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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hamas' summer camp monopoly?

If you read between the lines of this story, it sure sounds like Hamas has a monopoly on summer camp in Gaza.
Several youth groups and civil societies have had their operations shut down by unknown armed groups, claiming the summer camp programs do not fall in line with Islamic code.

Weeks after an UNRWA recreation center in Gaza was set alight by masked gunmen, the Sharek Youth Forum said it has suspended work in the coastal enclave, after its offices were raided several times by armed groups.

"The government should take responsibility for its citizens and organizations working in the Gaza Strip, ensuring that it avoids political double-standards and factional interests," a statement read.

On 24 May, a group of 30 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA recreation facility on Gaza City's beach front.

The location is one of 35 beach facilities under construction, which will form part of UNRWA’s annual Summer Games program for over 250,000 refugee children in Gaza, due to commence on 12 June.
Read the whole thing. Note that they never say who is sponsoring the summer camp they are covering, leading to the conclusion (since Maan is under the 'Palestinian Authority') that the camp they're writing about is sponsored by Hamas.

And what really goes on at a Hamas camp? Here's a look from the Elder of Ziyon.

Let's go to the videotape.

I've been looking for an excuse to use that video since Lance K reminded me about it last week.



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