1) At the JCPA Amelia Navins looks at ‘Hamas’ Summer Indoctrination Camps for 50,000 Children’.
“As this year’s summer camp session begins, children around the world find themselves playing games, doing arts and crafts, participating in sporting matches, and swimming in the pool. For children in the Gaza Strip, however, summer camp looks very different. Rather than playing soccer or outdoor camping, some 50,000 children in Gaza participate in camps run by armed groups like the al-Qassam Brigades and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Saraya al-Quds, which aim to instil radical Islamic values and provide military training to children. Promotional videos and advertisements entice young children into registering for such camps, culminating in the conscription of children in Hamas’ armed forces.”
2) The BESA Center presents a study of ‘Hezbollah’s Money-Laundering and Drug-Trafficking Networks in Latin America’ by Dr Emanuele Ottolenghi.
“Over the past decades, Hezbollah has built a well-oiled, multibillion-dollar money-laundering and drug-trafficking machine in Latin America that cleans organized crime’s ill-gotten gains through multiple waypoints in the Western hemisphere, West Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Traditionally, Hezbollah used the TBA’s illicit economy as a hub for money-laundering—less so for cocaine trafficking. For years, Hezbollah-linked drug traffickers in the TBA moved only relatively small quantities of cocaine. Multi-ton shipments are another story.
The large cocaine shipments tied to Hezbollah’s money-laundering networks used to flow from Colombia and Venezuela, and with good reason. Colombia remains Latin America’s largest producer of the white powder, and Venezuela, under the Iran-friendly narco-regime of Nicolas Maduro, is a key transit point for cocaine shipments. If Hezbollah is now involved in establishing a major cocaine supply line in the TBA, something must have changed in its modus operandi. Have Hezbollah’s trade routes shifted?”
3) At the Fathom Journal Salo Aizenberg looks at how ‘The erasure from historical memory of Israeli statehood offers and Palestinian rejections is badly distorting today’s debate about Middle East peace’.
“The erasure from our historical memory of Israeli attempts to achieve peace by agreeing to Palestinian statehood, and of the serial Palestinian rejections, is now standard practice. This erasure sustains the libel that Israel is an ‘apartheid state’ seeking ‘permanent occupation’ and underpins a ludicrously uncritical attitude to the Palestinian national movement, its leadership, and aspects of its political culture. From Human Rights Watch to Nathan Thrall, Peter Beinart to the Carnegie Endowment, the debate now proceeds as if those offers were never made and never rejected. Bringing those offers back in, and those rejections, we get a more realistic picture of the obstacles standing in the way of achieving two states for two peoples.”
4) Sarah J Feurer analyses Israeli-Moroccan normalization at the INSS.
“Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz’s recent visit to Morocco represents an opportunity to inject momentum into the bilateral relationship, six months after the two countries announced the resumption of diplomatic ties. The kingdom’s recent outreach to Hamas, while disturbing, should be understood in the context of Morocco’s domestic political scene and Rabat’s desire to see Washington maintain American recognition of Moroccan sovereignty in the Western Sahara.”
5) At the Long War Journal Joe Truzman looks at the use of cryptocurrency by Gaza Strip terrorist groups.
“Citing a senior Hamas official, The Wall Street Journal reported in June a “spike” in bitcoin donations to Hamas during the conflict against Israel and that “some of the money gets used for military purposes [al-Qassam Brigades] to defend the basic rights of the Palestinians.”
Militant groups have favored cryptocurrency due to the anonymity it provides the sender and receiver in a transaction. It allows the opportunity to circumvent international laws and sanctions that are in place against funding terrorism.”
“A Palestinian journalist who was fired by the BBC for posting an antisemitic tweet that included the words “Hitler was right” has issued a defiant statement against her former employer, accusing the British broadcaster of “capitulating” to the “whim of a pro-Israel mob.” […]
Halawa, who is based in the West Bank city of Ramallah, then insinuated that pro-Israel forces were behind a global campaign to silence pro-Palestinian voices. […]
Halawa also accused the BBC of racism towards her, asserting that the criticism of her “seems familiar to me both as a Palestinian and as a woman of color.””