Hizballah recruits children

Thursday, August 31, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In documents found during the recent war in Lebanon, Hizballah reveals how they garner support from the local Shiite population and especially how they recruit children to their case: quizzes, leaflets, and donations.

The documents, revealed this week by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies (CSS), were found in the Shiite Village of ‘Aita al Sha'ab and ‘Ait'arun by Israel Defense Forces soldiers and show recruiting materials and propaganda materials aimed at children. They include a quiz designed to indoctrinate the youth to the values of the Hizballah with questions such as:

“Who is the most senior Lebanese [imprisoned] in the jails of the Israeli enemy?” “Where did the Zionist enemy planes hit Sheikh ‘Abbas Musawi, his wife and baby son Hussein?” and “Where did the istishhadi [suicide bomber], Sheikh Ass'ad Bero, carry out his heroic action?” Whoever answered the questions correctly were rewarded with a prize given by Hizballah.

Other materials include fundraising leaflets depicting coins of money going into a mosque-shaped collection box, and bullets coming out of the other side, hitting a Star of David and shattering it.

Most of the material was produced by and funded by the Islamic Resistance Support Organization, the fundraising arm of Hizballah which operates in the Middle East and in western countries, including the U.S. The Islamic Resistance Support Organization was outlawed this week in the United States by the Department of the Treasury, freezing all of its assets and making any donations to it illegal.

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