Animal-abuse on Hamas TV

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A number of live cats were cruelly abused on the latest episode of a popular children's program on Hamas' Al Aqsa TV this week in a twisted effort to teach Palestinian kids not to abuse animals.

A fuzzy character known as Nahool the Bee, host of the television program Tomorrow's Pioneers, is shown violently swinging cats by their tales several times during the episode, each time to the joyous laughter and applause of a group of children.

Such treatment of cats can cause permanent physical and mental damage, noted Palestinian Media Watch, the watchdog group that translated the Arabic-language show.

Nahool also torments caged lions during the show.

Children back in the studio are then shown rebuking Nahool for his treatment of the animals. But the damage had already been done.

Tomorrow's Pioneers was previously hosted by Farfur the Mouse, a Mickey Mouse look-alike that was shown being killed off by actors playing Israeli security agents last month. WIth his last recorded words, Farfur encouraged his young Palestinian audience to never accept the presence of Jews in the Holy Land.

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