Children dressed as Hamas militants and armed with mock weapons were among the Palestinians celebrating what they described as Hamas’ “victory of the resistance” over Israel after seven weeks of violence and bloodshed.
While the mainstream media neglected to publish photos of Hamas fighters as they launched more than 4,480 rockets at Israel in July and August, there are nevertheless news service photos of children in Gaza and the West Bank cities decked out in full Hamas regalia, celebrating the group classified by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization.
Here are images from Nablus in the West Bank:
And in the West Bank city of Hebron:
In Ramallah, where the Palestinian Authority has its headquarters, a girl draped in a Hamas flag took a photo of other children celebrating Hamas missiles.
This small child waving a toy pistol took part in a Muslim Brotherhood rally in Jordan in support of Hamas:
Photos posted on an Israeli social networking site Rotter showed Palestinian boys brandishing toy weapons on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism and third holiest site to Muslims.
In one photo a boy was armed with what appears to be homemade toy mortars and a missile, while another wore military fatigues and had his face fully covered in the style of Hamas and other terrorist groups like the Islamic State.
The boys posed in front of the Dome of the Rock shrine, suggesting a link between Islam and the fight against Israel, a theme further emphasized in a green flag raised at the same celebration displaying crossed swords, the Dome of the Rock and a full map of Palestine that erased Israel.
Despite news reports that Palestinians seek a two-state solution — one for the Jews in Israel and one for the Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem — these children have apparently received a different education at home.
A poll published last week by a Palestinian research group showed that 89 percent of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip said they supported rocket attacks against Israel. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, found that only 1.4 percent said they opposed the attacks, while 1 percent of Palestinians in Gaza said they were strongly opposed.