PA-based NGO supported by UN branches puts on a puppet show, tells
kids to see Jews as “enemies” who kill Arab youth.
A Palestinian Authority-based NGO, the Burj Luq-Luq Social Center
Society organization, recently performed a puppet show for children
in east Jerusalem to promote non-smoking.
The educational message delivered by the puppets, however, instructed
children to replace cigarettes with machine guns. A video of the
puppet show was uploaded to the NGO’s website. It was accessed by the
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) research organization, which monitors
and translates the PA-based media. The organization translated the
video and presented it on its website.
In addition to teaching children not to smoke, the puppet show
glorified death and violence and educated children to see Jews
as “enemies” who kill the Arab youth of Jerusalem.
One of the puppets in the show said, “I wanted to stand before the
audience and sing to Jerusalem, which is being kept from us.
Jerusalem, whose youth are being killed by the Jews, to sing and to
Jerusalem, we are coming, Jerusalem, the time of death has arrived.
Jerusalem, we will not surrender to the enemies or be humiliated.”
A second puppet responded, “What am I doing to myself [by smoking]?
I, and many other youth like me, think that through cigarettes we
will be adults and men. Jerusalem doesn´t need youth who hold
It needs men who hold machine guns, not cigarettes.”
PMW also noted that according to the Burj Luq-Luq Social Center
Society’s website, it is or has been supported by various branches of
the UN, including UNICEF and UNESCO, in addition to international
“... the French consulate, the Swiss Development Agency, the Youth
Development Department, which belongs to the Association of Arab
Studies the ´Orient House,´ the Italian Institutions Union, the
Faisal Husseini Institute... UNFPA” and Arab countries, as well as
the PA Ministry of Youth and Sports.
PMW has documented in the past how UN and international donor money
has been used to support PA institutions or organizations that incite
hatred and promote violence against Jews and Israel. Among other
examples, PMW documented that UNESCO supported a PA-based magazine
for youth that glorified Hitler because he killed Jews.