Hamas terrorist is indoctrinating Palestinian children from a very young age to love jihad and devote their lives to killing the Jews, and to seek martyrdom as the ultimate glory that is highly rewarded in Paradise. This indoctrination is complemented and amplified by parents, especially mothers, who express joy over their children’s martyrdom and willingness to sacrifice all their children to the cause.
During the indoctrination, children in kindergartens, schools and summer camps are taught that waging jihad is a religious duty and that martyrdom earns the believer a greater reward in heaven than any other action or virtue.
They are thought that the objective of jihad is to liberate Palestine, from the river to the sea, from the Jews, who have no right to exist there, and to eliminate the state of Israel. The messages imparted to children is replete with antisemitic motifs that demonize the Jews, presenting them as the eternal enemies of the Muslims, as subhuman “descendants of apes and pigs,” and as bloodthirsty savages with whom no dialogue or reconciliation is possible, a Mideast media watchdog MEMRI-TV report.
Young children and teens also receive intensive military training as preparation to join Hamas’ military wing or one of the other terror organizations as adults. This training takes place in Hamas’ schools, but especially in the organization’s vast network of summer camps.
During these trainings which is attended by hundreds of thousands of participants every year, many of the children are named after terrorists who carried armed operations and suicide attacks against Israeli civilians. Alongside Quran lessons, sports activities, games and entertainment, the camps offer extensive military indoctrination and activities, often carried out by members of Hamas’s military wing, the ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. These activities include training with knives and firearms (in some cases with live ammunition); hand-to-hand combat; marching and foot drills, and tunnel combat. Campers also stage plays and enact scenes of fighting and capturing Israeli soldiers or firing rockets into Israel. Many activities are themed around the liberation of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, or deal with commemorating and glorifying terrorists.