Dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of young fighters are in training for the military wing of Hamas, an organization the United States and other free nations have designated a terror organization, according to new video clips that have been released across the Middle East.
The videos were obtained and assembled from various sources by officials with the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and reports on such developments.
On screen, the cadets, many appearing to be in their teens and some others as young as 8 or 9, “demonstrate military skills, such as use of weapons, and simulate the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier.”
The report said thousands of youth are reported to have been in the training sessions, according to video from Hamas Al-Aqsa TV and other sources.
The video shows hundreds marching in time and holding weapons, firing guns and tossing an Israeli flag to the ground.
One segment shows the youths in line holding weapons across their chests, and reveals that the training is still an ongoing process, since at least one youth is holding the barrel of his gun pointed directly at his neighbor’s head.
The subscript to the video, which is accompanied mostly by chanting music, states, “If you ever return, we will be here whether you like it or not. Allah has made a promise to us. Oh, Zionist, do not be so arrogant. You fascists, you will be vanquished.”
MEMRI said the “Brigades … held military training camps for some 17,000 youths aged 15-21.”
The report said the camps were called “Pioneers of Liberation” and were “extremely popular.”
“The purpose of the enterprise is to form the core of a popular army comprising members from all sectors of society, and to prepare the teens, ideologically and militarily, for jihad and for the struggle with Israel. Youths who participated in the camps declared that they had come to learn how to kidnap Israeli soldiers and liberate Jerusalem,” the report said.
The camp’s closing ceremony was Jan. 27, 2015, and there Isma’il Haniya, deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, said: “The people’s rallying around the resistance will foil all of [Israel’s] plans to harm the image of Hamas and of the ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. … The Al-Qassam Brigades’ camps are a strategic enterprise [aimed at] raising the generation of victory and liberation. Resistance and preparations for bearing arms against the enemy are no longer optional, but have become a culture embraced not only by Hamas, but by every Palestinian home and every Palestinian sector.”
MEMRI said, “Hamas political bureau member Khalil Al-Haya, who also spoke at the closing ceremony, called for ‘uniting the ummah’s guns and strength against Israel, its major enemy …’”
He continued, “All guns and efforts must be trained on the enemy, and all the banners must unite under a single banner against the occupation, in order to realize our final goal of bringing it to an end. … The Pioneers of Liberation are a clear message from the Al-Qassam Brigades, indicating that resistance activity will continue until complete liberation [is achieved].”
MEMRI reported, “Muhammad (17) from the Nuseirat refugee camp said: ‘Resistance is our pride and strength. I joined the camp to become part of the elite youth of the Al-Qassam Brigades and kidnap Zionist soldiers in order to liberate my cousin from the occupation’s prisons.’”
SOURCE: WND News
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