Jerusalem municipality fights Islamic summer camps

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The Jerusalem Municipality is upping its battle against Hamas and Fatah-run summer camps for Arab children living in the city's eastern neighborhoods.

Ynet reports that the municipality has tripled the budget for Israeli Arabic-language summer camps in the city, but that most families are still sending their kids to the Palestinian-run camps because they are cheaper.

The problem is that at those camps, the kids are taught to adhere to the more violent precepts of Islam, to hate Israel and to view Palestinian terrorists as heroes and martyrs.

Several city councilmen are urging the municipality to go even further in combatting this phenomenon, noting that what young Arabs in Jerusalem learn now will inevitably have a major impact on the conflict in the near future.

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