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Essay in PLO youth magazine glorifies Martyrdom-death

Essay by a girl in high school entitled "The Palestinian Mother," published in PLO youth magazine Zayzafuna:
“I am the Palestinian mother, I am the mother of the Martyr (Shahid) who sacrif iced himself for the sake of liberty, and followed the path of Martyrdom (Shahada) for the sake of the homeland… He fell upon the land of Palestine, quenching it with his pure blood. My son died as a Martyr with a bullet, a treacherous bullet, to his chest. But the main thing is that he died as a Martyr upon the land of Palestine; oh the land of Divine missions, the blessed land and the homeland of the prophets and the messengers; oh the place of the Prophet’s [Muhammad’s] Night Journey… Congratulations [you are in] Paradise and [in] the heavenly dwellings, oh Palestinian Martyr. With our lives we will redeem you, Palestine.”

Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.

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