GAZA CITY Ñ The ruling Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority
Chairman Yasser Arafat has operated a summer camp that trains youngsters as
young as 10 to abduct and kill Israelis.
The training has been taking place in a summer camp for thousands of
Palestinian youngsters in the Gaza Strip. The training included the use of
semi-automatic rifles, hurling grenades as well as attacking and abducting
Palestinian sources said the training of youngsters has taken place
annually in the Gaza Strip. Several Palestinian correspondents have been
witness and film the exercises.
The exercises included the firing of AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles by
youngsters. The youngsters were also pressed to conduct infantry-type
exercises, such as completing an obstacle course complete with barbed wire
and hoops of fire.
In one case, Palestinian youngsters were forced into the hoops of fire
by instructors who fired over their heads. In another exercise, the
youngsters were trained to ambush and kill an Israeli motorist, played by a
Palestinian who wore a Jewish skullcap.
Youngsters were also indoctrinated in the need to fight and kill
Israelis. The camp was operated by the Fatah-sponsored Popular Resistance
Committee and those completing the training would receive a certificate from
the camp commander.
[In Ramallah, Palestinian Legislative Council members said PA Chairman
Yasser Arafat has agreed to provide limited security authority to Prime
Minister Ahmed Qurei. The PLC members said Arafat has proposed that Qurei be
granted responsibility over the the PA police and at least one security