Monday, July 09, 2007

Chrildren's TV Program Kills Off Its Main Character

On Friday, a children’s television show call “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” aired its final episode. Showing on Hamas satellite television, the show features a character named Farfur – an Islamic version of Mickey Mouse.

The show’s finale was more like something I would’ve expected in the Soprano’s finale than in a kid’s show.

Basically the show turns Farfur into a martyr that died at the hands of a Jewish “terrorist” that wanted to take Farfur’s land from him. While disturbing at this might sound in a child’s show. Here is a translated excerpt of a call from a three year old child that was aired on the program:

Saraa' to the child caller: "You saw that the Jews let Farfur die as a Shahid. What do you want to say to the Jews?"

Three-year-old on the phone: "We don't like the Jews because they are dogs! We will fight them!"

Saraa': "No, the Jews are good...the Jews are our friends and we play with them. Isn't that so?"

Child: "They killed Farfur!"

Saraa: "That's right...the Jews are criminals and enemies. We must expel them from our land."

I remember my favorite childhood shows in great clarity. I know they had a great impact on the way I viewed the world at that point in my life. Kids are extremely impressionable – period. And people wonder why there’s such instilled hatred between certain groups in the world. Well, I’d say here a pretty good example.

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