My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Hamas continues its child abuse...

Hamas, the extremist Palestinian organisation, has been denounced as “pure evil” for creating a television show in which a Mickey Mouse-style character calls on children to help Muslims become the “masters of the world” and violently resist Israel.

The al-Aqsa television station run by Hamas began running the show, Tomorrow’s Pioneers last month. It is hosted by Farfour, who dresses in a Mickey Mouse suit, and an a young female assistant, Saraa.

In one programme, transcribed by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Saraa asks a young viewer by telephone how she would “sacrifice her soul for the sake of al-Aqsa” mosque in Jerusalem. “I will shoot,” says the girl, “we will annihilate the Jews... I will commit martyrdom.”

Farfour then tells the child that becoming “masters of the world” requires everyone to be happy with Arabic, which “once upon a time ruled this world”.

In another clip, which has appeared on YouTube, a viewer speaking to Farfour by telephone recites a poem referencing an AK47 assault rifle. As the poem is read out, Farfur pretends to shoot a rifle. Another child tells Farfour: “It is the time of death, we will fight a war”.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to point out what can only be called an egregious mistranslation on the part of MEMRI with respect to the words of one of the children who were featured as a caller on the show this story reports on. I call it that and not simply a mistake, because a MEMRI spokesperson appeared on CNN to confirm his organization standing by its translation "word for word" and "according to the syntax" even though it is easy for an organization that employs Arabic translators to actually see how wrong the translations that were produced at first are.

The transcript claims that "Sanabel", the little girl caller of the show, responds with "I will shoot" to the host's question "Sanabel, what will you do for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque?"

As a matter of fact, and as can be seen in the video, it is the clown in the ridiculous Mickey Mouse like suit that says that and even makes the gesture of carrying a weapon.

The little girl Sanabel does however respond, but MEMRI omits her response. The little girl actually said in Arabic "bedi arsem soora", which means "I will draw a picture."

So this girl says she wants to draw a picture, and MEMRI transforms that to "I will shoot."

The second example is the most outrageous one, where MEMRI translates the little girl Sanabel's response to the question "we got that, what else?" as saying "We will annihilate the jews." This is outrageously wrong and completely invented.

The girl can be clearly heard saying in Arabic "betokhoona el yahood", which means "the Jews shoot us."

The word "betokh-oo-na" can be broken down part by part and explained easily as follows:

betokh: the verb "shoots"
oo: the 3rd person plural subject pronoun meaning "they". It becomes "they shoot".
na: the 1st person plural object pronoun meaning "we". It becomes "they shoot us"

Having pointed that out, what the producers of this show are doing is morally outrageous. Instead of giving their children viewers the joy of watching child TV characters and enjoying that aspect of childhood, they are depriving them of that just as the Israeli occupation is depriving them from other aspects of normal childhood development. Both are equally wrong here.

2:04 AM  
Blogger WW said...

Who holds the copyright on the Mickey Mouse character and image? Will they sue do you think?

10:07 PM  
Blogger Suricou Raven said...

They cant. Berne convention doesn't apply in Iran - same reason China can continue to run its not-really-disneyland. That, and its a state-run studio. In Iran. I dont expect the courts would be at all sympathetic, when giving a ruling that would upset the Powers That Be could end a judges career.

3:49 AM  
Anonymous jamal said...

a little biased here?

12:48 PM  

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