Palestinian fatherly pride:
Fatah official proud of 2-year-old son who sings:
"Daddy, buy me a machine gun and a rifle,
so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
In the midst of the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis, Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi expressed his satisfaction with his 2-year-old son on official PA TV. [Official PA TV, Oct. 27, 2015]
The source of the fatherly pride was his son's singing both about "a Martyr being escorted to his wedding" and his singing a verse that goes, "Daddy, buy me a machine gun and a rifle, so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists."
Fatah Central Committee member Tirawi explained that the messages of these songs - support for Martyrdom-death and the wish to kill "Zionists" - express the "sense of belonging to the homeland":
"The Palestinian by nature and education feels a sense of belonging to the land and the homeland. Listen, my son is two years and ten months old. Yesterday, he sang to his mother: "Escort the Martyr to his wedding." He doesn't know the meaning of this song (i.e., the Islamic belief that Martyrs marry 72 Virgins in Paradise). Today his mother told me that he sang: "Daddy, buy me a machine gun and a rifle, so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists." A boy who is not yet three! A Palestinian grows up with a feeling of belonging to the land, the homeland, and the people."
[Official PA TV, Oct. 27, 2015]
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Palestinian Media Watch has reported on this Palestinian children's song in the past, which promotes violence and praises Palestinians/Muslims as "victorious over America and Israel. In 2006, official PA TV broadcast a young girl reciting the song at an event, and in 2010, a young boy sang the song on a Hamas TV children's program:
"Daddy gave me a present, a machine gun and a rifle.
When I am a big boy, I will join the Liberation Army.
The army of [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam (Hamas),
which has taught us how to defend our homeland.
Our homeland is precious, precious.
We [are] victorious, victorious over America and Israel."
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Feb. 5, 2010]
Click to see PMW's report from 2015 on PA formal and informal education.