Palestinian 'Mickey Mouse' teaches kids to hate

Monday, May 07, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The newest Palestinian television children's program host bears a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse, providing the show with instant success and a large and attentive audience of youngsters in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

But the message being disseminated by Farfur the Mouse differs significantly from that of the American original.

In a recent episode translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Farfur intersperses common sense lessons and childish quips with virulent anti-Israel propaganda.

Israel represents an "oppressive invading Zionist occupation" that must be "resisted" at all costs, Farfur teaches the children.

The fuzzy mouse's co-host, Saraa, adds that one day the children watching will find themselves answering to Allah for how much or little they did to protect the Al Aqsa Mosque from the Jews.

Farfur and Saraa go on to explain to their young audience that Islam will one dominate the world, and that the children must be sure to pray in the mosque five times a day until every knee bows to Allah.

PMW director Itamar Marcus notes that "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."

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