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Slowing down the violence

Teach Kids Peace offers its latest perspective on reducing violence by teaching peace.

Teach Kids Peace reports:

The official television network of the Hamas terror organization has been broadcasting a horrifying children's program in which a Mickey Mouse look-alike tells young children to drink plenty of milk, say their prayers, and support violence against the "oppressive invading Zionist occupation". According to a report from Palestinian Media Watch:

'Using a character based on an appealing, world famous and beloved icon like Mickey Mouse to teach Islamic supremacy and resistance as Islamic duty is a powerful and effective way to indoctrinate children.

The effectiveness of this program is heightened by including child viewers, who phone in to the show and recite poems with images of hate and violence; for example, "We will destroy the chair of the despots, so they will taste the flame of death;" and, "Rafah sings 'Oh, oh.' Its answer is an AK-47. We who do not know fear, we are the predators of the forest."'

In response, the only surviving daughter of Walt Disney, original creator of the beloved Mickey Mouse character, says in the New York Daily News that she is disgusted by Hamas' tactics to use characters that children around the world adore to preach hatred and indoctrinate innocent children into a culture of violence.

Diane Disney Miller said she's disgusted that a ripoff of her father's star cartoon character is being used on a new Hamas TV show to encourage Palestinian children to take up arms against Israel and America.

She was more horrified the terror group was using the knockoff Mickey to preach Islamic radicalism to kids throughout the Gaza Strip.

"It's not just Mickey, it's indoctrinating children like this, teaching them to be evil," said Miller, a Northern California winery owner. "The world loves children and this is just going against the grain of humanity."

"What we're dealing with here is pure evil and you can't ignore that," Miller said.

We have nothing more to add to Miller's comments. Hamas controls the Palestinian legislature. Recently Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to a unity government with Hamas. It is simply unacceptable that Hamas' cynical exploitation of children be ignored. We must demand an end to this behavior and that all terror organizations be ostracized instead of granted legitimacy.

UPDATE: It appears that Hamas may have pulled the broadcast according to some press reports. The action is in no doubt due to international publicity. We will continue monitoring the situation to confirm that the broadcast has indeed been taken of the air and not replaced by similar programming.

Teach Kids Peace has an email petition which states:

. We believe that all children deserve happy dreams ― and not dreams of becoming suicide bombers.

We call on the US and Canadian Governments, European Union, Arab League, and United Nations to stop the Palestinian Authority from promoting a culture of hatred, encouraging violence, and glorifying suicide bombing.

Don't let today's children
become tomorrow's terrorists.


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