And you thought cartoon characters that inspire children to jump out of windows to see if they can fly were bad. “Pictured: The TV rabbit preaching hatred and telling young Muslims to ‘kill and eat Jews,'” from the Daily Mail, July 23:
An Islamic TV station using a Bugs Bunny lookalike to preach hatred to children has been slammed by religious leaders in the UK who fear it could brainwash vulnerable British children.
Assud the rabbit, who vows to ‘kill and eat Jews’ and glorifies the maiming of ‘infidels’ appears on Palestinian children’s show, Tomorrow’s Pioneers.
In one episode, Assud admits stealing money and is seen begging for mercy after young viewers and parents phone in demanding his hands are cut off as punishment.
At that point the 11-year-old presenter intervenes – and rules that the bunny should only have his ears severed because he has repented.
The rabbit is played by an actor in fancy dress and is one of the main characters on the show broadcast in Gaza by the al-Aqsa channel – known as Hamas TV.
The Association of Muslim Schools, which represents the UK’s 143 Muslim schools, said it was opposed to any shows that incite violence.
Spokesman Dr Mohamed Mukadam said: ‘It goes without saying that any programme which promotes the killing or injuring of human beings is wrong.
‘Regardless of religion, shows that incite or inspire others to inflict violence of any kind should be condemned.
‘Such shows are against the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, and we would urge people of all ages not to watch them.’
If that is the case, surely the Association of Muslim Schools — and Muslims all around the world — should unequivocally denounce Hamas as apostates.
Set up as a regional station prior to the Palestinian elections in January 2006, al-Aqsa TV now airs on a satellite slot.
It broadcasts what many call a mixture of news of Islamic propaganda, but has picked up a substantial following across the Arabic-speaking world.
The show originally featured a Mickey Mouse-style character called Farfur who urged children to fight against the Jewish community and form a world Islamic state.
Farfur was later replaced by a bumble bee called Nahoul, who told viewers to ‘follow the path of Islam, of martyrdom and of the Mujahideen’.
He was ‘martyred’ earlier this year and replaced by Assud, who tells children in his first episode: ‘I, Assud, will get rid of the jews, Allah willing, and I will eat them up.’
In a discussion with 11-year-old host Saraa Barhoum, the young viewers are referred to as ‘soldiers’.
Assud asks Saraa: ‘We are all martyrdom-seekers, are we not?’.
To which she replies: ‘Yes, we are all ready to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of our homeland.’
The phone-in show accepts calls from children as young as nine on topics about life in Palestine.
During one show broadcast in February, Assud vows to kill and eat all Danish people over the cartoon images of the Prophet Muhammad which appeared in a newspaper.
He also pledges to assassinate the illustrator and Saraa also agrees that she would martyr herself for the cause of Palestine.
Al-Aqsa was today unavailable for comment.