The Muslim American Society (MAS) says in response to the video that shows kids reciting a violent poem in Arabic at a Philadelphia Islamic Center last month, “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.
According to a translation, the children said “We will defend Palestine with our bodies. We will chop off their heads.”
Philadelphia’s Anti-Defamation League also issued a statement, saying, “If the translation is accurate, it is extremely disturbing. 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 ADL's full response is below: