POSTED: 5:42 a.m. EDT, May 10, 2007
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- After an episode made global headlines earlier this week, the Palestinian government has shelved a Hamas-owned children's TV show starring a Mickey Mouse lookalike that urged Palestinian children to take up arms against America and Israel.
The show, "Tomorrow's Pioneers," aired in Gaza on Al-Aqsa TV station, which is owned by Hamas -- an Islamic militant group that controls the Palestinian government and has called for the destruction of Israel.
The show featured a host dressed in a giant black-and-white mouse costume with a striking resemblance to Walt Disney's iconic cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. Except this mouse, "Farfour," danced with an imaginary gun in his gloved hands and encouraged kids to drink milk, study hard -- and engage in violent acts of "resistance" against their Israeli neighbors and America.
Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti, who is politically independent from Hamas and its rival party, Fatah, called the video "very unfortunate."
"We communicated with the station as soon as this was brought to our attention and the station has informed us that they will stop it immediately," Barghouti told CNN.
The station said it would do a "full revision" of the show, he said.
The episode brought to the media forefront by Palestinian Media Watch and Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) -- privately funded pro-Israeli groups -- showed Farfour cheering for Islamic supremacy, saying, "We will win, Bush! We will win, Condoleezza (Rice)!"
Palestinian Media Watch spokesman Itamar Marcus called the program dangerous.
"The danger is it's mixing of the poison with the [milk] and the child doesn't even realize that he's being poisoned," Marcus said.
Walt Disney's sole surviving daughter, Diane Disney Miller, on Tuesday told the New York Daily News the show "is just going against the grain of humanity."
"What we're dealing with here is pure evil and you can't ignore that," she was quoted as saying on the Daily News Web site.
You just can't believe some of this crap. I still remember when they ported over a palestinian version of sesame street and people were joking that the kids would be seeing things like "Today's show was brought to you by the letter 'S' and 'S' is for suicide bomber." I almost wish that they had gotten far enough along to pirate some other disney icons. Donald could be a jihadi teaching kids about basic explosives manufacturing and Pluto would run around uncovering evil zionist plots. And I would have suceeded too if it weren't for you muppets and your meddling dog.