A Hamas TV program for children is once again
promoting Shahada -
Martyrdom for Allah - as a positive goal for kids.
In the most
recent episode of the show Tomorrow´s Pioneers, the child host asks a 10-year-
old girl who phones into the program whether she had been afraid of
dying during the 2009 Gaza War.
"No, I wasn´t afraid," the
little girl says. "I wished for Shahada (Martyrdom) - Shahada for Allah."
The host is effusive
in her praise that "even this little girl" dreams of Shahada, and adds, "We all wish
The exchange is more than just another example
of Hamas´s continued promotion of Shahada for children. The young caller´s response
also proves the success of years of propaganda by Hamas and the
Palestinian Authority (Fatah) to indoctrinate children to aspire to
Martyrdom for Allah, and to believe that seeking death is a greater
value than seeking life.
To see more examples from PMW´s
website about the promotion of Shahada, click here. For more examples of
the success of this strategy, click
the transcript of the excerpt from the TV show:
Host to girl on phone:
"How was it for you during the
[Gaza] war ? Were you afraid that you would die, that you would
leave this world?"Girl:
"No. I wasn´t afraid. I wished for Shahada
(Martyrdom) -- Shahada
"How wonderful. Even this
little girl - how old are you?"Girl:
"[She] is not more than ten years old, and wants
to die as a Shahida
for Allah. We all wish for this [Shahada
Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Jan. 22, 2010]