Gaza summer camps teach children to kill

Hamas-run summer camps for Gaza children prepare them for a life of terror.

Shimon Cohen,

Children training in Gaza
Children training in Gaza

Some 30,000 children in the Gaza Strip enrolled in Hamas-run summer programs this season, in camps providing very different sorts of activities and learning from the typical summer camp.

Rather than enjoy camp-outs, day hikes, or water sports, children participating in the Hamas summer camps are prepared for careers in terrorism with paramilitary training, target shooting, practice in using knifes to stab victims, and radical Islamist propaganda.

The “Pioneers of Independence” camps are being held under the auspices of the Az al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Middle East Media Research Institute reports.

The theme of this year’s program is “The Al Quds Intifada”, a reference to the wave of terrorism beginning last fall.

In keeping with the theme, one such summer camp has been named “Knife Camp”, a reference to the many stabbing attacks that have occurred during the recent upsurge in Arab terror.

Another camp has been named “Soldiers of Al Quds” – using the Arabic name of Jerusalem – while another is named after the terrorist murderer who killed three Israelis on a bus in Jerusalem last October.

Alongside the firearms training that has been a part of Hamas summer programs for years, the camps have now added knife training to prepare the young participants for future stabbing attacks, as well as use of Hamas’ expanding terror tunnel network.