The Disney Channel last week broadcasted a Passover public service announcement that replaced a traditional phrase that Jews recite at the Passover Seder: “Next year in Jerusalem” with “Next year in the Holy Land.”
In a clip of the video that was previewed by The Algemeiner, the PSA showed young teenagers discussing the Passover holiday before saying in unison: “Next year in the Holy Land!”
Some took offense to the Jewish phrase dating back thousands of years. B’nai B’rith International tweeted a screenshot of the segment writing, “This is a deliberate negation of Jerusalem as the eternal Jewish capital. We call for the #disneychannel PSA to accurately depict this sacred Jewish custom related to our holiest city.”
Here is a shot of the @DisneyChannel #Passover PSA that replaces the traditional refrain “Next year in Jerusalem” with “Next year in the Holy Land” – a deliberate negation of #Jerusalem as the eternal Jewish capital. @DisneyChannelPR pic.twitter.com/kES0Uvbs4d
— B’nai B’rith Int’l (@BnaiBrith) April 5, 2021
The Zioness Movement labeled the replacement as “utterly outrageous,” while Todd Richman, co-chair of Democratic Majority for Israel tweeted: “@DisneyChannel for 2,000 years Jews at the Passover Seder have said ‘next year in Jerusalem!’ And now you decide to change it after a couple of thousand years? You sure about that?”
@DisneyChannel for 2,000 years Jews at the Passover Seder have said “next year in Jerusalem!” And now you decide to change it after a couple of thousand years? You sure about that? #disneychannel #Passover #Passover2021 @BnaiBrith @Israel https://t.co/hxsc40clhF
— Todd Richman (@toddrichman) March 30, 2021
Disney’s founder Walt Disney was known to be a Nazi sympathizer. Mr. Disney often attended meetings of the American Nazi party and hosted Nazi movie director Leni Riefenstahl when she arrived to promote a movie in 1938, a month following the notorious Kristallnacht pogrom.
Disney Channel did not immediately respond to Israel365’s request for comment.