As it turns out, this may not have been at a school, but at some sort of rented space. Also, the video was posted by the Muslim American Society to its own Facebook page. What really happened is that MEMRI saw it, gave a correct translation and has caused a huge source of embarrassment for the adults who apparently taught these children so well and rehearsed so much that they learned to make coordinated gestures with their hands and arms all at the right time. Unless certain Islam lovers want to claim it was a coincidence and this was only the children's first time and they didn't know what they were doing. All the Islam lovers can do is doubt the translation. THAT'S IT! If it is accurate, then they have no argument, and a few unsavoury Muslim adults are implicated in teaching their children to be anti American revolutionaries. Keep in mind that the Muslim American Society is NOT DISPUTING the translation either. Which MIGHT MEAN you have well behaved, westernized assimilated, anti jihad Muslims or ex Muslims working at MEMRI. So ad hominems about "well two Jews founded MEMRI" remain simply irrelevant fallacies. - Werd
https://www.phillyvoice.com/philadelphi ... isturbing/
May 06, 2019
Muslim American Society chapter's video of children speaking about beheadings was an 'oversight'
Leaders say it was recorded by a group renting space at the MAS facility in North Philly and should not have been posted to Facebook
By Emily Rolen
The video posted to the Facebook page of the Philadelphia chapter of the Muslim American Society
that shows children saying "we will chop off their heads" and "we will subject them to eternal torture," was not vetted by the organization's leadership, officials said.
Muslim American Society national leadership condemned the video on Sunday, calling it "disturbing" and saying it "does not represent our understanding of Islam, nor the understanding of the mainstream Muslim community."
MAS said a school, identified as a local leaders academy, that is unaffiliated with the Philadelphia chapter organized the April event and had rented the space at the local North Philly facility.
The translation of the video was circulated Friday by the Middle East Media Research Institute
, an organization that describes itself as a Middle Eastern translation and research organization whose mission
"bridges the language gap between the West and the Middle East and South Asia." But MEMRI's own motives for this cause
have been called into question.
The video shows children wearing Palestinian scarves at an "Ummah Day" celebration on April 17 at the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in North Philadelphia singing a song. Here is one portion of the lyrics, translated by MEMRI:
"We will defend the land of divine guidance with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation. We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling His promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture."
The lyrics refer to Israel's closure of a building in Jerusalem in February
, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The compound, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock, is the third-holiest Islam site and the holiest site of Judaism.
MAS national leadership posted to Facebook on Sunday after it conducted an investigation into the video.
"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," the post read.
The post also said the person in charge of the program was dismissed and a local commission was being formed to aid in sensitivity training and supervision.
https://www.facebook.com/MuslimAmerican ... 08/?type=3
Muslim American Society
May 5 at 8:42 AM ·
MAS Updated Statement on Philadelphia Video
(Washington, D.C.) - May 4th, 2019
The Muslim American Society was alerted yesterday to a disturbing video that came out of Philadelphia. MAS immediately issued a preliminary statement on our website, condemning the words used in the video as we swiftly investigated the matter. MAS’ deep commitment to values of peace, justice, freedom and sanctity of life are clear. As a faith-based organization committed to building a just and virtuous society, we stand strong in our condemnation of hate and violence anywhere, even in the lyrics of a song.
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.
MAS is committed to condemning hate speech everywhere. We reaffirm our commitment to MAS’ core values of justice, peace and protecting the sanctity of human life.
The mission of the Muslim American Society is to move people to strive for God consciousness, liberty, and justice, and to convey Islam with utmost clarity. We organize, advocate and build leadership in community to build a just and equitable world.
Philadelphia's Anti-Defamation League condemned the incident in a statement.
“Children should not be indoctrinated to hate. These young people should never have been asked to make speeches and dance and lip-sync to songs that glorify violence against Jews and the State of Israel. The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is deeply complex and painful on all sides, and the only chance for a peaceful future is to teach our children to pursue peace,” the statement read.
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