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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."
...
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
Cartoon calls for return to armed struggle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Mar. 11, 2014
Cartoon shows a small boy pulling the hand of a man who is carrying a rifle, dressed in a military uniform and wearing a traditional Palestinian headscarf. The child says to the armed man:
"We have missed you,
come back."
Fatah youth: We adhere to “all options” of struggle 
Source: Official website of Fatah's Mobilization and Organization Commission, fatehorg.ps, Mar. 10, 2014
     “Fatah’s Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a press release in response to the declarations made by the extreme right-wing Prime Minister of the occupation, Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that President Mahmoud Abbas [publicly] declare his recognition of Israel as a Jewish state at Birzeit University…
Fatah’s Shabiba said that any solution failing to realize the aspirations of our people – a free and independent homeland without the occupation and its herds of settlers; the right of return for refugees according to the decisions of the international institutions and [UN] resolution 194; freedom for our prisoners and the right of our people to full sovereignty over its land and natural resources –would be completely unacceptable. It [Fatah’s Shabiba] called on the international community to take concrete and effective steps to strengthen and implement the decisions regarding the boycott of the occupation and the imposition of sanctions on it. In addition, it emphasized that [our people] should draw inspiration from the experience of South Africa in this area…
Fatah’s Shabiba concluded its message by underscoring its intention to continue the popular resistance in all arenas and its preparedness for all options. It [the movement] called the third generation of Palestinians, after the generation of the grandfathers and fathers, the generation of adherence to principles and resistance.”

For a longer version of the item and for a description of UN resolution 194, click "full article."
Schoolgirls sing slogan about massacre of Jews 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 6, 2014
Official PA TV program In a Fighter’s Home showed images of a procession of schoolgirls on their way to Mutaz Washaha’s mourning tent. The girls are shown chanting loudly, “[Remember] Khaibar, Khaibar, oh Jews! The army of Muhammad will return!”
During the program, Washaha was repeatedly referred to as a “hero.”

Note: Mutaz Washaha was a member of the military wing of the National Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He was released after serving time in an Israeli prison for carrying out shooting attacks. He was killed on Feb. 27, 2014 by an Israel security force that had been sent to arrest him on suspicions of terrorist activity. After Washaha had barricaded himself in a building and refused to give himself up, the forces fired a missile at the building, stormed it, and found Washaha’s body.
Khaibar is the name of the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad's army in 628. Many Jews were killed in the battle, which marked the end of the Jewish presence in Arabia. There are Muslims who see this event as a precursor to future wars against Jews. At extremist gatherings and rallies, this slogan is often chanted as a threat to Jews, implying that they should expect to be defeated and massacred again by Muslims.
PA minister: “We teach our children what sacrifice for Palestine is” 
Source: Al-Fajer TV (local independent Palestinian station), Feb. 24, 2014
The funeral of terrorist Muayyad Salah Al-Din was broadcast by Al-Fajer TV and posted on YouTube on Feb. 24, 2014.
District Governor of Jerusalem and PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini: “We meet today in Hizma, in the area of Jerusalem, to welcome a Martyr (Shahid) who is dear to us and to our hearts. He has returned to his proper place, after giving Palestine all he had.
He is a true reminder for us of [all] the Martyrs and he reminds us of this long path of sacrifice, of the self-sacrificing fighters.
Each day we teach our children what sacrifice for Palestine is. This is the Palestinian people; this is this people’s culture – we always welcome [Martyrs] and part [from them.] We say to the whole world that a nation that lives on the Martyrs and generously sacrifices Martyrs will not lose its direction. It will always be free and proud. It will protect its holy sites and protect its land, every inch of it. It will not abandon , Allah willing. We will always follow the Martyrs’ path.”

Note: Muayyad Salah Al-Din - a suicide bomber who detonated himself on Nov. 8, 2001 in an Arab village in the West Bank while Israeli security forces were attempting to apprehend him. Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in the attack.
Secretary-General of Fatah youth movement: "It’s our right... to resist in all forms and ways" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2014
PA TV program Palestine This Morning episode about the 49th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution. The program hosted the Secretary-General of Fatah’s Shabiba youth movement, Hassan Faraj.
PA TV host: “Peaceful popular resistance, standing firm on the land –these are the headlines of the time, if one may say so – because there aren’t many options.”
Secretary-General of Fatah’s Shabiba youth movement Hassan Faraj: “We disagree with the leadership somewhat on the issue of peaceful popular resistance. It’s our right, the [right of the] Palestinian people under occupation, to resist in all forms and ways. Perhaps, non-peaceful popular resistance is suitable for this stage. All our resistance is peaceful and in the end, we’re protecting ourselves. All international laws guarantee our [right] to resist with all means and ways. A small boy holding a stone who expresses his anger - this isn’t called violent popular resistance.”
Fatah Facebook promotes “armed struggle” with picture of child holding rifle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Dec. 28, 2013
Writing on photo and text: “The National Liberation Movement, Fatah, the torch of the armed struggle”
Fatah's official Facebook page promotes violence for children 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 24, 2013
Text: "Today's lion cubs (i.e., name for boys belonging to Fatah's youth organization) are the leaders of the future."
Palestinian youth view terrorist bomb-maker as role model  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 9, 2013
PA TV host: "What do you know about Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, you study in a school named after her?"
Girl 1: "I know she is a Martyr and that she had an important role. She fought. The school is named after her to commemorate her and memorialize her and encourage people to be like her."
Girl 2: "Shadia Abu Ghazaleh is a model of the patriotic woman who stood with the men against Zion..."
Girl 3: "We're happy that our school is named after a very well-known Martyr, who played a role and who did something great in the homeland. Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was a prominent fighter. She was one of the Palestinian people's first fighters."
Girl 4: "She was a model of the wonderful female Palestinian fighter. We follow her path in this school."
Sign on school wall: "The Palestinian National Authority, The Ministry of Education and Higher Education, The Northern Gaza Education Administration, The Shadia Abu Ghazaleh High School for Girls"
Mural and biography of Al-Ghazaleh on school wall: [Excerpt:] "Shadia Abu Ghazaleh... participated in the operation (i.e., terror attack) that blew up a bus. She was at home preparing a bomb in order to detonate it in an Israeli building in Tel Aviv but it exploded in her hands and she died a Martyr."
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Note: For descriptions of the terrorists, click "full article" below.
Hamas promotes class for high school students teaching military-type training 
Source: Al-Jadeed TV-Lebanon, Nov. 24, 2013
Al-Jadeed TV narrator: “The Abu Dhar Al-Ghifari High School bell rings for the valor class. Valor class is the name given by the [Hamas] Ministry of Education for this new subject of study that was added to high school activities. The program includes physical training and learning methods of self-defense, methods of civil defense and semi-military skills.”
Abu Dhar Al-Ghifari High School principal, Khaled Hashish: “This is physical training that is akin to military training but has nothing to do with the army. Our schools are not associated with the army even if this training exists, [training] which teaches the youth to be strong, noble of spirit, work hard and be active.”
Al-Jadeed TV narrator: “The Ministry of Education of the Hamas Movement says this program started during President Yasser Arafat’s time but was not implemented due to Israeli opposition. This is the second year of the implementation of the program that started out as an elective [class] and became mandatory.”
Al-Jadeed TV reporter or narrator: “The valor class program, which has become a daily activity for all students in boys’ high schools, is carried out with coordination between the [Hamas] Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Interior. According to them, its purpose is to vent the negative energy that builds up in these youth because of the violence that surrounds them... Those in charge of the program deny they are attempting to turn the schools into military [schools] as circulated by Western and Israeli media. The matter is much simpler and the weapons with which the students train is merely made of wood.”

Posted on YouTube Nov. 24, 2013
Senior PA leader Rajoub posts picture of himself with child holding rifle 
Source: Jibril Rajoub's official Facebook page, Nov. 11, 2013
Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub posted this picture on his official Facebook page.
Song educating children to carry weapons performed at PA ceremony honoring released terrorists 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
During the event, a singer sang songs praising the prisoners, including “Mother, marry me off,” which promotes educating children to carry weapons, while the audience danced and lifted the released prisoners up on their shoulders:

Lyrics of “Mother, marry me off:
"My country is Arab, filled with freedom,
Oh mother, marry me off to a Palestinian girl.
Mother, a daughter of the land, with a happy nature,
who will raise my children on carrying the rifle."

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored.
PA youth magazine calls terrorists “legitimate” and rejects coexistence with Israel 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Nov. 1, 2013
Op-ed by Muhammad Jaradat, reviewing the Israeli film “Lemon Tree”:
     “After watching Israeli director Eran Riklis’ Israeli film ‘Lemon Tree’, I tried to identify the picture depicted by the movie’s director and its heroes. I came to the conclusion that this is Israeli cinema’s new way of portraying the nature of the conflict that has been raging for more than 65 years. [In this portrayal] the image of an ideal Jew [appears], peace-loving and merciful, who loves everyone, especially his Palestinian neighbors – as long as those neighbors don’t start a fight with him – as if the Palestinians are the reason for everything that has happened since 1948 and that is still happening; as if the Palestinians are the ones who attacked Jews, set fire to their cities and villages and carried out ethnic cleansing in them, and not the Hagana, Stern and Palmach gangs (i.e., Jewish pre-state armed defense units)!
Despite all this, the Israeli director does identify with the peaceful Palestinian who does not harm the State of Israel, but whose rights are still violated and whose land is stolen under the pretext of [providing] security and protection to Israeli citizens…
The [Israeli-Palestinian] problem, as the Israeli Left presents it, stems from the terrorists – the legitimate Palestinian resistance – whose presence will prevent an Arab-Israeli bond and peaceful coexistence. As if the problem did not stem fundamentally from the existence of an ‘Israeli’ entity, which has no legitimacy or right to exist on Palestinian land, and which is the reason for all this destruction and the root of the problems.”

Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children partially funded by the PA. The magazine includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers.
Fatah official: “We will pass [this conflict] on to our children and our children’s children”  
Source: Al-Manar TV, Sept. 14, 2013
Member of Fatah Central Committee Tawfiq Tirawi was interviewed by Al-Manar TV (Hezbollah).
Tawfiq Tirawi: “Our conflict with this occupation is a conflict that has continued since 1917, since the Balfour promise (i.e., Balfour Declaration). I’m telling you, and trust me, it’s been passed from generation to generation. We are a generation that received it [the conflict] from the Martyrs (Shahids), from Yasser Arafat, from Abu Iyad, from Abu Jihad, from Abu Sabri and others, the Martyrs. We will pass it on to our children and our children’s children, until Palestine is liberated. Dear brother, what is important is for there to be a conscious Palestinian will, able to struggle for another 100 years in order to free this land. There will be no circumstances in which will we allow Palestine to remain occupied. This is our land and our country.”

Note: The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - A founder of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats (March 1, 1973), as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972). Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) - Abu Jihad was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children. Abu Sabri Saidam - Deputy Commander of Operations for Fatah’s Al-Asifa military unit.
UNRWA schoolchildren taught that Jihad is the way to redeem Palestine 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 27, 2013
PA TV program Concerns of The Refugee Camps episode about the Siblin college in Lebanon.
Lecturer at the Siblin college: “When we were small, in the UNRWA schools in the refugee camps, we would gather every day for an assembly.
A boy with a loud voice would get up and call to us: ‘Boys.’
We would say to him: ‘At your command.’
- ‘Boys.’
‘- At your command.’
- ‘Boys.’
‘- At your command.’
And he would begin and say: ‘Palestine’
We would say: ‘Our homeland.’
[He would say:] ’The return’
- ‘Our goal.’
- ‘Jihad’
- ‘Our way.’
- ‘Knowledge’
- ‘Our light.’
- ‘Faith’
- ‘Our weapon.’
- ‘Sacrifice’
- ‘Our duty.’
If we were facing north we would turn towards Palestine, raise our hands and swear: ‘Palestine, we will never forget you and make do with any other homeland but you. We testify before Allah and history that we will easily give our lives to redeem you.’”

Fatah named class for "young boys and girls" after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2013
Headline: "Graduation in Qalqilya for the class named after Martyr (Shahid) Dalal Mughrabi of the Lion Cubs and Flowers [in Fatah's Youth Institution] for Young Boys and Girls"
     "The Fatah Movement's Qalqilya branch, the regional branches named after Martyrs Yassin Yassin and Hussam Salim and the regional sub-branch named after Martyr Dalal Mughrabi held a graduation for a class of the Lion Cubs and Flowers (the Youth Institution for Young Boys and Girls is the organization's name in English, -Ed.) from the district... This class served as a tribute to the soul of the Martyr who carried out the coastal [road] operation (i.e., terror attack), Dalal Mughrabi. Those present praised the perfect execution of the event held by the regional sub-branch and [praised] those who contributed to it. On her part, regional sub-branch secretary Hala Abu Haq... gave a short presentation about Martyr Dalal Mughrabi's life, emphasizing her (Dalal Mughrabi's) devotion and efforts for the [Fatah] organization's activities. Likewise, she mentioned the Fatah Movement's Martyrs and prisoners from the Central Committee and the Revolutionary [Council] and also the self-sacrificers (Fedayeen) who preceded them. She said that this [Dalal Mughrabi] class is graduating after training, courses and national, Islamic and educational lectures were held. On their part, regional branch secretaries Muhammad Walwil and Mahmoud Libda thanked the organizers of the event and emphasized their complete willingness to embrace anything that will help and develop these young boys and girls."
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA TV broadcasts Palestinian kids throwing stones and dancing with rifles 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 6, 2013
PA TV program Palestine this Morning interviewed the public-relations coordinator of protest activity in Kafar Qaddum, Murad Shtewi, to mark the second anniversary of protests against the roadblock at Kafar Qaddum. Children from Kafar Qaddum perform a play to mark the anniversary. In the play, they throw stones at an Israeli soldier and take his weapon. They then dance with rifles.
PA TV reporter: “[This] anniversary celebration ends two years and begins a third year of the processions insisted upon by the village’s residents. [The residents also] call not to limit them [the processions] to Fridays alone, because Friday’s occupation is [also] the occupation of Saturday, Sunday and the other weekdays.”
Ministry of Culture celebrates terrorist Abu Jihad at girls' elementary school 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2013
     “Yesterday, [April 17, 2013] the Ministry of Culture in the Tulkarem district, in cooperation with the Director of Education, marked Prisoners’ Day and the 25th anniversary of the Martyrdom death of Khalil Al-Wazir, Abu Jihad, with a celebration of culture and song at the Omar Bin Abd Al-Aziz Elementary School for Girls.
Bureau Chief of the Ministry of Culture Abd al-Fattah al-Kam… mentioned the 25th anniversary of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jihad, because during his path of struggle, which was overflowing with complete commitment to Palestine and to fighting for it, he always adhered to national unity and to independent, national decision-making, and strived to achieve the national goals of the Palestinian people.”
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Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Refugee on PA TV: Palestinian babies are born saying, “A gun and the flag of Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 26, 2013
PA TV program We Will Return One Day, broadcast from the Al-Rashidiya refugee camp (Lebanon):
Refugee: “We are refugees here, our lives don’t [belong] here. We are proud of each Martyr’s (Shahid) mother, of each prisoner’s mother and we are the daughters of Palestine and are proud of Palestine.”
Refugee: “Even when the young one is a baby he will come out of his mother’s womb and say: ‘A gun and the flag of Palestine, and Palestine.’”
Children shout at vigil for prisoners: "In blood, we’ll redeem you oh prisoner!" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 5, 2013
     “Hundreds of children from the city of Nablus attended a solidarity vigil for the hunger striking prisoners. The vigil was organized by the National Committee for Support of Prisoners.
The rally was attended by prisoners’ family members and by representatives of the official and non-official institutes and the factions. The children shouted: “In spirit, in blood, we’ll redeem you oh prisoner!”
Boy recites poem on PA TV: "To war that will… destroy the Zionist's soul" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 1, 2013
“I am a Palestinian, my name is Palestinian
I’ve etched my name on all the town squares
In letters that stand out over the placards
The letters of my name pursue me, enliven me, nourish me,
They enflame my spirit and beat in my veins...
Saladin (Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem), calls to me from the depths of my heart
All my Arabness calls me to vengeance and liberation
My flag that was folded in Hattin (Saladin battle in 1187)
The person who summons to prayer in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] calls to us: "Save me"
Thousands of prisoners and thousands who are jailed
call to this great nation and call to millions
We say: To Jerusalem, the [first] direction of prayer [in Islam]
To war that will smash the oppression and destroy the Zionist's soul
and raise the Palestinian banner in the world’s sky
And strengthen my word that goes on: Palestinian, Palestinian”
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