Palestinian kids raised for war
Nov. 3, 2000: A year before the Western world woke up to the reality of suicide bombers with the 9/11 attacks on America, WND exposed the training of Palestinian children in the ways of jihad, with Palestinian television featuring macabre "Sesame Street"-type TV shows teaching toddlers to sing jihad songs about murdering Jews.
In one song on the "Children's Club," very young children are shown singing songs about wanting to become "suicide warriors" and to take up "a machine gun" to direct "violence, anger, anger, anger" against Israelis.
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During the show, which features children aged 4-10, one young boy sings, "When I wander into Jerusalem, I will become a suicide bomber." Afterward, other children stand to call for "Jihad! Holy war to the end against the Zionist enemy."
"It's very scary – it's a state-run educational system that teaches its children to be martyrs," said Meyrav Wurmser, Ph.D., an expert in Middle East politics. "Children are taught to idealize death, to view it as a positive. In many cases, they are told that death is not death at all, but rather the beginning of a new life."
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