Hamas TV on Friday broadcast what it said was the last episode of a weekly children’s show featuring “Farfour,” a Mickey Mouse look-alike who had made worldwide headlines for preaching Islamic domination and armed struggle to youngsters.
In the final skit, Farfour was beaten to death by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour’s land. At one point, Farfour called the Israeli a “terrorist.”
“Farfour was martyred while defending his land,” said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed “by the killers of children,” she added.
The weekly show, featuring a giant black-and-white rodent with a high-pitched voice, had attracted worldwide attention because the character urged Palestinian children to fight Israel. It was broadcast on Hamas-affiliated Al-Aksa TV.
Station officials said Friday that Farfour was taken off the air to make room for new programs.
Station manager Mohammed Bilal said he didn’t know yet what would be shown instead.
Israeli officials have denounced the program, “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” as incendiary and outrageous. The program was also opposed by the state-run Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, which is controlled by Fatah.
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Following an inquiry from The Jerusalem Post, CNN has corrected a feature on its Web site that failed to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and which had instead listed it as “Jerusalem, null.”
The change was made on Wednesday, after the Post contacted a CNN spokesman in Atlanta, where the company is based, and asked why Israel was referred to in this way by the Web site.
The feature in question appears on the CNN home page, which offers visitors the option of checking the weather at various locations around the world by typing in the name of the desired city.
The page returns a result containing the city name followed by the country in which it is located, such that someone who typed in “Moscow” would receive the weather report for “Moscow, Russia.”
But visitors to the site who typed in “Jerusalem” received the weather forecast for “Jerusalem, null,” with no mention made of the city’s location in the State of Israel.
After being contacted by the Post on Wednesday, CNN spokeswoman Jennifer Martin said that the company had made “a clarification” to the Web site after having received “a few inquiries” on the issue.
The matter was first uncovered and publicized by pro-Israel activist Web sites The Israellycool.com and littlegreenfootballs.com.