22 July 2007
“Jihad Bee” Calls for Child Martyrs on Hamas TV
by Ze'ev Orenstein
Arab children in Gaza, like their peers around the world, enjoy watching television programs with cartoon like characters. However, in Hamas-controlled Gaza, Palestinian Media Watch reports that the seemingly cute and loveable cartoon-like characters do not promote kindness and friendship, rather they continue to systematically indoctrinate Arab children to maim and murder Jewish men women and children and to take part in the destruction of the Jewish State.
The latest character on the children’s show Tomorrow’s Pioneers on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa television station is Nahool the Bee, who encourages young children to follow “[the path] of Jihad” and to become “Jihad warriors” in order to “liberate Al-Aqsa from the filth of the criminal Jews.”
Click here to watch the latest episode of Nahool, the Jihad Bee.
In the latest episode, Nahool the Bee repeatedly reminds the children that the Jews are guilty of murder – particularly of murdering children and the elderly.
Below are excerpts from the latest episode:
Nahool: “You and we will liberate the sad Al-Aqsa that is waiting for us. Yes, we will liberate Al-Aqsa from the filth of the criminal Jews, who killed my grandfather, and killed Farfur, and history will bear witness to that…”
A young caller, Sabah, is asked what she wants to be when she grows up.
Sabah: “Journalist.”Saraa', girl in studio: “Wow, journalist! Nahool, we need journalists.”Nahool: "Why? So that… so that they will photograph the Jews when they are killing Farfur and the little children?Saraa’: “Yes, Nahool.”Another young caller says: “We will go on [the path] of Jihad when we grow up.”Nahool: “Yes, we are all Jihad warriors.Saraa’: “Allah willing.”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 20, 2007]
In Nahool’s debut episode on Hamas TV (click here to watch episode), Arab children are encouraged to follow “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...” According to Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch, “The expression 'Murderers of the prophets' is an Islamic expression used by Palestinian Authority religious leaders to refer to Jews. [Furthermore], defining the Jews as the enemies of God is a common theme in Palestinian Authority religious broadcasting.”
Nahool the Bee is only the latest cartoon character like manifestation to appear on Hamas TV. Prior to Nahool’s appearance, Arab children received anti-Israel indoctrination from Farfur, a character very much resembling Disney’s Mickey Mouse. The New York Daily News dubbed the character “Terror Mouse,” while Walt Disney’s daughter Diane described it as “pure evil.”
In Farfur’s final appearance on Tomorrow’s Pioneers (click here to view episode) he was beaten to death at the hands of an Israeli interrogator, thus becoming a Shahid - a martyr for Allah - and a role model to countless Arab children.
Below are excerpts from Farfur’s final episode:
[Text:] “Farfur in Interrogation”
Israeli interrogator: “Sit down, Farfur… Farfur, we want to buy the land, we will give you a lot of money. You will get a lot of money, and we will take the documents.”Farfur: “No!! We will not sell our lands to terrorists!”Interrogator: “Farfur!!! I want you to give me the documents, give me the documents!”Farfur: “I’m not giving the documents! Not giving! Not giving!”Interrogator: “Farfur!!! [Visual: interrogator beats Farfur] Farfur! Hand me the documents. Farfur! Hand me the documents, Farfur!”Farfur: “I am not handing them to criminals, to terrorists!”Interrogator: “You call us terrorists, Farfur?! [Visual: interrogator beats Farfur again] Take this! Take this! Take this! Take this!”Farfur: “Stop! Stop!”
Saraa’: “Yes, our children friends, we lost our dearest friend, Farfur. Farfur turned to a Martyr while protecting his land. He turned into a Martyr at the hands of the criminals, and murderers. The murderers of the innocent children… [Talking to a child caller] You saw that the Jews let Farfur die as a Martyr. What do you want to say to the Jews?”Shaimaa’, 3 years old, on the phone: “We don’t like the Jews because they are dogs! We will fight them!”Saraa’ [sarcastically]: “No, the Jews are good, oh Shaimaa’. The Jews are our friends, and we play with them, isn’t it so?”Shaimaa’: “They killed Farfur!”Saraa’: “That’s right, oh Shaimaa’. The Jews are criminals and enemies, we must expel them from our land.”
[Hamas, Al-Aqsa TV June 27, 2007]
Nahool the Bee, whose appearance followed the murder of Farfur, debuted on Hamas TV’s Tomorrow’s Pioneers with the following message to Arab children, “I want to continue the path of Farfur,” says Nahool to the show’s hostess. “I and my friends shall 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…until [the] Al-Aksa (mosque in Jerusalem) will be liberated from their filth.”
Recently, footage was shown on Hamas TV of Arab children graduating from a kindergarten in Gaza. In the video, the children are seen marching in formation while holding machine guns and then dropping to the floor, crawling on their bellies and vowing to become terrorists when they grow up. The video was brought to global attention through the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Click here to watch the Hamas kindergarten graduation ceremony.
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