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Ru'a Tamimi: "His mother promised him a gift if he finished his food. The boy wondered in excitement: “Is it a toy?” His mother approached him with a glowing look while carrying the gift. He looked, and it was a rifle! He shouted loudly: 'O Mommy! Mommy! What is this? Is this the gift?' She picked him up, hugged him, and said: 'My son, we were not created for happiness. In my eyes, you are meant for Martyrdom!' … Jerusalem is ours, our weapon is our Islam, and our ammunition is our children. And you, O my son, are meant for Martyrdom. [The boy] returned to his bed and complained to his pillow, for he is too young for these things… He gave in to his dreams. He sees his bride (i.e., Jerusalem), but she is handcuffed, and the Jews surround her, and she says to him: 'O my knight, release me from the handcuffs… I, Jerusalem, say this to you: What was taken by force will only be returned by force.'
[The boy] awoke from his sleep in order to live the remainder of his day, saying: 'What was taken by force will only be returned by force' while carrying in one hand the rifle, and in his other hand – a sad poem."
Host 1: [applauds] "My darling, my love, well done! Come here so I can kiss you."
Posted text: "The children of Palestine"
The young Palestinian girl is Ru'a Tamimi from the village of Nabi Saleh. She is known for reciting poems with great precision.
This poem is known as “The Gift” or “The Children of Palestine – The Martyrdom Project”
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 22, 2019]