Guardian glosses over military training in Gaza camps

This post is from Just Journalism.

Today’s Guardian reports on the array of summer camps on offer to the children of Gaza, namely those organised by UNRWA, Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

In ‘Playing politics: summer camp for Gaza’s children,’ Middle East correspondent Harriet Sherwood makes clear the differences between the programme provided by the United Nations, which aims ‘to give the children a sense of fun and normality’ and ‘keep them away from troubles and politics’ and those run by the militant organisations, which teach that ‘Anyone who makes concessions on Palestine is making concessions on the Qur’an.’

The journalist includes quotes from a camp organiser, saying, ‘We believe in the right of resistance and we are against peace negotiations’ and explains that the camps ‘are seen by militant organisations as an opportunity to influence a generation of children’.

However, the article then euphemistically states that militants intend to ‘inculcate a duty to resist the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land’. This underplays the fact that these camps have been used to train children on how to conduct terrorist attacks against Israelis. Even when describing the militant activities in the camp, Sherwood does not explicitly discuss this controversial issue.

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