Hamas Uses Mickey Mouse to Teach Terror
Mickey Mouse: Jihad leader?
He looks like Mickey Mouse and sounds like Mickey Mouse, but what he’s saying is hardly the fairytale stuff of Disney. A Mickey Mouse look-alike named Farfur is teaching Palestinian children the ABCs of terror on Hamas’ official television station, Al-Aqsa TV.
On the weekly program “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” Farfur and a young girl name Saraa’ tell children to pray five times each day and drink their milk, while urging the children to “resist” the “oppressive invading Zionist occupation.”
“Instead of being entertained, they’re being indoctrinated,” Itamar Marcus, the director of Palestinian Media Watch, told FOX News. Marcus says that “resist” is a Palestinian euphemism for terror. “Their message is of hatred toward Jews, hatred toward Israel, hatred to America as well,” Marcus said. “They make fun of Condoleezza Rice, they make fun of Bush.”
Here’s the video:
Making fun of Rice and Bush is certainly fair game, if a rather odd thing to do in a children’s program. Indoctrinating them to hate Jews and “resist” the “occupation” of their land, however, is almost the definition of fanaticism.
D.A. Ridgely goes with the obvious but clever, “This proves what a Mickey Mouse operation Hamas really is!”
I’ll counter with a “Why? Because we hate you! M-O-U-S-E.” Or, perhaps J-E-W-S.
On a more serious note, Ron Chusid observes, “As part of the multicultural viewpoint at Disney, Jasmine has been added to the Disney princesses. The Arab world is represented in Epcot by Moraco, with no signs of conflict with the west. If we can trust Fox News, Hamas has repaid Disney by stealing their most famous character, and using a Mickey look-alike to teach terrorism to kids. Walt would not approve.”
No, I suspect not.
UPDATE: Ezra Klein counsels against getting too worked up over this:
What looks like a very successful indoctrination of a nine-year-old isn’t particularly indicative of a very successful indoctrination of a 15-year-old. I remember going to religious school when I was young and being rather devout, but I shed that credulity as the years went on, and so did most kids I knew. So I’m less worried about the children than I am unnerved by their parents and instructors, who seem utterly unconcerned with the sort of crazed spiritual bootcamp the kids are attending.
I agree, especially with the second point. Still, even if only a tenth of one percent or so of the kids are successfully radicalized here, it means that the cycle of death and destruction will continue.