View Full Version : Farfour is dead.

07-02-2007, 08:54 AM
I'm sure you've all heard about Farfour (http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-05-08-hamas-mickey-mouse_N.htm), the Mickey Mouse lookalike that teaches little kids in Palestine to hate Israel and to be willing to die to fight them. Well apparently the other day this character was beaten to death on the air (http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/06/hamas-mickey-mo.html) by an actor pretending to be an Israeli official.
"Farfour was martyred while defending his land," said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed "by the killers of children," she added.

I can't even begin to describe how disgraceful this seems to me. Even other Palestinians look down on the show, as stated in the first article I linked.

"I don't think it's professional or even humane to use children in such harsh political programs," said Basem Abu Sumaya, head of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corp. "Children's nationalist spirit must be developed differently."

I'm a little surprised Disney never tried to put a stop to it what with the whole copyright infringement thing given their history, but they said they thought it wouldn't have made a difference even if they had.

I'm having a little trouble finding a way to actually turn this into a conversation. Do you think this kind of show should be stopped or do you think if someone like the U.S. forced them to stop it would be contradicting our idea of free speech as well as our own history of propaganda (the Disney nazi cartoon comes to mind, though it doesn't seem nearly as extreme)? On one hand, it's not something your average Palestinian is forced to watch as it's only on one channel but on the other I'm sure there's at least a handful of people who make their kids watch it and I feel that's doing more damage to the children and thus to Palestine than it will ever do to Israel.