Kindergarten graduations are cute, except when they take place in Gaza

Kindergarten graduations are cute, except when they take place in Gaza

Whose heart doesn’t melt when he watches a classful of 5-year-olds collect their diplomas at the end of their first official year of school? Before you answer what seems like a rhetorical question, get a load of the graduation ceremony at the Al-Hoda kindergarten in Gaza (video below):

As MEMRI explains:

… [P]re-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 lies prone on the ground, and leaving the stage with their “hostage.” Then some of the children performed on stage, with an address by Yasser Arafat playing on the speakers.

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This is nothing new in the era since citizens of Gaza voted to turn their governance over to Hamas. In January 2016, Palestinian children brandishing axes and guns (either real or fake) and wearing mock suicide belts joined a rally adjacent to Bethlehem to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the first terrorist attack by Fatah. A video from 2015 shows a Palestinian girl not more than four or five demonstrating how to stab a Jew. She may have gotten the idea from Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al, who declared the same year that terrorists who stab Jews the “noblest of people.”

And Democrats carp that the president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will subvert the peace process. What peace process might that be?

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Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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