Haaretz (Link) (June 22, 2010)
An Arabic children’s choir has been racking up views all over the world with the new YouTube hit “when we die as martyrs, we will go to heaven.”
The song was apparently recorded by the Jordanian-owned production company and television channel “birds of Paradise.”
According to The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), one of the world’s most comprehensive data centers on radical Islamic terrorist groups, the song is a hit on Arabic and worldwide websites and the children’s choir performing it fast is becoming one of the most popular children’s groups in the Arab world.
In the video clip, which can be viewed on the popular video sharing site YouTube, a young brown-eyed girl sings in front of what seems to be a group of children in pre-school the lyrics “Without Palestine, what does childhood mean?”
YouTube has already received dozens of spin-offs and remakes of the video, some of which depict Arabic children mimicking the lyrics while others show Jihadists using it as background music.
Journalist Fawzia Nasir al-Naeem wrote in the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al-Jazirah that “[Birds of Paradise] is one of the most widely distributed children’s song groups in the Arab world, and it seems to have crossed the ocean to Canada and Britain.”
She added that the group represents a new wave in Jihadist youth indoctrination, as it is child-friendly, as opposed to previous Jihadist programs.