Hamas-Backed Children’s TV Show Tells Kids: Kill All Jews
American right wingers have long criticized “Sesame Street’s” Bert and Ernie for their homosexual characteristics – or for liberals’ depictions as such. For the record, any such orientation has vehemently been denied by “Sesame Street” and the Muppets’ creators. But even if the pair of buddies pushed their twin beds together while Bert humped Ernie, and Elmo appeared with a tube of lube, the visual wouldn’t hold a candle to the inappropriate children’s programming coming from Gaza.
Recently, a Hamas-backed children’s television show, “Pioneers of Tomorrow,” featured a giant bee advocating some seriously anti-Semitic behavior. As the bee advised kids to throw stones at Jews, punch them and “turn their faces into tomatoes in order to liberate Palestine,” a young girl proclaimed she wanted to be a police officer like her uncle so she could shoot all of the Jews.
Airing on the Hamas’ state-run Al Aqsa TV station, “Pioneers of Tomorrow” is hosted by Saraa Barhoum, a young girl in a hijab. Presented in a children’s educational format, similar to “Sesame Street” or “Barney and Friends,” the show primarily features Barhoum, as well as large costumed animals including Nahoul the Bee and the Mickey Mouse-reminiscent Farfour. Since its inception, the show has been criticized for its anti-Semetic, anti-American and Islamic extremism themes. In fact, Farfour, who is known for making statements such as, “You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists,” has even simulated shooting an AK-47 and throwing grenades. In 2007, the character was actually beaten to death during an interrogation by an Israeli he had called a terrorist.
Nahoul the Bee, introduced after Farfour’s “martyrdom,” has been depicted no better. In addition to his anti-Semitic comments, he has promised “revenge upon the enemies of God, the murderers of the prophets.” The episode in which he recently raised controversy must have been originally aired several years ago, since Nahoul, too, was killed off the show in 2008. Thus, the extremist propaganda aimed at young Gaza residents is nothing new, raising comparisons to the caricatures created by Nazi Germany designed to demonize Jews in the 1930s.
We’ve been monitoring Al Aqsa TV since it began,” Steven Stalinsky, executive director of the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute, told FoxNews.com. “They have multiple TV shows for children that include cartoons. Now they have the bee character, but there have been a whole series of other cuddly animal presenters who all have ended up being martyred and killed. They’ve killed them all off. The bee is just the most recent… but they don’t normally last more than a year.”
The newest controversy arose when the episode was re-aired May 2 and was uploaded May 8 by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). It comes just as the once-feuding Palestinians have joined in a deal that could eliminate any hope of eventual peace with Israel. Since Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided to work toward creating a new government with the U.S.-designation terrorist organization Hamas, calls have arisen for America to pull its financial aid to the PA-controlled West Bank.
Unfortunately, “Pioneers of Tomorrow” is not the only Middle Eastern program aimed at teaching children a culture of hate and violence.
You definitely see similar things on Al Manar TV [Hezbollah TV in Lebanon], but also in Egypt, where they are notorious for a lot of children’s TV shows espousing anti-Semitism,” Stalinsky said. “Anti-Semitism on Arab TV is everywhere in the Middle East.”