An inciteful Mickey Mouse

Hamas kids' website incites against Israel

Days after Hamas TV show receives public censure for promoting hatred, ADL reports similar incitement on party's website for children

A Hamas' online children's magazine al-Fateh is tailored to “poison the minds of Palestinian children and to infect them with anti-Semitism and hate," according to the Anti-Defamation League


Al-Fateh (Arabic for “the conqueror”) has published more than 70 issues since the site was launched in September 2002. The issues have included stories and columns praising attacks against the “Jewish enemy,” as well as other anti-Semitic and anti-Israel themes.


According to ADL, the newly published May 1 issue includes a “games” section with a virtual board game consisting of images of Israeli soldiers with snake bodies and tongues and caricatures of children throwing stones.


Titled “The Palestinian kid and the Israeli soldier,” the winner of this version of a “Chutes and Ladders”-like game is the player that reaches the Dome of the Rock first.


The magazine also features a coloring book, a “news brief” listing the latest attacks on “Zionist soldiers” or “Jewish Settlers” and a section titled “children of the stones,” which is made up of pictures of children with guns and portraits of former Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin.


Children are encouraged to contribute pictures for this section. Previous issues of al-Fateh have encouraged kids to become suicide bombers and advocated hatred of Jews.


“The fact is, the teaching of hatred of Jews and Israel is deeply ingrained in Palestinian society, and Hamas is constantly looking for new ways to glorify terrorism and to poison the minds of Palestinian youth with anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.


Hamas' Mickey Mouse still inciting

A Hamas TV children's show made headlines worldwide last week because its Mickey Mouse-like lead character 'Farfur' had preached against Israel and the US and urged Palestinian children to fight Israel.


Although Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti (an independent) said Wednesday that the show reflects a "mistaken approach" to the Palestinian struggle for independence and would be suspended immediately to allow for a review, the show was still aired as usual on Friday.


The station's manager, Hazem al-Sharawi, said the show called "Tomorrow's Pioneers" has an educational message and refused to cancel it.


“Whether it is a Mickey Mouse-like character, or games for toddlers, the goal (of Hamas) is to appeal to young minds and indoctrinate them into their culture of hate," the ADL said.


AP contributed to this piece


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