Promotion of Shahada, or death for Allah, has been the backbone of
the Palestinian Authority´s messages to its children since the start
of the terror war in September 2000. Although the number of these
messages has been reduced in recent months, the promotion and
glorification of child Shahada continues nonetheless, as seen this
week on PA TV.
This week´s Shahada promotion was seen during the broadcast of The
Palestinian Diaspora, a series presented as a factual dramatization
of history that has been shown daily on PA TV in a prime time slot
for the past month. Throughout the series, Israel´s creation and
ongoing existence has been presented as injustices that must be
fought.Click here to see clip
This episode was set in 1956, as Arab´s mourn Israel´s existence. A
12-year-old refugee reads his uncle a story he wrote. The scene has
two explicit messages.
A child should be willing and anxious to fight and die in order to
Arab ´refugees´ can never resettle, but must ´return´ to Israel.
The following is an excerpt from the scene
Boy: "His mother cried and said, ´My son! Swear to me! Don´t leave
me alone…! I´m afraid you
will be killed.´
"Her son said to her, ´Don´t cry, my mother! Let me go and fight for
the sake of the homeland. The enemy stole our beautiful land… We all
must fight in order to redeem the lost paradise… We lived in joy and
happiness, until the foreign enemy [Israel] came and expelled us
from our land, and we became refugees in tents. But we will return,
by Allah´s will!´
"His mother told him, ´Farewell, my son. Allah be with you.´ He
kissed her and left to fight, and fought until he became a Shahid
[martyr for Allah]."
Uncle: "...Let me ask you, if they come and tell you, we will give
you a very big house, a car,
land and money, just resettle! Would you agree?"
Uncle: "...the homeland is greater than individual possessions."
Boy: nods yes
[PA TV, June 16, 2005]
It´s important to note that the segment opens with the boy´s friend
writing "I shall return" over a map he drew of ´Palestine´ - which
removed Israel´s existence.