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Tomorrow's Pioneers
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إرهابيو الغد: دليل الأطفال المطلق المليء بالدعاية ليصبحوا إرهابيين معاديين للسامية ؛ ولا ، هذا ليس ميكي ماوس. (Tomorrow's Terrorists: The Ultimate Propaganda-Filled Children's Guide to Becoming an Antisemitic Terrorist.)
Genre: "Educational"
Propaganda
"Children's television series"
Antisemitic terrorism
Running Time: 60 minutes
Country: Palestine
Release Date: April 13, 2007 – "present" (luckily, formerly mentioned to have ended in 2009)
Created by: Hazim Al-Sha'arawi
Distributed by: Al-Aqsa TV
Starring: Saraa Barhoum
Samir Abu Muhssen
Mohammad Ramadan
Hazim Al-Sha'arawi
Seasons: Unknown (4 being found)
Episodes: Unknown (21 + some clips being found)

Tomorrow's Pioneers (رواد الغد Arabic romanization: Ruwād al-Ghad; also known as The Pioneers of Tomorrow) is a Palestinian "children's program" that has aired since April 13, 2007, on the Palestinian Hamas-affiliated television station, Al-Aqsa TV (مرئية الأقصى قناة الأقصى). The show features a young host, either a girl named Saraa Barhoum (in the earlier seasons) or an anonymous boy, and their co-host, a large, costumed character as they perform skits (or "scenes") and discuss life in Palestine in a talk show fashion with call-ins from children (typically of ages 9–13, with some as young as 3). Presented in a children's educational format similar to such shows as Sesame Street and Barney and Friends, Tomorrow's Pioneers has become highly controversial because of its antisemitic, Islamic nationalist, anti-Americanism, and other anti-Western themes and content.

Sadly, it is now clear that the show is still ongoing, despite many lots of audiences formerly mentioning the cancellation until 2009.

Plot

The show follows a standard kids' show format with either Saraa Barhoum or the current male host and a costumed character as her co-host as they discuss life in Palestine in talk-show format and perform some skits, in addition to featuring call-ins from children ranging from the ages of 4 to 12.

لماذا هو رائد الجحيم (Why It's The Pioneer of Hell)

IMPORTANT WARNING: This show is highly controversial for teaching children about terrorism and brainwashing them to hate Western culture. As we follow Western culture ourselves, we advise you to NOT add any positive pointers/qualities (redeeming qualities) to this article, especially since it was recently confirmed to be still running on air. Anyone who does so will get their edit reverted. However, on this page, we actually did use to add redeeming qualities of this show right from before (somehow), but as of now (even earlier before you actually saw this page), we don't add them anymore. Because this is due to it supporting terrorism. So, never re-add them like we did before (by mistake).

Be aware, this is Farfour. He is NOTHING like Mickey Mouse or even the Animaniacs as he can be confused with!
  1. The biggest thing to note of this absolute atrocity and pure evil that is Tomorrow's Pioneers is that it educates terrorism to children. What doesn't help is that the show is funded by Hamas, the lead political group in the Gaza Strip. The show claims to be a children's show, but because it teaches terrorism to children, it's incredibly hard to believe so. It's also very wrong in its teachings as a result of this. Don't forget that there's also even swearing, racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, Islamic supremacy & nationalism, anti-Americanism, and other anti-Western themes in this show, which makes it even harder to believe that the show is targeted toward children. We are absolutely not kidding about all of this.
    • Possibly it was specifically made to make kids join Hamas and fight with Israel because "kids are great targets for it".
  2. It portrays Americans, Israelis, Jews & other Western people, in an incredibly xenophobic and racist way (not even neutral countries like Mexico are safe from racist portrayals).
  3. Even the characters' names are incredibly generic. For example, Assoud's name (which means “Lion” in Arabic) can be terrifying at times (someone can say that it's consonant with the word "suicide" or another). No character has a proper, original name.
  4. It promotes child soldiers, terrorism, suicide bombers, and even martyrdom, which is an extremely dark topic for a kids show, and also shows how Hamas promotes the recruitment of followers, which is encouraging children to sacrifice their own lives solely for the sake of other children watching it.
  5. It seems like it was made solely as series of recruitment videos for Hamas.
  6. The show has cheap, malevolent and racist rip-off versions of well-known cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and the Animaniacs being Farfour, Maya the Bee being Nahool (although Nahool is male with Maya being female), Either Bugs Bunny or Roger Rabbit being Assoud, either Winnie the Pooh or Yogi Bear being Nassur, and possibly Foghorn Leghorn being Karkour.
    • Hypocrisy: They used "Mickey Mouse", "Bugs Bunny/Roger Rabbit", and "Yogi Bear" as the basis for their characters who are American cartoon characters, despite Palestine’s hostilities and dislike towards America and its culture.
    • However, it is possible Nahool, Assoud, Nassur and Karkour are not clear rip-offs of Maya the Bee, Bugs Bunny, Winnie the Pooh, Yogi Bear or Foghorn Leghorn and it may have been a coincidence, however, in Farfour's case, he looks exactly like Mickey Mouse, which even got the attention of Disney themselves, who went after the show for using their trademark mascot without permission, and as a way to promote terrorism. This also was likely one of the key reasons Diane Disney Miller condemned the show and its teachings.
      • Also, has said previously, Farfour even looks like the Animaniacs from the show of the same name.
  7. The five main costumed characters being Farfour, Nahoul, Assoud, Nassur (although he was a slightly more likable than the other costumed characters in the case for Nassur), and Karkour, are all unlikable, xenophobic, annoying, heartless, soulless, malevolent and very manipulative characters to children in the audience to the point where they really should be in jail or even executed.
  8. Saraa Barhoum, while not as bad as the costumed characters, is no better, as she is emotionless and egotistical and only serves to speak to the show's audience Hamas propaganda.
  9. The first episode has Farfour getting punished - not because he was rooting for the Israelis, but because he spoke English. In that particular episode, Saraa and Hazim keep saying that it is "terrorist talk" even though English is spoken in and is a partially recognized foreign language in Palestine. It shows that everyone who speaks English is an enemy of the world.
  10. The "nursery rhymes" are actually propaganda songs that praise Hamas. This is another gimmick that teaches children about terrorism.
  11. The show has repetitive plots. In every episode, they glorify terrorism in different ways. There may be full of plot holes too.
  12. The costumes used for the characters, especially for Farfour and costumed human boy look absolutely horrendous and unintentionally creepy.
  13. There are tons of infamous, inappropriate and controversial scenes in the show:
    • All costumed characters (sadly except Nassur for some reason) were killed off in a horrifyingly or shockingly at the finale of every season, and all of them are declared martyrs despite the atrocities they committed.
      • There's an infamous and horrifying scene in episode 105 (the Season 1 finale) where an actor dressed as an Israeli government official beats Farfour to death (in a "kid's show" by the way) after the latter refuses giving documents while also calling him a "terrorist". This scene can be both shocking and disturbing to both Mickey Mouse fans and little kids.
        • Even worse, Saraa showed no emotions when Farfour was being beaten to death on TV right in front of her. She even told the audience that Farfour was lost with feelings like nothing had happened.
        • After transitioning to Saraa, the sound of Farfour screaming and the man yelling at him is repeated eight times, making it very annoying.
      • Nahool dies after becoming seriously ill and the Israeli authorities refuse to allow his family to take him to an Egyptian hospital for treatment, however, he somehow returns in later episodes (albeit with a different costume, see pointers 19 for more details), which doesn't make any sense.
        • What makes matters even worse is that unlike Farfour's death, Saraa actually celebrates Nahool dying by saying he was a martyr.
      • Assoud dies in the hospital after the Israeli Air Force attacks his town during the Gaza War.
    • Apart from the death scenes and Hamas propaganda, there is a controversial scene (albeit the video was taken down) in which Nahool is seen entering a Palestinian zoo where he proceeds to swing cats by their tails and throws rocks at lions complete with a laugh track. Despite the scene being made for kids to teach them that you need to be kind to animals and not hurt them, it is still a bad influence on them and that is something Eric Cartman from South Park would do (and it's also unclear).
    • One of the darkest and most controversial scenes comes from Season 4, which features a musical re-enactment of an actual suicide bombing carried out by Reem Riyashi which killed 25 Palestinians, Riyashi was a mother of 2 or 3 children who had been recognized as a martyr by Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. The scene ends with one of her grandchildren wishing to become a Jihadist Martyr when she got older.
  14. For some reason, the costumed characters have family members that are not even of the species the costumed character is, which shows laziness from the creators of the show.
    • In the Season 1 finale (which is the episode in which Farfour dies), Farfour's grandfather (who dies of natural causes in the same episode) appears alongside Farfour, but the grandfather is a human actor, instead of a mouse-like Farfour.
    • The same thing happens in the Season 2 finale, where Assoud is informed that Nahool has died, leading to a lame plot twist where it is revealed that Assoud was Nahool's brother, which is ridiculous due to it being impossible for bee and a rabbit to be siblings in real life.
      • Additionally, in the same episode, appears Nahool and Assoud's parents when they inform the latter about the former's death, and the parents are humans instead of being bees or rabbits (same case that happened with Farfour's grandfather).
    • Another example occurs in episode 202 when Nahool takes Farfour's place as co-host of the show. However, it is revealed that Farfour was Nahool's (and Assoud's) cousin.
  15. In both Seasons 3 and 4, Assoud and Nassur have demanded that every single Jew must be killed. Which is something on the levels that Adolf Hitler would have demanded.
    • Farfour and a child calling into the show sing a song about a poem about the joy of firing an AK-47. How much could this show manipulate children if not like this?
    • In one scene, Farfour cheated at his test and in a fit of tears claims, "because the Jews destroyed his home and he left his books and notes there", which teaches children to blame Jews for everything. Heck, even Hazim and Saraa don't praise Farfour, saying that's not an excuse for failing a test.
  16. The voice acting of Farfour is laughably awful. It sounds as if a sick, elderly man took the role and tried to impersonate Mickey Mouse.
    • Nahool's voice is even worse as if the actor playing him was purposely trying to make him sound ear-piercing. But thankfully, Assoud's and Nassur's voices were a lot more tolerable to listen to.
  17. Very sadly, a whole lot of audiences thought the show was cancelled in 2009 and were happy about it due to the atrocity and insult to injury, but unfortunately, it was recently discovered by a YouTuber Nick Crowley that the show is still airing (even after the gap as of 2010-2021 today, which is still sad), albeit Saraa would not return as the host in the most recent episodes), and it still contains the same type and amount of propaganda the show was infamous for, which shows how Al-Aqsa TV refuses to listen to criticism, plus for some strange reason, Nahool and Farfour (albeit now portrayed as a dog instead of a mouse) return, despite being "died" before, and plus, there's some other costumed characters that are as unlikable as the original ones, such as a chicken named Karkour and a costume of a human boy.
  18. Even despite all the atrocities this show had, it continued to be airing proven above, which caused a word of mouth to spread.
  19. And by one character's name, Karkour. The name sounds a lot like "Parkour", which is similar pronunciation.
  20. Hazim AL-Sha'arawi, the creator of the show who played Uncle Hazim in the first season was made clear that he couldn’t take criticism as he denied that his show was teaching evil and demanded that the network not pull the showoff the air, as explained in the response letter sent by the show’s director to Diane Disney Miller when she expressed her condemnations.
  21. In conclusion, this show is nothing more but propaganda in its purest form, AND IT SHOWS.
  22. Karkour isn't any better.

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Reception

Tomorrow's Pioneers was universally panned by critics and audiences alike, even holding an impressive 1/10 on IMDb, making it the lowest-ever rated children's show on the site. Many have considered this show to be the worst children's show ever made and also one of the worst television shows ever made, even compared to other propaganda shows like Squirrel and Hedgehog. Criticisms concerning the content and methods employed in the broadcast of Tomorrow's Pioneers have come from a variety of sources. After its existence and what it was teaching were discovered, it got banned worldwide. Israeli officials and critics from the Anti-Defamation League have denounced the program as incendiary and outrageous in content. Watchdog groups, Palestinian Media Watch, and MEMRI have described the show as "anti-Israeli", and PMW has commented on the show's "championing of violence, promotion of hatred of Israel and preaching about world Islamic supremacy." Within the Arabic community, critics have suggested that the show has the potential to introduce bias in children at an age when they are unable to properly differentiate between political viewpoints. Walt Disney's last surviving child, Diane Disney-Miller (who died in 2013), hated the show saying: "What we're dealing with here is pure evil and you can't ignore that." She further commented: "It's not just [about] Mickey, it's [about] indoctrinating children like this, teaching them to be evil. The world loves children, and this is just going against the grain of humanity."

Trivia

  • In response to Diane Disney-Miller’s message about the show, she got a letter from Fathi Hamad, the director of Tomorrow's Pioneers, saying that Hazim Al-Sha'arawi denied that the show was teaching evil and demanded that the network not pull the showoff the air.
  • The makers of the show sugarcoated a story about the actor who portrayed Karkour and the second incarnation of Nahool, who was assassinated in 2014 in a "random attack", claiming that Karkour was a very popular character among children in Palestine and that he was a friendly and innocent man, however, Karkour wasn't even appearing in episodes prior to the actor's death and it was soon discovered that he was actually a high profile member of Hamas and that his assassination was not a coincidence, instead, it was targeted towards him.
  • The show seems to be still running. YouTuber Nick Crowley found clips of other, unknown seasons, including one running right now, and with the co-host being a guy in a costume of a human boy with sunglasses. It still has the same messages as the original seasons.

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