Despite the startling resemblance between Farfur (left), the star of the Al Aqsa TV children’s show "Tomorrow’s Pioneers" and Ed O'Loughlin (top), Jerusalem bureau person for Fairfax Newspapers, they were not separated at birth and in fact they have never met.
It appears that they don't even know a thing about each other which probably explains why virtually every media outlet that covers the news from the Middle East has given time and space in recent days to the horrendous story of how Hamas manipulates and poisons the minds of Palestinian children and teaches them hatred towards Jews and the concept of Islamic domination. The conspicuous absentee is the Melbourne Age.
Surely, this glaring omission is not for lack of the availability of a means whereby he can put his usual spin on a bad news story about Palestinian behaviour? After all, AFP managed to do that with this story entitled "Defiant Hamas TV airs resistance Mickey again" about the decision to ignore PA Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti's request to axe the programme. CNN has tried much the same and You Tube banned the original Mickey video.
What are all the apologists for this form of blatant child abuse worried about?
It's clear that this Mickey is not about "resistance" - he's about teaching children that it's nice to hate and to kill Jews and that Islam is going to take over the whole world. This is the narrative of the party elected to govern the Palestinians and it explains why peacemaking in the region is proving so elusive. And journalists with sympathy for their cause have been working overtime to cover up the narrative. The Mickey story is so powerful because it resonates with parents of children around the world. It's not normal for kids' heroes to advocate genocide and murder they way Farfur is doing it on Hamas TV.
O'Loughlin is, in fact, still assisting the Palestinians in covering up the story by not reporting on it - just as he doesn't report on many other stories of self-inflicted pain that form part of the Palestinian tragedy.
You can get the real story on what Hamas and the other armed thugs are doing to their people on Palestinian Media Watch.
Elder of Ziyon has news of another grim milestone:-
"PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 9:00 on Thursday, 10 May 2007, the child Shayma Jaser Jarghoun, 7-year old girl from Khan Yunis, was admitted to the European Hospital in the city. She was suffering from moderate shrapnel wounds in the feet sustained when a homemade grenade was thrown during an armed intra-clan clash involving members of her family.
"At approximately 8:20 on the same day, Musallam Mustafa El-Sha’er (47) from El-Bureij refugee camp was injured by a bullet in the right thigh, fired by one of his relatives over a financial dispute. El-Sha’er was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah for treatment, where his injury was listed as moderate.At approximately 23:00 on Tuesday, 8 May 2007, Salim Abdel Fattah El-Sharabi (35) from Nablus was killed in Ras El-Ein Quarter in Nablus. Gunmen killed El-Sharabi in a crime motivated by a clan dispute. He was killed by multiple bullets to the upper body."
Missing also are reports about the Muslim fundamentalist gunmen who attacked an UNRWA-run school in Rafah killing one and wounding six others, how Palestinian security is setting up oppressive checkpoints in Gaza as a security measure and that a Palestinian couple were arrested for selling their daughters, aged 12 and 13.
None of these stories are of interest to the Fairfax Jerusalem bureau person and one reason could be contained in the words of his own newspaper's description of their mouse/man which describes him as "lazy of character and intemperate of habit". No, it has has to be something more than mere laziness that keeps this news on the blank pages.