Palestinian summer camps teach kids to hate and kill

Thursday, July 31, 2008 |  Ryan Jones

Across the Gaza Strip, Palestinian children signed in to summer camps this month not to swim, play and learn about nature, but rather to be indoctrinated with hatred for the Jewish people and to be instructed in the methods of terrorist warfare.

Ynet reported that between Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the groups are hosting around 50,000 Palestinian children at some 400 camps throughout the small coastal territory.

Children participating in the camps are required to memorize passages from Koran, and are then taken outside to train with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and Kassam rocket launchers.

Sky News correspondent Emma Hurd reported that at another camp run by the Popular Resistance Committee, she witnessed a training session during which an adult instructor dressed as a Jew, complete with skull cap, was ambushed and dragged from his vehicle to be executed by a group of children dressed in military fatigues.

While the camps have been at least lightly covered by the international press, nearly all reports have failed to contrast them to Israeli summer camps, or to point out that the Palestinians are categorically failing to meet their peace obligation to foster an atmosphere conducive to peace.

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