Video has emerged with Palestinian children committing a fake terrorist attack on an Israeli military outpost as part of a graduation ceremony for kindergarten.
The footage was filmed in March last year at the Dar al Huda school in the Zeitoun district of Gaza City and shows five young people wearing uniforms of the Palestinian Islamic jihad, a terrorist group, which is organizing the raid.
In the video – which includes footage taken with a drone and a body camera – the children can wear replica sniper rifles and assault weapons while performing advanced military maneuvers to capture the building & # 39; & # 39 ;.
Children at the Dar al Huda kindergarten in Gaza City were filmed in March last year and participated in a graduation ceremony where they dressed as fighters for the Palestinian Islamic jihad
Five children are shown with replica assault rifles and a sniper rifle and performing a sham attack on an Israeli military outpost accompanied by a drone (top center)
Inside are two children – one dressed as an Israeli citizen and another as an Israeli soldier – both being imprisoned.
The video was posted on Facebook and discovered by a research organization NGO Monitor, who have passed on the images to Mail Online.
The group also discovered an image of a training guide that the school had uploaded to its Facebook page in the same year with the Save the Children logo and the Swedish government at the top.
The website of the Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida) shows that the country gave aid money to schools in the West Bank and Gaza that year as part of a program that ran from 2017 to 2019.
In total, the agency spent nearly $ 20 million to fund school projects, including $ 6.6 million in the year the video was filmed.
One of the objectives of the project was & # 39; prevent and raise awareness at social and community level that all forms of violence should not be tolerated and that the government is responsible for ensuring children's rights and protection & # 39 ;.
A spokesperson for Sida said: & # 39; Swedish development cooperation does not support the promotion of violence or terrorism, either in Palestine or elsewhere.
& # 39; Furthermore, we have absolutely no evidence that the activities that Save the Children performs in Sida with Sida support (approximately $ 2 million in three years) promote violence or terrorism, and we are convinced that this is not the case.
An image of a training manual from the same school from the same year shows that it received at least some money from the Swedish government through Save The Children
& As far as we can judge the only connection between this video clip and Swedish support through Save the Children, the possibility is that a teacher from this school may have attended a workshop organized by Save the Children that promotes non-violent forms of discipline in schools. & # 39;
A spokesperson for Save The Children said: & # 39; Save the Children condemns all forms of violence.
& # 39; Teacher training courses that we organize directly or through our partners are particularly important to educate children in ways that promote peace and tolerance.
& # 39; We do not support Dar al Huda Kindergarten in any way and as far as we know, no teachers from this day care center have attended our teacher training.
& # 39; The poster you mention is a banner that advertises one of our teacher training sessions. & # 39;
This is not the first time that the Dar al Huda school has been criticized for a graduation ceremony for kindergarten with sham exercises.
In March 2017, The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center published video and images that depicted a similar ceremony at the same school.
The images show four children wearing uniforms from the battalions of Jerusalem – the military wing of PIJ – two children are dressed and murdered as ultra-orthodox Jews at a sham blockade.
Inside the outpost, two other children are dressed as Israeli soldiers and civilians, both of whom are caught during execution
The same school has been criticized in the past for at least two comparable versions, although this has been the most refined to date
The children then perform a series of arm exercises before they pray and take selfies, the group said.
Another ceremony in which children dressed as PIJ soldiers dressed a child & # 39; dressed as an IDF soldier, also took place at the same school in 2016, Meir Center said.
In addition to running various Gaza schools, the PIJ also manages a series of summer camps for children from 12 to young adults.
A report from the Israeli Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center from 2013 showed that up to 100,000 young people visit the camps each year.
The PIJ manages two types of camps – one purely military and another with a range of activities – each lasting around two weeks. The organization encourages media attention.
A camp adviser, quoted by researchers, said the goal was to train a generation to become the & # 39; zionist enemy & # 39; and a generation loyal to the Qur'an, in accordance with the teachings of PIJ founder Fathi Shaqaqi.
Drilling exercises at the military camp include how to raid an Israeli military outpost and capture one of its soldiers, and how to use machine guns and other weapons, according to pro-Israel The Tower Magazine.
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