SUMMER CAMP TERRORIST-STYLE: 10,000 PALESTINIAN KIDS ATTEND SUMMER CAMP TO LEARN HOW TO FIRE GUNS AND KIDNAP ISRAELI SOLDIERS…’RELIGION OF PEACE’ INDEED FOLKS

Dummy run: Two children practise kidnapping an 'Israeli soldier' in the desert sun

  • Up to 10,000 boys at a time visit camp in the Gaza Strip
  • Explosions and burning tyres used to make mock warzone realistic
  • Believed purpose is to radicalise the terrorists of tomorrow

By Emily Davies

Many will remember the rat-a-tat sounds they made during the war games they played as children. But these chilling images show that for youths on the Gaza Strip, the guns are all too real. The sinister summer camp hosts up to 10,000 boys at a time – and appears to have been designed  to mould its visitors into the terrorists of tomorrow.

 
Dummy run: Two children practise kidnapping an 'Israeli soldier' in the desert sunDummy run: Two children practise kidnapping an ‘Israeli soldier’ in the desert sun
 
War games: The exercise drew comparisons with the capture of Israeli solder Gilad Shalit in 2006War games: The exercise drew comparisons with the capture of Israeli solder Gilad Shalit in 2006
 
Leap: Others jumped over burning tyres at the sinister summer campLeap: Others jumped over burning tyres at the sinister summer camp
 
Target practice: A future fighter aims his gun at the camp which aims to mould the terrorists of tomorrowTarget practice: A future fighter aims his gun at the camp which aims to mould the terrorists of tomorrow

Youths aged between six and 16 were seen taking part in a range of exercises, including one that  simulated the capture of an Israeli soldier.

Elsewhere in the mock warzone in the town of Rafah, budding fighters crawled under barbed wire, jumped through fire and ducked for cover behind sandbags in the desert terrain.

Explosions and burning tyres helped to simulate realistic battle conditions, as boys were coached to flee from the enemy and shoot at targets. Bullets were fired overhead by their masked supervisors.

The boys were also pictured marching and standing to attention as orders were barked at them to instil military discipline.

 
Drilled: Youths wearing war paint and black uniforms assemble their weaponsDrilled: Youths wearing war paint and black uniforms assemble their weapons

 
Tiny: The camp's visitors can be as young as sixTiny: The camp’s visitors can be as young as six
 
Classtime: A group of Palestinian boys listen intently as an instructor demonstrates how to use an assault rifleClasstime: A group of Palestinian boys listen intently as an instructor demonstrates how to use an assault rifle
 
Tough: Explosions and burning tyres are used to make the exercises realisticTough: Explosions and burning tyres are used to make the exercises realistic
 
Standing to attention: The idea of the camp is to install military disciplineStanding to attention: The idea of the camp is to install military discipline
 
The next generation: The sinister summer camp hosts up to 10,000 boys at a timeThe next generation: The sinister summer camp hosts up to 10,000 boys at a time

Visitors to the camp, called Generation of Faith, are given AK47s that are bigger than some of the children holding them.

Participants wear black uniforms bearing the camp’s slogan in Arabic, with a logo showing two fists, two guns and a map of the Gaza Strip.

They are given lessons in Islamic studies as well as gruelling physical training, and it is believed that the camp’s purpose is to radicalise the next generation from a young age.

It is feared that the cadets will join the 300,000 children estimated by Unicef to be currently involved in conflicts across the globe.

The kidnapping ‘game’ witnessed yesterday, which drew comparisons to the capture of soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006, involved a young boy being dragged by two gun-toting teenagers from an area marked with an Israeli flag.

Shalit was finally released after more than five years in captivity, as part of a prisoner exchange.

 
Lessons: It is believed the camp's purpose is to radicalise the next generation from a young ageLessons: It is believed the camp’s purpose is to radicalise the next generation from a young age
 
Training ground: The gruelling physical regime takes place at the camp near the border with EgyptTraining ground: The gruelling physical regime takes place at the camp near the border with Egypt
 
Dark arts: Youths were seen taking part in exercises, including one which seemed to be the mock kidnapping of an Israeli soldierDark arts: Youths were seen taking part in exercises, including one which seemed to be the mock kidnapping of an Israeli soldier

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