Hamas TV sticks with “Jihad Mickey”

Earlier this week I blogged about “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” a shocking children’s show on Hamas’ al-Aqsa TV station in which a Mickey Mouse clone named “Butterfly” teaches Palestinian youngsters how to be good Hamas members. At the time, it seemed that Hamas had agreed to pull the show off the air following a global cry of ...

601940_070511_mickey_05.jpg
601940_070511_mickey_05.jpg

Earlier this week I blogged about "Tomorrow's Pioneers," a shocking children's show on Hamas' al-Aqsa TV station in which a Mickey Mouse clone named "Butterfly" teaches Palestinian youngsters how to be good Hamas members. At the time, it seemed that Hamas had agreed to pull the show off the air following a global cry of disgust and pressure from the more pragmatic Fatah and independent factions of the Palestinian Authority.

That information was wrong; Hamas rejected the PA's intervention and ran the show as normal today. In explaining his decision, al-Aqsa station manager Hazem al-Sharawi said:

We have an educational and entertainment message. It carries knowledge, a sense of humor and morality. There is no shame in this, and we will not go back on it."

Earlier this week I blogged about “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” a shocking children’s show on Hamas’ al-Aqsa TV station in which a Mickey Mouse clone named “Butterfly” teaches Palestinian youngsters how to be good Hamas members. At the time, it seemed that Hamas had agreed to pull the show off the air following a global cry of disgust and pressure from the more pragmatic Fatah and independent factions of the Palestinian Authority.

That information was wrong; Hamas rejected the PA’s intervention and ran the show as normal today. In explaining his decision, al-Aqsa station manager Hazem al-Sharawi said:

We have an educational and entertainment message. It carries knowledge, a sense of humor and morality. There is no shame in this, and we will not go back on it.”

More from Foreign Policy

A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.
A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

Lessons for the Next War

Twelve experts weigh in on how to prevent, deter, and—if necessary—fight the next conflict.

An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It’s High Time to Prepare for Russia’s Collapse

Not planning for the possibility of disintegration betrays a dangerous lack of imagination.

An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.
An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.

Turkey Is Sending Cold War-Era Cluster Bombs to Ukraine

The artillery-fired cluster munitions could be lethal to Russian troops—and Ukrainian civilians.

A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol  January 8, 2009 in Washington.
A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2009 in Washington.

Congrats, You’re a Member of Congress. Now Listen Up.

Some brief foreign-policy advice for the newest members of the U.S. legislature.