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Islamist Children's Festival on Temple Mount

Muslim extremists say event is held in order to teach their children not to be Israeli.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/13/2013, 10:03 PM

A video on Youtube documents the "Al Aqsa Children's Festival," which was held by Islamists on the Temple Mount last week.

The festival was sponsored by the Al Aqsa Foundation and the Institute for Development of Al Aqsa and the Holy Sites. The theme was the strengthening of ties to the Al Aqsa Mosque and the commitment to its "liberation" from "the Israeli occupation."

 

Events such as these were unthinkable before the Oslo Accords, which created a lax atmosphere regarding Muslim irredentism and anti-Israel incitement.

One of the girls participating in the event, Abrar Raed from the village of Turan in the Galilee, explained that she was participating in the festival "in order to send a message to the Israel occupation, that Al Quds [Jerusalem] belongs to us, and that no one can take it away from us, because we are the nation of Mohammed."

Attorney Zahi Najidat, the official spokesman for the Islamic Movement in Israel, explained that "Some people want to instill 'Israeliness' in their children, whereas we – through these and other activities – educate and raise a generation on love of the land, love of the holy places and love of Al Aqsa."