in this world do not dream about becoming doctors, pilots or engineers;
an entire generation of Palestinians, particularly those in the Gaza
Strip, has been raised on the glorification of suicide bombers and
anyone who kills a Jew.
Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other radical
groups see children as future “soldiers” in the war to eliminate Israel.
They raise children to regard to suicide bombers and jihadis as role
This form of child abuse does not seem to bother human
rights organizations or UNICEF, whose declared goal is to “work for a
world in which every child has a fair chance in life and a right to
survive, thrive and fulfill their potential…” UNICEF apparently does not
believe its mandate extends to Palestinian children, who are exploited
to serve the interests of Islamist groups.
In the view of human
rights organizations, recruiting Palestinian children to the ranks of
Islamist terror groups does not constitute child abuse.
the world prepared to do in order to combat this child abuse? UNICEF and
other international bodies may not have time to deal with such issues
at present, because they are too busy thinking about the next resolution
to condemn Israel.
Children have long become an
integral part of “military” parades held in the Gaza Strip by various
Palestinian groups. But this form of child abuse does not seem to bother
human rights organizations or the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF), whose declared goal is to “work for a world in which every
child has a fair chance in life and a right to survive, thrive and
fulfill their potential — to the benefit of a better world.” It seems
that UNICEF does not believe that its mandate extends to Palestinian
children, who are exploited to serve the interests of Islamist groups.
the Gaza Strip, children are taught not only to hate Israel, but also
to prepare themselves for jihad (holy war) against the “Zionist enemy.”
Hamas, the Islamic Jihad Movement, and other radical groups see children
as future “soldiers” in the war to eliminate Israel. They raise
children to regard suicide bombers and jihadis as role models.
in this world do not dream about becoming doctors, pilots or engineers.
Rather, they dream of destroying Israel and “liberating Palestine.” In
fact, an entire generation of Palestinians, particularly those in the
Gaza Strip, has been raised on the glorification of suicide bombers and
anyone who kills a Jew. With enough sacrifices, they are taught, the
destruction of Israel is not a far-fetched dream. They alone embody the
future hope of the Palestinians to see Israel removed from the face of
the earth. Forget becoming a physician: their job is to continue what
their fathers failed to achieve.
All the while, both local and
international human rights organizations look the other way. In their
view, recruiting Palestinian children to the ranks of Islamist terror
groups does not constitute child abuse.
Yet not only human rights
groups turn a blind eye to this child abuse. The Palestinian Authority
(PA), which relies heavily on Western donors for its survival, has also
chosen to bury its head in the sand regarding this disturbing practice,
which has become widespread in the Gaza Strip in recent years.
the PA has no control over the Gaza Strip, its leaders, especially
President Mahmoud Abbas, might be expected to condemn the exploitation
and brainwashing of children. What Abbas and other PA leaders fail to
understand is that these children also pose a real threat to them. The
radicalized children grow up not only to hate Jews, but also any
Palestinian leader who claims to seek peace with Israel. The very poison
that is being injected into the minds and hearts of these children will
come back to haunt those Palestinian leaders who sit idly by as the
It is precisely these jihad-abused children
who in a few short years will turn against the same leaders who poison
their hearts and minds because they regard the leaders as too
“moderate.” Moreover, it is this incitement that drives Palestinians
into the open arms of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two groups that are
considered political foes of the PA leadership and that strongly oppose
any peaceful settlement with Israel.
the children are not being brainwashed in secret, behind closed doors.
On the contrary; it is taking place in broad daylight, with those
responsible boasting of it and inviting the world to see how they
prepare the next generation of jihadis.
Summer camps where
children undergo military training are not new to the Gaza Strip. They
operated there long before Hamas’s violent takeover of the Strip. But
now, one no longer has to wait until the children are off from school
and attend one of the summer camps there to see such scenes. Children
clad in military uniforms and brandishing automatic rifles can be seen
throughout the Gaza Strip almost every other week. The parents, by and
large, seem “proud” that their sons and daughters are being taught that
jihad is the only way to “liberate Palestine.”
Take, for example, the recent rally
organized by the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine on
the occasion of its 29th anniversary. The group’s declared objective is
to destroy Israel and establish a sovereign, Islamic state. The rally
was also to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of the
group’s leader, Fathi Shikaki, who was gunned down on October 26, 1995
in front of the Diplomat Hotel in Sliema, Malta, presumably by Israeli
The “stars” at the rally were dozens of boys and girls who
came — or more accurately were brought — to the rally to express their
support for the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, and its goals.
Most of the children appeared
in camouflage military outfits, some carrying real or fake automatic
rifles, and wearing headbands carrying the name of the group’s armed
wing, Al-Quds Brigades. And here is a quick reminder: the Brigades are
responsible for a series of suicide bombings and other terror attacks on
Israeli civilians and soldiers. They are also behind many of the
rockets that have been fired into Israel in recent years. The children
are celebrated and lionized as “cubs and flowers.”
which drew thousands of Palestinians, was held under the banner of
“Jihad is our Renewed Birth.” Translated, this means that the group is
repeating its commitment to pursue holy war against Israel and Jews in
order to achieve its goal of establishing an ISIS-style Islamic state.
Later, the group proudly announced that a month-old infant named Sham
Al-Zaq was the youngest Palestinian to attend the rally. The group even
posted a photo of the baby girl dressed in a military outfit.
the crowd through satellite, Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ramadan
Shallah once again reminded his supporters of the need to abide by the
“armed struggle” as the only means to destroy Israel. “The Palestinians
and their future generations will not compromise or give up their right
to Palestine, which is our homeland,” Shallah emphasized. “Jihad is the path to victory and liberation.”
What is worrying about this Islamic Jihad rally is not only
the number of children who appeared at the forefront and in military
uniforms and weapons, but also the large number of participants.
to sources in the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of Palestinians
attended the Islamic Jihad rally. They noted that some of the families
arrived from various parts of the Gaza Strip two or three days earlier
at the location of the rally, to make sure they found space close to the
The large turnout is evidence of the widespread support
for Islamic Jihad, which has become the second-largest militia in the
Gaza Strip, after Hamas. The large turnout is also a sign of the
increased radicalization of Palestinians, especially in the Gaza Strip,
and the “mass return to Islam.” Ironically, many of the group’s
supporters are former disgruntled members of Hamas, who felt that Hamas
was not Islamic enough, and was too “soft” on Israel.
Thus, we are
dealing with the exploitation of children, but also the growing
radicalization that is taking place among Palestinians. In a society
where drinking coffee with Jews is considered a crime, it is easy to see
in which direction Palestinians are headed. It is only a matter of time
before many of these children who appear at the “military” rallies of
Islamic Jihad and Hamas, and absorb the poison of their leaders, set out
on a mission to kill Jews with the hope of replacing Israel with an
Islamic state. The children are being taught that the conflict with
Israel is not about a settlement or an illegal outpost or borders or
checkpoints, but about the very existence of Israel. What is the world
prepared to do in order to combat this child abuse? UNICEF and other
international bodies may not have time to deal with such issues at
present, because they are too busy thinking about the next resolution to
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