Hamas website, February 2009.
Like most children, Palestinian children see their parents as role models. So what message can a young child take from his father, member of a Hamas “special unit”, who was killed when the bomb he was preparing exploded in his hands?
Hamas child soldierA new Hamas clip features the son of the dead Palestinian terrorist wearing a military uniform and holding a rifle, as he steadfastly vows to follow his father:
“Father, we are not saying goodbye; I will see you as a martyr in Paradise.”
The video blends scenes of the boy’s declarations — filmed in a setting identical to those of suicide terrorist farewell videos — with scenes of his father teaching him to shoot a rifle. Reciting from a prepared text, the boy declares his intention to be a Jihad fighter like his father, promising him: “My eyes will shed no tears [over you], but my finger will pull the trigger.” He likewise thanks his father: “I will never forget, beloved father, the times when you taught me the love of Jihad and the love of arms.”