The ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, is preparing to launch its summer camps, which offer military training to teens and young people. Registration for the camps, called “The Liberation Pioneers,” is carried out by Al-Qassam Brigades activists in mosques and central locations in Gaza strip cities.
The Al-Qassam Brigades are devoting all efforts to publicize the camps and encourage Gaza youths to join them. To this end, they have launched a widespread campaign to promote the camps on social networks, on Hamas and Al-Qassam Brigades websites, at special events in public places frequented by youths, and more.
This is the third session of the Liberation Pioneers camps; the first was held after the Gaza war in he summer of 2014, as part of Hamas’s efforts to provide military training to the Gaza population, specifically the youth, and prepare them for the next round of fighting with Israel. It should be mentioned that the graduation ceremony for the first session of The Liberation Pioneers was a large-scale event attended by Hamas leadership.
This report will review the Hamas campaign, both on the ground and on the Internet:
‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Summer Camps: Displays Of Courage And Live Fire Exercises
On June 12, 2015, Hamas’ daily Filastin announced that registration for the Liberation Pioneers camps was beginning. It stated: “The martyr ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, has opened registration for the Liberation Pioneers military camps throughout Gaza. The Brigades have called to register via special bulletin boards placed in mosques and public places around Gaza, and stated that registration would commence on Saturday, June 13.”
“The camps are divided into four groups: age 15-17, age 18-25, age 25 and over, and one group for graduates of previous [camp] sessions. The Al-Qassam Brigades stressed that the camps aim to “create a nucleus for the future liberation project,” and will include “sermons, displays of courage, training in military skills, live fire exercises, field training, civil defense classes and first aid.”
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