Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gaza: Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Thousands of children between the ages of 6 and 16 are enrolled in Islamic Jihad summer camps in Gaza. These children won’t be making s’mores, or tying lanyards, however. They are being drilled in military maneuvers and are being trained to use AK-47's. An AFP correspondent listed some of the activities the Islamic Jihad summer camp offers its campers: Weapons use, jumping over fire and crawling under barbed wire, all performed to the tune of exploding charges. Yet its not all fun and games for the children of Gaza- camp organizers also promise religious lessons.

Photos from AFP, originally published at YNET

The Palestinians use of child soldiers is nothing new. Life Magazine documented this phenomenon back in 1970. 

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