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"Hamas Children TV Bunny ... Threatens to Kill Danes over Muhammad Cartoons":

This is on Al-Aqsa TV, which is run by Hamas, the governing party in the Palestinian Authority territories. Here's a photo of the bunny and Saraa Barhoum, the child host of the show:

Here's the transcript, from MEMRI:

Saraa: "How did these Danes have the audacity to affront the Messenger of Allah? Do you have an answer to that, Assud?"

Assud: "No, I don't. Maybe because the Arabs and Muslims keep silent, [the Danes] humiliated them and did these things to them."

Saraa: "That's one reason, but there is an even more important reason, Assud."

Assud: "I have no idea."

Saraa: "It's because the West has seen that we've moved away from the religion of Allah, and from the Sunna of our Prophet Muhammad. They have also seen that we have forsaken the religion of Allah, and therefore, they could affront the Prophet, because... We have done nothing to redeem the Prophet Muhammad. But I say to them: You haven't seen anything yet. Allah willing, the soldiers of the 'Pioneers of Tomorrow' will redeem the Prophet Muhammad with all that they possess, and even with their blood, Assud. They will not allow them to do this again."

Assud: "If they do it again, Saraa, we will kill them, right?"

Saraa: "Allah willing."

Assud: "I will bite them and eat them up."

Saraa: "Yes." ...

Saraa: "What do you have to say to the cartoonist who started all this, and affronted the Prophet by drawing him?"

Assud: "He's a criminal..."

Saraa: "Yes, a criminal."

Tasnim, by phone: "I say to him, and to all of them, that no matter how much they try to hide him, we will manage to kill him, to assassinate him."

Assud: "Allah willing." ...

MEMRI links to the video; if you can identify any problems with the translation, please e-mail me about them. [UPDATE: Thanks to reader bonhomme for the screen shot that shows the bunny and the child host.]

Thanks to Lou Offen for the pointer.

UPDATE: Sean O'Hara wins, with extra credit for the religious reference: "Where's the Holy Hand-Grenade of Antioch when you really need it?"

therut:
I think Obama should go and take to these nice people and tell them there is HOPE and CHANGE a'comin.
2.26.2008 1:28pm
BobDoyle (mail):
Ah, yes ... the religion of peace ...
2.26.2008 1:32pm
e:
Oh the many humiliations of a shame culture. Should the guilt culture try to understand that insults are on par with a sense of self-worth, or stand up for what might be "higher" values? Here if someone insults us with no foundation, the sleight is not our problem. There it seems that every insult is internalized.
2.26.2008 1:37pm
ejo:
nothing to see here, just walk past. think to yourself, what did we do wrong to earn the wrath of the palestinian bunny of death. think of some way to assert the moral equivalence of this ghoulish brainwashing and, I don't know, Abu Ghraib.
2.26.2008 1:38pm
Preferred Customer:
It's not quite right to say that Hamas is the "governing party in the Palestinian Authority territories."
2.26.2008 1:38pm
Ex-Fed (mail) (www):
Danes are not halal.
2.26.2008 1:40pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Preferred Customer: I wasn't wild about that phrase either, but can you suggest a more precise one?
2.26.2008 1:47pm
Lawman (mail):
How about a little hasenfeffer?
2.26.2008 1:55pm
Sean O'Hara (mail) (www):
Where's the Holy Hand-Grenade of Antioch when you really need it?
2.26.2008 1:56pm
whit:
does jimmy carter know about the hamas bunny of death?

if so, he should be SCARED!
2.26.2008 2:08pm
Houston Lawyer:
And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it." Amen
2.26.2008 2:14pm
ejo:
unfortunately, the bunny is directed toward indoctrinating children to murder whomever Hamas directs them to murder. it also seems to be typical fare on ME television. no imam, moderate or not, in the world and no "moderate" muslim organization will say a peep about such things as the bunny of death. it's almost like these "moderates" really don't exist.
2.26.2008 2:22pm
S.C. Ruffey (www):
The Monty Python quotes were inevitable, I suppose. I just wish I had gotten there first.
2.26.2008 2:25pm
bonhomme (mail):
Link to a fram grab of the video.
2.26.2008 2:31pm
Tom Bosworth (mail) (www):
So, where does the Archbishop of Canterbury stand on the issue of homicidal rabbits? Pro-Bunny, or pro-Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch?

Would Britain be better off with more tolerance of Bunnies of Death? Should such Bunnies hold official positions in Her Majesty's government, or should they be kept unofficial?

Should there be government subsidized warrens? When will the BBC allow Robert Fisk to produce an incisive expose of MEMRI and the Anti-Bunnyist provocateurs in the Bush Administration?
2.26.2008 2:37pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Bonhomme: Thanks, but I'm afraid clicking on the link gives me a "You don't have permission to access [filename] on this server." Please feel free to e-mail me a copy at volokh at law.ucla.edu.
2.26.2008 2:41pm
emsl (mail):
The depressing part is that the Holy Hand Grenade is not real while a hate-mongering killer bunny rabbit aimed at children is. You know, if they didn't have this for real, and someone suggested that this might appear on Islam television, there would be howls of protest at such an outrageous claim. Basically, every accomodationist (including the good Archbishop) should be tied to a chair and forced to watch these shows until they come to their senses.
2.26.2008 2:42pm
Anderson (mail):
Wow, and I thought the rabbit in Donnie Darko was creepy.
2.26.2008 2:44pm
FantasiaWHT:
2.26.2008 2:45pm
Kalahoohoo (mail):
I was came across a video called JIHAD FOR KIDS - it had gr8 clips of previous Jihadi murderous cartoon doppelgangers - worth watching if you can find a copy (and if you still have a VCR)
2.26.2008 2:45pm
Preferred Customer:
EV: Don't blame you--I actually tried to come up with something pithy to put in my post and then took the easy way out. But something like "Hamas, the Iranian/Syrian-supported Islamist faction in the Palestinian territories" might be more accurate.

Of course, if you wanted to be complete, you could also say "Hamas, the Iranian/Syrian-supported Islamist faction that has seized power in Gaza, and which routinely conducts terrorist attacks on Israeli targets," or even "Hamas,the Iranian/Syrian-supported Islamist faction that has seized power in Gaza, and which routinely conducts terrorist attacks on Israeli targets and has gained widespread support among the Palestinian people due in no small part to their funding of social programs (such as, inter alia, Al Aqsa TV) and their opposition to the rampant corruption engendered under the leadership of the secular Fattah faction, which has its own terrorist offshoots that have conducted many attacks on Israeli targets."

Or maybe just "Hamas, one of the many groups of unpleasant people currently operating in the Palestinian territories."
2.26.2008 2:46pm
Dave N (mail):
[Child host Saraa Barhoum]
How old is this child--and shouldn't we be just as creeped out about her (I am guessing) as we are about a deranged rabbit?
2.26.2008 2:50pm
ejo:
unpleasant groups containing unpleasant people-unfortunately, it speaks ill of the Palestinians as they don't seem to be able to gin up one group that might be called decent or humane. despite their international rooting section, have the palestinian people contributed one iota of good to the cause of humanity in the past 60 years?
2.26.2008 2:51pm
UC:
Can someone on here confirm the translation?

I just remember hearing about MEMRI getting in trouble for mistranslations in the past, and I'd prefer not to start sending this link around only to have someone disclaim it later.
2.26.2008 3:14pm
Cornellian (mail):
Massive inferiority complex + hair-trigger temper = not a Good Thing.
2.26.2008 3:28pm
Ex-Fed (mail) (www):
By the way, though this part is creepy, it is not nearly as creepy (or as unintentionally hilarious) as the series of clips in which Assud's predecessor Nahoul the giant bee dies, culminating in a doctor trying to revive him by pounding on his thorax. Followed, of course, by Nahoul and Assud's parents trying to convince Assud (who, despite being a giant pink Jew-eating Easter Bunny, is the brother of a giant bumblebee) that Nahoul has merely "gone for a walk."

Original here , and I commented here.
2.26.2008 3:36pm
Anderson (mail):
a giant pink Jew-eating Easter Bunny

A phrase I might never have read, were it not for the Internet and this blog. Thanks!
2.26.2008 3:52pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
UC,


I just remember hearing about MEMRI getting in trouble for mistranslations in the past, and I'd prefer not to start sending this link around only to have someone disclaim it later.


As far as I know, MEMRI's translations are and have been quite accurate. Can you provide any details as to who claimed what about putative mistranslations by MEMRI? I have seen generic claims that MEMRI is anti-Muslim/Arab/Palestinian, but nothing containing details and nothing I found at all persuasive. As far as I can tell, such claims about MEMRI are disinformation spread by people embaressed by the dissemination of accurate information.
2.26.2008 5:01pm
Arthur:
One! Two! Five!
2.26.2008 5:05pm
UC:
Bill:

Here's one source: LINK.

Of course, I'm really not capable of judging the credibility of the MEMRI criticisms, especially when it comes to issues of translation. Its likely that these people have objections to the content of MEMRI itself, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are incorrect on the mistranslation issue. And of course, you could say that the translation differences spoken about in that link aren't HUGE shifts in the content of the video.

Thats why I was hoping to avoid the issue entirely by getting someone here to verify it (after all, VC commentators are above reproach).
2.26.2008 5:21pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
UC,

Interesting. Whether it is the mouse or the child that says "I'll shoot" doesn't seem to make much difference but the other points are more disturbing. Even so, the author says that MEMRI translations ARE generally accurate, in spite of a few cases like this. Of course, always accurate would be better.
2.26.2008 6:42pm
LM (mail):
Aaaaah... what a cute bunny!

What was this post about again?
2.26.2008 7:04pm
LM (mail):
By the way, I find the whole MEMRI translation question confusing. There's nobody who at least somebody won't accuse of bias. When the question is translating between languages, is it easier or harder to find an objective referee to judge the accuracy of the translation than, say, a non-partisan truth-squad for same-language blogs?

The only comfort I take in relying more or less on MEMRI's accuracy is that, in most instances, even if they were exaggerating by 200-300%, the truth would still be disgusting.
2.26.2008 7:05pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
MEMRI and other providers of translation could reduce the problem of accuracy and accusations of bias by always providing the original along with the translation so that people who know the language can easily check it. In the case of published material, ideally that means providing the text in the original language together with the translation. In the case of something that originates as audio, that means providing the audio, a transcription, and the translation.
I don't know why they don't do this - they have to have all of these, except possibly for the transcription, so it isn't a lot of additional work, and with current disk space and network bandwidth, it shouldn't pose a capacity problem.
2.26.2008 7:28pm
richard gould-saltman (mail):
OK, guys, maybe I'm a little unclear on some concepts here. I thought that the prohibitions against depicting Muhhamad were part of a general prohibition against the depiction of human beings, etc. in images; thus the absence of potrait work in Islamic tradition generally, to prevent idolatry. Now here we have a depiction, moving and talking no less, of a fictional anthopomorphic rabbit purporting to expound on Muslim doctrine . . seems WAY worse than some of the Danish cartoons, one of which didn't purport to depict Muhhamad the Prophet at all, but skirted the proposed provocation by depicting a Danish Muslim high school kid who happened to be named Muhhamad. . . to say nothing of measuring the relative disrespect of this video and the affectionate naming of a teddy-bear by schoolchildren.

Yep, it'd be "PYTHONESQUE" IF'N THESE FOLKS WEREN'T APPARENTLY DEADLY SERIOUS....
2.26.2008 7:41pm
Wondering Willy:
Are these the same people who brought us Farfur the Mickey Mouse clone and Nihool the lame-ass bumble bee?
2.26.2008 8:15pm
ReaderY:
Bring forth the Book of Armaments!
2.26.2008 9:17pm
Harry Eagar (mail):
Speech seems to be pretty free on this show.

At least, I have a hard time imagining that if Captain Kangaroo's Bunny Rabbit read from a similar script there wouldn't be some vigorous demands to muzzle the cap'n.
2.26.2008 10:38pm
LM (mail):
Harry,

I assume you're joking, but I'm not 100% certain, so please reassure me.
2.26.2008 11:51pm
Alan K. Henderson (mail) (www):
Wikipedia says:

Saraa Barhoum is an 11-year old girl in a hijab who hosts Tomorrow's Pioneers. In an August 2007 interview, Saraa said she wanted to be a doctor, and if not that, then a martyr. Her father is a university professor.
Did someone waylay Santa to make her that outfit?
2.27.2008 10:48am
zippypinhead:
Oh, this thread needs wider distribution. Anybody have a good contact at the Drudge Report? Or better yet, the David Letterman show? Sigh...
2.27.2008 1:20pm
Judicious Overlord (mail):
I always tried to remain neutral on the Jew/Muslim divide, but the more I see, the more I'm forced into partisanship.

I've seen documentaries where children under ten are recruited as guerilla fighters, acting as lookouts, scouts, and sometimes even footsoldiers for their older peers. Now I've seen murderous bunnies planting more poison into the minds of juveniles.

We all know Israel isn't perfect--they carry out extra-judicial assassinations, for instance--but I have never seen them exploit their children in such a callous fashion.

I have also never seen a Jewish women sentenced to jail and a whipping for having been pack-raped (as happened in Saudi Arabia last year when a woman was sent to jail and whipped after being pack raped by six men, her crime was "being in the car of a unrelated male).

Unfortunately--and this is tough to admit--when faced with such an enemy, it may really be necessary to "fight fire with fire."
2.28.2008 6:31am
American in Denmark:
I live in Denmark and there was a hilarious feature in one of the free local dailies ("Urban") today where the hostess of a very popular, long-running Danish children's television program about a frog and a parrot, "Kaj og Andrea," was asked whether she thought Kaj (the frog) could be expected to retaliate in any way against this murderous bunny.

The hostess's responses were good-natured but a little softer than I would have liked. How would the world react, do you think, if a Danish frog puppet called for the death of Palestinians? Or even just the assassination of the pink bunny -- for insulting Danish values?

Can you even begin to imagine the outrage and horror? The sanctions and conferences? The clouds of sanctimony that would rise over Brussels and Turtle Bay?

Yet the same world looks at the homicidal pink bunny and shrugs as if little more could be expected.

Talk about the bigotry of low expectations...
2.28.2008 7:17am