Four-year-old girl vows to be suicide terrorist
in Hamas TV dramatization - March 21, 2007
Hamas TV broadcast a video dramatization of the four-year-old
daughter of female suicide bomber Reem Riyashi singing to her dead mother
and vowing to follow in her footsteps. The video clip ends as the little
girl picks up sticks of explosives from her mother's drawer.
Al-Dura Calls Children to Follow him to Paradise - Clip
[June 28 -29, 2006]
Through a child actor, this music video portrays the delightful Paradise
of Muhammad Al-Dura, whose death in a crossfire was broadcast on TV.
He is portrayed flying a kite, frolicking on the beach and even at
an amusement park. The clip opens with the invitation to other children
from Al-Dura: "I am waving to you not in parting, but to say
Young Children Convinced of Death as a Shahid as Ideal
Two 11-year-old girls articulate their personal goal to become shahids [people who die for Allah], explaining that "all Palestinian children"
see Shahada [death for Allah] - because of its promised grand Afterlife - as more
worthwhile than living.
Farewell Letter Music Video
A young boy leaves a farewell letter to his parents and goes
off to seek Shahada [death for Allah], describing the death he
aspires as "sweet." This PA indoctrination clip is designed to offset
a child's natural fear of death, by depicting Shahada as heroic
[PA TV, hundreds of times 2001 - 2004]
Head of Palestinian children's org: "We Teach Children Shahada"
In English, PA leaders
have denied that they encourage their children to aspire to Shahada [death for Allah].
However in Arabic, the PA continues to express pride in educating
children to aspire to Shahada, portraying it as a national
achievement. The Director of the Palestinian Children's Aid
Association candidly reiterated this PA educational policy, on PA
Yasser Arafat's Message to Children: "Be a Shahid"
Arafat explains that dead Palestinian children are "the greatest message to the world."
Palestinian Journalist to 7-year-olds: "Don't be afraid to die"
A Palestinian journalist asked a second grade child
if he feared death. When the child hesitated, the journalist shook
her head to signal that the correct answer was "no," even
PA TV "Historical" series: Year 1956: 12-year-old boy reads essay he wrote
A fictional show on Palestinian Authority Television reinforced the message to children that violence is the best way to resolve conflict, and that Shahada [death for Allah] is a goal to be pursued.