Summer camp for Palestinians in Gaza is a fun escape for children like American camps.
Palestinian children would probably love to have the summer camp experience many American kids enjoy. For Palestinians in Gaza, however, the purpose of camp is not to have fun but to indoctrinate children with the Hamas ideology and to train them to join their terrorist ranks. This is nothing new; similar camps have been run for years.
Summer camp teaches Palestinian children how to resist the Israelis and that the greatest glory is to be a martyr. Campers stage mock kidnappings and learn how to slit the throats of Israelis. Islamic Jihad has run “Paradise Camps” that offered 8-12 year-olds military training and encourage them to become suicide bombers (Near East Report, June 25, 2001; Jerusalem Post, July 20, 2001).
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