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July 05, 2007

Incitement in Hamas Summer Camp Bothers Some Palestinians

The Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh reports that

Some Palestinian parents in the Gaza Strip are up in arms over Hamas summer camps which are being used to train children on the use of weapons and other military equipment.

The article points out that although Fatah itself has used summer camps for inciting against Israel and the US, the organization is not happy to be on the receiving end of such incitement:

A statement issued by Fatah accused Hamas of "kidnapping" and "brainwashing" the children.

"Hamas is helping create a culture of hatred and vengeance," the statement charged. "They are killing the innocence of children by forcing them to undergo military training and teaching them hatred. They want to use these children to fight their own people in the future.

You can read the article here.

The indoctrination of Palestinian youth is nothing new, though. A July 2005 report in the San Francisco Chronicle, for example, noted that children in Hamas camp were taught songs "urging them to 'kill Zionists wherever they are, in the name of God.'"

And in March of this year, a Palestinian academic admitted that "A whole generation was raised on the denial of the 'other' and erasing him completely, and to the possibility of killing him without any restraint or problem."

Posted by GI at July 5, 2007 11:26 AM

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