JERUSALEM, Israel – When a children’s summer camp comes to your mind, you might think of swimming, boating and hiking. The summer camp in the Gaza Strip looks more like a military training camp.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad – both designated terrorist groups – organized camps for young people in Gaza this summer. In videos released by MEMRI – the Middle East Media Research Institute – the groups boasted that 70,000 young people of all age groups had attended the camps. Islamic Jihad called their camp “the sword of Jerusalem” after the name of the recent war with Israel in May.
A teenager explained why they came to the camp. “We didn’t come here to have fun, or to play, or anything like that. We came with our souls, our blood, our martyrs and our wounded to sacrifice ourselves for Palestine and for our people.”
Military trainers and commanders of the Al-Quds military brigade run the camp. Spokesman Ahmad Al-Rai explained the reason for their camp: “So that in the next phase, Allah willing, these boys can face the plundering enemy and disfigure his face in the next war.
Before the camps, a promotional video invited elementary, secondary and middle school students to participate. In the camp, they practice shooting with AK-47s, anti-tank weapons and video simulations.
Abu Omas, an Islamic Jihad commander in charge of training, said: “We say to the enemy, ‘These children have taken these weapons, and we have trained them to use them, as well as to follow in their footsteps. fathers and take up arms, Allah willing.
Hamas runs a camp called the “Liberation Pioneers,” a reference to the liberation of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Jewish state. A young boy explained why he had come: “I chose to spend my holidays in the ‘Pioneers of Liberation’ summer camp in order to continue the path of my father, the martyr commander Walid Shamaleh Abu Bilal, and in order to strengthen our resolve and liberate Jerusalem, Allah willing. “
In May, Hamas and other Islamic groups waged an 11-day war with Israel. They say they are preparing the next generation for the next war.
These young men and boys vow to return to Israel and learn anti-Semitism from an early age.
“We asked Hitler why he left some of you alive. He did it to show us how mean you are,” one boy said. earth, we will tear your bodies apart with our rockets. Crawling in the shelters, mouse, son of a Jewish woman! “
Yael Yehoshua, the Israeli director of MEMRI, told CBN News that they have been monitoring these summer camps for ten years.
“The videos and images from these camps reflect the way Hamas operates and deepens its control,” Yehoshua said. “In ten or fifteen years the children will be adults and parents, maybe even civil servants in Gaza and decision-makers, so we see that extremism in Gaza will be even worse.
Yehoshua said that Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip by force of arms thirteen years ago: “So, since its birth, this generation has been brought up only on the values of this terrorist movement… This of course only worsens the crisis, forcing any chance for a life of dignity, a peaceful life for the children and for all the inhabitants of Gaza. She thinks the international community should talk about these camps.
While these children are in the camp, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh visits countries like Mauritania pledging to continue the war against Israel.
“Let me tell you, my brothers and sisters: the sword of Jerusalem will not be sheathed again until the blessed al-Aqsa mosque is liberated,” he said at a reception in his honor at the time. of his visit.
Considering these summer camps, it looks like the battle for Jerusalem is passed on to the next generation.