Arab children who attend Islamic summer camp at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount this season have apparently been privvy to some deeply graphic lessons — and some exceptionally provocative anti-Semitic incitement as well — all couched within the cloak of religious teachings.
Video footage of Sheikh Khaled Al-Maghrabi lecturing some two dozen Arab children on Monday at the camp surfaced surfaced today (Tuesday, July 28) after the four-minute clip was translated and uploaded to the Internet by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Maghrabi, who runs the summer camp, is seen in the video intoning verses to the children that explain, “The martyr is absolved with the first drop of his blood.”
After martyrs die in battle, the sheikh continues, they go on to marry “two virgins in Paradise” and then “vouch for 70 family members on Judgment Day.” The “murabit,” however, gets 70 virgins: “35 times more than the martyr!”
Armed Israeli Border Guard Police officers are seen standing and watching during this lecture, nearly as bored as the fidgeting young targets of the lecture obviously are.
The children are urged halfway through the video by a completely black-veiled woman to chant “Allahu Akbar!” – “God is Great” – while an unidentified Arab man approaches the sheikh.
Surprisingly, the passerby condemns the lesson, telling the sheikh that the children do not understand such things. “You can teach these lessons to adults like us, not to them,” he says.
But the children continue to chant – and the brainwashing and behavioral programming goes on – with the words, “We shall sacrifice our souls and our blood for you, Al Aqsa!”
The lesson does not escape the adult. “Look at these children, look at what you are planting in their minds.”
The sheikh merely replies, “May Allah reward you.”
In disgust, knowing it to be a hopeless exercise, the man repeats, “Shame on you!” and leaves.
The video closes with the young children noisily yelling at “the Jews” their warning: “The Army of Muhammad will return!” “There is no God but Allah!” and “The martyr is beloved by Allah.”
What will the young Arab children of Jerusalem learn from the Waqf Islamic Authority at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount next?