Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* What's the Message? Officials at Al Aqsa TV and Mohammed Ramadan, the pupeteer who portrays Nahool the Bee (and portrayed Nahool's predecessor, the "martyred" Mickey Mouse look-a-like Farfur) told staff writer Dan Murphy that the point of the character's often naughty antics is to teach children what not to do (see story). Nahool fails to look twice before crossing the street; Nahool almost gets run over; Nahool is admonished and learns.

But in a recent episode designed to teach children not to be cruel to animals, Nahool spends about two minutes being just that and is only criticized for his "horrible" behavior in the last 30 seconds of the segment. "It makes me wonder if Hamas has all the kinks worked out of its strategy for childhood outreach,'" says Dan. "I mean, they didn't even send Nahool to his room."

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