Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ready for Martyrdom

From Hamas TV's child star says she's ready for martyrdom:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Saraa Barhoum picked at the buttons on her pink bellbottom jeans as she twisted on a chair inside the bustling new Hamas television headquarters. The afternoon light bounced off the sparkly outlines of butterflies on her frilly top, and a colorful hijab framed her 11-year-old face.

Saraa wants to be a doctor. If she can't, the young star of Hamas television's best-known children's show said, she'd be proud to become a martyr. Saraa says little Jewish girls should be forced from their homes in Israel so that Palestinians can return to their land....

Saraa is the sweet face of "Tomorrow's Pioneers," a weekly, hour-long Hamas television children's show best known for bringing the world a militant Mickey Mouse look-alike and then having him killed off by an Israeli interrogator...

The station, which operates with a license from the Palestinian Authority, also features religious lessons, cartoons, advice shows and militant music videos. One video hailed a female suicide bomber whose young daughter vows to follow her mother's example.

"Tomorrow's Pioneers" sparked an international furor in April when it began featuring Farfour, the Mickey Mouse look-alike who sounded more like Iran's firebrand President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than a Disney character...

After two months, Farfour was beaten to death on the show by an Israeli interrogator. Nahoul, a larger-than-life bee, is now carrying his message...

"A lot of people in Palestine have died as martyrs, and lots of Palestinians hope to be martyrs," Saraa said of Farfour's demise. "This is one of the ends."

Asked if she hoped one day to be a martyr, Saraa instinctively nodded her head.
"Of course," Saraa said. "It's something to be proud of. Every Palestinian citizen hopes to be a martyr."

Saraa helps deliver similar messages to Palestinian children from a Hamas TV set filled with colorful numbers and pictures of kittens. During the show, Saraa fields calls from Palestinian children who warble songs about Islam, liberating Jerusalem and finding answers in the barrel of a machine gun...

Could the ongoing problems between Israel and Palestine be the result of brainwashing the youth to continue fighting rather than trying to live peaceably?

Could the conflict stem from competing philosophies: Palestinians want Israelis dead and Israelis want to live?

Does this kind of propaganda qualify as child abuse?

Hat tip: The Bos'un Locker

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At 8/19/2007 3:47 PM, Anonymous Thomas said...

Under different circumstances, this would be funny. If I didn't know better I would think it satire.

At 8/19/2007 9:57 PM, Blogger Bos'un said...

Anna, I am hoping you will get more hits. I posted your slave girls in Britian post at Hannity Forum. You did a great job on that. And your site is looking good :)

Did you get Nonie Darwish's book, Now They Call Me Infidel? Waldenbooks has it on sale, or did last week. I am going to get for one of my friends who is more an apologizer and appeaser than I.



At 8/20/2007 7:35 AM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

Thomas, I wish it were a joke, too.

Bosun, thanks, and I will check out the book shortly.


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