Fuzzy Palestinian bunny teaches children to hate

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

The newest character on a popular Palestinian children's show is again teaching local Arab youth to hate and pursue violence against both Israelis and Europeans.

In an episode of the television program "Tomorrow's Pioneers" aired last week, a fuzzy pink bunny named Assoud tells the young children in the audience and those watching at home that he will kill and devour anyone who repeats the mistake of Danish newspapers, which earlier this month reprinted a series of political cartoons featuring Islam's Prophet Mohammed.

Assoud's vicious response comes after the show's host, a young girl in a headscarf, asks two young callers for their response to the Danish insult. The callers, both 10-year-old girls, refer to the non-Muslim Westerners as "cowardly infidels" and vow to redeem Mohammed's honor with their blood.

Assoud's inciting remarks follow a pattern that has come to characterize the show.

Analyst Itamar Marcus, whose Palestinian Media Watch provided translation of the show, noted that "Tomorrow's Pioneers," a program with wide appeal among Palestinian Arab families, "has used its previous animal character co-hosts, the Mickey Mouse lookalike Farfur and the bee Nahul, to champion violence, promote hatred of Israel and preach about world Islamic supremacy."

To increase the effectiveness of their message, the show's producers had both Farfur and Nahul killed off by Israelis.

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