A New York Congressman has called for a criminal investigation of the Philadelphia-based Muslim American Society after the organization posted a video of American kids saying they would “chop off” heads.
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York was deeply disturbed by the video, noting it was “infuriating to see US children being radicalized on US soil.”
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated the April 17 video, which was allegedly posted to the MAS Philadelphia chapter page “without verifying the content.”
One of the children can be heard calling for the torture of those who oppose Islam.
“We will defend the land of divine guidance with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation. We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling his promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture.”
“Not all songs were properly vetted,” MAS wrote. “This was an unintended mistake and an oversight in which the center and the students are remorseful. MAS will conduct an internal investigation to ensure this does not occur again.”
The person behind the video has reportedly been dismissed.
Zeldin, who completed Army Reserve duty over the weekend, was less than impressed with the response by MAS.
“It indicates that maybe they aren’t outraged at the fact that they are radicalizing and indoctrinating their own children, it’s that maybe they’re upset they exposed themselves by posting the video onto their own Facebook account,” Zeldin told Fox News. “I’m very bothered by it.”
Furthermore, the lawmaker believes MAS should not be investigating itself.
“They had children talking about chopping off of heads, liberating Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said. “The message isn’t one that you play and have these kids talk about unintended. That’s unacceptable and obviously unbelievable.”
The video featured children wearing Palestinian headwear and scarves- something that struck home for the lawmaker who introduced legislation to monitor textbooks given to Palestinian children.
“The Palestinians have anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hate- they incite violence in their own classrooms,” Zeldin said. “This has been going on for years. The United States, in the past, has supplemented efforts to fight back against the hate that’s in the Palestinian textbooks.”
In addition to Zeldin’s call for action, Muslim scholar Dr. Qanta Ahmed has suggested that the IRS look into the funding trail behind the video.
According to Philly.com, the Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia called the incident “extremely disturbing.”
“Children should not be indoctrinated to hate,” the organization wrote in a statement. “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.”
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