May 18, 2007 - Some Farfur follow-up:
Hamas has reneged on a promise to stop airing its propaganda program "Tomorrow's Pioneers" featuring Farfur Mouse, whose apparent purpose is to recruit child "martyrs." The reason? Farfur Mouse is good for the Jews. And Christians too.
Hamzim ash-Sha'arawi, deputy director of al-Aqsa TV, explains:
"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."
He then said that both Jews and Christians benefited under Islamic rule and were "happy" living under Muslim domination.
"Therefore, when we talk [on the program] about the mission of the restoration of Islam to its natural [dominant] place, we're 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."
Palestinian extremists have become so good at rewriting history that by now they must believe it themselves. It's probably no use trying to explain to them that even under the so-called "Golden Age" of Islamic rule, non-Muslims, especially the "People of the Book," suffered humiliation and degradation as dhimmi, or second-class citizens under Islamic law. They still believe that Jews should be grateful because, unlike the medieval Christians, at least Muslims weren't burning them at the stake.
As examples of how Christians are benefiting today from Muslim authority, Islamic expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar of the BESA Center for Strategic Studies pointed out the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, violent attacks on Christians in Iraq, and the persecution and dwindling of the Maronite Christian community in Lebanon. In the West Bank and Gaza, several Christian churches were attacked during the past year. In Bethlehem, Muslims have been seizing Christians' property and driving them out of the city. Kedar also noted that Christians are leaving every country in the Middle East (except Israel).
And yet Hamas still claims it is performing a mitzva. A Hamas newspaper, al-Risalah, reported that Allah demands suicide bombings because "the extermination of the Jews is good for the inhabitants of the world." So the Farfur show is really a public service announcement.
Then why not involve little children in so noble a cause? Here is another example from the Farfur Mouse Show, courtesy of the Middle East Media Research Institute (air date: April 13, 2007):
Host Saraa, a young girl: "Sanabel, what will you do for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque? How will you sacrifice your soul for the sake of Al-Aqsa? What will you do?"
Sanabel, young girl on phone: "I will shoot."
Farfur, a Mickey Mouse character in a tuxedo: "Sanabel, what should we do if we want to liberate..."
Sanabel: "We want to fight."
Farfur: "We got that. What else?"
Saraa: "We want to..."
Sanabel: "We will annihilate the Jews."
Saraa: "We are defending Al-Aqsa with our souls and our blood, aren't we, Sanabel?"
Sanabel: "I will commit martyrdom."...
Farfur: "We've said more than once that becoming masters of the world requires the following: First, to be happy with our Arabic language, which once upon a time ruled this world."
Saraa: "Of course."...
Farfur: "My dear youngsters, we're back. We always miss seeing you on your weekly program 'The Pioneers of Tomorrow,' in which we together are placing the cornerstone for the ruling of the world by an Islamic leadership."
If Farfur gets his way, then the entire world will experience the joy of knowing how good it was for Jews and Christians under Muslim rule.
One may desperately wonder: Don't Palestinian children have any alternatives to this soul-poisoning? What else can they watch?
Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian Authority Information Minister, claims that the P.A. does produce children's programming that encourages peaceful coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis. However, Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communications at the University of Haifa, and Avinoam Damari, head of the department of children's programming at Israel Educational Television, who both closely monitor Palestinian TV, say they have seen no evidence of such programming. In fact, in previous years the P.A.'s own television station, aided by money from the United States, had its own programs for children using Mickey Mouse to incite terrorism.
Israeli Educational Television, in association with the Children's Television Workshop who produced Sesame Street, actually has a children's program in Hebrew and Arabic whose theme is a street where Arabs and Jews live together. The Palestinian Authority refuses to air the program, saying children can watch it on Israeli TV. If they want the real home-grown product, then let them watch Farfur.
"Hamas Al-Aqsa TV: A Mickey Mouse Character Teaches Children About the Islamic Rule of the World And to ‘Annihilate the Jews’." Middle East Media Research Institute, Special Dispatch no. 1577, May 9, 2007.
Stahl, Julie. "Hamas May Revise Jihad-Promoting 'Mickey Mouse' Program." Cybercast News Service, May 9, 2007.
Stahl, Julie. "Islamic Rule Good for Christians, Jews, Hamas 'Mickey Mouse' Creator Says." Cybercast News Service, May 16, 2007.
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