According to Palestinian Media Watch, the official facebook page for Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon posted a picture of a mother placing a suicide belt on her young son. Beside this photo, an imaginary conversation between the two is written where the mother encourages her son to die as a shahid (martyr).

According to the text, “My mother dressed me in a strange belt. I asked her: ‘What is this, mother?’ She said: ‘I will put it on you and you will go to your death!’ I said to her: ‘Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?’ She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: ‘The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the sons of Zion.’ I said to her: ‘Why me and not you?’ She said: ‘I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.’ I kissed her hand and said to her: ‘Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the damned.’”

This facebook posting is not the first time this year that Fatah has encouraged children to become suicide bombers. Earlier this year, Palestinian Media Watch cited PA TV as declaring, “Our children are our honor and glory, they were created to be fertilizer for the land of Palestine, and for our pure land to be saturated with their blood.”

Also this year, Palestinian Media Watch reported that PA TV broadcast a children’s song. The song proclaimed, “Don’t cry, Palestine, stand tall for your heroes. Let the cowards see that your kids didn’t surrender to fear in the midst of horror. Oh children of the stones, teach the sinners that shooting doesn’t scare you, that your dignity is preserved, and that death for the sake of the country is not terror. Terror is the occupier and his helpers, not those who saw and tasted death but were not humiliated, and not the child who nurses fear and expulsion, yet surrenders not. He vows that when he grows up, he will follow the same path. Don’t be sad, oh great nation, Allah is with you. Don’t be sad with Allah’s help.” To listen to this song, please watch the youtube video below.

Fatah has a long history of encouraging suicide bombings. Within Palestinian society in general, promoting suicide bombings is the norm. Children are not spared from such propaganda. According to Maria Alvanou’s book, Palestinian Women Suicide Bombers, Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet who enjoys the same stature as Bialik within Israeli society and whose poems are taught in Palestinian public schools, wrote a poem praising suicide bombings titled “Blessed be that which has not come.” In this poem, Darwish writes of suicide bombings, “This is the wedding without an end; In a boundless courtyard; On an endless night; This is the Palestinian wedding; Never will lover reach lover; Except as martyr or fugitive.”

Furthermore, a popular children’s game within the Palestinian areas is called Shuhada (Martyrs), which includes a mock funeral for suicide bombers. Palestinian teenage rock groups sing songs about suicide bombers and in the 1990’s, there was even a Palestinian teenage rock band called “The Martyrs.” It is common for Palestinian youngsters to decorate their bedrooms with pictures of suicide bombers, to get tattoos with the names of Palestinian suicide bombers, to trade pictures of suicide bombers like baseball cards, and to spray-paint graphic murals in the streets of various suicide bombings.

Indeed, within Palestinian society, it is impossible for young people to escape the suicide bomber cult. It is taught within schools, promoted in the media, preached in sermons in the mosque, part of the popular culture, and even proudly proclaimed in street names. While the intensity of this suicide bomber cult abated in intensity somewhat since the conclusion of the Second Intifada, contrary to popular images within the west, it has definitely not gone away.

Reported by: Rachel Avraham for United With Israel

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