Hamas has a new tactic for ensuring fidelity to its radical form of Islam and encouraging young Arabs to volunteer for terrorist actions against Israel – ritual exorcism.
According to the Gatestone Institute, schools in Gaza have welcomed Islamic preachers from The Ship of Missionary Salvation, an organization supported by the Hamas-dominated Waqf Ministry.
The preachers, who visit schools across Gaza, single out children for ritual exorcism, claiming they have been possessed by demon spirits.
Students who are subjected to the ritual are “cleansed," but also find themselves pressured to continue to show signs of their “devotion” to radical Islam.
Videos of such ritual exorcisms, such as the one seen above, have sent shockwaves through the Palestinian Authority, horrifying even many staunchly anti-Israel terror groups.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine blasted the ritual as “inhumane” and called for an investigation of the practice.
PLO spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi also condemned the practice, saying that it highlighted the “reactionary nature” of Hamas.