In a rare mainstream media report on the trend of loveable children’s TV characters in Gaza and the West Bank exhorting children to kill and maim Jews, it seems the elusive, legendary, bloodsucking creature of Latino lore, “El Chupacabra”, has been sighted, and confirmed:
A man-sized talking rabbit appeared on television in Gaza on Friday to denounce Danish newspapers over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that offended Muslims.
The latest in a line of cartoon-inspired characters that take the message of the Hamas Islamist movement to Palestinian children, the actor in the Bugs Bunny-style outfit also railed against “Zionist filth” and Israel’s control of Jerusalem.
The Friday show “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” on Hamas’s al-Aqsa channel has become a weekend fixture for pre-teens since shortly before the Islamists seized control of the Gaza Strip last year.
A Mickey Mouse-type creation provoked outcry in Israel and was condemned elsewhere as inciting hatred among the young. The mouse, eventually shown being beaten to death by an Israeli, was followed by a talking bee and, now, by Assud the rabbit.
Aha! So the Chupacabra is an Arabic rabbit, or an Arabbit.
…Returning to the show’s favoured theme of explaining Hamas’s goal of an Islamic state in all the area now divided between Israel and the Palestinians, the rabbit told viewers they would recover Jerusalem’s holiest Muslim site and cities in Israel: “We will liberate al-Aqsa mosque from the Zionists’ filth,” said Assud, whose name means Little Lion…
Aha! So el Chupacabra is a cross between an Arabbit and a lion. Indeed, there is much scientific speculation on what kind of cross-breed the Chupacabra is — whether it’s a cross between a dog and a pig, or a rabbit and a dog, but apparently the type indigenous to the Palestinian territories is a cross between a rabbit, a lion and an Arab. Here are some varying artistic representations of chupacabras, as well as photos of some suspected chupacabras, which suck the blood of pets and livestock, much like Assud does to Jews, considered by the natives to be livestock:
At last we have solved the mystery: the terrorizing Chupacabra is Palestinian. Sorry, Puerto Rico.
While there has been much coverage of the Chupacabra phenomenon, there has been almost none about the incitement to violence of Palestinian children by fluffy cartoon characters. Hopefully, now that the Chupacabra has turned up in Palestinian Romper Room, his fame will bring some much needed attention to this little noticed phenomenon.
Back to Assud:
Though some parents are uneasy about the show’s message it has proved popular with children, not only in Hamas-controlled Gaza but also in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. One girl called Rasha said she was phoning in from Bethlehem, near Jerusalem: “Who has sabotaged the world if not the Zionist plans?” she sang down the line to the studio in Gaza. Dancing and singing along, Assud the rabbit chimed in: “They have bombarded us.”
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