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Children as combatants
Promoting violence for children
PA: Abbas endorses rock throwing, praises 12 year-old rock thrower 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2015
   
Caption: “The president during his meeting with the Al-Tamimi family from Nabi Saleh.”

“President Mahmoud Abbas received yesterday [Sept. 3, 2015] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, the family of Martyr Muhammad Al-Atrash, who was killed by the Israeli occupation forces at the Tapuach junction, south of Nablus, and the family of youth Muhammad Al-Tamimi, whom the Israeli occupation forces attacked and tried to arrest in the village of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah. The president offered his condolences to the Martyr’s (Shahid) family and stressed that these recurring crimes against the Palestinian people will not go unpunished…
During the reception for the family of the child Muhammad Al-Tamimi, the president praised the courage of the Al-Tamimi family and the way it faces the tyranny of the occupation and the attacks of its soldiers. In addition, he stressed that this proves the extent of the devotion of the Palestinian people to its land.
The president stressed that peaceful popular resistance (reference to rock throwing –Ed.) against the occupier is a powerful weapon in the hands of the Palestinian people, which exposes the falsity of the occupation, and shows to the whole world its barbarity, and the right of our people to self-definition, and to the establishment of an independent state like the rest of the peoples of the world.”
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PFLP leaders tell children in summer camp: "You are the fighters who receive the rifle from your fighter comrades" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 29, 2015
Headline: “Mazhar: The youths bear the compass and the key to change and liberation”
     “The leadership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), led by [Gaza PFLP] branch head and political bureau member Jamil Mazhar, paid a visit to the ‘We Are All Resistance’ [summer] Camp, that was organized by the Progressive Student Action Front (i.e., PFLP student group)…
Mazhar noted that the camps are held in order to prepare the front’s youth, to train them, and to educate them… and said: ‘You are the fighters who receive the rifle from your fighter comrades, like we received [it]. You are charged with the compass, and you will be the seed of change and liberation. This charge may be heavy, but after I saw what you do in these camps, we are certain that you can bear this charge, and contribute to the return of the front’s role in all arenas.’”
Hamas camp teaches military training to children, including weapons 
Source: Wattan News Agency, Aug. 5, 2015
Headline: “In the pictures: 20,000 graduates of the Al-Qassam Brigades’ Liberation Pioneers camps”
     “The [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, recently held a graduation ceremony for the sessions of the Liberation Pioneers camps, which included 20,000 graduates. The Al-Qassam Brigades opened the Liberation Pioneers camps in order to train residents of Gaza to carry weapons and use them, and for additional military training, and thousands of children, youths, and adults have participated in them.”

Pictures show children at the graduation ceremonies.


Hamas recruits youths ages 17 and up for military summer camps 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, June 12, 2015
Headline: “The Al-Qassam Brigades announced the beginning of registration for the military Liberation Pioneer Camps in Gaza”
     “The Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military branch of Hamas, announced the beginning of registration for their military summer camps in the Gaza Strip.
The brigades clarified in the notice on their website that the registration process for participation in the military Liberation Pioneer Camps will begin tomorrow, Saturday [June 13, 2015], throughout the Gaza Strip, and that the camp activities will begin this coming July 25.
Likewise, they noted that the registration will be at their nearest mosque or military post in every region of the West Bank.
The brigades clarified that these military camps are intended for several age groups beginning from the age of 17, and noted that each group would train independently. The military branch of the Hamas movement said that these youth will be ‘the nucleus of the next liberation project.’ It should be noted that about 20,000 Palestinian youths participated in the winter camps of the brigades at the beginning of the current year, which observers called a success. Likewise, it should be noted that the military camps which the Hamas movement organizes arouse the concerns of the Israeli occupation’s military establishment, which claims that ‘The movement is systematically building through these camps a new generation which absorbs from childhood the principles of extremist Islam, and prime among them Jihad.’”
PA TV encourages use of children as combatants with image of Palestinian boy holding a rifle  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 10, 2015

Image taken from Official PA TV program “Photography”:
An episode of the program showed chosen photos of Mahmoud Abu Hamdeh, a photographer from Gaza. Among the photos was one of two small children sitting on the grass. The girl is holding a bouquet of flowers and a Palestinian flag is draped around her shoulders, while the boy is wearing a keffiyeh – a traditional Palestinian headscarf - and holding a Kalashnikov rifle.
Child soldier encourages violence against Israel in Fatah Facebook ‎music video 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Apr. 25, 2015

Child singer Muhammad Al-Basyouni:‎
"See the [Al-Aqsa Martyrs’) Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) who set up ambushes
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs emerged with rifles
He wore a vest, bade farewell and returned with booty: a machine gun and a cannon
He overcame his wounds
I saw the Brigades' member when he left
A machine gun and a rifle adorned his clothes
May he stay young
The Brigades, the Brigades
The Brigades’ hawk with the keffiyeh – who else has his stature?‎
See how the follower of Yasser [Arafat] reacts when he raises his weapon
Brigades, [your] snipers vowed to hit the target with the first shot
The [Brigades'] bombing made a loud noise
The Brigades set out on a mission and waited for the signal
Tell those who were not there: We laid mines in the orchard
O my land, be strong and tremble from the Al-Aqsa rockets. Be proud
We defied the [Israeli] drone and retaliated against the [air] strike." 
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Hamas:‎ We bring our kids up “on love of Jihad and Martyrdom-death” 
Source: Facebook page of Hamas' Ministry of ‎Interior‎, Apr. 10, 2015

Posted text: "These are our lion cubs. We have brought them up on the love of Jihad and Shahada (Martyrdom-death)."
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Boy on PA TV: Goal is "to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 25, 2015

PA TV reporter: "Instilling the culture of boycotting occupation products in the hearts of children ‎and adolescents was the goal that led the [PA] Ministry of Education to place this issue at the center of ‎all school activities throughout the homeland... Through creative activities, [students] expressed ‎different views about support for national products and resistance through boycott.‎"
Boy participating in the theater contest at a school in Hebron: "I came to rehearse the play in order to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them, and ‎defeat them. The goal is to boycott Israeli products.‎"
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Fatah: Terrorist involved in attacks that killed Israelis who also murdered a Palestinian "collaborator" "is a wonderful example for the children of Palestine" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Feb. 19, 2015
     “The hero of the famous Ein Arik operation (i.e., terror attack), the heroic Martyr (Shahid) prisoner Shadi Said Al-Saaideh… Shadi is a wonderful example for the children of Palestine, its youth and heroes of Palestine. He was born from the womb of Palestinian suffering on March 8, 1981 in a diaspora refugee camp in Jordan, and returned to the Gaza Strip after the signing of the Oslo Accords… With the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., the PA terror campaign 2000-2005) he joined Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.
The famous Ein Arik operation:
On February 19, 2002, he [Al-Saaideh] drew his weapon in defense of his homeland and his nation. He went towards the Ein Arik military checkpoint, near the village of Ein Arik, west of Ramallah, together with one of his comrades in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and carried out a glorious operation (i.e., terror attack) which will continue to shine in the books of the resistance and the self-sacrificing operations (Fida'i).
Shadi, the hero of the famous Ein Arik operation – that extraordinary self-sacrificing operation which shocked the Israeli security establishment and rocked the occupation to its very foundations. For he shot at Israeli soldiers gathered at the Ein Arik military checkpoint, killing 8 soldiers and wounding others, before he and his friend succeeded in retreating.”

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Fatah leader in Jenin: Youth must “continue ‎walking the path of the Martyrs” 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Feb. 12, 2015
Fatah-run Awdah TV broadcast from an event ‎held in honor of the Lion Cubs and Flowers ‎Institution (Fatah Youth Institution for Young ‎Boys and Girls) in Jenin.‎
     ‎“Fatah Secretary in Jenin Ata Abu ‎Rmeileh: ‘These activities are of utmost ‎importance. Fatah’s Jenin branch has ‎been holding them through the Lion Cubs ‎and Flowers Institution [Fatah Youth ‎Institution for Young Boys and Girls]… ‎Adherence to the Palestinian principles: ‎The right of return, the [Palestinian] state ‎and Jerusalem as the capital of the State of ‎Palestine. These [young] generations ‎must be molded according to those ‎principles, so that they will continue ‎walking the path of the Martyrs ‎‎(Shahids), foremost among whom is ‎Martyr Yasser Arafat; of those who fought ‎in South Lebanon, utterly humiliating the ‎Israelis; the RPG generals (i.e., young ‎Palestinian boys who fired RPGs at Israeli ‎tanks during the first Lebanon war in ‎‎1982); of the Institution’s girls and boys in ‎the Jenin refugee camp and all around the ‎homeland, who manufactured simple ‎Palestinian hand grenades, fought the ‎occupation and defeated this occupier. ‎This generation must keep this trust, in ‎order to realize these [Fatah’s] principles…‎ This occupation must be fought in all areas ‎of life, including [those of] education, ‎struggle, boycotting Israeli products, ‎resistance to the settlers and popular ‎resistance.”‎
Girl on PA TV: “My toys are the stone ‎and rifle”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 28, 2014
Official PA TV program The Best Home ‎broadcast a young girl singing a song ‎entitled “I am a Palestinian child”‎:

Girl: ‎‎“I am a Palestinian child; ‎
My childhood – between stone and fire.‎
I grew up among bombs and destruction.‎
My toys are the stone and rifle.‎

My drawing is my ruined home.‎
My book is the number of Martyrs ‎‎(Shahids).‎
My school is behind the wall.‎
My colors are my country’s flag:‎
‎ ‎
Red is the blood of the Martyr.‎
Green is our renewed hope.‎
Black is mourning for Palestine
White is victory over the usurpers.‎

Ask not where my childhood is,‎
For it lies buried beneath ruins and ‎ashes.”‎

Official PA TV host: “My sweetie. These ‎words are full of meaning.”‎
Cartoon promotes rock-throwing 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2014

 
Text: “Purification before prayer is performed with stones.”

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official Palestinian daily, published a cartoon alluding to the Islamic custom of purification before prayer. In general, purification is performed with water; if there no water is available, sand is used. The cartoon shows a father handing his son a slingshot and telling him that purification before prayer is performed with stones.
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Boy at Fatah ceremony: "Pick up your rifle... Destroy, shock, burn and set fire" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 16, 2014

Fatah ceremony in Tulkarem marking the anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
A boy,  Abd Al-Rahman Mustafa, recites poem:
"Pick up your rifle, resist and terrify [them].
Break your silence, free your thoughts...
Stand firm, strengthen your heart.
Destroy, shock, burn and set fire...
Heal your wounds and forget your cares...
Your homeland is your honor; protect it with your blood...
Find your weapon next to my weapon...
Al-Aqsa [Mosque] calls: ‘Where are my men?’
Palestinian, answer its call; Yasser [Arafat’s] men will not kneel."
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Note: Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. In 1982, during the first Lebanon War, Muslim residents of the camps were massacred by Christian Phalangists. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.
Op-ed in official PA daily: "Stop legitimizing the sacrifice of our ‎children" for the sake of garnering support 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2014
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular ‎columnist for the official PA daily
     ‎“We justify the deaths of our child victims ‎with a thousand slogans and tales, but ‎ultimately, they get nothing from us but a ‎number and name on a tombstone.‎
The time has come to stop legitimizing the ‎sacrifice of our children‏ ‏to collect tears ‎and cries [of support] from the streets of ‎the capital cities.”‎
Hamas cleric proud of 2-year-old son for pretending teddy bear is a kidnapped soldier 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 22, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast the Friday ‎sermon from the Al ‎-Shafi‘i mosque in ‎Khan Younis, delivered by Sheikh ‎Muhammad Salah Abu Rajab.‎
Sheikh Muhammad Salah Abu Rajab: “My ‎two-year-old son’s toy, his favorite toy at ‎home – like many other [children] – his ‎favorite toy is a teddy bear. Before the war ‎he used to hold it in his lap. Play with the ‎teddy bear. But today, the bear has ‎become [something else]. My son says ‎every day: ‘Where’s the soldier?’ He ‎carries it on his back, and in his other ‎hand [carries] a toy rifle, and he walks ‎around the house and wants to hide the ‎soldier. Can you [Israel] face them [these ‎children]? You can’t face them. We are ‎training an army against you, which you ‎cannot face.”‎
Fatah youth "set the land on fire!" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 23, 2014


Text
: "The old man's [Yasser Arafat's] Shabiba [Fatah youth movement] - set the land on fire!"
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Fatah promotes riots: "My mother taught me that my stone is my weapon" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 2, 2014
Text: "My mother taught me that my stone is my weapon;
that I am Palestinian only through my struggle;
she taught me to shout that this is my land, so get out!"
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Note: On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction. Two days later, a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and murdered in Jerusalem in what may have been a revenge attack, although this has yet to be confirmed. Following this murder, Palestinians took to the streets of eastern Jerusalem in violent protests.
PA joins 5 UN human rights conventions, including protocol prohibiting children from taking direct part in hostilities 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 3, 2014
Headline: “Palestine joins 5 UN human rights conventions”
     “According to a statement by a UN spokesman, Palestine joined five UN human rights conventions yesterday [May 2, 2014], including a convention against torture and a convention on children’s rights.
At a press conference in Geneva, Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, listed these UN Conventions as follows: the Convention against Torture, the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In addition, the spokesman announced that Palestine’s joining the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict will take effect on May 7, while its joining of the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will take effect on July 2.”
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Hamas TV: Giant, cuddly bee teaches children to "shoot Jews" and "smash them" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), May 2, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) program Tomorrow's Pioneers on neighbors' rights.
[Phone conversation between Nahul the bee and Qais, a boy from Jenin (West Bank).]

Nahul the bee, (adult in a giant bee costume): "My friend Qais - anyway, Rawan, I tell him to take a stone, and when the Jews come, to take it and throw it at them."
Child host (Rawan): "Of course, the Jewish neighbors."
Nahul: "To smash them."
Child host: "If his neighbors are Jews or Zionists? Yes." ...
[Child host Rawan talks to Tulin, a girl in the studio.]
Child host Rawan: "Tulin, why do you want to be a police officer? Like who?"
Girl Tulin: "Like my uncle." ...
Child host: "So what does a policeman do?"
Nahul (adult in giant bee costume): "He catches thieves, and people who make trouble."
Child host: "And shoots Jews. Right?"
Girl: "Yes."
Child host: "You want to be like him?"
[Girl nods]
Child host: "Allah willing, when you grow up."
Girl: "So that I can shoot Jews."
[Nahul the bee cheers]
Child host: "All of them? All of them?"
Girl: "Yes."
Child host: "Good."
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Prisoner's son sings on PA TV: "Dad gave me a rifle and a machine gun as a gift... Defeat America and Israel" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 9, 2014
Official PA TV program Link in a Chain hosted the son of prisoner Rami Al-Ayleh

Son of prisoner Rami Al-Ayleh:
“Dad gave me a rifle and a machine gun as a gift.
When I’ll be very [big], I’ll join the liberation army.
The liberation army taught us how to defend our homeland.
Our homeland is dear, dear [to us].
[He is prompted from the background:] [We will] defeat, defeat America and Israel.”

Rami Al-Ayleh was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
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