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New Hamas kids' character praises 'jihad'

Hamas' Al-Aqsa television has replaced the "martyred" Mickey Mouse look-alike on the children's program "Tomorrow's Pioneers" with a bee that wants to pursue "the path of the Jihad warriors."

The new character was reported by Palestinian Media Watch, an Israel-based monitor that previously revealed the TV program's promotion of anti-Israeli propaganda through the mouse character "Farfur." The show recently had the mouse die at the hands of an Israeli character.
Farfur told children they must pray five times a day until there is "world leadership under Islamic leadership."

"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," the mouse character said.

It is now clear that these messages will continue through the new Nahoul character," PMW commented.

The PMW report said the new character announced he is Farfur's cousin and that he wishes to "continue the path of Farfur … the path of martyrdom, the path of the jihad warriors … and in his name we shall take revenge upon the enemies of Allah, the murderers of the prophets. …"
The media monitor said the expression, "murderers of the prophets" is an Islamic expression used by Palestinian Authority leaders to refer to Jews, and defining Jews as the enemies of God is routine on PA religious broadcasting.

Hamas, which won a majority in parliament in January 2006 elections, officially is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

According to PMW, the new children's programming featured this exchange:
Hostess Saraa': Who are you? And where did you come from?
Nahoul: I am Nahoul (the bee), Farfur's cousin.
Saraa': And what do you want?
Nahoul: I want to continue the path of Farfur, the path of "Islam is the solution." The path of heroism, the path of Martyrdom, the path of the Jihad warriors. Me and my friends shall continue the path of Farfur. And in his name we shall take revenge upon the enemies of Allah, the murderers of the prophets, the murderers of innocent children, until Al-Aqsa will be liberated from their filth.
Saraa': Welcome! Welcome Nahoul.

Viewers are able to call in and contribute to the program. One caller announced, "Awake oh children, awake to action, your destiny is one, and it is to become a Shahid (martyr) for Allah."

PMW said later in the show another girl paraphrased the Islamic teaching that the hour of resurrection is dependent on Muslims' fighting and killing Jews.

"The Prophet (Muhammad) said: The hour (Resurrection) will not take place until you fight the Jews, they will be east of the river and you to the west, and the rock and the tree will say: Oh, Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and fight him!" a 9-year-old told the program hostess.

"There was worldwide outrage after PMW reported the existence of Farfur and his hateful messages in May," PMW said. "The New York Daily News dubbed the character 'Terror Mouse,' while Walt Disney's daughter Diane described it as 'pure evil.'

"Without apparent regard for the sensitivities of their child viewers, the show's creators killed off the (Farfur) character in a particularly violent way that allowed them to continue the show's rabidly anti-Israel message," the group said.

The show had Farfur being beaten to death. "Farfur was martyred while defending his land," said a teen hostess of the program.

The mouse character had called the Israeli a "terrorist" and the hostess said he died at the hands of the "killers of children."

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