Pregnant mothers all over the world are engaged in imagining the future of their unborn child and wishing only the best for them. The Palestinian Authority, however is promoting a song in which mothers are taught to view their unborn fetus as a future “Martyr for Palestine.”
Here are some of the lyrics:
Our Martyrs are convoys and our bones are mountain
We don’t surrender to the lowly
We aren’t deterred by imprisonment
Palestine is etched on the heart of the fetus
A proud Martyr in his mother’s womb
And the Arab state will remain ours —Arab, Arab
We hold the rifles to our chests and our eyes are raised to you
Our homes are trenches and our souls are the sacrifice for you
O Jerusalem, you will not remain stolen
“Martyrs” are those who die for Allah, “Martyrdom” has been presented by the Palestinian Authority as the most honorable status achievable in Islam. And now, they are urging new mothers to see their unborn children only as sacrificial lambs to be sent to the slaughter.
Imagine, a baby who is not yet born is being destined for death. It goes against every protective instinct of a mother and violates the values of civilized society.
We cherish our unborn children and hope and dream of the goodness and fulfillment they will know.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi David Greenberg