A generation comes of age: A video posted on social networks shows a group of Palestinian kids in Gaza simulating the firing of mortar shells at Israeli communities.
Four kids are seen walking in a line along a fence meant to simulate the Gaza border fence. One child is carrying a pipe and another is holding what is meant to serve as a launching pad.
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Two other kids equipped with toy rifles serve as guards protecting the two "launchers."
The video then shows the group preparing for the "rocket launch" and then quickly assembling their gear and escaping the scene. The children appear to be taking the exercise very seriously and putting great effort into doing everything according to protocol.
Viewers who watched the video posted comments that praised the group. "These will be the future Palestinian leaders," one web-surfer wrote. Another remarked that "Hamas is a school that reaches martyrdom, courage and sacrifice."
Minister Yisrael Katz commented on the video, saying that "The Palestinians in Gaza are continuously teaching their children to hate Israel and instill in them the ways of terror and the desire to eliminate Israel."
Katz added that "If the Palestinians continue this way, their children will be the ones who will pay the price, as their parents paid for the mistakes made in 1948. We must distribute this video to the entire world."
Last June, children attending a kindergarten in Gaza that is run by Islamic Jihad celebrated their graduation by dressing up in army attire, waving toy rifles and chanting anti-Israel slogans.
The children were dressed up in uniforms of Jihad's armed-wing, the al-Quds Brigades, and each of them received a toy rifle. Some of them held up photos of Islamic Jihad founder Fathi Shaqaqi.
You can contact Elior Levy, Ynet's Palestinian Affairs Correspondent, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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