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Children as combatants
Promoting child Martyrdom
Children as combatants
Promoting child Martyrdom

Poem in PLO youth magazine depicts a "Martyr's" death as a wedding 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Feb. 1, 2011
Poem written by a boy in 6th grade, published in PLO youth magazine Zayzafuna: 
“My mother went to the home of the Martyr (Shahid) to express condolences…
My mother said [to the Martyr’s mother]: ‘Why do you weep? He died as a Martyr, do not be sad.
‘His mother said: ‘My tears f low from sadness over his youth… But in my heart I am very happy, because he died as a Martyr. I will contain myself.’
Following the afternoon prayer, the whole village set off on a grand funeral procession. Muhammad’s mother accompanied her [dead] son as though he were not a Martyr, but rather at a wedding ceremony.”

Note:
Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.
Palestinian girl wants to sacrifice her life for Jerusalem 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, May 1, 2010
Written by a girl in 10th grade, published by PLO youth magazine Zayzafuna:
“A Palestinian, I am a Palestinian
With my life I will redeem you, Jerusalem…”
 
Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.
Mother of Martyr: "Every mother should sacrifice her child for Palestine" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 11, 2010
PA TV news report:
Mother upon news of son's death in an IDF airstrike: "We had always hoped for his [my son's] Martyrdom (Shahada), knowing he wanted to die as a Martyr (Shahid). Every time he went out, we would say to him, 'May Allah be with you.' We knew that he wanted to die as a Martyr. Praise to Allah, he sought Martyrdom, and he achieved it. My message to every mother is to sacrifice her child for Palestine.
Another woman: "By Allah, we welcome every Martyr as if he were a groom among us." Click to view video
10 year-old on Hamas TV: "We all wish for Shahada" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Jan. 22, 2010
Phone interview broadcast on Hamas TV kids' program, Tomorrow's Pioneers:
Host to girl on phone: "How was it for you during the [Gaza] war [2009]? Were you afraid that you would die, that you would leave this world?"
Girl: "No. I wasn't afraid. I wished for Shahada (Martyrdom) -- Shahada for Allah."
Host: "How wonderful. Even this little girl - how old are you?"
Girl: "Ten."
Host: "[She] is not more than ten years old, and wants to die as a Shahida (Martyr) for Allah. We all wish for this [Shahada]."
Click here to view
Hamas TV applauds child's wish for Shahada 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Jan. 22, 2010

Phone interview broadcast on Hamas TV kids' program, Tomorrow's Pioneers:
Host to girl on phone:
"How was it for you during the [Gaza] war [2009]? Were you afraid that you would die, that you would leave this world?"
Girl: "No. I wasn't afraid. I wished for Shahada (Martyrdom) -- Shahada for Allah."
Host: "How wonderful. Even this little girl - how old are you?"
Girl: "Ten."
Host: "[She] is not more than ten years old, and wants to die as a Shahida (Martyr) for Allah. We all wish for this [Shahada]."
Click here to view

Kids shown video of their mother's suicide bombing death on Hamas TV 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 3, 2009
On a kids' TV show, the children of Reem Riyashi, a suicide bomber, watch the reenacment of her suicide:
TV Host:
"[Our guests are] the children of the Shahida [Martyr] Reem Riyashi."
The video is shown:] "Mommy, what are you carrying in your arms instead of me? A toy or a present for me? 
[Visual: Mother prepares bomb, hiding bomb]
Are you going out, Mommy? Come back quickly, Mommy.
[Girl sees TV news about her mother's bombing]
Instead of me you carried a bomb in your hands. Now, I know what was more precious than us.
My love [for Muhammad] will not be [only] words. [Picks up explosives in mother's drawer]
I am following Mommy in her steps! My mother! My mother!" [Girl looks at bomb in her hand]
TV Host:
"These are the children of the Shahida [Martyr], the heroic Jihad fighter who sacrificed all that she had for her homeland. She cared less about her own flesh and blood, and for their sake, she sacrificed [herself] for Allah. We say to the occupier, that we will continue in the footsteps of the Shahida [Martyr], the Jihad fighter Reem Riyashi, until we liberate our homeland from your hands, usurper." Click here to view
Hamas TV music video: Daughter of suicide terrorist promises to follow in mother's footsteps 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), May 22, 2009
5 year-old daughter of suicide terrorist Reem Riyashi, sings to her mother, promising to follow as suicide terrorist:
"Mommy, what are you carrying in your arms instead of me? A toy or a present for me?
[Visual: Mother prepares bomb, hiding bomb]
Are you going out, Mommy? Come back quickly, Mommy.
[Girl sees TV news about her mother's bombing]
Instead of me you carried a bomb in your hands. Now, I know what was more precious than us.
My love [for Muhammad] will not be [only] words.
[Picks up explosives in mother's drawer]
I am following Mommy in her steps! My mother! My mother!"
[Girl looks at bomb in her hand]
Click to view video

Note: This video was broadcast repeatedly from 2007-2009.
Islamic legendary mother urged sons to die as Shahids 
Source: Reading and Texts Part II, Grade 8, Apr. 15, 2009
     “Al-Khansa witnessed the Battle of Al-Qadisiyah with her four sons. She urged them to fight… They fought until all of them fell as Shahids [Martyrs for Allah]. When the news reached her, she said, ‘Praise be to Allah who has honored me by their Shahada [Martyrdom]…’”

Note: Al-Khansa - an Arab woman and poet from the earliest period of Islam (7th century) famous and honored in Islamic tradition for sending her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs. She has been lauded by the PA and often presented as a role model for mothers.
Hamas song for kids: "Death is honor and victory" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Mar. 20, 2009
A young girl throws darts shaped like missiles at a target shaped like the Star of David, promoting another repeating Hamas message - violence against Israel. When the target is hit and the Star of David falls, the young girl raises her hands in victory. All this is shown while the following words of the song are being sung:
     "Teach the children that death is honor and victory. Through death, we seek to bring the dawn and the day." Click to view video

Boy vows to join father in Martyrs` Paradise 
Source: Hamas website, Feb. 1, 2009
Palestinian boy:
     "By Allah, oh my father, I love you more than my own soul, but that is trivial because of my religion, my cause and my Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. Father, my eyes will shed no tears, but my finger will pull the trigger - this trigger that I still remember. I will never forget, beloved father, the times when you taught me the love of Jihad. You taught me the love of arms, so that I would be a knight, Allah willing. I will follow in your steps and fight the enemies on the battlefield. Every drop of blood that dripped from your pure body is worth dozens of bullets directed towards the enemies' chest. Tomorrow I will grow up, tomorrow I will avenge, and the battlefields will know who is the son of the Martyr, the commander, Ashraf Mushtaha. Finally, father, we are not saying goodbye, rather, I'll see you as a Shahid (Martyr) in Paradise. [I am] your son, who longs to meet you, the young knight, Naim, son of Ashraf Mushtaha."
Click here to view
Hamas kids' TV: Death is heroic 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Jan. 2, 2009
Assud, Hamas's rabbit puppet, dies on kids' TV show: 
TV Host:
"Also our friends Assud was injured."
Assud: "Tell [the children] that Assud has died, has died as a hero, died as Shahid (Martyr), died as Shahid, O Saraa, died as Shahid, O Saraa."
[Assud in death throes]
[Assud died]
TV Host: "Assud... Assud... No, Assud... Don't die, Assud... We will sacrifice ourselves for you, Palestine." Click here to view
Schoolbook: "Your enemies seek life while you seek death" 
Source: Reading and Texts Part II, Grade 8, Jan. 1, 2009
PA schoolbook written by Fatah educators teaches 13 and 14 year-olds to prefer death in battle over life, while it is the enemies who cherish life:
     “O heroes, Allah has promised you victory ... Do not talk yourselves into flight…Your enemies seek life while you seek death. They seek spoils to fill their empty stomachs while you seek a Garden [Paradise] as wide as are the heavens and the earth. Do not be anxious to meet them [enemies], for death is not bitter in the mouth of the believers. These drops of blood that gush from your bodies will be transformed tomorrow into blazing red meteors that will fall down upon the heads of your enemies."

PA names eight schools after "Mother of Martyrs" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2009
Al-Khansa was an Arab woman and poet from the earliest period of Islam (7th century). She is honored in Islamic tradition for sending her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs. She has been lauded by the PA and often presented as a role model for mothers. The PA has named eight schools after her:

PA schools named after Al-Khansa:

1. Al-Khansa Girls' Elementary Schools in Bethlehem (Al Hayat Al Jadida, Feb. 26, 2006)
2. Al-Khansa Girls' Elementary Schools in Jenin (Al Hayat Al Jadida, Feb. 26, 2006)
3. Al-Khansa Girls' Elementary Schools in Nablus (Al Hayat Al Jadida, Feb. 26, 2006)
4. Al-Khansa Girls' Elementary Schools in Khan Yunes (Al Hayat Al Jadida, Feb. 26, 2006)
5. Al-Khansa Girls' Elementary Schools in Rafah (Al Hayat Al Jadida, Feb. 26, 2006)
6. Al-Khansa Girls' High School in 'Absan Al-Kabira'
7. “Mother of the Martyrs” Boys' School – Nahalin
8. Al-Khansa Girls' Elementary School Yatta Municipality (Al-Quds, Mar. 21, 2005)
Child in PA school declares his love of Martyrdom death 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2008

Child in PA school:
    
"I have let my land drink my blood"
"We are the ones who chose the way of peace; you are the one who chose the way of war.
We are the children of the green gardens. Palestine is my mother and my father;
I have let my land drink my blood, and I love the way of the Shahada [Martyrdom for Allah]."
Click here to view

PA TV glorifies child Martyrdom: "Martyrdom is bliss" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 16, 2008
Child host:
"The [clue] to the riddle:
The national hero, a small child;
A knight riding the "Martyrdom" horse;
Martyrdom is bliss.
Paradise is yours, the hero of Palestine,
who carried a stone to confront a tank.
The prize is very high: $200."
Click to view video
Fatah TV quiz glorifies terrorist Mughrabi alongside Mickey Mouse 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 6, 2008
“Dear children, here is [the clue] to the riddle:
[You were] a beloved bride, daughter of Jaffa,
Jasmine flower; You have lived 30 years since
your death. You were escorted [in death]
with your friends and the flag of Palestine…
Dear children, the answer to the riddle:
Dalal Mughrabi.” Click to view video

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 message for kids: Death for Allah is bliss 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 16, 2008
Child host: [the clue to] the riddle: The national hero,
A small child: A knight riding the "Martyrdom" horse; Martyrdom is bliss. Paradise is yours, the hero of Palestine, who carried a stone to confront a tank.

     "On the day of his death Faris Ouda left his home with a slingshot, after having made himself a wreath decorated with photos of himself and having written on it 'The brave Shahid (Martyr) Faris Ouda.'"
[Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30. 2000]
Child: Martyr is hero, death for Allah is bliss 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 16, 2008
Child host: [the clue to] the riddle: The national hero,
A small child: A knight riding the "Martyrdom" horse; Martyrdom is bliss. Paradise is yours, the hero of Palestine, who carried a stone to confront a tank.

     "On the day of his death Faris Ouda left his home with a slingshot, after having made himself a wreath decorated with photos of himself and having written on it 'The brave Shahid (Martyr) Faris Ouda.'"
[Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30. 2000]
"Youth to continue the way of the Shahids (Martyrs)" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 12, 2008
     “The youth committee of the high school in the Yatta region finished the summer camp activities … in his speech, Jihad Abu Zahra, coordinator of the youth committee … emphasized the desire of the youth to continue the way of the Shahids (Martyrs) until the fulfillment of our people's goals of freedom and independence.”
Mother to son: Don't be sad at my death 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 2008
In a PA TV music video, a mother sings to her son:
     "If you hear of [my] death, don't be sad.
My soul and yours, my dear, are to honor Palestine, to honor Palestine!"
Click to view video

Note: Broadcast November 2007 to June 2008, almost daily.
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