A Palestinian child graduating from Kindergarten said, "I love the resistance and the martyrs and Palestine, and I want to blow myself up on Zionists and kill them on a bus in a suicide bombing." It is hard to comprehend anyone saying such a thing, but hearing from a 5- or 6-year-old child is heartbreaking. Yet everyday in Gaza, children are taught that killing Jewish people is noble and honorable.
The graduation ceremony came complete with the little boys dressed in the Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades uniforms, they had toy rifles (those also went home with the boys as a grad gift) and chanted anti-Israel slogans. One boys dressed as an Israeli soldier pretended to torture a 'Palestinian' prisoner by dunking his head in a bucket of water. Good to know these boys are learning that jihadists would never torture a prisoner. What hope is there for any type of resolution when adults are teaching these things to children? Teaching little boys killing and suicide bombing? Can't they teach what they believe about the land and religion without teaching them they have to kill and/or die to be honorable, at least until maybe...Jr. High? It is incredible what human beings teach in the name of religion!
What's even more incredible is that this is an annual event. One of the teachers said, "At every kindergarten graduation ceremony we focus on the children to represent the role of struggling and resistance in the way of Allah so they will grow up to love the resistance and serve the cause of Palestine and Holy Jihad, as well as to make them leaders and fighters to defend the holy soil of Palestine." The children can't get away from it, even at a puppet show that promoted non-smoking.
The show, in East Jerusalem, told the kids to replace cigarettes with machine guns! One puppet says, "I, and many other youth like me, think that cigarettes will help us to grow, to turn into men. Jerusalem doesn't need men who hold cigarettes. It needs men who hold machine guns, not cigarettes." Yeah, cause being a terrorist extends your lifespan! It is hard to imagine any parent being comfortable with this. Naturally, the group that held the puppet show, Burj Luq-Luq Social Center Society, had to throw in some Jew hating to send the message home. They've had support from some groups you may recognize.
Anti-Israel hatred has ramped up over the past few years. Groups on the U.S. left don't try to hide it anymore, they don't need to. Many of these groups are the same ones touting 'tolerance' and other heartwarming sentiments. They abhor Christianity, yet support and defend religious groups that: murder, or 'punish', homosexuals and adulterers, openly hate 'the West' and want to wipe it all off the map and teach children that they'll be extra special if they kill some Jews. It doesn't make sense. When murdering or suicide bombing is part of what you believe makes you 'honorable' in the eyes of your Maker, it is time to reevaluate.
A little boy named Hamza said, "When I grow up I'll join Islamic Jihad and the al-Quds Brigades. I'll fight the Zionist enemy and fire missiles at it until I die as a shahid [martyr] and join my father in heaven.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012