For years, Hamas has brainwashed and manipulated the Gazan people to hate Israeli civilians. Hamas starts early: from the time a Gazan child starts his first day of school, she learns to despise Israel.
During the school year. Hamas’ education system teaches students that Jews do not have a connection to the land of Israel and that they come from Europe. Their textbooks make no mention of Jews from Arab countries. There is no recognition of the Jewish people as a nation. Jews are described as criminals and thieves. Hamas spreads this propaganda in schools, booklets and on Hamas’ TV stations. For more than a year, Hamas has been teaching children Hebrew, which they call « the language of the enemy. » According to the head of Gaza’s Ministry of Education, Mahmoud Matar, Israel is the enemy and teaching the language of the enemy is crucial in understanding (and defeating) him.
To keep Gazan youth indoctrinated over the summer vacation, Hamas organizes its own camps.
Hamas, in collaboration with other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, use summer vacation as a way to promote radical Islam, Jihad, the « liberation of Palestine » and « Death in honor of Allah. »
« It is in this way that we make the attacks against Zionists more complex, using women, children, the elderly, and the mujahideen (religious martyrs) as human shields. We’re making a statement to the Zionist enemy: ‘We desire death as much as you desire life, » explained Hamas lawmaker Fathi Hamad, who is now Minister of the Interior Government of the terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, in April 2008.
The next stage:
A few years ago, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the Al-Nasser Sahal al-Din Brigades, opened its own terrorist academy. Almost a year ago, the first « students » graduated. The curriculum includes physical training, defense courses, military strategy and the use of anti-tank missiles. All parts of the school stress their extreme religious values »so that they can confront the Zionist enemy relying on complete faith in the triumph of God. »
Last week, in a festive ceremony, the Ministry of Education of the Hamas government celebrated the end of the Youth Battalions’ “Al-Fatoha” activities – activities which include a strong element of paramilitary training.
During the ceremony, Ismail Haniyeh admitted that the program is sponsored by the military wing of Hamas (Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades). He called for its continuation and transformation into a “jihadist and educational program” that will become a permanent part of the official agenda and strategy of the Ministry of Education.
Haniyeh called for the establishment of a military school and military college for Gazan students. Only four days later, Hamas’ Minister of Education Osama Mazini said that his ministry’s intention is to establish the first military school in the Gaza Strip in early September, in line with that directive.
The school will be named after Ahmed al-Jabari, and is intended to perpetuate his memory. The registration process will start this June and the school will focus on military studies. Mazini added that the Ministry will establish a military college once the military academy’s first class has graduated. Hamas’ Ministry of Education continues to encourage the program. As part of its efforts, Osama Mazini, Hamas education minister, visited at an “Al-Fatoha” activity in Khan Younis and emphasized its importance in the struggle against Israel. During the visit, Mazini repeatedly emphasized that “the goal of the program is to train a generation that will be able to defend his homeland and expel the enemy from the occupied territories”.
According to a senior source at COGAT, other voices inside Hamas have said that the purpose of the program is to prepare students for armed struggle against Israel while implanting in them the principles of Jihad.