Hamas TV to replace martyred Mickey Mouse lookalike
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

A Hamas television station that last week killed off a Mickey Mouse lookalike who urged children to fight against Israel will use other famous characters to further their Islamist agenda, station officials said yesterday. The host of the childrens show Tomorrows Pioneers, Farfur, dressed in a full body-suit to resemble the Walt Disney cartoon character. The character was beaten to death in the shows final episode last week by a character posing as an Israeli.

Farfur and a female co-host instructed their young viewers on Hamass militant brand of Muslim piety and urged children to support armed resistance against Israel.

Mohammad Saeed, the director of production at Al-Aqsa Television, told Reuters the station would use other famous cartoon characters in future shows. Farfur was a story alive and he has turned into another story as a (martyr), Saeed said.

The show had drawn complaints from Israeli watchdog groups.

(Source: Reuters)