An Israeli children’s TV host apologised following a clip he recorded in which he humiliates Palestinian Bedouin children, treating them like animals by repeatedly asking his children, “Who wants to feed a Bedouin?”.
The video spread on music app TikTok sparking outrage within the Palestinian society.
It shows Ro’i Oz, popularly known as Roy Boy, stopping his car besides two Palestinian Bedouin children in the Negev desert inside the Green Line. He waves a cookie at two Palestinian Bedouin children while asking his son: “Ariel, do you want to feed a Bedouin?”
“Let’s feed a Bedouin. Don’t you want to feed a Bedouin?” he repeatedly says to his children who are sitting on the backseat of the vehicle, then proceeds to throw a biscuit at the two children while continuing to taunt them, his wife also joins and chucks a tiny piece at the Palestinians.
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
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/SSnbjeHHd0
— VPalestine (@VPalestineT) July 12, 2020
According to the Hebrew newspaper Maariv, Ro’i Oz, who has made numerous children’s television shows and films, mostly focused on nature, took to Facebook on Saturday night
to apologise for filming the video, which he said dates back five years, during a family trip with his children and wife.
“I would like to express my deep regret for the comments [in the video]. They were wrong. I do not educate my children in such a manner and no child should be educated in such a manner,” he said.
“My way is one of love for my fellow man and I will continue on that path. I am sorry from the bottom of my heart and ask forgiveness from anyone who was hurt.”
Atia Al-Asem, head of the Regional Council of Palestinian Villages in the Negev, criticised the shocking footage, adding that the Bedouin children were being treated like “monkeys”.
Ahmad Tibi, deputy in the Israeli Knesset’s Joint List, called Oz’s behavior “The lowest of human behaviour, racist and despicable brutishness.”
In addition, the Junior Channel said Sunday it would halt filming of the next season of “Roy Boy” as a result of the video, reported the Times of Israel.
“Behavior of this type is completely unacceptable to the channel,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement.
While acknowledging Oz’s apology, the statement said he would meet with the network’s management in the coming days to discuss “the future of cooperation” between them.