Today’s preschool children, tomorrow Hamas’s soldiers?
One year ago, at the graduation ceremony of the Al-Hoda kindergarten in Gaza, pre-schoolers carrying mock guns and rifles simulated Islamic Jihad militants storming an Israeli building on “Al-Quds Street,” capturing a child dressed in stereotypical garb as an Orthodox Jew, and killing an “Israeli soldier.”
To the sounds of loud explosions and gunfire, the children — dressed in uniforms of the Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades — attacked the building, placing a sign reading “Israel has fallen” in Hebrew and Arabic on the back of the “soldier,” who was prone on the ground. They left the stage with their “hostage.”
Then some of the children performed on stage, with an address by the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat playing on the speakers.
It should be noted that unlike in the past, the Al-Hoda kindergarten refrained from posting the video on social-media outlets, informing the parents via Facebook that the video was available for them to collect.
Footage from the ceremony, which was held on May 13, was then posted on another YouTube account on May 25.