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Hey kids! Spend your summer at camp kill-a-Jew. Not exactly genocide, just drive-em-into-the-sea. Ha'aretz has this news about the program of a summer camp in Gaza:

"We teach the children the truth. How the Jews persecuted the prophets and tortured them. We stress that the Jews killed and slaughtered Arabs and Palestinians every chance they got. Most important, the children understand that the conflict with the Jews is not over land, but rather over religion. As long as Jews remain here, between the [Jordan] river and the sea, they will be our enemy and we will continue to pursue and kill them. When they leave we won't hurt them."

Well now we know what the conflict is about, we know what the solution must be, right? It's not anti-Semitism. We don't hate the Jews. We just teach our kids the truth - Jews have horns and tails and we have to kick them out of their homes. Who says anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism?

What would Salon say if some Yeshiva head in the West Bank said:

"We teach the children the truth. How the Muslims persecuted the Jews and tortured them, mutilating corpses and forcing them to convert. We stress that the Muslims killed and slaughtered Jews every chance they got, beginning in Khaibar and Medina. Most important, the children understand that the conflict with the Muslims is not over land, but rather over religion. As long as Muslims remain here, between the [Jordan] river and the sea, they will be our enemy and we will continue to pursue and kill them. When they leave we won't hurt them."

(Why do I get the feeling the above will appear as a 'Zionist quote' in Miftah or palestinerembered or Electronic Intifada? No matter, worse fabricated quotes are already there, attributed to Ariel Sharon and others.)
We know what Salon would say, and what counterpunch would say, "Zionism is Racism." And we know what Khalid Amayreh and others would write in Al Jazeerah, "The Talmud teaches the Jews to hate 'goyim'"

We can imagine what is taught at such a camp:

Camp schedule: (Typical day)
- 7:30 AM - Up with the birdies, prayer and breakfast
- 9:00 AM - Arts and Crafts: Draw a Jew.
- 10:00 AM - Sports: Single combat
- 11:00 AM - Current Events: Wicked Jews are poisoning the wells
- 12:00 Prayer and Lunch
- 13:00 Shop: Make a Qassam rocket
- 16:00 Fashion: How to wear a suicide bomb
- 18:00 Qur'an lesson: And you shall kill them wherever you find them
- 19:00 Lecture: "The Legacy of Hajj Amin El Husseini - Hitler's work is not done"
- 20:00 Supper and Prayer.
- 21:00 Campfire and stories: Ahmed the little suicide bomber who could; Fatmalocks and the three Zionists; Ali Baba and the 40 Zionists.
- 22:00 Lights out - go to sleep or the al-yahud Zionist monster will devour you.

Seriously, this highlights some unpleasant facts that people who want peace in the Middle East had better understand:

* Tiny dialogue groups and summer camps that are held in the USA are no competition for massive and systematic hate indoctrination.

* If the Hamas get control of a a state under a "Hudna" (truce) they will educate generations of Palestinian Arabs to this litany of hate. The result, inevitably, will be an armed camp that is constantly preparing itself for the moment when it can drive the Jews out of "Palestine."

The solution that suggests itself is a massive counter-education effort. This requires a few things that aren't happening:

* Control of Gaza and the West bank by moderates, so that people are not prevented from using services by terror threats.

* A corruption free Palestinian administration that can run these camps under international supervision.

* A substantial investment in education and welfare, to counter the Hamas.

There is no doubt by the way, that such camps are financed directly or indirectly by the international donor countries including the USA and the EU. Money is fungible. Any money that is used for paying salaries (Mahmud Abbas recently paid the salaries of Hamas security personnel) frees up other funds for "welfare" and "education" activities such as this.

Ami Isseroff

Jihad summer camp: Sand, soccer and the Zionist enemy
By Avi Issacharoff Haaretz 27 August 2006

GAZA - On Sheikh Ajlin Beach, dozens of Palestinian children are shouting
and playing and splashing each other, like children anywhere. They are at
summer camp. The lifeguard moves in between them, blowing his whistle and
ordering them to stay within the marked-off swimming area. There are always
a few who stray, deliberately or not. When that happens the teenaged girls
who lead the various activities wade into the water in their long dresses
and head coverings to make sure that the future generation of Islamic Jihad
does not drown in the ocean. The organization runs the camp for
disadvantaged children

All the Palestinian factions have been talking about social welfare in the
past several weeks, including Islamic Jihad. Hisham, one of the camp
directors, volunteers to discuss the children's schedule. He prefaces his
remarks with the opening chapter of the Koran, Al-Fatiha.

"Gaza suffers from shellings, terrible economic straits and threats to the
life of each one of these children day and night," Hisham explains. "So we
try to detach them from the bad feelings and the horrors they are exposed
to. They come in the morning and have lessons in sports such as soccer or
volleyball. Afterward they go to the beach, where they swim and run around,
followed by lunch. We don't forget our martyrs, and we teach them about
making sacrifices on behalf of the Palestinian people and tell them the
truth about Islam."

When asked about this "truth," Hisham launches into a monologue on history
from his perspective: "We teach the children the truth. How the Jews
persecuted the prophets and tortured them. We stress that the Jews killed
and slaughtered Arabs and Palestinians every chance they got. Most
important, the children understand that the conflict with the Jews is not
over land, but rather over religion. As long as Jews remain here, between
the [Jordan] river and the sea, they will be our enemy and we will continue
to pursue and kill them. When they leave we won't hurt them."

Token fee

The children continue to play in the waves. A few drag two donkeys
reluctantly into the water, apparently less than pleased with their
involuntary swim. One of the donkeys was wearing a lifesaver around his
neck. Everyone on the beach seemed to enjoy the sight.

Hisham explains that the children pay only a token fee for the camp, which
is underwritten by "businessmen from Gaza and abroad who contribute so we
can host the children of martyrs and prisoners. Their mothers also enjoy
themselves on the beach and are given lunch."

Leaving Gaza

Hisham points to one boy. "Talk to him, he's from the U.S. and he'll explain
the difference between Palestinian and American children." Fadl, 11, lives
near the beach. His mother is American, his father Palestinian. They lived
in Virginia until a few years ago when they came to visit his father's
family and so that Fadl could learn Arabic.

Fadl seems embarrassed by the attention he is drawing on the beach and
prefers to speak to me in English. "My mother stayed in Gaza and my father
went to Canada to be with his second wife. Most of the American children are
good, but some of them don't behave well. With the Palestinian children,
there are good ones and bad ones," Fadl explains.

Regarding Jewish-Arab relations, Fadl is quite decisive: "I think that what
they are teaching us here about Islam and the Jews is correct. There will
never be peace with them."

Fadl's brother Anas, 22, stands nearby. His long beard betrays his political
associations. Anas smiles when asked why he is in Gaza when he has an
American passport. "I missed my brothers, I wanted to get married. Everyone
asked how they can get a visa to leave, my family is the only one that wants
to stay

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I guess it might be the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the general disgrace into which Marxist-Leninism has fallen that has turned the conflict from one over land, as it seemed back in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, to one over religion. Or is it likely that hatred will always find its raison d'etre? Somehow I can't imagine the late Gamal Abdel Nasser, Hafez al Assad, or even Arafat asserting that it was about religion.

Howard Wolf, Friday, September 8th

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