Let's imagine that a violent criminal attacks your home intending to kill you. You defend yourself and the attempted home invader is killed instead.
The psycho's brother decides to take "revenge" upon you for, um, not dying the first time and for killing his "peaceful" brother. Assuming you manage to defend yourself from the coming follow-up assault, you can look forward to further "revenge" attacks by this lunatic's large number of brothers and cousins.
That's not really revenge. That's just a continuous campaign of attempted murder.
Hamas can say they seek revenge. But AP is not obliged to act as Hamas' propaganda outlet. They don't have to report the news the way Hamas claims to see it. An objective title would be "Israel hit by 18 rockets as Hamas continues attacks". Or perhaps, "Hamas continues to commit war crimes against Israel". How about "Palestinian terrorists continue to fire indiscriminately at Jews"? "Jihadists in Gaza keep firing rockets at Israeli civilian areas"?
But rather than fun activities or education designed to promote peace or productive skills, the Hamas camps are geared toward indoctrinating and training the terrorists of the future. The 70,000 children taking part in the “We Will Live Honorably” camps are forced to undergo paramilitary training that apparently includes forcing them to walk on nails and knife blades as well as preparing them for prison.
"But wait," you say. The kids aren't being trained as terrorists in UNRWA summer camps. The reason they're in Hamas camps is because the UNRWA camps were shut down by Hamas! How can the UN still be responsible?
Viva Palestina Arabia has just sent out an invitation for the usual crowd of stooges and active terror supporters to attend a summer of indoctrination and brainwashing in Lebanon, courtesy of Hamas and Hezbollah.
The invitation begins:
The Summer University of Palestine is very proud to welcome Mr Nabil Sha’ath, the foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority and leading member of Fatah, and Mr Osama Hamdan, the representative of the Hamas government in Lebanon.
It's getting frustrating having to keep reminding people that, yes, Hamas is still a terrorist organization, on exactly the same list as Al Qaeda and a couple dozen other Islamist terror outfits.
Would you attend a lecture by the "representative of Al Qaeda in Iraq"? How about a lecture by the "representative of Al Shabbab in Somalia"? Not so comfortable with that? Then what is different about Hamas? Aaahhh. because Hamas is shooting rockets at Jews right now.
An attached flyer notes that on July 26, delegates to this "summer camp" will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Hezbollah terrorist organization:
This is a special opportunity to hear first hand from those who successfully resisted Israeli occupation and the
Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni was held captive by a radical Islamist terror organization. That much we know, because the terrorists kidnapped him and used him as a bargaining chip in their efforts to free their own terrorist leader, apparently held by Hamas, in Gaza. They had issued formal threats, with deadlines, to execute Arrigoni if their demands were not met.
We also know for sure that the Italian activist was strangled to death. His body was recovered on Friday.
Lo and behold, everyone in terrorist-ridden Gaza is now lamenting his death. Everyone denies any knowledge of his capture, everyone is shedding crocodile tears. Arrigoni was very pro-Palestinian, very anti-Israel. But Hamas has the chutzpah to claim that Israel - no less - is behind the murder. Get this right: He was working in Gaza, and although he was very pro-Palestinian, he was captured by Islamic terrorists, used a bargaining chip for the release of another Islamic terrorist held by Hamas - yet Israel is to blame.
So what else is new?
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