“We will chop off their heads.”
A disturbing video showing Muslim children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania promising to sacrifice themselves and kill for the “army of Allah” was posted on the Muslim American Society’s Facebook page Sunday, according to a Fox News report.
The video, which the Muslim American Society posted in celebration of “Ummah Day,” shows children wearing Palestinian scarves and reading poetry about killing in the name of Allah.
Fox News was alerted to the video by watchdog group Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which says the rhetoric displayed is not an isolated incident.
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“These are not isolated incidents; they are happening in major centers of the country – including in Pennsylvania,” the group said in a statement.
According to a MEMRI translation of the video, the children can be heard singing: “The land of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey is calling us. Our Palestine must return to us.”
One of the children then talks about sacrificing her life to conquer Jerusalem.
“We will defend the land of divine guidance with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation,” another child says. “We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling His promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture.”
The song, known as the “revolutionaries’ anthem,”, is popular among Islamist groups. Other lines in the song say that “those who do not accept oppression should assert themselves” and “the path to Al-Aqsa calls us.”
The Philadelphia chapter is just one of 42 such MAS organizations scattered around the country. MAS said in a statement that the video was not properly vetted before posting, claiming it only learned of the offensive language after MEMRI posted the translation. The group condemned the video as “disturbing”.
In an interview Sunday, MAS Executive Director Ayman Hammous said the video does not represent the organization’s values.
“It does not represent our understanding of Islam, nor the understanding of the mainstream Muslim community,” Hammous said.
Hammous said MAS asked the person in charge of the Philadelphia program to step down after the incident, which they did. He also said MAS is “evaluating” the leadership at the chapter for failing to provide proper oversight, but has not made a decision on whether anyone will be removed.
Hammous added that MAS will be evaluating its social media policies, which the video violated. Future events at the Philadelphia chapter will also be subject to stricter oversight.
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