Farfour, I mean Mickey Mouse … Donald Duck …. Mickey Mouse
A giant black-and-white rodent – named “Farfour,” or “butterfly,” but unmistakably a Mickey ripoff – does his high-pitched preaching against the U.S. and Israel on a children’s show run each Friday on Al-Aqsa TV, a station run by Hamas. The militant group, sworn to Israel’s destruction, shares power in the Palestinian government.
“You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists,” Farfour squeaked on a recent episode of the show, which is titled, “Tomorrow’s Pioneers.”
“We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers.”
Children call in to the show, many singing Hamas anthems about fighting Israel.
How on earth can any peace be achieved with the likes of Mickey Mouse, I mean “Farfour” propogating and inculcating children with violence being the means to “returning the Islamic community to its former greatness”?
Furthermore, can we as Muslims continue to make statements like this:
“It’s the fault of both (Israel and the Palestinians),” said Samir Zakkout, from the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. “If Palestinians had peace, children wouldn’t learn violence.”
Children have been traumatized by bloodshed in the course of Israeli attacks and Palestinian infighting, he said.
“There’s been a collapse of values,” he said. “If I can kill my enemy, I can kill my brother.”
The reallity is that Israel exists. The reallity is that in the future there will be 2 states, Palestine and Israel. The reallity is that Hamas and Fatah have two different visions of what peace is. Can we agree on what peace is? So, can we really continue to say that Israel is partly to blame as if Palestinians had peace that children wouldn’t learn violence? Is this really a correct statement?
We as (western) Muslims condemn the likes of Al-Qaeda. We condemn the Taliban. We condemn the misuse of our religion for political gains by countries that call themselves “Islamic”. We condemn the use of suicide bombings. Unfortunately, all too often we turn a blind eye to Palestinian suicide bombings. We turn a blind eye to the propogation of hate by the Imams, the school curriculum and the television stations in Palestine or we justify all of it by blaming Israel, the mighty oppressor.
I’m not going to sugar coat this post for anyone. We as Muslims need to stop making excuses for the wrongs that are commited in the name of liberating Palestine. We need to not only stop making excuses, but we need to start being proactive in stopping these injustices. We need to become pro-active in fostering and instilling within these Palestinian children a sense of hope and we can not do this without teaching them to be patient and that no peace can be achieved through violence.
We need to start realizing that these children grow up to be adults. Do we want these adults to have this hate in them? Can there be an actual peace without peace within the soul?
Today, I urge each and every Muslim to take the time and become pro-active in promoting organizations that are devoted to nurturing peace (through peacefull means) within this conflict.
I will start with Hands of Peace.
The mission of Hands of Peace is to foster long term peaceful coexistence among Jewish-Israelis, Arab-Israelis, and West Bank Palestinians by bringing young people from the Middle East together with American teens in an interfaith setting.
- We strive to promote this mission by creating opportunities for the participants – young people from the Middle East, local teens, host families, staff, and volunteers – to seek the mutual understanding that comes from face to face encounters by:
Exposing teens and host communities to cultures other than their own for the purpose of recognizing our common humanity.
- Promoting the ability of participants to give and receive differing perspectives in a respectful manner.
- Developing a personal commitment to promote intercultural relationships.
- Educating home communities about the need for continuing dialogues to foster peaceful coexistence.
I ran accross Hands of Peace through an inter-faith event. Unfortunately, it was too late to sponsor a child this year. Inshallah, next year.