Kirsters Baish| It was reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Friday that a Philadelphia school, the Muslim American Society Islamic Center (MAS Philly) posted a video of students dressed in traditional Palestinian clothing, singing jihadist songs.
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Breitbart News reports:
The video, which was uploaded to the center’s Facebook page on April 22, appears to be one of several videos uploaded in celebration of “Ummah Day.” (The word “ummah” refers to the worldwide Muslim community.) The center uploaded several other videos to its Facebook page, each featuring children making presentations that represented other Muslim countries. However, the Palestinian video now appears to have been deleted.
In the video, which MEMRI reposted with subtitles, the children are shown singing jihadist or terrorist songs, praising the “blood of martyrs,” a reference to suicide bombing. They also sing “Our Palestine must return to us,” and recite speeches praising suicide bombers: “They compete with one another to reach Paradise.” They add: “We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque … and we will subject them to eternal torture.” One child wears a t-shirt showing a map of Palestine on which Israel has been eliminated.
These kinds of horrific videos that show children being indoctrinated and forced to show their loyalty to a terrorist organization are not uncommon on Palestinian tv, according to Breitbart. However, this kind of programming isn’t just in the Hamas-run Gaza. Breitbart explains, “Other Palestinian Authority publications extol the virtues of terror; to this day, the Palestinian government pays stipends to jailed terrorists and the families of dead ones.”
MAS Philly posted a statement to their Facebook page on Saturday, in which the center admitted that “not all songs were properly vetted.” The statement continued, “This was an unintended mistake and an oversight in which the center and the students are remorseful.”
MAS Philly went on to post a statement from the Pennsylvania chapter of the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR). In the statement, CAIR “reaffirmed its condemnation of any and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.”
Breitbart News noted previously:
In 2007-8, CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. That case, in turn, led the FBI to discontinue its work with the organization. In 2009, a federal judge ruled that the government “produced ample evidence to establish” the ties of CAIR with Hamas, the Palestinian terror organization . The United Arab Emirates labeled CAIR a terrorist organization in 2014 (a decision that the Obama administration opposed).
The statement from CAIR-Pennsylvania did not condemn the video which depicted children chanting terrorist songs. Breitbart explains that “Instead, it used the opportunity to criticize Israel: ‘We should be careful, however, not to conflate criticism of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians with anti-Semitism.’”