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December 11, 2009
Teddy bear, bumble bee indoctrinate youth on Hamas TV

This week, the Middle East Media Research Institute, a pro-Israel NGO based in Washington, D.C., released a video dispatch about children’s programming by Hamas-controlled Al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip.

Since 2007, Tomorrow’s Pioneers has taught young Palestinians about Zionist aggression in Jerusalem and the alleged sins of the West. The show originally starred Farfour, a fun-loving Mickey Mouse-look-alike:

Al-Aqsa TV, the Hamas-run network based in Gaza, says that Pioneers “aims to produce a believing generation that will bear the noble values and strive to spread goodness and justice in Palestine and the world.”

Pioneers mixes lessons about drinking milk with Islamic supremacy. It’s directed by Interior Minister Fathi Hamad, who also runs Al-Aqsa TV. The show was created by Hazim Al-Sha’arawi, the station’s deputy director.

The show is hosted by 12-year-old Saraa Barhoum, the niece of a Hamas spokesman. She said in a 2007 interview that if she doesn’t end up being a doctor when she grows up, she would settle for being a martyr.

Barhoum co-hosts the show with a large costumed animals in a skit format similar to Sesame Street. In addition to sketch routines, the show also takes call-ins from children.

Farfour dies — at the hands of Shin Bet — paving the way for Nahul, a bumble bee with a squeaky voice:

During the Fatah-Hamas struggle for control over Gaza during the past two years, Fatah has tried to shut down the broadcast several times — most notably when then-Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti closed its doors. Fatah even launched a rival children’s show in September 2008.

In the wake of Nahul’s death, Assoud (whose name actually means “lion”) emerges as a Bugs Bunny-like rabbit who pledges to “eat the Jews” — and the Danes too.

Al Jazeera English reported from the show’s Gaza studio on the bunny’s message about resistance.

Assoud later dies in the aftermath of an Israeli attack on Gaza — in the episode from January 2, 2009.

The current teddy bear host, Nassur, is a mujahid (ostensibly from Iran) who has come to free Palestine:

In the most recent episode from October 2009, Nassur reveals his knowledge of Hebrew. Co-host Saraa then debates the merits of learning Hebrew and English, saying that “we want to know our enemies’ language.”

After 17 episodes in four “seasons,” Tomorrow’s Pioneers continues its revolutionary crusade.

In an accelerating battle to control the airwaves, sophisticated propaganda tools are becoming increasingly crucial — solidifying how the next generation will deal with the challenges of war and peace in the Middle East.

- Ben Piven

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16 comments

#16

Thanks for digging up that ugly little chestnut about organ stealing, “Yehuda.” Those reports were proven false. I suppose next you’ll be informing us that Jews use the blood of children to make Passover matzahs.

Spouting blood libel obscures the fact that the Palestinians NEED Hamas… Fatah is corrupt and ineffective. Hamas is the only organization that’s been able to accomplish anything for them. And the fact is that Israeli occupation HAS been brutal — there’s no need for lies or hyperbole to make it worse than it is. And the converse is also true — Hamas does not want peace with Israel; it wants Israel wiped off the map.

So the question is, what are Israel and the rest of the world going to do so that the Palestians don’t have to turn to Hamas?

#15

Now you know how Hitler got good decent Germans to kill not only their own felloow countrymen, but to slaughter everyone else. These children soon will want to die for the glory of Islam and they should. The problem is that Hamas is making their own destruction since it would not be too hard to turn the children against their master.

#14

Does the Israeli or any Jewish media portray Germans in a warm and florid light? Hell no. They loose not a single opportunity to bemoan the Holocaust and ask someone to pay for it - it is never ending. So what would you rather hear Palestinian Micky Mouse singing about the Israeli Nazis, “Yes we shall be happy under oppression”? or “The joys of living in raw sewage” or perhaps, “How the IDF lovingly murderd my sons and stole all their organs” or ‘Happy to be burnt alive by Israeli cluster bombs” or “The love Jews have for Muslims is seen in all their well meaning racist comments” or “Israeli Jews love us so much they took away from us our lands that were so burdonsome to us”….I could go on. No, the Palestinians are right. Enough talk. Talk is cheap and it has achieved nothing at all but more oppression. Israel itself does not want to see anything but stalemate in peace talks. I am for making the children see who the vile beasts are, who woul dkill them and steal their organs in a heart beat and they must be taught to hate the evil done to them so that successive generations never forget and keep on fighting.

#13

To what chance of Peace …can be hoped for ? Establishing values ,beliefs & morals in their children ….encouraging hate & a lack of tolerance ! To insure with No-doubt…Hamas is
predetermined the next generation in polital believes in a mind-set of childern ,all march to one beat ..the voice of radical extremism ?
We can only HOPE that the Palestian People can turn the TIDE and seek out freedom & liberty for them -selfs..but mostly for their …CHILDREN !!

#12

This should not come as a surprise. 60 years of occupation, discrimination, and oppression created an atmosphere of constant hate and despair.

#11

[...] A Palestinian version of Sesame Street (called Shara’a Simsim) has been showing in parts of Israel for about 15 years.  However, until now the show was not seen in Gaza on Palestinian TV.  Instead, Palestinian children have been watching a very different kind of kid’s show run by Hamas.  That program is called Tomorrow’s Pioneers and has used a Mickey Mouse lookalike and other puppets to teach little ones to not only like vegetables but also to hate (and possibly kill) Jews.  For more on that show (including clips) go here. [...]

#10

I cant beleive this - teaching such violence and hatred on TV using mickey mouse?!? this will solve nothing, it will only produce a violent youth who believe that the killing of people based on their religion is ok. rather than teaching peace and love to the children (which is the only way we can work towards a peace process), they r learning these twisted ideals. Hopefully it will be stopped.

#9

It is unfortunate that Islam cannot extend a hand of true kinship or friendship to anyone, be it Jew, Christian, or Hindu, UNLESS the others submit and accept that Islam is on top. Only Dar al Islam is the area of peace and justice ACCORDING to them, and the rest lie in Dar al Harb, the area of struggle where Islam must prodominate in time. So unless Islam is capable of reform, or many of its tenets are simply ignored, I don’t see how Dar al Islam and the rest of the world can ever live in peace and harmony with each other. I honestly wish it were otherwise.

#8

I am very sad to see the condition of education in Gaza. On the other had I am very sad to see our general lack of knowledge when it comes to seeing right and wrong in the Middle East. Like India and Pakistan, the Jews and Moslems fail to see their true kindship and recognize cardinal human values. Enough said - we get it or we don’t - back to mickey mouse school of hard knocks!

#7

Thanks for your comment, Miguel. Indeed, you’re right — Farfour, Nahoul, and Assoud are long gone.

But Nassur, the current teddy bear co-host, is ready, willing, and able to inculcate the kids of Gaza. Then again, who knows when Nassur too will be martyred for the cause.

#6

This is old old news guys, but kudos for getting around to finally covering it.

#5

[...] This week, the Middle East Media Research Institute, a pro-Israel NGO based in Washington, DC, released a video dispatch about children’s programming by Hamas-controlled Al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip. Since 2007, Tomorrow’s Pioneers has taught young …Read Original Story: Teddy bear, bumble bee indoctrinate youth on Hamas TV – Worldfocus (blog) [...]

#4

[...] This week, the Middle East Media Research Institute, a pro-Israel NGO based in Washington, DC, released a video dispatch about children’s programming by Hamas-controlled Al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip. Since 2007, Tomorrow’s Pioneers has taught young …Read Original Story: Teddy bear, bumble bee indoctrinate youth on Hamas TV – Worldfocus (blog) [...]

#3

I cannot believe they are now using Bugs and Mickey for waging jihad.

Who is next? Maybe Simba or Bart Simpson…

#2

Germany was able to make the Nazi party illegal after WWII. Why couldn’t Palestine have done the same with Hamas? Allowing them to even enter the election was a serious and irreversible error.

The sick content of these TV shows is a good example of how bad an error it was — so is all the war with Israel ever since they ‘won’ the election.

Yes, I know, Fatah had earned its reputation for corruption, it wasn’t even for opposition to Israel that people voted for Hamas. But the situation for common Palestinians has only become much worse since electing Hamas. No other outcome could be expected.

#1

I can not believe this.Watching these cartoons made my stomach turn.I feel sick.

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