“Tomorrow’s Pioneers” featured a Hamas version of Mickey Mouse; a giant black and white rodent named Farfour, who entertained children with songs that included lyrics like these:
Oh Jerusalem, it is the time of death…We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers. You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists.
In “Brilliant Children,” one episode showed a puppet, supposedly a Palestinian child, stabbing another puppet of President George W. Bush in revenge for the deaths of the “child’s” father in Iraq, his mother in Lebanon and his brothers and sisters, who the show said were killed by “Zionist criminals” in the “Gaza holocaust.”
When confronted by critics who wanted the shows pulled off the air, Hamad responded:
The vicious [campaign] that is being waged by the enemies, and especially the Zionist enemy and the American imperialism, is not new. It comes in the framework of the vicious campaign against our Palestinian people, as an addition to the siege placed on our people. Therefore, we are not surprised by this. They want the Palestinian people to renounce its Islamic religion and belief. In response, we say that whenever our Palestinian people resorted to its religion, Allah supported it. Therefore, we will not renounce our faith and our belief, and we will move forward for the sake of Allah. We are holding to this religion because it is the secret of our victory.
With such zealous devotion, it comes as no surprise that in February 2008, Hamad gave a speech in which he praised the fanaticism of the Palestinian death cult, and in particular, the use of children, women and the elderly as human shields:
For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahedeen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahedeen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: ‘We desire death like you desire life.
Of course, while Hamad may treat other children’s lives with caviler disdain, he does draw the line when it comes to the treatment of his own children. Specifically, in April 2010, the three-year-old daughter of one of Hamad’s four wives was granted permission by the Israeli government to travel to Jordan to receive emergency medical treatment after initially receiving medical treatment at an Israeli hospital in the city of Ashkelon.
Despite the humanitarian gesture, Hamad cannot find it within himself to look at Jews, whom he refers to as the “brothers of apes and pigs,” as genuine human beings. Furthermore, Hamad has made it clear that there can be no peace between the entire Muslim and Arab world and the Jewish people, only perpetual war. This message was made clear by Hamad in a January 2008 speech, as well as his belief in a variant of the Elders of Zion conspiracy theory, popular throughout the entire Muslim world, which posits Jewish domination over other peoples:
Where are you, Muslims? Are you monotheistic, or not? Are you Muslims, or not? Do you love Allah, or not? Do you love the Prophet, or not? …Therefore, oh Arabs, who number 300 million, you cannot allow yourselves to be ruled by four million brothers of apes and pigs. Where is your nobility? Aren’t you ashamed of yourselves? Where are you, oh Muslims, who number one and a half billion, yet you are ruled by four million brothers of apes and pigs?
In a December 2010 interview aired on Al Aqsa TV, Hamad similarly said:
The Jews have become abhorred and loathed outcasts, because they live off corruption and the plundering of the peoples – not only the Arab and Islamic peoples, but all the peoples of the world. The world has begun to be aware of this corrupting danger, and to applaud Hamas. The entire world says: “Bravo, Hamas, for confronting these people of corruption”…Hamas will receive its means of survival, its arms, and its supporters from where it is least expected, because the hatred for the Jews is on the rise, and people who hate the Jews find no [other] way to fulfill their hatred of the Jews and of the Americans – the Americans too have become abhorred throughout the world, because of their corruption, for they are led by the Jews.
Yet, despite it all, Hamad continues to publicly maintain that Hamas “is an enlightened, moderate Islamic movement,” which if correct, makes one shudder to think what a more barbaric version of Islam would actually look like.
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