A Hamas documentary from Al-Aqsa TV presents children in an elementary school in the Sur Baher neighborhood of Jerusalem, a sign for the Islamic Riyad Al-Aqsa School shown in the beginning of the video.
The video is played with the children in different scenes singing a song which includes the following lyrics: “How strong is the army of Al-Aqsa, I am a soldier defending its protected area”, “I shall give up my life for its sake”, and “May the glory of the religion return and may my blood be shed”
The video provides evidence of the encouragement and promotion of children to take part in and aspire to violence, one scene showing a young boy holding a rifle bullet as other children cover his face in front of the camera. A second boy is then shown with his shirt partially obscuring his face as he holds up a stone.
The following is the transcript of the words of the songs Arab children were taught in Sur Baher in East Jerusalem:
“The Islamic Riyad (Gardens of) Al-Aqsa Schools – Sur Baher” (Jerusalem)
Young children in school sing:
“How beautiful are the gardens of Al-Aqsa.
I am a bud atop its hills.”
Footage of children doing “V” signs while others try to hide their faces as they hold up stones and a rifle bullet.
“How strong is the army of Al-Aqsa.
I am a soldier, defending its protected area.
How precious is the land of Al-Aqsa.
I shall give up my life for its sake.”
Young children in classroom sing:
“In the way of Allah we proceed aspiring to raise the flag.
May the glory of the religion (Islam) return, and may our blood be shed.”