Last Monday, 13,000 young people officially graduated from Hamas’ youth paramilitary camps – more than twice the number of participants who graduated from last year’s program.
Hamas’ government had something to celebrate this week – 13,000 graduates from the Hamas youth paramilitary camps, designed to encourage Gazan teens “to follow in the footsteps of the suicide martyrs.”
Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of Hamas, congratulated the participants at the graduation ceremony. “This is a generation which knows no fear. It is the generation of the missile, the tunnel and suicide operations,” he said.
Campers participated in weapons training and marching exercises, and learned how to identify Israeli spies. According to one of the instructors,in addition to rifles, students we’re also trained in the use of machine guns and RPGs
Along with a large increase in enrollment, this year’s Futuwwa program saw the inclusion of women. According to Haniyeh, female trainers were part of the Futuwwa program this year “to oversee the training of the young women to follow in the footsteps of the female suicide operatives.”
Fathi Hamad, Hamas minister of the interior, said that the students participating in the camps will have “the main role in liberating Al-Aqsa mosque from the pollution of the occupation.” Hamad added that the program was needed in order to prepare the youth to participate in “the liberation of Ashdod, Yavne, Jaffa, Acre, Lod, Ramla and all the villages in Palestine,” i.e., Israel.
1) Weekly military studies taught to students throughout the school year on school campuses. Teachers of military studies include operatives of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas military-terrorist wing) and Hamas security force personnel.
2) Intensive training camps, which last for around for six days. The training camps are held during school vacations, and sometimes on the school grounds.
3) Actual participation in military activities, including student participation in the operational activity of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, such as night patrols, security missions and manning roadblocks.
Reviews from participants
One member of the al-Qassam Brigades said, “We target the students to create future soldiers and leaders who can defend their cause and appreciate the value of resistance.”A student, Mohammed Abu Nar, referred to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem at the graduation ceremony. “We are the pioneers of liberation, we are coming to purify you from the Zionists,” he said.
Mohammed Ghanem, 15, another graduate the program, is preparing for the next round of confrontation against Israel. “By then, I should be ready and know how to use an Israeli soldier’s gun when I pick it up from the ground,” he said. If the Israelis do not make another incursion into Gaza, he said, “we will go to fight them on the border.”
Hamas Family Values: Mother Raises Children, Grandchildren to be Terrorists
“I brought them up to be martyrs. To become martyrs for the name of Allah. There wasn’t a definite time in which they told me that they wanted to become martyrs. I instilled this in them and they followed it… and the ones who just started – they are going to continue.”
– Umm Nidal (Mariam Farhat) in interview with National Geographic, 2009
Mariam Farhat, a former member of parliament for Hamas in Gaza, raised each of her six sons to commit terror attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians. She hoped that each of them would die in the process – that each of them would become a ‘martyr’. Now, her young grandchildren are propagating the same message on Hamas TV.
In March 2002, Farhat’s 17-year-old son Muhammad entered an Israeli community, opened fire on school children and threw hand grenades at their school. He killed five students and wounded 23 others. When Farhat heard that her son was dead, she shouted in joy and handed out boxes of halva and chocolates to well-wishers. In a video released after the attack, Farhat stands next to Mohammad as he is about to depart on his suicide mission. “How do I feel, as I promise my son paradise?” she asks rhetorically. “By Allah, today is the best day of my life.”
Another son, Rawad, was killed when an IDF strike hit his car, in which he was carrying a Qassam rocket. Farhat’s eldest son, Nidal, manufactured rockets for Hamas – rockets that were later used to attack Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Farhat later become known as Umm Nidal – mother of Nidal. After Nidal was killed by Israeli security forces, Farhat told his 4-year-old son, Imad, that he would be reunited with his father. “You will be a martyr one day,” Farhat told him, “and then you will go and see your dad.” In 2009, she told National Geographic that she was pushing her other children to become ‘martyrs’:
Farhat passed away earlier this year, but she succeeded in passing on her message of hate to the next generation. A month after her death, Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV aired a children’s television program featuring a number of her grandchildren. When the child presenter of the show asks Nidal’s daughter whether she is proud of her father for producing missiles, her response is a simple “yes”. “Would you like to follow in his footsteps?” the presenter asks. “Yes,” she replies again.
Later in the episode, Farhat’s grandchildren join together in song: “Jihad bestows pride and glory upon you when you become a martyrdom-seeker,” they sing. “Oh explosive device of glory – with her blood she created freedom.”
At the end of the show, the presenter praises Farhat. “She raised her children from an early age on love of martyrdom for the sake of Allah, as well as on love of the homeland and its defense. We should learn from them. We should wage Jihad and persevere, in order to liberate this land.”
“The only reason he loved life was Jihad”
In an interview with London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published in 2002, Farhat explained the process of raising a child to become a suicide bomber. “Because I love my son, I encouraged him to die a martyr’s death for the sake of Allah,” she said. “This is the atmosphere in which the love of martyrdom developed in Muhammad’s soul. I, as a mother, naturally encouraged the love of Jihad in the soul of Muhammad and in the souls of all my sons, all of whom belong to the Al-Qassam Brigades.”
“Muhammad was willing to carry out any martyrdom operation… He swore to me that the only reason he loved life was Jihad,” she continued. “He would brandish his weapon and tell me: ‘Mom, this is my bride.’ He loved his gun so much.”
Farhat’s capacity for sacrificing her children and sending them to their deaths knew no bounds. “I wish I had 100 boys like Mohammad,” she said. “I’d sacrifice them for the sake of Allah.” Her grandchildren appear to have received that message loud and clear – and now, they’ve shared it with the tens of thousands of Gazan children who watch Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV.
Hamas Link Roundup: Stories You Might Have Missed
While journalists operate freely in Israel and comment on the news in the country as part of their daily routine, the same cannot be said of the reality in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. News about Hamas rarely gets enough international attention.
Here are 6 recent must-read stories about Hamas that you might have missed:
1.Hamas Executes 3 Palestinians in Gaza
Before Hamas violently seized power in Gaza in 2007, execution orders had to be approved by the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. Today, Hamas seeks no such approval. The terrorist group in control of Gaza executed three Palestinians in early April.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza condemned Hamas’ actions as “against the law and the Constitution.”
2.Abu Marzook: “There Will Be No Peace With Israel”
In a rare interview, Hamas leader Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook emphasized that Hamas would not honor a peace agreement signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Abu Mazook reaffirmed Hamas’ refusal to recognize Israel and said that any agreement with Israel would be at best a truce, not a permanent accord.
- The Forward: Hamas Wouldn’t Honor a Treaty, Top Leader Says.
3.Khaled Meshaal Vows That Hamas Will Kidnap More IDF Soldiers
During Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal’s recent visit to Qatar, he vowed that Hamas would kidnap more Israeli soldiers. Hamas leaders routinely state their desire to abduct IDF soldiers as the only way to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel.
4.Hamas Shuts Down Gaza Literary Festival
Hamas leaders do not react well to dissent. At the Palestine Festival of Literature near Gaza City earlier this month, some speakers were critical of the Hamas regime. The next day, armed Hamas men cut off electricity, confiscated cameras and dispersed the gathering. Three hours after the shutdown, Hamas officials delivered a personal apology to festival organizers.
5.Shin Bet Reveals Hamas Plot to Kidnap IDF Soldiers
Recently the Shin Bet captured a memory stick belonging to Omar Abu-Sanina, a Hamas terrorist released in the deal to free Gilad Shalit. The stick contained instructions on how to kidnap an Israeli soldier. Abu Sanina had sent the memory stick to his family in Judea and Samaria and expected the instructions to reach Hamas operatives.
6.Hamas Reinforces Connections With Iran
Hamas’ foreign minister, Mohammed Awad, visited Tehran last week and thanked the Iranian leadership “for its practical support” for the Palestinian cause.
“The liberation of Palestine has been promised by Allah, and we must make new initiatives and lead efforts to realise that promise,” the Hamas leader said.
Iran provides Hamas with weapons, money and training.
Many of these stories about Hamas are never given the attention and exposure that they deserve. Too many people don’t know the truth about Hamas. Send your friends this post, and keep them informed.
- The Forward: Hamas Wouldn’t Honor a Treaty, Top Leader Says.
Baby Boom: Lebanese parents dress newborn in Hezbollah uniform
Shiite television network Al-Manar in Beirut took advantage of the festivities surrounding the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday with some special propaganda.
With cameras in Hezbollah‘s Al-Rassoul Al-Aazam Great Prophet Hospital, viewers caught a glimpse of Mahadi, a newborn baby, who just moments after entering this world was already being prepared for life in the Lebanese terror organization.
instead of a blue baby gown, the child was dressed, from head to toe, in Hezbollah uniform. The television commentator said that the organization’s uniform was the first set of clothes that touched his body.
« He became a symbol of the (Hezbollah) resistance from his first hours. »The baby’s mother said she hoped her child would become a top fighter, and that by dressing him up it reflected the continuity of the Islamic resistance generation after génération. Because the child was born on Mohammed’s birthday his parents were exempt from paying hospital fees, and the child himself will carry with him an ornament with the name Mohammed written on it.