An investigative report from the Palestinian Media Watch is offering a blunt assessment: “Don’t be surprised if a Palestinian kid carries out the next terror attack.”
That conclusion is reached through research that found, during summer camps for children, “kids were taught ‘military order and discipline, infantry, combat skills and shooting live ammunition at a shooting range,'” girls were told to “Ignite an intifada,” and children are instructed to play martyrs shot by Israeli soldiers in a drama class.
“In recent months, many young Palestinians have died as ‘martyrs’ while carrying out terror attacks against Israelis – be it throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks, stabbings or shootings. What is it that makes kids want this? The answer is what Palestinian Media Watch has pointed out for years: That the PA and its leading party Fatah – both led by Mahmoud Abbas – as policy encourage kids (and adults) to carry out terror and seek martyrdom – and thereby become heroes,” the report explained.
“Now that the summer holiday is over it is important to examine the values the PA and Fatah decided to bestow on Palestinian kids via their summer camps – one of the ‘tools’ the PA uses to inculcate the ideals of terror against Israel and martyrdom,” PMW reported.
One prominent message being repeated over and over to the estimated 42,000 young children attending 600 camps over the summer was that “terrorist murderers are heroes,” the report said.
Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Jibril Rajoub explained, “The goal of these camps is to serve as a melting pot and formulate the consciousness of these children according to the Palestinian national ideology.”
Rajoub “strongly hinted at the content of the teachings in the PA/Fatah summer camps when he in his opening speech singled out terrorist murderer Thaer Hammad who killed 10 Israelis as ‘deserving of blessings,'” the report said.
The camp promotions themselves describe what they will have: “military order and discipline, infantry, combat skills and Shooting live ammunition at a shooting range.”
PMW earlier documented that hundreds of “potential child terrorists” were photographed for camp purposes holding weapons.
Messages posted online promoted videos where observers would “watch military training of lion cubs (i.e., boys) in Nablus as part of the Al-Asifa (i.e., Fatah military unit) Lion Cubs Camps, which the Fatah Movement is organizing.”
Another video, PMW reported, showed “kids undergoing military training in a summer camp.” In it, “Fatah added a song that included the words ‘If you feel death approaching, make sure it won’t be a normal death’ – implying that Martyrdom-death is the desired way to die, even for kids.”
One drama production, the report said, featured kids playing “martyred rock throwers shot by Israeli soldiers.”
The report added, “Among the activities for participants in the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports summer camps was arranging parts of pictures of terrorist murderers in a puzzle. One of the pictures was of Fatah terror leader and prisoner Zakariya Zubeidi, who oversaw numerous lethal attacks, and another was of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal attack against Israel in which 37 Israelis were murdered, 12 of them children.”