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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Saraa Barhoum, an abused child

Three weeks ago, I speculated that Dion Nissenbaum was interviewing Saraa, the child host of Hamas television's Tomorrow's Pioneers.
Something tells me that "the girl" is Saraa, the hostess of "Tomorrow's Pioneers" pictured in the yellow burkha in this scene with Farfour (pictured at top) the 'martyred' mouse. My comment on the site which asks if it is Saraa has thus far gone unanswered. But if I'm right, it could be interesting to hear whether the child realizes she is being used by Hamas to promote suicide.
Well, the interview has now been published and surprise, surprise, surprise, she says she's ready to be a 'martyr.' Her full name is Sara Barhoum, and if Hamastan has any social services, they ought to be on her parents' doorstep.
Saraa wants to be a doctor. If she can't, the young star of Hamas television's best-known children's show said, she'd be proud to become a martyr. Saraa says little Jewish girls should be forced from their homes in Israel so that Palestinians can return to their land.

With the show's producer helpfully offering written tips during an interview, Saraa didn't get into how she hopes to die for her cause, be it suicide bombing, fighting the Israeli military or some other way. She carefully sidestepped any suggestion that she's subtly calling for the destruction of Israel .

" Israel says that we are terrorists," Saraa said minutes before an interview with her was interrupted by an errant Israeli airstrike that slammed into an apartment building on the adjacent block. "But they are the ones that must stop their attacks against us and our kids."


" Hamas is fighting a political war for the hearts and minds of the West Bank and Gaza Strip ," said Robert A. Pape , a University of Chicago political science professor and the author of "Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism."

"They are trying to show that they are the true heart-and-soul of the community, all the way down to an 11-year-old-girl," Pape added.


"A lot of people in Palestine have died as martyrs, and lots of Palestinians hope to be martyrs," Saraa said of Farfour's demise. "This is one of the ends."

Asked if she hoped one day to be a martyr, Saraa instinctively nodded her head.

"Of course," Saraa said. "It's something to be proud of. Every Palestinian citizen hopes to be a martyr."

Saraa helps deliver similar messages to Palestinian children from a Hamas TV set filled with colorful numbers and pictures of kittens. During the show, Saraa fields calls from Palestinian children who warble songs about Islam, liberating Jerusalem and finding answers in the barrel of a machine gun.

On one show, she cut off a caller who was singing about surrendering herself, presumably to God's will.

"We don't want to surrender," Saraa told the caller. "We want to resist."

The show has provided new fodder for Israeli activists, who say that Saraa is the true face of Hamas , an extremist group that's using an innocent front to conceal its real agenda.

Hamas television officials defend the show, saying it's designed to help young children connect with their country and their God.

Israel and the United States both have pressured the Palestinian Authority to change school textbooks, radio shows and television programming that are seen to be fueling anti-Israeli hatred.

On the show, Saraa offers moral lessons to viewers and urges them to do what they can to fight Israeli occupation. After some prodding in an interview, Saraa offered a personal message for Israeli girls her age.

"They have to leave," she said. "This is our country. They kicked us out and stole our happiness. This is a natural result."
Jihad Watch calls the interview "a study in indoctrination." I call the fact that she hosts Tomorrow's Pioneers child abuse. The fact that an 11-year old professes to be ready to commit suicide and tries to convince other children to do the same is nothing short of brainwashing. And unfortunately, as has been documented before, she is quite typical of her peer group among the 'Palestinians.' Sadly, her generation has likely been indoctrinated enough to ensure that it will not live to see peace.


At 9:25 PM, Blogger Toki-chan said...

It's so sad this is happening to these children. *shakes head* I wish that those children could have what we had, a Mister Rodgers to guide them. This just makes sick that these children watch this, and what will happen to them, that girl is the ultimate example. I really hope she can become a doctor though, so she can save lives instead of taking them.


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