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Tomorrow's Pioneers

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Tomorrow's Pioneers (Arabic: رواد الغد Ruwād al-Ghad), also known as The Pioneers of Tomorrow, is a Palestinian children's television show. The series was broadcast by the Hamas-owned television station Al-Aqsa TV from April 13, 2007 to October 16, 2009.[1]

The show had a child host Saraa Barhoum and her co-host, a large costumed animal as they perform skits (or "scenes"). They talk about life in Palestine with children (usually from age 9–13 with some as young as 3) call in.[2][3]

Tomorrow's Pioneers is highly controversial because they talk about things that could be seen as antisemitism, Islamism, anti-Americanism, and pro-martyrdom.[4] The show had four seasons, with each season having a new animal costume co-host. The first three animal co-hosts died from either being beaten to death by an Israeli, dying of an illness or killed in an Israeli bombing.[5][6][7]

New episodes would usually be released on Fridays.[8]

The four costumed animal co-hosts were Farfour the Mouse, Nahoul the Bee, Assoud the Bunny and Nassur the Bear.[9]

The daughter of Walt Disney warned the show about its first animal co-host, Farfour, was a Mickey Mouse costume, and the studio because it was used without Disney's permission.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. Shubert, Atika. "Hamas kids TV show with militant mouse to air Friday", CNN.com, 2007-05-15
  2. Edwards, David and Keshawi, Azmi. Jihad TV for kids[permanent dead link]. Daily Mirror. 24 September 2007.
  3. Ramadan, Mohammed. ممثل يؤدي شخصية فرفور صوتيا فى برنامج رواد الغد الذي يعرض على فضائية الاقصى التابعة لحماس Archived 2009-06-02 at the Wayback Machine. IslamOnline. Retrieved 20 November 2008.
  4. In Gaza, Hamas's Insults to Jews Complicate Peace New York Times, April 1, 2008
  5. "Hamas TV show kills militant mouse character". CNN. June 30, 2007.
  6. Hamas TV Bunny makes deathbed call for Palestine 'liberation,' By TORI CHEIFETZ, Jerusalem Post, Feb 6, 2009 [1]
  7. Teaching tots terror: Hamas TV promotes culture of death for Palestinian children Tuesday, February 3rd 2009 http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2009/02/03/2009-02-03_teaching_tots_terror_hamas_tv_promotes_c.html[permanent dead link]
  8. برنامج عبر الأثير: أفنان وأغصان Archived 2008-08-20 at the Wayback Machine. Al-Aqsa Voice. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  9. New Al-Aqsa TV Teddy Bear Nassur Vows to Join Military Wing of Hamas . MEMRITV.org. 13 February 2009.
  10. "Disney condemns Hamas Mickey Mouse" Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, ITN.com, 2007-05-09