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Hamas to kids: Death is honor and victory

Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook  |

Hamas continues its compelling message to children that death, not life, is the prime value. The following lyrics have been appearing regularly in a song on the children's program Tomorrow's Pioneers on Hamas TV:

"Teach the children that death is honor and victory.
Through death, we seek to bring the dawn and the day."
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), March 20, 2009]
While the words are being sung, a young girl throws darts shaped like missiles at a target shaped like the Star of David, promoting another repeated Hamas message - violence against Israel. When the target is hit and the Star of David falls, the young girl raises her hands in victory.