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Makram is an Arab student who appeared on Rechov Sumsum in 1985. While the series had previously featured an Arab student as a minor character, Makram was prominently featured, and used to stress the common ground between Arabs and Jews.

In one such skit, Makram encounters a neighborhood girl singing a Hebrew song, "It's a Very Small World." Makram points out that the exact same song is equally popular in Arabic. "The two get the children in the neighborhood together - who were recruited for the segment from local Jewish and Arab schools - and sing the song as a group, alternately in Arabic and Hebrew."[1]

Sources

  1. Friedman, Thomas L. "U.S. May See Israeli Sesame Street." The New York Times. February 26, 1985

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