Hamas evidently wanted to leave no doubts that when it comes to implementing its jihadist genocidal goals of wiping out the Jewish people by all terrorist means at its disposal, age is no barrier - and that brainwashing works all the better the younger you start.
Hamas's Ministry of Interior, which is part of its "governmental branch" that some in the international arena have sought to give legitimacy, posted a photo shoot on its official Facebook page last Friday, unveiling a tiny child soldier of the terror group.
The little boy, no older than five, is seen in full military fatigues holding an actual automatic rifle, with the accompanying text reading "these are our lion cubs.We have brought them up on the love of Jihad and Shahada (martyrdom-death)," as translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
Hamas's Ministry of Interior is in fact part of the unity government formed between the group and the Palestinian Authority (PA) last year, after they reached a unity agreement in April. In practice, the two bodies have been acting independently with the rival factions continuing to feud.
PMW has in the past revealed how the PA's leading Fatah faction enforces the same brainwashing of children to embrace "martyrdom," namely dying while conducting a terrorist attack.
The Fatah Culture and Information Commission in January released a statement on the official WAFA news agency, reading "we believe that martyrdom-death (Istish'had) for Palestine is a destiny we assume willingly and serenely, for a free and dignified life for our people in the paradise of the eternal homeland."
In encouraging child soldiers to fight for jihad, Hamas and Fatah share a similarity with yet another Arab terrorist organization - Islamic State (ISIS).
ISIS has entire child soldier brigades dubbed the "Cubs of the Caliphate."
ISIS's own "cubs" are regularly sent to take part in intelligence-gather and suicide missions - and have even carried out executions, including beheadings.