Friday, June 16, 2017

"May our blood be shed," Arab kids in Jerusalem school taught to sing about aspiring to violence
A Hamas documentary from Al-Aqsa TV presents children in an elementary school in the Sur Baher neighborhood of Jerusalem, a sign for the Islamic Riyad [Gardens of] Al-Aqsa School shown in the beginning of the video.

The video is played with the children in different scenes singing a song which includes the following lyrics: "How strong is the army of Al-Aqsa, I am a soldier defending its protected area", "I shall give up my life for its sake", and "May the glory of the religion [Islam] return and may my blood be shed"

The video provides evidence of the encouragement and promotion of children to take part in and aspire to violence, one scene showing a young boy holding a rifle bullet as other children cover his face in front of the camera. A second boy is then shown with his shirt partially obscuring his face as he holds up a stone.
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]

The above clip was translated and documented by Palestinian Media Watch:

Founded in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch is an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.

PMW’s many reports and studies on Palestinian summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, crossword puzzles, religious ideology, women and mothers, children's music videos and the PA’s indoctrination of adults and children to seek Shahada (Martyrdom), have had significant impact on the way the world sees the Palestinians. PMW has presented its findings before members of US Congress and to members of Parliament in numerous countries, including the European Union, Britain, France, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, and has lectured at universities and conferences world wide.

PMW material has been presented before the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress and the US Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, PMW reports regularly on how foreign aid is misused by the PA for terror promotion. These reports have led to changes in legislation and funding procedures. Through its bulletins and reports, PMW continues to give the world a precise understanding of the reality of the Palestinian Authority.