This week, reports have emerged that children at a Hamas summer camp in Gaza dressed up as Hamas fighters, re-enacting recent violence at the Temple Mount by pretending to attack Israeli police. In the West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party hosted a summer camp named after Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian terrorist who killed 38 Israelis, including 13 children.
At the Hamas youth camp, children took part in a play featuring a riot against Israel’s installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount compound.
Reports state that the play’s narrator announced that “one martyr has fallen while carrying out a stabbing operation” after “killing one of the Zionist pigs”, while a child dressed as a Muslim worshipper pretends to stab a child playing an Israeli soldier.
As the riot ends, a group of children dressed as Hamas fighters arrive to “liberate the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque”, before pretending to blow up the metal detectors and storm the Temple Mount with guns.
The narrator goes on to describe the “mujahideen (holy warriors)… confronting the Zionist pigs and wiping them out”.
Similar camps have taken place in Gaza in the past, as well as military camps where teenagers are given combat training. Children as young as five have previously been photographed carrying assault rifles at Hamas summer camps.
A Fatah summer camp named after Palestinian terrorist Dalal Mughrabi was endorsed last week by the Palestinian Authority with an official visit to the camp.
The official PA daily newspaper noted that camps like this “place an emphasis on creating an educated and aware generation”.
Dalal Mughrabi led the most deadly terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978 when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel’s Coastal Highway, killing 38 civilians, 13 of them children, and wounding over 70. An American photojournalist was killed in the attack.
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PA officials regularly endorse sports competitions and events named after terrorists, honouring them as “Martyrs”.
The glorification of terrorists in the Palestinian Authority is widespread, with as many as 25 Palestinian schools named after them, sending a clear message to Palestinian children that murderers who target Israeli civilians should be honoured.