s use of Palestinian citizens as human shields and the Israeli police dog’s attack on a Palestinian woman from Al-Ubeidiya village near Bethlehem.

Barghuthi also denied that the information ministry censors the programs broadcasted by Palestinian TV stations. He also denied that his ministry had received a protest from Israel regarding the program broadcast by the Al-Aqsa satellite channel.

He accused Israeli media bodies, both inside Israel and abroad, of carrying out an incitement campaign against the Palestinians, adding that the position of his ministry is to defend the message of the Palestinian media.

For his part, the director of programs at Al-Aqsa TV, Mahmoud Ayesh, refused to comment on the subject. “There is a managerial decision not to talk at all on this subject,” he said in a phone call with Ma’an.

Al-Aqsa TV, which broadcasts from the Gaza Strip, was accused by various sides of using Walt Disney’s character of Mickey Mouse in cartoon films in order to transmit political messages. Al-Aqsa TV employs a similar mouse character called “Farfur” in the program Ruwad Al-Ghad (The Pioneers of the Future).

An Israeli group that monitors Palestinian media said that “Farfur spreads thoughts of Islamic superiority and hatred for Israel and the USA.”

Associated Press reported that Farfur says in one of the episodes, “Islamic society will return to its greatness and we will liberate Jerusalem and Iraq, God willing.”

The Israeli watchdog institution said, “The personality of Farfur exploits every opportunity to plant in the child viewers’ minds the preference of Islam”.

The watchdog added that Farfur has a friend called ‘Isra’ who reminds viewers of the Palestinian prisoners and says in one of the episodes, “God will ask us on the Day of Resurrection what we have done for them.”

Hamas steals Mickey Mouse image
to teach hate and Islamic supremacy

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook – May 6, 2007

The Hamas Television is using a clone of Disney’s Mickey Mouse to teach children to hate Israel and America, and aspire to Islam’s inevitable and impending world domination.

The squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse lookalike, named Farfur, is the star of a weekly children’s program called Tomorrow’s Pioneers on the official Hamas TV station (Al-Aqsa TV). Farfur and his co-host, a young girl named Saraa’, teach children about such things as the importance of the daily prayers and drinking milk, while taking every opportunity to indoctrinate young viewers with teachings of Islamic supremacy, hatred of Israel and the US and support of “resistance” – the Palestinian euphemism for terror.

Farfur tells children that they must pray in the mosque five times a day until there is “world leadership under Islamic leadership.” The earnest and soft-spoken Saraa’ explains that the nucleus of this world Islamic leadership will be from “all of Palestine,” i.e., including Israel. Farfur refers to Israel as “the oppressive invading Zionist occupation,” which the children must “resist.”

In a religious warning that is striking, considering the young age of the target audience, Saraa’ announces that after death, the children will have to answer to Allah for what they did or did not do for the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and for Palestinian prisoners:

“I remind you that Al-Aqsa and the prisoners are a responsibility on our shoulders, and Allah will ask us on Resurrection Day what we gave for their sake.”

The writing in this show is quite sophisticated. Farfur’s performance is unquestionably funny and entertaining, as is the character’s comic timing. For example, as he rhymes off a list of world figures, he chirps: “We will win, Bush! We will win, Condoleezza! We will win, Sharon!” Then, without missing a beat, he quips, “Ah, Sharon is dead” (sic), reinforcing his message that the plan for world domination is progressing.

Using a character based on an appealing, world famous and beloved icon like Mickey Mouse to teach Islamic supremacy and resistance as Islamic duty is a powerful and effective way to indoctrinate children.

The effectiveness of this program is heightened by including child viewers, who phone in to the show and recite poems with images of hate and violence; for example, “We will destroy the chair of the despots, so they will taste the flame of death;” and, “Rafah sings ‘Oh, oh.’ Its answer is an AK-47. We who do not know fear, we are the predators of the forest.”

It is unclear what screening process, if any, is used in the selection of the poems to be recited. Either the themes are selected by the screeners, which reinforces the hate orientation of the program, or they are the initiative of the children and parents, which demonstrates the great success of the show’s hate messages.

Click here to see selections of Farfur – the Mickey Mouse clone
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Below are some excerpts from three recent programs:

Farfur: “We are setting with you the cornerstone for world leadership under Islamic leadership. Isn’t it so, Saraa’?”

Saraa’: “Yes, our beloved children.”

Farfur: “You must be careful regarding your prayer and to go to the mosque for all five [daily] prayers. I say, in the mosque and in the first rows, until we can lead the world.”

Saraa’: “We remind you that we, the great ones, started this program to lead this world. The nucleus, with the will of Allah, will be from here, from Palestine. We will carry the concern of this [Islamic] nation that awaits us.”

Farfur: “From Palestine, oh Saraa’, what do you mean? From Gaza, Jerusalem, Ramallah, or from all of Palestine?”

Saraa’: “Yes, from all of Palestine” [i.e., includes Israel –editors].

Farfur: “If so, my beloved young ones, with the will of Allah, we will lead the nation from here, from Palestine.”

Saraa’: “Our beloved children, many say that we had glory [in the past], and we had culture, and the Muslims had greatness and respect. But with the will of Allah, we, tomorrow’s pioneers, will restore the glory of this nation.”

Farfur: “Yes, we, tomorrow’s pioneers, will restore to this nation its glory, and we will liberate Al-Aqsa, with Allah’s will, and we will liberate Iraq, with Allah’s will, and we will liberate the Muslim countries, invaded by murderers.”

Saraa’: “Yes, they are children occupied by the Jews, but with the will of Allah, we will resist and protect against the Zionist occupation.”

Farfur: “Until we win, with the will of Allah, we will resist until we win.”
[Al-Aqsa TV, April 16, 2007]

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Saraa’: “…We remind you that we will lead this world, and the center of the leadership, with the help of Allah, praise him, is from here, Palestine, and will burst out across the world…”

Girl: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Boy: “Doctor.”

Saraa’: “You see, Farfur, everyone is ambitious and wants to lead the world. You… want to lead the world, Ahmad?”

Ahmad: “Yes.”

Saraa’: “It’s important…”

Farfur to the girl: “Fatima, you hear me? What do you say to the prisoners in the prisons of the oppressive invading Zionist occupation…?”

[Esraa’ sings a song, Farfur is delighted until the words] “…we will surrender ourselves…”

Saraa’: “Esraa’, it’s not a good song. Why?”

Esraa’: “Because it has surrender.”

Saraa: “We don’t surrender, we want to resist against the enemy, isn’t it so, Farfur?… We want to resist against the enemy, and we don’t want to surrender.”

[Farfur compares Abu Jahal, who was the most prominent enemy of Muhammad in Mecca, to Sharon]

Farfur: “Allah willing, this country, its children, its men, its women and its elderly – will win – we will win, brothers. We will win, Bush! We will win, Sharon! Ah, Sharon is dead. We will win, Mofaz. Mofaz left. We will win, Olmert, we will win Condoleezza … we will win.”

Saraa’: [Final words] “…I remind you that we are the ones who will carry the concerns of this [Islamic] nation, and we will lead this world, and I remind you that Al-Aqsa and the prisoners are a responsibility on our shoulders, and Allah will ask us on Resurrection Day what we gave for their sake.”
[Al Aqsa TV, April 23, 2007]

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The hostess explains to Farfur that one must aspire to memorize the entire Quran… “Because we want to lead the world, so [therefore] we want to memorize the [entire] Quran.”

[The girl Harwa recites a song:]
“We liberated Gaza by force
From your death…
The people firmly stand
In their fire is a flame
Rafah sings “oh, oh”
Its answer is an AK-47
We who do not know fear
We are the predators of the forest.”

Another child, Muhammad, reads lines from a poem:
“Oh Jerusalem, we are coming…
Oh Jerusalem, we will never surrender to the enemy,
We will never be humiliated,
It is beloved Palestine that taught us what to be
And taught us to be the soldiers of the Lord of the Worlds
We will destroy the chair of the despots, so they will taste the flame of death.
We will lead a war.”
[Al Aqsa TV, April 30, 2007

Hamas: “The extermination of the Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds.”

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook – May 3, 2007

The extermination of Jews is Allah’s will and is for the benefit of all humanity, according to an article in the Hamas paper, Al-Risalah. The author of the article, Kan’an Ubayd, explains that the suicide operations carried out by Hamas are being committed solely to fulfill Allah’s wishes. Furthermore, Allah demanded this action, because “the extermination of the Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds.”

The killing of innocent Jews by terrorist attacks is portrayed as Allah’s plan for the benefit of humanity.

It should be noted that Hamas’s justification for the extermination of Jews, both as God’s will and for the benefit of humanity, echoes Hitler’s words in Mein Kampf:

“In this case the only salvation remaining was war… If the Jew with the help of his Marxist creed is victorious over the peoples of this world, then his crown will be the funeral wreath of humanity… Thus I believe today that I am acting according to the will of the almighty Creator: when I defend myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” (Mein Kampf)

In another parallel to the Nazi genocide of Jews, the writer says he wants to be sure that “everyone will know” that these murderous actions are “not of [Hamas’s] own accord” – an echo of the Nazi war criminals’ repeated justification of their actions with the defense that they were only following orders.

The fact that these orders are said to be divine in nature makes Hamas’s justification for the murder of Jews even more ominous.

Following is the excerpt from the Hamas article:

“We find more than once condemnation and denunciation to the resistance operations and bombings [suicide attacks], carried out by Hamas and the Palestinian resistance branches. There is no other choice but to use restraint regarding the condemnation, the attaching of the label of terror [to “resistance”], and the assembling of conferences [for] condemnation [of the attacks]. [This] so that everyone will know, that we did this only because our lord commanded so, “I did it not of my own accord” [*] and so that people will know that the extermination of Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds on a land, to which Allah gave his blessing for the sake of the inhabitants of the worlds.”
[Al-Risalah, April 23, 2007]

[*] Translation of Quranic verse taken from USC Compendium of Muslim Texts.

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