Radical Islam's ability to brainwash its children into Islamic fanaticism should not be underestimated. Clearly, Hamas is taking a page from the ISIS playbook when it comes to brainwashing, but ISIS has a well-oiled education machine in place to brainwash its kids.
One teacher in Iraq has revealed that when it comes to schools, the main aim of ISIS is to brainwash students with a bombardment of religious fanaticism, and push them towards extremism by forcing them to read books that preach a warped and vicious version of Islam.
The children are blitzed with religious fallacies and this, together with their natural curiosity towards ISIS's beheadings of those it calls infidels, is a crafty method of brainwashing these young minds, the teacher said. The books and curriculum used in schools by ISIS could turn the children into a new generation of extremists. ISIS is brainwashing them even as this is being written, so we will undoubtedly have another generation of fanatics to deal with.
By Ari Yashar
Hamas evidently wanted to leave no doubts that when it comes to implementing its jihadist genocidal goals of wiping out the Jewish people by all terrorist means at its disposal, age is no barrier - and that brainwashing works all the better the younger you start.
Hamas's Ministry of Interior, which is part of its "governmental branch" that some in the international arena have sought to give legitimacy, posted a photo shoot on its official Facebook page last Friday, unveiling a tiny child soldier of the terror group.
The little boy, no older than five, is seen in full military fatigues holding an actual automatic rifle, with the accompanying text reading "these are our lion cubs.We have brought them up on the love of Jihad and Shahada (martyrdom-death)," as translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
Hamas's Ministry of Interior is in fact part of the unity government formed between the group and the Palestinian Authority (PA) last year, after they reached a unity agreement in April. In practice, the two bodies have been acting independently with the rival factions continuing to feud.
PMW has in the past revealed how the PA's leading Fatah faction enforces the same brainwashing of children to embrace "martyrdom," namely dying while conducting a terrorist attack.
The Fatah Culture and Information Commission in January released a statement on the official WAFA news agency, reading "we believe that martyrdom-death (Istish'had) for Palestine is a destiny we assume willingly and serenely, for a free and dignified life for our people in the paradise of the eternal homeland."
In encouraging child soldiers to fight for jihad, Hamas and Fatah share a similarity with yet another Arab terrorist organization - Islamic State (ISIS).
ISIS has entire child soldier brigades dubbed the "Cubs of the Caliphate."
ISIS's own "cubs" are regularly sent to take part in intelligence-gather and suicide missions - and have even carried out executions, including beheadings.