Jewish Journal

Teacher, I’d Like to Blow Up Jews When I Grow Up!

by Orit Arfa

June 18, 2012 | 8:17 pm

The Middle Eastern Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has assembled a shocking report on the indoctrination of Palestinian children in Gaza kindergartens, and how teachers inspire children to become jihad terrorists when they grow up.

An article on the website of the Al-Quds Brigades—founded as the military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a designated U.S. terrorist organization—records that in their graduations ceremony, pre-schoolers dressed in uniforms of both “martyrs” and IDF soldiers to act out scenes of fighting the “Zionist” enemy. Click here to see the disturbing photos, which portray the kids performing military drills, holding a funeral for “martyrs,” and saluting the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. 

The esteemed “educators” and adorable pre-schoolers are recorded saying things like:

A kindergarten teacher says that her aim is to raise the kids to be “jihad fighters and commanders who will defend the soil of Palestine and Jerusalem.”

“The culture of resistance has been instilled in the minds and hearts of the children of the Gaza Strip, who do not enjoy freedom like the other children in the world, due to the crimes that are perpetrated by the Zionists against them and the rest of the Palestinians, from 1948 until today….”

“[The children] have undertaken to carry on the legacy of their fathers who have been honored with martyrdom [and are now] in the highest levels [of Paradise], or who are hidden in the darkness of [Israeli] prisons.”

A boy named Hamza, son of a slain terrorist, dressed in an army uniform and bearing a wooden rifle, says, “When I grow up, I will [join] the ranks of the Islamic Jihad, and resist the Zionist enemy and fire rockets at him until I die as a martyr and join my father in Paradise…..When I grow up, I want to blow myself up among the Zionists on a bus and kill them in a martyrdom operation….(‘Indoctrination To Jihad And Resistance In Gaza Kindergartens,’  MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 4786, June 12, 2012.)

These are extraordinary examples of the culture of hatred and incitement to violence being fostered in Palestinian society, with little outcry among Muslims, or for that matter, Jews and humanitarians the world over. These are Nazi-like efforts to dehumanize the Jewish people. One must ask: who really bars the freedom of the Palestinian people—and their children? Teaching children their lives belong to a hateful cause they can barely understand, shoving guns in their hands, inspiring them towards suicide are such heinous crimes that I’m surprised there is so much silence. Then again, when one looks at the record of outcry before World War II, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised by the silence. As long as Palestinian children are raised this way, there is no chance for peace.

To learn more about the Islamic tradition of Jew-hatred as the real cause for failure to achieve peace in the Middle East, come to the talk the ZOA is hosting with author, blogger, and activist, Pamela Geller, on June 24, Sunday, 11 am at the Jewish Federation building on Wilshire. Click here for more information about the event.


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