Hamas is setting up a military academy to train Gaza children to “liberate” “Palestine” (sorry, there are going to be a lot of quote marks in this sentence) “from the river to the sea”.
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.”
And what does that liberation include? Why, all of Israel, of course.
Haniyeh said that the new academy would educate and prepare children for the establishment of a Palestinian state “from the river to the sea.”
So what information is missing from the AP whitewash of the above story? Any reference to liberating “from the river to the sea”. Here’s how the AP spins it. You have to read between the lines to see the real meaning of this training.
Gaza teens graduate from Hamas military school
More than 3,000 Palestinian teenagers on Thursday graduated from the ruling Hamas militant group’s first high school military training program in the Gaza Strip, displaying mock weapons, crawling commando-style on the ground and taking up fighting positions for thousands of cheering supporters.
Hamas officials said the Futuwwa, or “Youth,” program is aimed at fostering a new generation of leaders in the struggle against Israel.
“We teach the youth to honor the national flag and anthem, to strengthen their affinity with the homeland and Jerusalem, the spirit of resistance and the principles of steadfastness,” said Abu Hozifa, a 29-year-old national security officer who teaches in the program. “We also prepare them in terms of faith and physical fitness to serve as resistance fighters if they want to be in the future.”
Note the emphasis on “high school military training,” like that’s the most natural thing in the world.
Note also that not once in the entire story is the quote from Haniyeh referenced. This is what they choose to use, and it’s near the end of the story. There is no context whatsoever, unlike the way the AP contextualizes every negative story it prints on Israel.
“This is the generation that will bring victory to its people and will liberate their land,” he told the audience.
And there we have it. The group that Jimmy Carter, the New York Times, and the EU think is moderating enough to talk peace with Israel.