“Shara’a Simsim,” the Palestinian version of “Sesame Street.”

I was watching Generation Islam on CNN and came across this, pretty interesting.

Sesame Street with CEO Gary Knell is trying to use Muppet’s to foster a culture of understanding worldwide, beginning with children.

In the Palestinian territories, Muppet’s teach nonviolence on a local version of Sesame Street called “Shara’a Simsim.” Sesame Workshop calls this effort “Muppet diplomacy.”

“This means using our characters — characters children love and parents trust — to bridge some of the world’s most intractable divides,” Knell said. “Muppet’s give children, and the parents who watch the show with them, a chance to explore other cultures from the safety of their living room, where no one will criticize them for being curious.”

Daoud Kuttab, executive producer of “Shara’a Simsim,” knows that the Muppets are highly effective communicators. “Anything the Muppets do, anything they say, any idea they transmit, the children accept.”

Semase Street has worldwide influence, In Tanzania, Muppet’s teach malaria prevention. In Egypt, Muppet’s stress the importance of girls’ education

In the Palestinian version, “Shara’a Simsim,” direct references to the region’s political situation are not included. The Muppets like Haneen and Karim show pride in their own culture but also understanding that there are differences in the world.

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7 Responses to “Shara’a Simsim,” the Palestinian version of “Sesame Street.”

  1. hamida August 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    hated sesame street as child, you couldnt fool me with those fake puppets. That and the fact that they were too preachy for me.

    Putting my issues aside, i think its great that they discuss notions such as nonviolence,human rights and tolerance with kids better then redundant issues like "proper ways of holding scissors":s

  2. abu afak August 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Yes, Christaine… Radical Islam is the West's Fault.

    Especially Israel's.

    That's right AHMANpoor.. There was no Jihadi 'Childrens Club' Television show for a DOZEN years before Israel invaded Gaza last year!

    The cause for terror is INDOCTRINATION, (and Islamism) not humiliation.

    Further, your report unwittingly reveals the other major Islamic (and other ignorants/povgerty) problem… POPULATION::

    "The mother of 9 in Gaza"! LOL

    What do they plan to do for a living except be UNemployed.. or immigrate to a country stupid enough to take them?

  3. dane April 13, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    I find it appalling when people mix religion with hate. Did you learn that in church or temple or mosque? That's just disgusting. Secondly, why do you think some people should starve and be denied any humanity? Does your heart not bleed for people in need, regardless of their ethnic background? Did your God teach you that?

    Sesame Street has done a lot in the US to make children understand that different people aren't bad, especially when it comes to black and Hispanic Americans. I'm thankful for it, and I certainly donate my hard earned money to PBS for that and many other reasons. Please stop the hate. You are the reason Palestine needs Big Bird.

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