by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook - May 6, 2007
Palestinian Media Watch (http://www.pmw.org.il)
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?"
Saraa': "You see, Farfur, everyone is ambitious and wants to lead the world. You… want to lead the world, Ahmad?"
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.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Source: Cabinet Secretariat
At the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 6.5.07:
1. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert noted that today is the Lag b'Omer holiday http://tinyurl.com/r4r39 : "Lag b'Omer has been determined as the day to salute the IDF reserves. This is the fourth year that Israel is marking this day, the main goal of which is to thank those thousands of citizens who are called to the flag, do not hesitate, detach themselves from their daily lives and go an every mission.
The uniqueness of the IDF is the multi-faceted nature of those who serve in it. It seems to me that from this point-of-view, reservists make this into
something even more special. Engineers and contractors, venders and painters, managers and wage-earners - all leave their homes and report as soon as they are asked.
There is no true way to thank the men who, for many days during the year, contribute so much to the country. One day will certainly not suffice to include all of the gratitude that we owe them.
But today, we - the Cabinet, the state and myself - would like to say to all those who take part in bearing the security burden, to all those for whom the good of the country is constantly before their eyes - thank you. We appreciate what you are doing and do not see it as something that is self-evident.
Under the leadership of IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, we are continuing to improve the reserves' readiness and conditions so that reservists will be able to fulfill their obligations in the best possible way.
Today, the regular military and the reserves are engaged in a great effort to improve preparedness. Whoever is familiar with the IDF as I am will see highly-motivated soldiers and commanders who desire the tools to train with so that they can be ready for any mission. This
Government has adopted as its first goal the translation of this desire and this motivation into action, and this we are doing. Thank you and a happy Lag b'Omer."
Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh and the IDF Chief Reserves Officer also briefed ministers.
The Cabinet approved the draft 2007 Reserve Duty Law and decided that after its first Knesset reading and during its subsequent discussion by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Government will act to integrate into it the conclusions of the Brodet Committee on the security budget.
The Cabinet authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement to approve the wording of the draft law and submit it to the Knesset.
The draft law is designed to implement the new reserve service model adopted by the Government following the recommendations of the public committee chaired by Prof. Avishai Braverman.
In the first half of 2006, the IDF began to reconsider whether or not the principles in the draft law meet the demands, especially regarding security needs. The need for this reconsideration was underscored by last summer's fighting in Lebanon and subsequent changes to ongoing security needs.
Upon the completion of the investigation and learning of lessons process, on the basis of recommendations of the Mizrahi committee on the issue of the reserves, and given the comprehensive staff work on the reserves model, it was decided to enact several changes in the reserves model, as per the Braverman committee recommendations:
A. The addition of an article requiring the IDF Chief-of-Staff to issue orders on the reserves' readiness regarding emergency deployments;
B. Determining the possibility of calling up reserves for operational activity as well;
C. Changing the maximum length of active reserve duty within a three-year period with an emphasis on increasing the number of days devoted to training and readiness;
It should be emphasized that in contrast to the draft law memorandum, this change will take effect no earlier than 13.3.10.
D. Setting the discharge age at 45 for officers and 40 for other ranks, in contrast to the original draft law in which no such distinction was made;
E. Determining the possibility of reserve duty in the Border Police, similar to the current situation;
F. Determining the possibility of reserve duty in security-related units within the Prime Minister's Office;
G. Determining the possibility of a reservist volunteering for reserve duty according to professional corps conditions;
H. Authorizing the issuance of emergency call-up orders by the Defense Minister, subject to approval by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as is currently done (as opposed to the original version of the draft law in which the authority was subject to Cabinet approval);
I. Determining that orders or actions designed to compensate, or show appreciation to, reservists for reserve duty is reasonable and measured and will not be considered discriminatory or an infringement of equality.
2. The Cabinet decided to support MK Avshalom Vilan's draft 2006 Reserves Law provided that it is coordinated with the Government's draft law.
3. Transportation and Road Safety Minister Shaul Mofaz discussed bottlenecks at Israeli ports and appointed a steering committee to deal with the issue. See http://tinyurl.com/2a4ffe for further details.
4. Pursuant to the 1959 Civil Service Law (Appointments), the Cabinet
appointed Yoav Rosen as Director-General of the Ministry of Science, Culture
and Sports. See http://tinyurl.com/2a4ffe for further details.
5. The Cabinet approved the draft 2007 Women's' Labor Law and authorized the
Ministerial Committee on Legislation and Law Enforcement to approve the
wording of the draft law and submit it to the Knesset. See
http://tinyurl.com/2a4ffe for further details.
6. The Cabinet approved the draft 2007 Public Education Law. See
http://tinyurl.com/2a4ffe for further details.
7. Pursuant to Article 31B of Basic Law: The Government
http://tinyurl.com/2v5nk , the Cabinet transferred the Finance Minister's
responsibility, as per the 1993 Bank Shares Arrangement Law, regarding the
extension of Barnea Investments B.V.'s options (according to the 23.11.05
agreement) to Minister Rafi Eitan. See http://tinyurl.com/2a4ffe for
8. The Cabinet approved the construction of additional facilities for
various District and Magistrates' courts in Israel. See
http://tinyurl.com/2a4ffe for further details.
PM Olmert Congratulates the French People on the Election of Nicolas Sarkozy
as President of France
Source: Prime Minister's Media Adviser
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this evening (Sunday), 6.5.07, congratulates the
French people on the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as the next President of
France. The Prime Minister expressed his confidence that Israel's relations
with France - one of the most important and influential countries in both
Europe and the world - will strengthen during Sarkozy's term in office: "I
am convinced that cooperation between us will be fruitful and that together
we will be able to advance diplomatic activity and peace in our region."
Prime Minister Olmert and French President-elect Sarkozy met during the
former's recent visit to France. The meeting was held in a good,
constructive and positive atmosphere.