February 17, 2013:
Hamas has increased its efforts to indoctrinate the children of Gaza to be Islamic terrorists by creating a high school course dedicated to teaching basic combat techniques to teenage boys. This sort of training is offered in some countries, usually for those who are planning to make a career of the military. But Hamas wants all teenage boys who are physically capable to take the course, which lasts a semester and consists of one training session a week. In addition to teaching basic skills, it makes it easier to spot potential terrorists and suicide bombers early on. Obtaining competent volunteers for suicide attacks has always been difficult but Hamas has compiled a lot of information on characteristics of high-quality volunteers and applies that knowledge in evaluating these high school students. The first 3,000 Hamas high school students recently completed the course (which began last September).