By Hemant Mehta
A video from the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia, taken in mid-April, shows a bunch of kids reciting poems and singing songs… which is perfectly normal for any religious center. Except that the script here calls for the celebration of those who “crush the treacherous ones” before saying of their enemies, “We will chop off their heads” and “subject them to eternal torture.”
In the video, children are seeing singing: “Glorious steeds call us and lead us [to] the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us… Take us, oh ships… until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones… Flow, oh rivers of martyrs!”
A young girl reads: “We will defend [Palestine] with our bodies… We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque… We will subject them to eternal torture.”
The irony is that the Muslim American Society says on their website that they’ve been lauded for work on “programs dealing with youth on the key issues of extremism, violence, hate and intolerance.” These particular bits of material? They just didn’t get properly vetted.
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