Israelis, Palestinians to Import `sesame’

Bert and Ernie have a special message of peace to bring to Israeli and Palestinian children.

As a result of a meeting last week in Israel initiated by the American Children’s Television Workshop, some 65 shows of the children’s television program “Sesame Street” will be shown to Israeli and Palestinian kids.

The segments will stress promoting tolerance and breaking down stereotypes.

Israel Educational Television and a Palestinian production company will participate in the venture.

Ahuva Fainmesser, Israel Television director general, said the series would air in 1997.

The budget for the project is $4 million, some of which will come from the Israeli Ministry of Education, private foundations, and government sources in the United States and other countries.

The Palestinians expressed their desire to support the project. The president of the Children’s Television Workshop, Jerry Lasser, said this project is one of the most unique in the 27 years that his company has existed.

In a letter, President Clinton said he welcomed the show, calling education one of the most useful means of transmitting messages of cooperation.

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