Folks, there’s a summer camp in the Gaza Strip, organized by Harakat al- Moqawama al-Islamiyah, the Islamic Resistance Movement, better known as Hamas — which is officially regarded by the United States and many other countries as a terrorist organization that has killed hundreds of Israelis.
Here, palestinian children learn how to sing “intifada songs,” including one urging them to “kill Zionists wherever they are, in the name of God.”
At one beach camp, attended by approximately 100 kids, an instructor led a group of young teenagers through marching drills on the sand — facing movements, close quarter drill. With a smile at the reporter, he put a megaphone to his lips.
“What are you?” he called.
“Monsters!” the kids replied.
“What are you?!”
As the instructor, Sa’eb Dormush, stepped aside for an interview, a youth in the group shouted out “moqawama!” — resistance.
“That is the first word they learn when they are born,” Dormush said with a laugh. “This is the next generation.”
Across camp, a group of younger children — most between 10 and 12 — sat in a circle in the sand singing one of the “intifada songs” they learn at camp. One boy sang verses in a rolling soprano as the others joined in on the one-word chorus.
“We don’t want to sleep.
We want revenge.
Raise it up.
If it will take a thousand martyrs.
Wherever they are.
In the name of God.