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

Girl sings Intifada song about the "Martyr who loved death," PA TV host prefers song about life 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 25, 2011
Girl: "I am the voice of the Intifada, and no voice is louder than mine;
I am the last will of the Martyr
who loved death upon the soil of the homeland.
My voice refuses to be silent.
I am the sister of the one
who adorned herself and girded herself with death.
I am the voice of the stone and the tree, the bleeding wounded."

After interviewing other children, the host turned to the girl a second time and asked her to sing a different song:
PA TV host: "Bravo, our friend Bara'a; that was a beautiful song.
We want to hear a song full of life and vitality, because we want to live. We want a beautiful life, we want always to call for all that adorns our life. We want to forget about death for a little while and distance ourselves far from death."
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Palestinian kindergarten class performs play called "The Martyr's Wedding" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 2, 2011
     "'The Birds of Paradise' kindergarten held a nice graduation party... The ceremony included beautiful performances... one of the most outstanding was a play from the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and another performance named 'The Martyr's (Shahid's) Wedding', delighted the audience by the role-play of the children, whose acting depicted the reality of roadblocks, children, occupation soldiers, and the children's death as Martyrs. This charm caused the audience to cry, as the children's performance was accompanied by the playing of nationalistic songs."
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Exam question for high school students encourages violence and death 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 3, 2011
Headline: “Sample questions and answers in preliminary [PA] matriculation exam”
     “Al-Ayyam presents to its high-school readers sample questions and answers selected from the curriculum… under the supervision of a group of specialized teachers, with the aim of helping students to pass the examinations successfully”
"Arabic Language – part II"
[Question 5]
a. "Find the verb in the future subjunctive, and explain why it is so:
- Don’t expect to excel if you neglect your studies.
- You will never attain your rights by begging."
b. "Punctuate the underlined phrase:
- We shall die in order that our land may live”

Other questions illustrating the PA’s attitude to Israel:
[Question 1 – section 18]
"Circle… the sentence in which the direct object must precede the subject:
[The correct option:] Palestine will be freed by its heroes."
[Question 11, section c3]
"Punctuate the underlined phrase:
Do not view the occupier as human”
[Question 14b]
"Add the verb ‘to be’, or a verb that follows the same form, to the following sentences, and punctuate accordingly:
- Palestinian women are fighters”
Poem in PLO youth magazine expresses pride in Jihad fighters who died as Martyrs 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, May 1, 2011
Poem by a girl in 8th grade, published in PLO magazine for youth, Zayzafuna:
“Look at Jerusalem and at the Dome of the Rock [Mosque] Whose moon is high in the sky
Raising its head [in pride] at its sons who have Died as Martyrs for its [the mosque’s] liberation There the mighty Jihad fighter died as a Martyr
And Jerusalem is proud of its heroes who defend it with stones. Oh Jerusalem, do not be sad, for your victory is near
With the song of birds up high
Asking its people to stone the enemy
Oh bride of time
Oh third holy place [to Islam] – we will redeem you with our life
Oh compass of the nation – do not be sad
For your victory is near, Allah willing
Victory, victory, victory, oh city of 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.
Girl on PA TV dedicates song glorifying Martyrdom to her terrorist uncle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 13, 2011
"When we become Martyrs we'll go to Paradise.
Don't say we're young.
This way of life has made us adults.
...
Without Palestine, what meaning is there to childhood?
Children, you performed the (religious) duty and Sunna (Islamic tradition):
There is no God but Allah, and the Shahid (Martyr) is Allah's beloved.
You have taught us the meaning of heroism.
...
Even if they were to give us this world and all of its treasures, no, it would not make us forget [Palestine]. Not at all.
It is my country and [I give] my blood for its sake."
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Essay in PLO youth magazine glorifies Martyrdom-death 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Apr. 1, 2011
Essay by a girl in high school entitled "The Palestinian Mother," published in PLO youth magazine Zayzafuna:
     “I am the Palestinian mother, I am the mother of the Martyr (Shahid) who sacrif iced himself for the sake of liberty, and followed the path of Martyrdom (Shahada) for the sake of the homeland… He fell upon the land of Palestine, quenching it with his pure blood. My son died as a Martyr with a bullet, a treacherous bullet, to his chest. But the main thing is that he died as a Martyr upon the land of Palestine; oh the land of Divine missions, the blessed land and the homeland of the prophets and the messengers; oh the place of the Prophet’s [Muhammad’s] Night Journey… Congratulations [you are in] Paradise and [in] the heavenly dwellings, oh Palestinian Martyr. With our lives we will redeem you, Palestine.”

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.
PA TV: Sacrifice your children as Martyrs to defeat the enemy [Israel] 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 3, 2011
Program: "In a Fighter’s Home”
Visit to the home of Martyr (Shahid) Fadaa Kandil and his brother, prisoner Yousuf Kandil
     Father says: ”If every home would sacrifice two of its children, we would defeat the enemy. Let every house with 7 [children] sacrifice 2, as I have done.”
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.
Child on Hamas TV: "Put on the [explosive] belt, get on a bus and blow yourself up" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Feb. 12, 2010
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) children’s program Tomorrow’s Pioneers on "tolerance":
Izz Al-Din, a young child from Jericho, sings: "Put in the napalm and the gasoline, fill the bottle and throw it at the Jews who jailed my father. Put on the [explosive] belt, get on a bus and blow yourself up against the occupier."
Saraa, child presenter: "Thank you very much, Izz Al-Din, and say hi from us to everyone in Jericho."


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]."
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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]."
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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]
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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."
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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."

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