An Islamic TV station using a Bugs Bunny lookalike to preach hatred to children has been slammed by religious leaders in the UK who fear it could brainwash vulnerable British children.
Assud the rabbit, who vows to 'kill and eat Jews' and glorifies the maiming of 'infidels' appears on Palestinian children's show, Tomorrow's Pioneers.
The rabbit is a number of characters who is punished by viewer's vote when he breaches Sharia law.
In one episode, Assud admits stealing money and is seen begging for mercy after young viewers and parents phone in demanding his hands are cut off as punishment.
Assud the rabbit is threatened with punishment for stealing on Palestinian children's show Tomorrow's Pioneers
At that point the 11-year-old presenter intervenes - and rules that the bunny should only have his ears severed because he has repented.
The rabbit is played by an actor in fancy dress and is one of the main characters on the show broadcast in Gaza by the al-Aqsa channel - known as Hamas TV.
Religious leaders across the UK have today spoken out against the controversial show which can be viewed via satellite.
The programme is also easily viewed on internet sites such as YouTube, sparking fears that British children could be subjected to the radical Islamic message.
The Association of Muslim Schools, which represents the UK's 143 Muslim schools, said it was opposed to any shows that incite violence.
Spokesman Dr Mohamed Mukadam said: 'It goes without saying that any programme which promotes the killing or injuring of human beings is wrong.
Assud encourages children to 'eat and kill Jews' and preaches hatred
'Regardless of religion, shows that incite or inspire others to inflict violence of any kind should be condemned.
'Such shows are against the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, and we would urge people of all ages not to watch them.'
Set up as a regional station prior to the Palestinian elections in January 2006, al-Aqsa TV now airs on a satellite slot.
It broadcasts what many call a mixture of news of Islamic propaganda, but has picked up a substantial following across the Arabic-speaking world.
Tomorrow's Pioneers was first aired in April 2007, and features young host Saraa Barhoum and her co-host, a large costumed animal.
The show originally featured a Mickey Mouse-style character called Farfur who urged children to fight against the Jewish community and form a world Islamic state.
Farfur was later replaced by a bumble bee called Nahoul, who told viewers to 'follow the path of Islam, of martyrdom and of the Mujahideen'.He was 'martyred' earlier this year and replaced by Assud, who tells children in his first episode: 'I, Assud, will get rid of the jews, Allah willing, and I will eat them up.'
UK religious leaders fear young British children could be subjected to the rabbit's hate teachings
In a discussion with 11-year-old host Saraa Barhoum, the young viewers are referred to as 'soldiers'.
Assud asks Saraa: 'We are all martyrdom-seekers, are we not?'.
To which she replies: 'Yes, we are all ready to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of our homeland.'
The phone-in show accepts calls from children as young as nine on topics about life in Palestine.
During one show broadcast in February, Assud vows to kill and eat all Danish people over the cartoon images of the Prophet Muhammad which appeared in a newspaper.
He also pledges to assassinate the illustrator and Saraa also agrees that she would martyr herself for the cause of Palestine.
Saraa, who has seven brothers and sisters, was invited to host the show after entering a singing competition.
But speaking last year, she defended the programme - and insisted it was not responsible for spreading extremism.
She said: 'We are not terrorists. We do not support terrorism. We are normal people, but we are defending our homeland.
'The Israelis hit next door to my house with a shell. I was wounded on my feet and my little brother Youssef was wounded in the legs.
'We, as Muslims, are against suicide bombers. We are against the death of civilians on all sides. We are only the enemy of those who took our land and kill us every day.'
The show is regularly translated and posted online by The Middle East Media Research Institute, an independent media monitoring group based in the United States.
Al-Aqsa was today was unavailable for comment.