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Arab kids sing "May our blood be shed" in school in East Jerusalem
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Arab kids in Sur Baher, Jerusalem
taught to sing:
"May our blood be shed"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

A Hamas terrorist arrested last month for planning to shoot a missile at a sports stadium in Jerusalem, was a resident of the Sur Baher neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

A glimpse of the world of education in Sur Baher in East Jerusalem was recently made available by Hamas TV. A broadcast showed how the Jerusalem children in the Islamic Riyad (Gardens of) Al-Aqsa School were taught to sing about desiring death: "May our blood be shed."

They also sang the following in front of the cameras:
"How strong is the army of Al-Aqsa.
I am a soldier, defending its protected area.
How precious is the land of Al-Aqsa.
I shall give up my life for its sake."
 

This footage of young children singing and being taught these lines in the Islamic Riyad Al-Aqsa School in Sur Baher appeared in a documentary program entitled "The Shahids' (Martyrs') Wedding" on Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV.

In the past, Palestinian Authority TV has also shown children in PA schools reciting poems glorifying Martyrdom death, for example including the words:
"I have let my land drink my blood,
I love the way of Martyrdom."
[PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 14, 2008]

PMW has documented the promotion of Shahada (Martyrdom) to children and adults by both Fatah and Hamas.

The following is the transcript of the words of the songs Arab children were taught in Sur Baher in East Jerusalem:
[Sign on school:] "The Islamic Riyad (Gardens of) Al-Aqsa Schools - Sur Baher" (Jerusalem)
Young children in school sing:
"How beautiful are the gardens of Al-Aqsa.
I am a bud atop its hills."
Footage of children doing "V" signs while others try to hide their faces as they hold up stones and a rifle bullet.
"How strong is the army of Al-Aqsa.
I am a soldier, defending its protected area.
How precious is the land of Al-Aqsa.
I shall give up my life for its sake."
Young children in classroom sing:
"In the way of Allah we proceed aspiring to raise the flag.
May the glory of the religion (Islam) return, and may our blood be shed."
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Dec. 10, 2010]