A recent broadcast by official Palestinian Authority TV showed a graduation ceremony at a kindergarten run by a Palestinian charity, in which children wore military uniforms and brandished toy machine guns as they performed a parade to a song vowing violence against enemies.
US-based media watchdog MEMRI translated and posted the clip on Monday, after the footage was first posted on the Internet last week.
The song to which the children performed to at the ceremony included the following lyrics: “On the mountains, behind the hills, within the valleys – you will be defeated, you will be defeated…Whether you come by sea, or by air – you will be crushed, you will be crushed….If you stretch your hand, it will be chopped off. If you just look with your eye, it will be gouged out. The defeated army will be too terrified to come back…We come for you before, and woe betide you if we come back again. You come to this land alive, but you will leave it as body parts.”
A large photograph of the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat was on the stage where the children performed, and the performance was watched by what appeared to be several dozen adults.
The PA’s official media regularly features broadcasts that depict children inciting hate and demonising Israel and Jews.