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The Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas have created vast educational, social and cultural networks aimed at children that promote and glorify violence and terror. Palestinian children are taught through educational videos, schoolbooks, TV mascots and cultural events, to see violence and the “armed conflict” as heroic and to see themselves as future fighters against Israel:
"I came here following the conference elections. I hope that there will be more conferences like the 6th Fatah Conference (August 2009). These conferences are important for us because it makes us aware of leadership and that we will be combatants and wage resistance (violence) against the Israelis."
[PA TV (Fatah), July 8, 2010] Click here to view

At a Fatah high school graduation event, under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the student graduates explained what they were taught by Fatah:
Male graduate: "In the name of the Shahids (Martyrs), in the name of the prisoners, in the name of the stone and the rifle."
Female graduate: "In the name of Fatah, the school that taught us the meaning of nationalism."
Male graduate: "In the name of Palestine: Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, and our Arab Jerusalem."
Female graduate: "In the name of Palestine: Gaza, the West Bank and the flag of national unity."
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Male graduate: "Fatah is [still] with the rifle. And our rifles are not rusty even if they have fired thousands of bullets." [Al-Filistiniya (Fatah), July 28, 2009] Click here to view
PA-Fatah summer camp for kids: AK-47 automatic weapons and youth in military uniforms dancing with rifles 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 12, 2015
Fatah-run Awdah TV program Morning of my Homeland reports on the fifth summer camp ‘Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine.’
The report begins by showing children wearing uniforms and carrying rifles performing a folk dance. The camp was eight days long and was organized by the PA National Security Forces. More than 150 children of “Martyrs” (Shahids) and prisoners participated in the camp. The camp took place in Sebastia in the Nablus district, in coordination with the Fatah youth movement ‘Institution for Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine’ (translated to English on their shirts as ‘Institution for Young Boys and Girls).
The camp’s closing ceremony in Sebastia, during which the campers also danced with rifles, was attended by Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub, Minister and Head of Bureau of Clerks Musa Abu Zaid, Secretary of Fatah’s Nablus branch, and representatives of the PA national Security Forces. The closing ceremony integrated artistic performances and a military parade by the campers during which the Nablus District Governor spoke.

The first and second images show a group of youths parading on stage, dressed in uniforms, some carrying rifles:


The third image shows Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub  sitting in the audience, and the last image shows the audience seated in front of the stage:



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PA TV encourages use of children as combatants with image of Palestinian boy holding a rifle  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 10, 2015

Image taken from Official PA TV program “Photography”:
An episode of the program showed chosen photos of Mahmoud Abu Hamdeh, a photographer from Gaza. Among the photos was one of two small children sitting on the grass. The girl is holding a bouquet of flowers and a Palestinian flag is draped around her shoulders, while the boy is wearing a keffiyeh – a traditional Palestinian headscarf - and holding a Kalashnikov rifle.
Child soldier encourages violence against Israel in Fatah Facebook ‎music video 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Apr. 25, 2015

Child singer Muhammad Al-Basyouni:‎
"See the [Al-Aqsa Martyrs’) Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) who set up ambushes
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs emerged with rifles
He wore a vest, bade farewell and returned with booty: a machine gun and a cannon
He overcame his wounds
I saw the Brigades' member when he left
A machine gun and a rifle adorned his clothes
May he stay young
The Brigades, the Brigades
The Brigades’ hawk with the keffiyeh – who else has his stature?‎
See how the follower of Yasser [Arafat] reacts when he raises his weapon
Brigades, [your] snipers vowed to hit the target with the first shot
The [Brigades'] bombing made a loud noise
The Brigades set out on a mission and waited for the signal
Tell those who were not there: We laid mines in the orchard
O my land, be strong and tremble from the Al-Aqsa rockets. Be proud
We defied the [Israeli] drone and retaliated against the [air] strike." 
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Hamas:‎ We bring our kids up “on love of Jihad and Martyrdom-death” 
Source: Facebook page of Hamas' Ministry of ‎Interior‎, Apr. 10, 2015

Posted text: "These are our lion cubs. We have brought them up on the love of Jihad and Shahada (Martyrdom-death)."
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Boy on PA TV: Goal is "to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 25, 2015

PA TV reporter: "Instilling the culture of boycotting occupation products in the hearts of children ‎and adolescents was the goal that led the [PA] Ministry of Education to place this issue at the center of ‎all school activities throughout the homeland... Through creative activities, [students] expressed ‎different views about support for national products and resistance through boycott.‎"
Boy participating in the theater contest at a school in Hebron: "I came to rehearse the play in order to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them, and ‎defeat them. The goal is to boycott Israeli products.‎"
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Fatah: Terrorist involved in attacks that killed Israelis who also murdered a Palestinian "collaborator" "is a wonderful example for the children of Palestine" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Feb. 19, 2015
     “The hero of the famous Ein Arik operation (i.e., terror attack), the heroic Martyr (Shahid) prisoner Shadi Said Al-Saaideh… Shadi is a wonderful example for the children of Palestine, its youth and heroes of Palestine. He was born from the womb of Palestinian suffering on March 8, 1981 in a diaspora refugee camp in Jordan, and returned to the Gaza Strip after the signing of the Oslo Accords… With the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., the PA terror campaign 2000-2005) he joined Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.
The famous Ein Arik operation:
On February 19, 2002, he [Al-Saaideh] drew his weapon in defense of his homeland and his nation. He went towards the Ein Arik military checkpoint, near the village of Ein Arik, west of Ramallah, together with one of his comrades in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and carried out a glorious operation (i.e., terror attack) which will continue to shine in the books of the resistance and the self-sacrificing operations (Fida'i).
Shadi, the hero of the famous Ein Arik operation – that extraordinary self-sacrificing operation which shocked the Israeli security establishment and rocked the occupation to its very foundations. For he shot at Israeli soldiers gathered at the Ein Arik military checkpoint, killing 8 soldiers and wounding others, before he and his friend succeeded in retreating.”

Click "Full article" for bio of terrorist Shadi Said Al-Saadieh

 
Fatah leader in Jenin: Youth must “continue ‎walking the path of the Martyrs” 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Feb. 12, 2015
Fatah-run Awdah TV broadcast from an event ‎held in honor of the Lion Cubs and Flowers ‎Institution (Fatah Youth Institution for Young ‎Boys and Girls) in Jenin.‎
     ‎“Fatah Secretary in Jenin Ata Abu ‎Rmeileh: ‘These activities are of utmost ‎importance. Fatah’s Jenin branch has ‎been holding them through the Lion Cubs ‎and Flowers Institution [Fatah Youth ‎Institution for Young Boys and Girls]… ‎Adherence to the Palestinian principles: ‎The right of return, the [Palestinian] state ‎and Jerusalem as the capital of the State of ‎Palestine. These [young] generations ‎must be molded according to those ‎principles, so that they will continue ‎walking the path of the Martyrs ‎‎(Shahids), foremost among whom is ‎Martyr Yasser Arafat; of those who fought ‎in South Lebanon, utterly humiliating the ‎Israelis; the RPG generals (i.e., young ‎Palestinian boys who fired RPGs at Israeli ‎tanks during the first Lebanon war in ‎‎1982); of the Institution’s girls and boys in ‎the Jenin refugee camp and all around the ‎homeland, who manufactured simple ‎Palestinian hand grenades, fought the ‎occupation and defeated this occupier. ‎This generation must keep this trust, in ‎order to realize these [Fatah’s] principles…‎ This occupation must be fought in all areas ‎of life, including [those of] education, ‎struggle, boycotting Israeli products, ‎resistance to the settlers and popular ‎resistance.”‎
Story in youth magazine presents Palestinians as “potential Martyrs, who are ready to die and turn their bodies into bombs which will explode if they so wish” 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Feb. 1, 2015
Excerpt in Zayzafuna, a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA, of the story Scheherazade and the Rich Land by Palestinian Saudi Arabian author Fatima Nazzal.

In the story, Scheherazade is a Palestinian girl who was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia.

Headline: "Scheherazade and the Rich Land”
“My friends ask me: Why does your family stay there [in Palestine]? Why don’t they come here? Why do you want to die? The Jews are criminals?? I am silent. These questions demonstrate ignorance and superficial thinking and education. They don’t know that the injured homeland is Arabic Canaanite, and that it belongs to us and we are planted in it like the olive tree (planted in the homeland) like a thorn in the throat of the occupying monster. They [the Jews] want a land without a people and are doing everything to achieve this. And we want a whole land, they should leave here and be torn out and return to where they came from, or [the land] will be their final graveyard. They [the Jews] want to deny this [Palestinian] people. They are scared of the people’s children more than of the youth and elders. They are scared of a future which holds potential Martyrs (Shahids), who are ready to die and turn their bodies into bombs which will explode if they so wish. Don’t relax, O occupier, and know that Palestine is constantly born anew, and their stalks of wheat are not empty.”
Girl on PA TV: “My toys are the stone ‎and rifle”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 28, 2014
Official PA TV program The Best Home ‎broadcast a young girl singing a song ‎entitled “I am a Palestinian child”‎:

Girl: ‎‎“I am a Palestinian child; ‎
My childhood – between stone and fire.‎
I grew up among bombs and destruction.‎
My toys are the stone and rifle.‎

My drawing is my ruined home.‎
My book is the number of Martyrs ‎‎(Shahids).‎
My school is behind the wall.‎
My colors are my country’s flag:‎
‎ ‎
Red is the blood of the Martyr.‎
Green is our renewed hope.‎
Black is mourning for Palestine
White is victory over the usurpers.‎

Ask not where my childhood is,‎
For it lies buried beneath ruins and ‎ashes.”‎

Official PA TV host: “My sweetie. These ‎words are full of meaning.”‎
Cartoon promotes rock-throwing 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2014

 
Text: “Purification before prayer is performed with stones.”

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official Palestinian daily, published a cartoon alluding to the Islamic custom of purification before prayer. In general, purification is performed with water; if there no water is available, sand is used. The cartoon shows a father handing his son a slingshot and telling him that purification before prayer is performed with stones.
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Boy at Fatah ceremony: "Pick up your rifle... Destroy, shock, burn and set fire" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 16, 2014

Fatah ceremony in Tulkarem marking the anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
A boy,  Abd Al-Rahman Mustafa, recites poem:
"Pick up your rifle, resist and terrify [them].
Break your silence, free your thoughts...
Stand firm, strengthen your heart.
Destroy, shock, burn and set fire...
Heal your wounds and forget your cares...
Your homeland is your honor; protect it with your blood...
Find your weapon next to my weapon...
Al-Aqsa [Mosque] calls: ‘Where are my men?’
Palestinian, answer its call; Yasser [Arafat’s] men will not kneel."
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Note: Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. In 1982, during the first Lebanon War, Muslim residents of the camps were massacred by Christian Phalangists. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.
Girl on Hamas TV to Jews: “May Allah blind their eyes” 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 29, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a young girl singing a song:
Young girl:
“Remove your shoes when you are in Gaza. It contains thousands of Martyrs’ (Shahids’) graves, and basil plants grow in its soil...
Remove your shoes, for here the women perfume themselves with the scent of the Martyrs and adorn themselves with the blood of the smiling Martyrs.
Remove your shoes, when you enter [Gaza], for power and greatness are in it, more than in the palaces of the leaders who do nothing to help" [...]
Al-Aqsa TV host: “And what do you say to the Jews?”
Young girl: “May Allah take them and blind their eyes, Allah willing.”

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Hamas cleric proud of 2-year-old son for pretending teddy bear is a kidnapped soldier 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 22, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast the Friday ‎sermon from the Al ‎-Shafi‘i mosque in ‎Khan Younis, delivered by Sheikh ‎Muhammad Salah Abu Rajab.‎
Sheikh Muhammad Salah Abu Rajab: “My ‎two-year-old son’s toy, his favorite toy at ‎home – like many other [children] – his ‎favorite toy is a teddy bear. Before the war ‎he used to hold it in his lap. Play with the ‎teddy bear. But today, the bear has ‎become [something else]. My son says ‎every day: ‘Where’s the soldier?’ He ‎carries it on his back, and in his other ‎hand [carries] a toy rifle, and he walks ‎around the house and wants to hide the ‎soldier. Can you [Israel] face them [these ‎children]? You can’t face them. We are ‎training an army against you, which you ‎cannot face.”‎
Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother "must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 1, 2014


Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait: "Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is: 'Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell.' (Hadith)
We are not afraid of Martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: 'Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!' (Muslim Brotherhood slogan) You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: 'And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life.' (Quran) Whereas we yearn for death and Martyrdom... Every mother - especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine - must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth."
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Fatah vows: "We will turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire!"  
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 28, 2014


Text: "The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades Palestine"
Speaker: "The enemy (i.e., Israel) must understand that the Martyr Commander Nidal Al-Amoudi left behind an army of well-trained fighters. We swear to you that we will turn the beloved [Gaza] Strip into a graveyard for your soldiers, and we will turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire. Ball of fire..."
Song: "We are going on the way. We are the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' [Brigades]
Oh usurper, don't forget it."
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," July 28 and Jan. 21, 2014
Al-Aqsa Brigades YouTube channel, Jan. 20, 2014]
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Fatah youth "set the land on fire!" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 23, 2014


Text
: "The old man's [Yasser Arafat's] Shabiba [Fatah youth movement] - set the land on fire!"
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Fatah calls on students to destroy Israelis' property, including power, water and telephone lines 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 23, 2014

     "Summary of the statement of Fatah's Shabiba [student] movement in the West Bank: [...] Boycott, confront, declare revolution! This is our land. We will either live on it in dignity, or be gathered into the bosom of its beloved earth as Martyrs...
Start by yourself, come to the aid of your people [by]
- Destroying settlers' property
- Blocking settlement roads: stones, nails, tinder, tires
- Destroying settlement power, water and telephone lines
- Breaking the occupation's security cameras and attacking military observation posts
- Destroying the [separation] wall and cutting the barbed wire fences
- Israeli products are bullets with which it [Israel] kills your people
- Chase the settlers on your land at places of contact"
Fatah official: "Whoever disavows‎ the resistance is no ‎member of Fatah" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2014
Q: “[As of now, Israel’s Operation ‎Protective Edge has claimed] over 120 ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded 900, and ‎at the official level, Fatah is still adhering ‎to the negotiations. Is that really the ‎movement’s position?”‎
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas ‎Zaki: “First of all, what is happening in ‎Gaza is a very large operation. The enemy ‎has crossed all boundaries of human ‎‎[behavior], and I don’t believe Fatah is ‎relying on negotiations with this ‎savage…”‎
Q: “What is Fatah’s official position on the ‎Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military ‎wing), who are launching rockets at the ‎Israeli settlements? There are figures ‎according to which Fatah in Gaza has ‎launched over 200 rockets.”‎
Abbas Zaki: “Our eyes are now turned ‎toward Gaza, and the unity of the factions ‎is very necessary... No one in Gaza will ‎look on from the sidelines and sit by idly. ‎Gaza is at war and is living under fire, and ‎whoever disavows‎ the resistance is no ‎member of Fatah‎...
We Palestinians have an international ‎decision regarding our right to defend ‎ourselves, even by means of armed ‎struggle, but we won’t use the [armed] ‎struggle unless it suits the situation and ‎helps and exacts a high price from the ‎enemy during the campaign. ‎
We don’t want to say we are against it.
‎Yasser Arafat went to the UN and told ‎them, ‘an olive branch in one hand and a ‎rifle in the other.’ He didn’t say ‘just a rifle;’ ‎but also the green branch... Mahmoud Abbas is ‎experienced. We don’t want words, we ‎want deeds."

For the complete interview and notes, click "full article."
Gaza schoolgirls repeat Hamas slogan: "Strike, strike Tel Aviv!" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 11, 2014


Hamas TV clip 1:‎
"The sirens herald death
‎[Hamas'] Al-Qassam [Brigades] answer by striking Sderot, Eshkol and Ashdod (Israeli ‎areas)‎
Avenging the Martyrs’ blood. There's no louder sound...‎
O beloved Al-Qassam fighter, strike, destroy Tel Aviv!‎" 

Hamas TV clip 2:‎
‎(Schoolgirls cheer fighters)‎
"O beloved Al-Qassam fighter, strike, strike Tel Aviv!‎"
‎(Children wave to fighters)‎
Text: "The people embrace the Resistance (i.e., Hamas)"‎
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This video was broadcast during the 2014 Gaza war as Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Fatah promotes riots: "My mother taught me that my stone is my weapon" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 2, 2014
Text: "My mother taught me that my stone is my weapon;
that I am Palestinian only through my struggle;
she taught me to shout that this is my land, so get out!"
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Note: On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction. Two days later, a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and murdered in Jerusalem in what may have been a revenge attack, although this has yet to be confirmed. Following this murder, Palestinians took to the streets of eastern Jerusalem in violent protests.
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