KIDS TV in Iran has been praising martyrdom and promoting jihad alongside footage of anti-aircraft missiles
The chilling clip shows the children learning how the government of the Islamic Republic “fight the enemies of Iran”.
Iranian TV Children's Show: Standing Next to Missiles, Children Sing in Praise of Jihad and Martyrdom pic.twitter.com/fraLplQ6G7
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) October 18, 2018
A female presenter can be seen showing children various weapons and military vehicles, before a group of kids burst into a song about jihad. Ten children of different ages dressed in a mixture of conservative Muslim dress and military uniforms are seen singing about their fathers’ wishes of martyrdom. The video has been translated by Washington D.C.-Based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), who posted the clip on Twitter.
It starts with the presenter showing different military equipment, operated by stern-faced soldiers. She says: “Come here for a moment children, have a look. Look at these military vehicles which are being used to defend our beloved country Iran.” The show then cuts to video footage of boats, helicopters, and fighter jets on patrol off what appears to be the Iranian coast. When the screen cuts back to the presenter she adds: “Oh, how wonderful! Children, take a look!
“This is called “anti-aircraft”, and what does that mean?
“It means that if the airplanes of the enemy are flying in the sky, the anti-aircraft will not let them enter or infiltrate our beloved Iran.”
The girls are wearing chadors – a full-length cloak with a headscarf underneath – and appear to have images of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pinned to their chests. The boys are wearing military fatigues and black berets.
All the kids then begin to sing about their fathers in the Iranian army, and how he hopes to die for Islam.
Translated by MEMRI the lyrics read: “My dad is a military man, a man of the Revolution.”
“My dad fights our shameless enemies through defence and jihad – bravo!”
“He nurtures Iran – bravo! Helping people is his motto – bravo! God helps him – bravo!”
“My dad hopes to be a role model and sacrifice himself in the path of God.”
“My dad’s role models are the martyrs.”
The revolution they sing of is the Iranian Revolution of 1979 which turned the Kingdom of Iran into an Islamic Republic.
The clip emerged a day after the US slapped sanctions on an Iranian paramilitary group accused of recruiting children.
The sanctions levied on the Basij Resistance Force, along with a network of businesses that were providing it financing, is part of Washington’s campaign of maximum economic pressure against Tehran after pulling out of the nuclear deal.
The US Treasury accused Basij, a paramilitary force formed soon after the 1979 revolution, of sending child soldiers to Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Source » thesun