Sesame Street

Israeli muppet Daffy and Palestinian muppet Haneen.

Israeli puppet show ban draws Muppet protest

Puppeteers from the Israeli version of Sesame Street have protested against Israel's closure of a Palestinian children's puppet festival, arguing that puppetry poses no threat to Israeli security. Ariel Doron, the voice of Elmo on the Israeli version of the popular children's television show, and Yousef Sweid, who plays an Arab Muppet on the show, created a Facebook group named Puppets4All calling on Israel to permit the festival. Two other Israeli Sesame Street puppeteers, along with some fellow Israeli actors, uploaded photos to the Facebook group holding puppets and signs protesting the closure.