A video recording featuring young children dancing in choreographed unison to a song celebrating past Middle East violence and reciting poetry pledging future beheadings of Zionists has elicited assurances the event will be investigated by the Muslim American Society (MAS). The video went viral last week.
The Muslim American Society Islamic Center in North Philadelphia hosted the April 17 event in Philadelphia to commemorate Ummah Day, a celebration of community and nation. A video of the children's performance was posted on Facebook, where it was discovered and the language subsequently translated by the nonpartisan watchdog group Middle East Media Research Institute.
As it turns out, both the song and poetry were rife with violent imagery both historical and imagined against non-Muslims: "We will chop off their heads, And we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque [located in a heavily disputed area of Jerusalem]," said one little girl. "We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling his promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture."
Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said the video displays "in brutal detail the jihadist agenda" of the individuals behind the performance. "We can see just how zealous they are in their desire to kill infidels," he said. "They are being trained to be the next generation of jihadists."
The MAS investigated the matter, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. At first, the society claimed the event was "improperly vetted" and "an unfortunate oversight."
On May 5, the MAS released the following statement:
Our investigation revealed that the school that organized the event on April 17, 2019 is a separate entity renting space from MAS Philadelphia. The school board has informed us that it has taken immediate actions and dismissed the person in charge of the program. In addition, they will form a local commission to aid in sensitivity training and proper supervision for future programs.
Unfortunately, the video from the school was uploaded to the chapter's Facebook page without verifying the content of the video for appropriateness and making sure it conforms to our hate-free policy and values. The chapter will take further steps in assuring strict adherence to publishing and posting policies.
Thompson, however, says the video "portrays the true face of militant Islam portrayed by the young" and states that organizations such as the Council for American-Islamic Relations have repeatedly stated the shared intent to "transform America into an Islamist state."
He concluded: "Christianity and Islam have been locked in mortal combat for more than 1,400 years, and the battle will continue with the only difference that it will be conducted increasingly on American soil."