Fearful of the western attention the show’s attracting, the PA’s Information Minister told them to yank it. Here’s their reply, followed by CJ’s own astute observations about the media’s damage control efforts on Hamas’s behalf.

The irony of all the coverage of this episode is that Hamas routinely airs footage of its brainwashing sessions with Palestinian children. I blogged three examples, each more insane than the last, in the span of 18 days back in March. What’s more, the Times ran a profile of Hamas TV back in January of last year that mentioned their designs on kids and the lengths to which they were willing to go to indoctrinate them. Here’s Hamas TV host Hazim Sharawi, or, as Palestinian toddlers know him, “Uncle Hazim,” on his plans for the station:

“Our television show will have a message, but without getting into the tanks, the guns, the killing and the blood,” said Mr. Sharawi, sitting in the broadcast studio where he will produce his show.

“I will show them our rights through the history,” he said, “show them, ‘This is Nablus, this is Gaza, this is Al Aksa mosque, which is with the Israelis and should be in our hands.’ “…

He said he was inspired by a children’s program on Saudi television in which a young veiled woman and a Mickey Mouse-like character take calls from kids. Fingering a string of bright green plastic prayer beads, a pale blue prayer rug lying on the chair beside him, he tries to reconcile Hamas’s bloody attacks that kill innocent children with his role as mentor.

There’s a photo of him with people in animal costumes at the link.

The only reason this is on the media’s radar screen now is because Hamas is using an iconic American symbol of innocence to tacitly justify suicide bombings. Take away Mickey and the illicit thrill that comes with seeing him turned to the dark side and it’s a non-story. As usual.