Palestinian children as young as 5 are being indoctrinated into a life of jihad, according to a report on a Hamas television station.
The program, which aired May 31 on Al-Aqsa TV and was translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute, shows boys participating in a kindergarten graduation ceremony at the Islamic Association in Gaza dressed in military garb and touting "death for the sake of Allah."
In front of a cheery mural that shows children laughing as they run through a field with balloons, these camouflage-clad boys instead participate in military-style maneuvers. Some are masked in balaclavas, wearing black vests and carrying what appear to be toy AK-47s.
"Who is your role model?" the masked boys yell. "The Prophet."
"What is your path?" they continue. "Jihad."
"What is your most lofty aspiration?" they cry. "Death for the sake of Allah."
It was the 29th graduation ceremony for the association, the show's host said. Footage of the girls' graduation showed students dressed as butterflies performing a ballet-like dance routine.