A children’s program on a Hamas-owned television channel recently featured a boy who said he wanted to be an engineer when he grows up so that he can “blow up the Jews” and thus seize Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque from Israeli control on the Temple Mount.
The Middle East Media Research Institute translated a clip of the show from Al-Aqsa TV during which a boy named Zakariya succinctly explained why he desired to get into engineering:
Palestinian girl, host of the show: An engineer? Why do you want to become an engineer?
Palestinian child, Zakariya: So that I can blow up the Jews.
Palestinian girl, host of the show: You want to blow up the Jews? No, we want to blow up the Zionists. You mean the occupation, right? Okay, so that is why you want to become an engineer?
Another boy, Muhammad, read a poem, which included the line: "I shall liberate [Jerusalem] from the Jews by means of the Al-Qassam Brigades [the military wing of Hamas]."
The child said his mother had taught him the poem.
Muhammad said he aspired to join the Qassam Brigades when he grows up.
A guest host of the show, a boy named Wissam, encouraged the children to “keep waging jihad” so that one day “the Al-Aqsa mosque will be liberated.”
“Allah willing,” added the girl host.
The Al-Aqsa mosque is situated on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the holiest site in Judaism. It is the third holiest site in Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Israeli police this week have faced days of violent Palestinian protests on the Temple Mount coinciding with the Jewish new year Rosh Hashana.