Middle East news the BBC does not report

The news that Hamas is running military training sessions in schools in the Gaza Strip was reported by several major media organisations recently, including The Telegraph

“Hamas authorities introduced the ‘Futuwwa’, or youth programme into the state curriculum last September for 37,000 Palestinian boys aged between 15 and 17, conceiving it as a scheme intended to initiate a new generation of Palestinian men in the struggle against Israel.

Izzadine Mohamed, 17, was among the students who attended the weekly school classes, which covered first aid, basic fire fighting skills and how to fire a Kalashnikov rifle. He was also one of 5,000 boys across Gaza who also signed up for an optional two-week camp held at a Hamas military base.”

A photograph included in a recent tweet from Hamas’ Alqassam brigades shows even younger children playing ‘martyrdom’

playing martydom

A former Egyptian minister told a newspaper last week that Hamas and Hizballah had been involved in killing protesters during the ‘Arab Spring’ demonstrations in Cairo and in breaking Muslim Brotherhood prisoners out of Egyptian jails. 

In a report in the Lebanese newspaper ‘The Daily Star’ , UNIFIL officials expressed their organisation’s frustration regarding increased confrontations with Hizballah in southern Lebanon as the Lebanese army presence (as stipulated in UN resolution 1701) has dwindled in the region near the border between Lebanon and Israel.  

None of the above has had so much as a mention in BBC coverage of the Middle East. 

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