The actor who dressed up as a giant bumblebee on a Hamas children’s television program and cheered Palestinian attacks on Jews was killed in the summer violence with Israel, the program announced.
“The show will go on” despite his death, the young girl host of “Pioneers of Tomorrow” said in the newest episode, which was taped in the rubble of Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV station that the Israeli military bombed in July.
The Middle East Media Research Institute posted translated excerpts from the show, which did not detail the circumstances in which the actor, identified as Muhammad Al-‘Ar’ir, was killed.
“We are now broadcasting this show from the studios of Al-Aqsa TV, which were destroyed by the enemy,” the host said. “They destroyed every stone and every tree, but they will never destroy our resolute will.”
The girl then – like Hamas supporters often do – vowed to capture Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque situated in the holy city.
“We will continue to broadcast this show from here, until we move the studio to the courtyard of the Al Aqsa Mosque. We appear before you today, after having lost our dearest beloved, who was loved by young and old alike – the famous puppet, who angered the enemy for many many years,” she said. “He is the heroic martyr Muhammad Al-‘Ar’ir, who would put a smile on the faces of children though the character of the puppet Nahoul.”
Dressed up in a giant bee costume and adopting a falsetto voice, Al-‘Ar’ir would encourage the children to follow the lead of Hamas militants and attack Jews.
“Listen, my friend, make a fist, like this,” the giant bee Nahoul suggested in an episode earlier this year. “Next time they come, punch them. Turn their faces into tomatoes.”
He also encouraged stone-throwing, once suggesting, “Rawan, I want to tell him to pick up a stone, and when the Jews come, to take it and throw it.”
“We promise you, Muhammad, that the show will go on, despite the shelling and killing of over 500 children. The show will go on whether they all like it or not,” the child host said in the episode, which was broadcast last week.
In keeping with the spirit of the show, a first-grade girl featured in the show said she wished Jews would have their eyes “gouged.”
Six-year-old Doha Sharaf of Gaza read a poem which included the lines: “Take off your shoes, for here the women perfume themselves with the fragrance of martyrs, and paint themselves with the blood of smiling martyrs.”
“May Allah take them and gouge our their eyes, Allah willing,” the girl said.
Here’s the clip, courtesy of MEMRI: