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Poem in PLO youth magazine glorifies Shahada: "The mother await[s] her son with love, as a Martyr"

Poem written by a girl in 8th grade, published in Zayzafuna youth magazine:
“How sad for the homes destroyed by imperialism,
And a people [the Palestinians] which has no fear of Martyrdom (Shahada)
And never thinks of f leeing,
And a man whose heart is full of hatred and loathing, A cowardly immigrant [Israeli] who seeks stability…
And how sad for occupied Palestine
And for our blessed, neglected Jerusalem
And for our pure, stolen land
And for the sky f illed with clouds of smoke…
And for the prisoner awaiting an Arab liberator
And for the mother awaiting her son with love, as a Martyr.”

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 it’s funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.

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