Gaza Summer Camps Include Political Indoctrination

(Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center) In June-August 2011, nearly 50,000 children and adolescents took part in Hamas-run summer camps in Gaza, as they do every year. In addition to social activities, the camps offered Quran lessons, indoctrination with Hamas' political ideology, and paramilitary training. The core values are radical Islam, "the liberation of Palestine," jihad, and death for the sake of Allah. The older children use real rifles in paramilitary training, which also includes hand-to-hand combat. At the summer camp graduation ceremony in Al-Zeitoun on July 29, teenagers in military uniform reenacted the abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit and blew up a cardboard model of an Israeli tank.

2011-08-10 00:00:00

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