Advertisement

Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter

And a Muppet Shall Lead Them

Politicians? Diplomats? World leaders? Does anyone know what to do with the Middle East conflict? It seems to be the consensus that children in the region learn from their parents and the society that surrounds them–and those messages are hard to combat.

Unless you’re made of felt.

After more than a decade of having been off the air in Israel, Rehov Sumsum (Sesame Street) is now back, with 15 new episodes, a new Arab-Israeli muppet, and an aim at teaching coexistence.

Producers tailored the Middle Eastern casts and story lines to the fit the audiences. “Rehov Sumsum,” the Israeli version of the show, for the first time includes a muppet of Arab origin. Its Palestinian counterpart, “Shara’a Simsim,” seeks to offer positive role models to boys in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “It’s really about respect and tolerance,” said Gary Knell, president of Sesame Workshop, the New York-based nonprofit group behind Sesame Street programming worldwide.

Advertisement

“[The show] opens up a new way to deal with issues of conflict, just teaching children how to live together, how to work together with each other despite their differences,” Education Minister Yuli Tamir said at a ceremony in a Jerusalem kindergarten on Sunday. The ceremony followed more than a week of meetings Knell had with top political figures in the region to seek funding and support for local Sesame Street productions.

Much of what children experience is environmental. So even if the television messages are positive and in favor of peace, without parental reinforcement the retention of peaceful messages is unfortunately an uphill battle. One can only hope that the muppet denizens of the Rehov and the Shara’a will help bridge a chasm of conflict.

  • http://HASH(0xfe03e80) Betty Mc

    Great idea! Now if we could just find a Sesame Street lesson adults would listen to!

  • http://HASH(0xfdecb98) Kimber

    Isn’t there a lot to learn from children? Hope for peace is a great place to start! And in the middle east, it is the ONLY place to start. HOORAY for Sesame Street (Rehov Sumsum)! Although I’m sure it will be met with some opposition; kudo’s to them for moving forward with the effort anyway.

  • http://HASH(0xfdecd6c) Miriam Epstein

    As a longtime fan of Sesame Street and its Israeli counterpart, Rehov Sumsum, mazel tov! I can think of no better venue to reach the next generation than Ernie, Bert, and the rest of the Muppet gang. Adding an Arab-Israeli character to the cast is just the lastest good idea to come out of PBS and the Children’s Television Workshop. Cooperation, tolerance, and celebration of differences are what make Sesame Street and Rehov Sumsum so vitally important to today’s children and their parents.

  • http://HASH(0xfe069f8) Anonymous Also

    Hope they have Grover on this version. I like Grover. :-)

Previous Posts

How One Basketball Player is Dreaming Again
Isaiah Austin was a Baylor basketball standout  who was primed for the 2014 NBA Draft, until he was sidelined with a rare disease. His book Dream Again shares his story of faith and his courage to dream again. What does it mean to you to ...

posted 3:39:12pm Jul. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Phil Vischer and Creative Trust Partner for New Series
"Galaxy Buck" is the first narrative video series that Phil Vischer has launched within a decade. The Galaxy Buck space trilogy series will feature the popular characters from Vischer's bestselling series Buck Denver Asks...What's in the ...

posted 2:05:00pm Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

The New ‘Peanuts’ Trailer Is Here, And We Just Can’t Get Enough
[youtube]https://youtu.be/El7chqzwKlo[/youtube] Charlie Brown and the gang have a whole new look in the first-full length trailer for the “The Peanuts Movie”, and it’s absolutely fantastic. We promise, you’ve never seen them quite like ...

posted 5:28:01pm Jun. 17, 2015 | read full post »

‘I'm Tired of Watching America be Led by Lunatics’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j_JmeYUsZM Conservative talk show host Kevin Jackson was signed to a national syndication deal by USA Radio Networks and will launch July 20th on USA Radio Networks XDS Channel 3. The Kevin Jackson Show will ...

posted 9:41:20am Jun. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman Will Produce 'The Story of God'
National Geographic Channel and Executive Producers Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger of Revelations Entertainment announced today The Story of God, a new global series exploring mankind’s quest to understand the divine. Host ...

posted 9:17:12am Jun. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.