Palestinian kids’ destiny is to die for Palestine - they should “sacrifice” themselves for Jerusalem and its holy sites! That is the official message from Abbas’ Presidential Office.
In an interview on official PA TV, the Director of the PA Presidential Office’s Jerusalem Unit bragged that “the boys and girls of Jerusalem are teaching the entire world what sacrifice and self-sacrifice are”:
PA Presidential Office’s Jerusalem Unit Director Mu’tasim Tayyim: “As long as Jerusalem is occupied, there will be an escalation in the Palestinian struggle. As long as Jerusalem is occupied, our souls and blood are for Jerusalem, for its holy sites. We won’t hesitate to protect and defend Jerusalem... and everything that is Arab-Palestinian-Islamic-Christian in Jerusalem... The boys and girls of Jerusalem are teaching the entire world what sacrifice and self-sacrifice are.”
[Official PA TV, Good Morning Jerusalem, July 24, 2020]
Palestinian Media Watch has exposed numerous similar statements by PA and Fatah officials, songs, and children’s poems that encourage Palestinian youth to “become Martyrs” for “Palestine.” Recently, in the context of Israel's presumed application of Israeli law to the Jordan Valley and the Jewish towns on the West Bank, the PA broadcast several music videos urging Palestinians to seek death as Martyrs, tempting them with the promise of marrying the 72 Virgins of Paradise in a “wedding procession on the day that Martyrdom-death is granted” as is Islamic