Occupied Negev (QNN)- A video footage trended on social media, showing an Israeli well-known children’s TV. show host with his family driving in the Negev desert and feeding two Bedouin children as if they were zoo animals.
The TV. shows star, Roy OZ (known as Roy Boy), opens the windows holding a cookie. He waves the cookie to two Palestinian Bedioun children while talking to his son: “Ariel, do you want to feed a Bedioun?”, he says.
— Quds News Network (@Qudsn_en) July 11, 2020
“Let’s feed a Bedouin. Don’t you want to feed a Bedouin?” he repeatedly says to his children in the backseat.
The video provoked outrage among human rights activists and criticism against the institutional racism and dehumanization of native Palestinians by ‘Israel’ and Zionism.
The irony is that Roy Oz has made numerous children’s television shows and films, mostly focused on nature and animals.
Oz said in a Facebook post that the video was taken some five years ago during a family trip. It wasn’t clear how the video surfaced but now that it stirred controversy, Oz apologized for it.
Atia al-Asem, head of the Regional Council of Palestinian Villages in the Negev, lamented the shocking video, adding that the Bedouin children were being treated like “monkeys.”
MK Ahmad Tibi called Oz’s behavior “The lowest of human behavior, racist and despicable brutishness.”
An Israeli family films itself "feeding" two Bedouin children as if they were animals in a zoo. The dehumanization of Palestinians by Israeli Jewish society is so much more totalizing than anyone here wants to admit or imagine. This is the face of the Jewish state in 2020. pic.twitter.com/PRVayf5QtQ
— Edo Konrad (@edokonrad) July 11, 2020
This is so hurtful, so demeaning–racism laid bare without any critical distance. Stop it, just stop it! Those innocent children are being publicly abused. https://t.co/ti36vImftK
— Hanan Ashrawi (@DrHananAshrawi) July 11, 2020
“They steal your bread, then give you a crumb of it… Then they demand you to thank them for their generosity…
O their audacity!”
— Ghassan Kanafani https://t.co/HfOJMNTQfW
— #كلا_للإعدام (@lebvant) July 11, 2020
It’s beyond grotesque to hear an Israeli dad ask his family, “Who wants to feed a Bedouin?” And it cannot be separated from systemic racism and systematic neglect by the state – from voter suppression to withholding of essential services and repeated home demolitions https://t.co/5CWamzlDg6
— Natasha Roth-Rowland (@NatashaRoth01) July 11, 2020
The Occupiers and the Occupied People. https://t.co/naqWJR10dl
— Jim Clancy (@ClancyReports) July 11, 2020
Bedouin families are often used in anti Palestinian propaganda depicting them as “good Arabs” who host birthright visitors and sign up for the IDF voluntarily.
Yet their homes are still bulldozed including one town in the Negev that was flattened 176 times since 2010. https://t.co/v9hwlLcTAL
— rafael shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) July 11, 2020