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Children as combatants
Promoting violence for children
Girl’s poem on PA TV: “To war that will… crush the Zionist’s soul” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 1, 2018

Palestinian girl Raghad:
“Saladin (i.e., Musim leader who conquered Jerusalem in 1187) calls to me from my depths
All my Arabness calls me to vengeance and liberation...
Thousands of prisoners… call to this great nation and call to millions and say to them:
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, Palestinian."
Official PA TV host of The Best Home: “Bravo, bravo! You are very talented."
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Fatah rejoices in participation of 6-month-old baby in demonstration on Gaza border 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 6, 2018

Posted text:
“#Picture
A child no older than six months was among the participants in the demonstrations today (Friday) [April 6, 2018] and in the March of Return events on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip”

The image shows a baby wrapped in a Palestinian flag lying on top of a pile of tires. The tires were burned by the Gaza border as part of massive violent protests.
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PA TV features three month old baby participating in Gaza “March of Return,” baby's mother: "Allah willing, we will be loyal to will of the Martyrs that was written in their pure blood" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, special broadcast on March of Return protests on the Gaza border

(The journalist reports from the protests that the Israeli army is shooting at protesters –Ed.)

Official PA TV journalist: "What is catching people's attention since this morning is a great influx of families, women, children, elderly, and also young people. But there is one sight, a different picture – that there are some who will describe it incorrectly, but each of us has freedom of opinion and expression and to make a connection by conveying messages to the world – it is a baby, apparently no more than three months old, with her mother who is carrying a Palestinian flag. First, let us get to know you."
Demonstrator with baby: "I am Nasrin Abu Kashef from Khan Yunis."
Journalist: "Nasrin, the male or female baby that you are carrying in your arms, how old is it?"
Demonstrator: "The youngest female baby, the smallest Palestinian baby coming to the March of Return. Allah willing, Allah willing, we will be loyal to will of the Martyrs (Shahids) that was written in their pure blood."

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PA TV filler praises Palestinian girl who physically assaulted Israeli soldiers 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 21, 2017
Official PA TV filler praising Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi who physically assaulted two Israeli soldiers together with her cousin and mother, see note below; the filler features video from the incident as well as images and text

Text on screen:
“Palestinian courage knows no bounds. Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old young woman, stood before the soldiers. This armed soldier received slaps he will never forget, and [Tamimi] does not fear him. Despite her youth, this is not the first confrontation between them [Tamimi and her cousin] and the occupation soldiers. And regarding Ahed, winner of the 2012 Handala Courage Award, [she has] a long history of struggle. Social media stormed in solidarity with #Ahed_Tamimi. It should be noted that 339 prisoner minors [are imprisoned] in the oppressive occupation’s prisons. Our children were born for freedom!”

Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, 16, physically assaulted two Israeli soldiers together with her cousin and mother on Dec. 15, 2017, in Nabi Saleh north of Ramallah, in a filmed incident evidently intended to provoke the soldiers. Tamimi was later arrested along with her cousin and mother.
Fatah posts guide to stone throwing with image of child using a slingshot 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 16, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

The image shows a Palestinian child using a slingshot as a fire burns behind him.

Posted text:
“In order to hit the target, there are three conditions:
1. Stand stably and balance your legs, arms, and body well
2. Focus your gaze on the center of the target, and do not look at anything other than it
3. Keep the desired balance between your body and your weapon; you are the one that controls the weapon, and not the other way around
If you did not understand this, read it again, and if you still have not understood, here is an example picture for you”
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Kids read poem dedicated to first intifada on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 17, 2017
Official PA TV, Palestinian children read a poem for the 30th anniversary of the Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel (the first Intifada, 1987-1993)

Host: “What do you want to read?”

Omar: “A poem about the anniversary of the [first] Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993).”

Host: “Go on.”

Palestinian children Abd Al-Rahman and Omar: “Palestine, Palestine,
Land of the revolution and the prophets.
We are your children, Palestine,
Land of the revolution and the prophets.
We are self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) for your soil,
On the land of my ancestors we stand firm.
Large, small, we are marching..."

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Fatah branch promotes violence by posting a photo of a Palestinian child holding a rifle 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Nablus branch, Sept. 9, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

Posted text: “The homeland is the support for those who have no backing, and the second womb that carries us after mother’s womb.
A morning of the precious homeland”

The image shows a boy and girl sitting together. On the right the girl is holding a bouquet of flowers and wearing a Palestinian flag, while on the left the boy is wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding a rifle.

The image previously appeared on June 10, 2015 on the official PA TV program “Photography.” It was taken by Mahmoud Abu Hamdeh, a photographer from Gaza.
Students in Gaza participate in Hamas night patrol with rifles, are educated in Ribat, in order to “plant the spirit of resistance and Jihad in their souls” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 25, 2017
Headline: “Students of the Knights of Al-Aqsa [summer] camps participate [in Ribat] together with the Murabitin of the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam [Brigades] for one night”
       “Approximately 200 students from among the students of the Knights of Palestine summer camps participated in a night patrol held by the public activity department of the Hamas Movement at the Bureij refugee camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip, under the title ‘Just Not the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ The students visited the points of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) of the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades (i.e., Hamas’ military wing) in the refugee camp, and stayed with the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat) until dawn.
The Hamas Movement emphasized that the goal of this patrol is to raise the morale of the students and plant the spirit of resistance and Jihad in their souls, so that they will be educated on them.”

The article includes pictures from the night patrol, in which the child camp participants are seen wearing military uniforms and carrying actual Kalashnikov assault rifles.


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Kids at kindergarten ceremony pretend to kill Israeli soldiers while song in Hebrew is played which threatens Israelis: “O Zionist, a rocket will reach you where you live… I will make you drink the cup of death” 
Source: Al-Huda Kindergarten YouTube Channel, May 29, 2017
Video of the graduation ceremony of Al-Huda Kindergarten in Gaza, which is affiliated with the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization

The children in the kindergarten put on a performance while armed with toy weapons and wearing military uniforms and Islamic Jihad headbands. They simulate killing other children playing Israeli soldiers dressed as ultra-Orthodox Jews and abducting their bodies, after the “Israeli soldiers” attacked children playing Palestinian civilians.

A Hamas song in Hebrew is played in the background.

Song lyrics: “O I have prepared all sorts of rockets for my Zionist enemy that will reach where he lives,
For he will die if he does not leave my land immediately,
I will make him drink the cups of death, what a bitter drink,
You have reached Gaza! You have reached your death,
If you have not yet been killed, captivity is for you.
Self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i), prepare to fire,
O Zionist, a rocket will reach you where you live,
Indeed you die sleeping or awake, at home or on the mountain,
I will make you drink the cup of death, what a bitter taste..."

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Boy sings on PA TV: “Jihad is necessary… Draw your sword from its sheath, and let it not return” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 26, 2017

PA TV program The Best Home

Palestinian boy:
"Brother, the oppressors have gone too far Therefore Jihad is necessary and self-sacrifice is necessary… Draw your sword from its sheath, and let it not return to the sheath afterwards… Brother, the slaughterers have prepared daggers for our sister in Jerusalem."
Official PA TV host: "Wonderful. You are all wonderful."
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Letter from imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti read to all Palestinian students 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2017
     “The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education organized a mass support rally [for the prisoners] in the ministry plaza, in which [PA] Minister [of Education] Dr. Sabri Saidam, Deputy Minister [of Education] Dr. Basri Saleh, the minister’s aides, and all of the ministry employees participated.
In this context, Saidam emphasized the education system’s standing by the side of the heroic prisoners and its support for them in the battle that they are waging against the occupation in order to defend their dignity and achieve all of their rights. He added: ‘Leadership member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) and all of the prisoners are emphasizing that we are one people that refuses to be broken, and which has grown accustomed to not breaking.’ ... Saleh read leadership member Marwan Barghouti’s speech (i.e., letter) addressed to the school students, and emphasized the loyalty of the education system, in all of its parts, to the prisoners and its standing by their side in this heroic battle... Likewise, the morning assembly in all of the schools included many sections of support for the prisoners, including reading leadership member prisoner Marwan Barghouti’s letter addressed to the school students.”
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Full text of letter sent by imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti to Palestinian students 
Source: Israeli Arab website, Arab 48, Apr. 17, 2017
Headline: "From Barghouti to the students of Palestine: 'Knowledge is your weapon to liberate the homeland'"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member and member of the PA Parliament (Legislative Council) prisoner Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), ... who is serving 5 life sentences, sent a letter from within the prison to all the young people of Palestine, and to the students in particular, in which it is stated: 'I write this letter to you from my small cell, which is small for the great prisoner and the free man. However, the chains that bind the body cannot bind the willpower, as the soul is nurtured by the love of the land of Palestine and its people.' ...
"These colonialists wanted the prison to constitute a graveyard for the fighters, but the prisoners, with their resolve and willpower, have stood against the hangman and the jailor and turned the prison into a station for renewing the strength, strengthening of the [sense of] belonging, and deepening of the experience...
In order to be creative in resisting the colonialist, we must be creative in our studies, education, and culture. I say to you - I was arrested for the first time when I was in high school, I took the matriculation exams in prison, and continued on the path of study and obtained a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctorate. This was despite being imprisoned for more than 23 years, expelled for seven years, and subjected to pursuit and assassination attempts. I say this to you in order to emphasize to you that the path of studies and the national path go side by side.'"
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Palestinian students on PA TV discuss playing "Arabs and Jews," claim "Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Hebron, Jerusalem" are "our land" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 11, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on Israeli military training and its effect on residents of the northern Jordan Valley, hosting Al-Aqaba Village Council Head Sami Sadeq
Official PA TV host: “Let’s watch the interviews that the staff members prepared with the residents and how the residents are affected by the [Israeli] military training.”…
Student from the village of Al-Aqaba in the northern Jordan Valley: “It is our right to move from place to place in our land, our land - Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Hebron, Jerusalem (i.e., all cities in Israel except Hebron), and to go to every city in our homeland…”
Another student: “I hear the sounds of [Israeli] airplanes and tanks all the time. We the children of Palestine need to live in peace like the rest of the world’s children. I always see the children playing ‘Arabs and Jews’ - even the games are connected to the occupation.”
First prize in competition funded by U.S. and E.U. goes to drawing of Palestinian family holding AK-47 next to map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 29, 2017
Headline: “Ru’a Amjad – young talent rises in professional drawing”


     “Seventeen-year-old student Ru’a Amjad from the Salfit High School for Girls won first place in the "What is a Fighting Woman in Your Eyes?" competition, which was organized by the [PLO -affiliated] Women’s Technical Affairs Committee in partnership with the Salfit school…
It should be noted that the "What is a Fighting Woman in Your Eyes?" competition was held by the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee as part of the youth initiatives that it is holding in 20 regions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in order to support the political participation of women. This is part of the My Right to [My] Future project, which is being held in partnership with the CARE organization (i.e., a relief organization with US governmental funding) and with European Union funding.”

The article includes an image of Ru’a Amjad holding her drawing that won first place. The drawing shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing political sovereignty over the entire area. Next to it a man, woman, and child are seen standing alongside an AK-47 assault rifle.
Child on PA TV sings: "See how the rifle has opened the prison gates" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 27, 2017
Official PA TV program I Call You, hosting the niece of prisoner Saleh Abu Shusha - who is serving a 14 year sentence (Palestinian Media Watch has been unable to verify the nature of his crimes) - who sings him a song
Niece of prisoner Saleh Abu Shusha: “Place sword against sword,
The owner will get back what is coming to him,
See how the rifle has opened the prison gates,
We will hear joy and great celebration,
In the name of Allah, we will not leave a prisoner
Whose mother will shed tears because of his absence”
Boy recites poem on PA TV children’s program: "To war that will … destroy the Zionist's soul" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 17, 2017

Official PA TV program The Best Home, with PA Minister of Education and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary Sabri Saidam as guest on the show

Boy:
"I am a Palestinian, my name is Palestinian
I've etched my name on all the town squares...
Saladin (i.e., Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem), calls to me from the depths of my heart
All my Arabness calls me to vengeance and liberation...
Thousands of prisoners and thousands who are jailed
call to this great nation and call to the millions
They say: To Jerusalem, the [first] direction of prayer in the faith [Islam]
To war that will smash the oppression and destroy the Zionist's soul
and raise the banner in the world’s sky. Palestinian, Palestinian, Palestinian. "
Official PA TV host: " Bravo."
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Note: PA TV has broadcast several children reciting this same poem calling to “destroy the Zionist's soul” in the past.
Abbas kisses 14-year-old stabber 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Mar. 5, 2017
Picture and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

The picture shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas embracing 14-year-old Osama Zaidat who attempted to stab Israeli citizens at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba.


Posted text:
"[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: The Israeli actions against our people will not cause us to renounce our just rights
President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas said that the Israeli actions against our people, including attacks, arrests, and killing, will not cause us to renounce our just rights and the establishment of our independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Abbas said this today, Sunday evening [March 5, 2017], at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah while receiving the family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist, attempted stabbing) who died in the occupation's prisons, and the released prisoner, the injured child Osama Zaidat (i.e., terrorist, attempted stabbing)."

{Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, March 5, 2017]

Osama Zaidat – 14-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israelis at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba on Sept. 23, 2016. He was shot in the leg by soldiers during the attempt.

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.
Girl’s poem idealizes Martyrdom, but PA TV host says “We need to live for Palestine”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2017

Official PA TV program The Best Home

Girl:
"[Jerusalem] will yet return as long as on its land a Martyr dies each day
O mother, do not cry, as your son was not born to live
He was born to die as a Martyr, and thus defeat the occupiers
Oh! Palestine Oh! My beloved
You cry over your children, your women, your Martyrs
But no! We will not fall and will not kneel!
We will live for you, for the words: 'Palestine will be free'
We will die and not kneel
If our death is for you, Palestine, we will not hold back
Our hunger for death is like our hunger for bread
The death for you, Palestine, is admirable
Palestine, I will redeem you with my spirit, my money, my family, and all of my belongings
I will live and I will die while repeating the words: 'Palestine will be free'."
PA TV host: "Bravo! You are very talented, but I say again to all our friends: We need to live for Palestine. We need to love life and cling to it, because Palestine is beautiful and it will be even more beautiful with our presence in it. Our struggle must be in a nice manner by continuing to grow and thinking about our future and living in hope, because the freedom of Palestine will be realized through us, through our thoughts and our creativity."
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Girl recites poem denying Jewish history, encouraging violence, claims Israeli cities are Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 24, 2017
Official PA TV program The Best Home, episode with students from Jenin and Hebron

A young Palestinian girl, Gharad Qassem, recites the following poem:
Gharad Qassem: “I am a Palestinian boy
Who are you, foreign boy? And from where did you come? And what is the stone that is in your hand?
I am a Muslim Arab, a free person forever
You do not have the right to ask
I did not come here, but rather you are the one that came
I was born here long ago,
Before you
Before you came to my land
I am a Muslim
My roots are in the depths of history
I am a Palestinian, my roots are in Safed, Ramallah, El-Bireh, and Gaza
I am a Palestinian, my roots are in Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, and Nablus
I am a Palestinian, my roots are in every grain of soil
A rock in my hand, my head and my heart –"
Prizewinning dance accompanied by song promoting Jihad at folk dance competition for kids at European-funded Palestinian cultural center  
Source: Website of the Yafa Cultural Center in Nablus, Feb. 12, 2017
Headline: “The Yafa Cultural Center completed the first Yafa Folk Dance Competition by honoring three young winners”
        “The Yafa Cultural Center (a Palestinian center supported by European governmental contributions, see note below –Ed.) completed the first Yafa Folk Dance Competition in which 17 groups of children that performed choreography to folk dance routines competed, and which ended with the declaration of three winners from among the participants in the competition…
Winning first place was participant Ru’a Ahmed Sa’id Hamdan, 14, who performed her dance to the sound of the song Pull, For You Are Pulling [the Trigger], and won a golden map of Palestine that was given to her by the center.
Winning second place was participant Tharaa Muhammad Abu Muslim, 13, who performed her dance to the sound of the song O Sower of the Sesame, and won a silver map of Palestine. Winning third place was participant Amir Abu Jaafar, 14, who performed his dance to the sound of the song O Mountain Unmoved by the Wind, and won a bronze map of Palestine.”
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