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What did you learn in camp today? To “praise” terrorists, admire “Martyrs,” and erase Israel

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • Fatah summer camp presents arch-terrorist Abu Jihad and mass murderer Dalal Mughrabi and others responsible for the murder of hundreds as role models

  • “Praise to the Martyrs!” – Children taught to glorify imprisoned, wounded, and dead terrorists at Fatah summer camp

  • Fatah message at camps: There is no Israel, “Palestine is ours”

  • Kids taught to campaign in stores with posters of falling bombs: “Boycott the enemy”

A youth camp organized by Fatah’s Shabiba high school committees featured pictures of arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, who planned attacks in which at least 125 were murdered; mass murderer Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 including 12 children in 1978; Abu Iyad, who headed the terror organization Black September and planned the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972 among other attacks; and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, who was the Commander of Operations of Black September.

The screenshot from the official PA TV broadcast shows Fatah Nablus Secretary Muhammad Hamdan speaking in front of pictures displayed at the camp. In the top row of the pictures the first to the left is Abu Jihad, next is Dalal Mughrabi. Below her to the left is Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar. To the right of Hamdan in the second row is Abu Iyad.

Official PA TV newsreader: “The Fatah Movement Shabiba High School Committees concluded the ‘Guardians of the Mountain’ camp in Nu’eima, which is in Jericho. The camp was established to find a place for extracurricular activities and to teach the participants the principles of affiliation, discipline, coexistence among themselves, and to familiarize them with the missions of the [PA] Security [Force] members.”

[Official PA TV News, July 31, 2021]

In another Fatah camp - for the "Lion Cubs and Flowers” – young children were taught to glorify and give “praise” to “the prisoners,” “the wounded,” and “the Martyrs” – most of whom are/were terrorists who attacked Israel. The video shows the Damascus Gate Summer Camp held in Azzoun, east of Qalqilya. Children at the camp are chanting in response to the calls of a female camp guide:

Camp guide: “The summer camp-”

Children: “Damascus Gate!”

Guide: “Palestine-”

Children: “Our state!”

Guide: “Jerusalem-”

Children: “Our capital!”

Guide: “Praise-

Children: “To the Martyrs!

Guide: “Freedom-

Children: “For the prisoners!

Guide: “Healing-

Children: “For the wounded!

Guide: “The legitimate [leader]”

Children: “[PA President] Mahmoud Abbas!”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Youth Institution for Young Boys and Girls, July 17, 2021]

In that same camp, kids were also taught to negate Israel's existence. In the image below, posted by Fatah on the Facebook page of “the Lion Cubs and Flowers Institution,” children participating in the camp are holding signs and two drawings of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel together with the PA areas as “Palestine” in the colors of the Palestinian flag:

Text on signs: “Palestine is ours”

“Damascus Gate Summer Camp”

“Beit Shean group (i.e., an Israeli city)”

“Jerusalem is ours”

“Azzoun, Fatah”

“Jerusalem is our capital”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Youth Institution for Young Boys and Girls, July 12, 2021]

Another photo shows large keys made by the children, two of them in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing the Palestinian refugees’ “right of return”:

In yet another Fatah camp - the Fire Mountain and Guardians of the Threshing Floor Summer Camp in Nablus - kids were taught to “boycott the enemy.” Child participants visited a store and called to boycott Israeli products. The children are holding signs featuring bombs falling on buildings and the text: “#Boycott_your_enemy”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Youth Institution for Young Boys and Girls, July 14, 2021]

The activity implies the PA’s libel that Israel deliberately targets, hurts, and ‎even kills Palestinians - children specifically - and that buying Israeli products will help finance this.‎ Fatah promoted the same libel in a recent ad.

Palestinian Media Watch reported earlier in the summer that kids at other Fatah camps were taught that there is no Israel, only “Palestine,” and that ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, and Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin are role models.

Sadly, again this summer, Fatah is entertaining Palestinian kids with activities that cultivate hate, nurture animosity, and distance peace.