Sabras battle it out in court

February 1, 2012 - 10:12 AM by

Kishkashta and Shpitzik - separated at birth?

We all know that the nickname for Israelis is sabra. Now, I’m not saying that our natives are really prickly, argumentative and volatile, but it appears that in our country, even cartoon cacti can’t get along.

On one side we have Kishkashta, the thorny singing star of Israeli Educational TV’s children’s broadcasts for over 30 years. And on the other side is Shpitzkik, the spiky sabra mascot designed for the Israel Olympic Committee and the team of athletes headed to the Olympics this year.

IET has filed a motion with the Tel Aviv District Court to prevent the IOC from using Shpitzik because they say the two mutant sabras are too similar in appearance.

This case is actually being covered, and while not as urgent as the continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, it is causing nail biting and nervousness among cartoon plant life around the country.

According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, Kishkashta made his first TV appearances in the 1970s, as part of the children’s show Ma Pit’om! (“What on Earth!”), and became known for his deep, somewhat lugubrious voice and signature song “They call me Kishkashta.”

In December, the IOC chose Shpitzik, a jaunty cactus clad in Israel’s official Olympic strip, as the mascot that will accompany the Israeli delegation to the London 2012 Olympic Games later this year.

The case is in court now, and our wise judicial sages will undoubtedly and down a just ruling. Sabras everywhere are bristling waiting for the answer. But in my mind, you can’t beat Kishkashta’s talent.

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3 Comments on Sabras battle it out in court

  1. Rachel on Wed, Feb 8th 2012 12:50 PM
  2. A huge waste of tax funds on the part of not one but two public bodies, points out Adv. Yuval Caniel in Megafon News – – although he errs in comparing Kishkashta to Kermit the Frog. I believe that both Kishkashta and his dopey doppelganger Shpitzik owe a huge debt to the works of Carlos Castaneda, the only person ever to hold intelligent conversations with cacti.

    [...] of being closed down, the lack of imagination that led them to sue the Israel Olympic Committee for misappropriation of IETV’s Kishkashta character instead of turning it into a win-win by granting the rights and bringing the beloved comic cactus [...]

    [...] the always controversial Kishkashta, whose doppelganger almost made it to the 2012 Olympics as the Israeli team [...]

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