Hamas training camps and the continuity of resistance

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By Ramona Wadi

File photo of Israeli forces training at Hawara checkpoint near Nablus, to prepare themselves for dealing with Palestinian protestors

File photo of Israeli forces training at Hawara checkpoint near Nablus, to prepare themselves for dealing with Palestinian protestors

Israeli and other mainstream media have ignited a furore over 17,000 young Palestinians who participated in Hamas-run military training camps during a two-week school holiday in January. Although it’s a common phenomenon that has happened in previous years, especially within the context of the Palestinians’ anti-colonial struggle, the news has catapulted Gaza once more into the limelight. However, the journalists driven into a frenzy over conventional human rights expectations disregard the context of Israel’s colonisation and massacres inflicted upon Gaza, the most recent being last summer.

As if to prove the hegemonic narrative, news reports on various media, including AFP andHaaretz, have quoted a 14 year old participant, Hatem: “The Israelis killed my niece last summer. Now I want to kill them. I will become a…

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