A small child is shown in a video posted online singing a song about ISIS and sawing off the head of a doll.
The video was captured from the Internet by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and analyzes media throughout the region.
Waving a long blade, the child, who is covered by Islamic garb for women, sings: “State of Islam, attack and defeat the religion of heresy and the gang of the military. Instill terror, exterminate the leftover remnants (of the army), and slaughter.”
The camera then wavers and shifts as it follows the child’s motions in sawing off the head of the doll, which is then held up briefly and then tossed to the floor. A chorus in the background includes the words, “My sword has been sharpened to destroy you.”
The doll’s body and the knife are shown on the floor.
The child declares, “The Islamic State will remain and expand.”
The video was posted online Aug. 4 at an ISIS account and translated from Arabic by MEMRI.
It isn’t clear whether the child is a boy or a girl.
The Times of Israel pointed out that ISIS had released videos in 2015 of children practicing beheadings on dolls, and last winter a video was released showing a jihadi training camp for children.
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Children often have been used by jihadists to promote their cause. Just last week a video showed a Palestinian father shoving his 4-year-old son toward Israeli border patrol officers, encouraging them to shoot the boy.
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“Shoot him! Shoot him!” the father shouts, according to reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was shaken “to the core of my being” by the video.
“The Palestinian leadership must stop encouraging children to kill. They must stop encouraging Palestinian parents to call for the death of their own children,” he said. “It’s horrendous! Peace begins with respect. If parents don’t respect their own children’s lives, how will they respect the lives of their neighbors?”
“A Palestinian father holds up his 4-year-old son. He pleads with Israeli border police to kill his own child. He shouts, ‘Shoot this little boy!’ His boy. He pushes his young son forward toward the soldiers and screams, ‘Kill him! Shoot him!’ The boy pauses. He is scared. Any child would be,” Netanyahu said.
“He turns back, looking at his father for guidance. With his shirt tightly tucked into his bright red shorts, the boy ambles forward towards the soldiers. One of them extends his hand in friendship. The boy gives him a high-five.
“It’s hard to make a 4-year-old hate.”
A year ago, WND reported on a video repoerted by MEMRI of a toddler standing in the family’s residence being coached by someone off-screen to say, “I want to stab a Jew.”
WND reported when a Palestinian television show featured two interviewees in military fatigues who declare their aspiration in life is to “blow up the Jews.”
They’re about 6 years old.
The boys appear on a children’s show moderated by a girl who is not much older than they are, reported MEMRI.
MEMRI said the show was on Al-Aqsa TV, the official channel of Hamas, the jihadist organization that governs Gaza.
The moderator asks one of the boys, Muhammad, about his poetry.
“Who taught this poem, Muhammad?” the young moderator asks.
His mother, said Muhammad Ali Zakariya Al-Astal.
He then recites:
Oh Jerusalem, I shall redeem you with my soul and my blood.
I shall liberate you from the Jews by means of the Al-Qassam Brigades, of course.
I bring glad tidings to our prisoners: Salvation is near.
Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Muhammad said he wants to become a member of Al-Qassam Brigades, the so-called military wing of Hamas.
Another interviewee, identified as Zakariya, said he wants to be an engineer “so that I can blow up the Jews.”
A previous video of a little boy believed to be the son of an ISIS jihadist shows him cutting his teddy bear’s head off.
He appears to be about 4 years old and takes a knife to his stuffed teddy bear’s neck, sawing away. The boy is introduced in the video as a son of an ISIS fighter.