|Children at today's graduation ceremony in terrorism-addicted Gaza [Image Source]|
Understanding (a) why this happens and (b) how Hamas can flagrantly manipulate the education and upbringing of generations of Palestinian children towards war and terrorism, and encourage them to undertake the killing of civilians (which is essentially the sole form of hostile action in which the Hamas ranks have engaged in their entire history) without being excoriated by Arab and Western leaders who care about children wherever they are, is a large part of comprehending why this ongoing war goes on and on.
Hamas to establish military academy for schoolkids
Haniyeh says inaugural Gaza school will prepare kids as young as 12 to establish Palestinian state "from the river to the sea."An AP report adds that today's parade in Gaza (image above) marked the graduation of the first cohort of 3,000 Palestinian Arab teenagers to graduate from a Hamas high school military training program that commenced in September 2012. Called "Futuwwa" (meaning 'youth'), this is an elective course now offered in all of Gaza's high schools. Hamas officials boast that 3,600 Gazan children participated. (Should we be asking what became of the 600 who signed up but did not graduate?) AP's Ibrahim Barzak writes that the highlights of the rally included children holding mock weapons, crawling commando-style on the ground and taking up fighting positions in front of thousands cheering from the stand.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH | Jerusalem Post | 01/24/2013 18:42
Hamas is planning to establish a military academy in the Gaza Strip for training and educating schoolchildren. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced Thursday that the new military academy, the first of its kind in the Gaza Strip, would prepare the children for the "phase of liberating Palestine." He said that children in grades 7-9 could join the academy and graduate with a Diploma or Bachelor of Arts in military affairs. Haniyeh was speaking during a ceremony in the Gaza Strip marking the birth of Prophet Mohamed. More than 10,000 schoolchildren attended the ceremony, which included a "military parade" by some of the teenagers. He said that he has instructed the Hamas-run Ministry of Education to lay plans for the establishment of the military academy. Haniyeh said that the new academy would educate and prepare children for the establishment of a Palestinian state "from the river to the sea." The decision to establish a military academy follows Hamas's announcement that it would create its own "Defense Ministry" in the Gaza Strip. The announcement was made shortly after the IDF's Pillars of Defense Operation in the Gaza Strip last November.
Sounds like the right time to mention Red Hand Day that is marked on February 12 of each year. It's a day that serves as an occasion to encourage political leaders to be aware of the fate of children forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts. Wikipedia says
The aim of Red Hand Day is to call for action against this practice, and support for children who are affected by it. Children have been used repeatedly as soldiers in recent years including armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Côte d'Ivoire, Myanmar, Philippines, Colombia, and Palestine... Red Hand Day was initiated in 2002 when the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict entered into force on February 12, 2002. This protocol was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in May 2000 and currently has signatures from over 100 different states. A number of international organizations are active against the use of children as soldiers. These organizations include, for example, the United Nations Child Fund (UNICEF), Amnesty International, Terre des Hommes or the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.So which of these do we imagine is going to be the first to condemn Haniyeh and Hamas? Yeah, right.
|Above and below: From today's Gaza schoolchildren 'military' rally [Image Source]|