A new promotional video for a Hamas summer camp in the Gaza Strip touts the military training and religious teachings it provides to Palestinian teenagers, who are instructed on waging “Jihad for the sake of Allah.”
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube this week, and which has been translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, shows teens undergoing physical training and practicing the use of firearms at the “Vanguards of Liberation” camp.
According to the clip’s narrator, “the mujahideen of the Al-Qassam Brigades [Hamas’s military wing] are training the participating youngsters in various skills, and are guarding them and helping them along their road to freedom and victory.”
One teen told the camera he and his friends were there “to prepare ourselves for the final and decisive battle with the tyrannical occupation that defiled our land and our holy places” and “to take revenge upon the tyrannical Zionist occupation.”
Another said the young boys wanted to “continue on the path of our martyrs.”
Teenagers Train for Jihad, Martyrdom at a Hamas Summer Camp in GazaA July 17 Report posted on a pro-Hamas YouTube account shows the training of teenagers in an Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam summer camp in Gaza. Activities at the "Vanguards of Liberation" camp include military training, shooting practice, hand-to-hand combat, and religious studies. A masked instructor said that the studies include "lectures in which we incite the students to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah." Another said: "These young people tour this place and look at [pictures of] the leaders, who sacrificed their souls as martyrs in Jihad for the sake of Allah, leaders who will be their role models on the path to liberation and martyrdom."
Posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Monday, 18 July 2016
Avowedly committed to the destruction of Israel, Hamas has fought three rounds of conflict against Israel since it took charge, most recently a 50-day war in 2014. It has bragged since that it is again digging tunnels to the Israeli border and developing and manufacturing new rockets for use against Israel.
The group also recently turned such infrastructure into a summer attraction for Gazan youth, giving children tours of the tunnels decorated with posters of Hamas operatives apparently killed by Israel.