In February 2011, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was photographed
carrying signs in Persian and Arabic which read “Death to Israel.”
In addition, Iranian Armed Forces regularly hold military parades in Tehran, which feature Iranian Shahab-3 missiles that have a 1300-kilometer range to strike Israel.
Footage from last year’s parade show slogans on military vehicles carrying these missiles which read: “Israel Must Be Destroyed.”
While some will say that mere hate rhetoric and intimidation parades are
harmless, the culture of hate and incitement which Iran perpetuates through
financial, educational means and military weapons, find fertile minds in the
likes of young radical Islamist operatives both in the Middle East and
But most disturbing is that this hatred thrives right on Israel’s borders and is cultivated every year in Gaza summer camps run by Hamas. From
June – August of this year, the Hamas administration and its military wing are
indoctrinating 70,000 elementary school children and teenagers under the slogans
of “Victory Through Youth” and “Camps of Return.”
While girls learn cooking and embroidery, the older boys are trained to use real rifles, handguns, and knives, alongside playing sports and riding horses. The camp counselors prepare the children for prison, and inculcate Hamas’s violent brand of Islam, teaching campers to revere suicide bombers. One of the celebrated heroes this year in camp was Ibrahim Hamed, who as the head of Hamas’s military wing in Ramallah orchestrated countless suicide bombings, murdering 46 Israeli civilians and wounding 400 others, and was sentenced in June to 54 life terms.
Indeed, Iran and Hamas share one mind and one heart in their hatred of Israel. This past February, Gaza’s prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, traveled to Tehran and declared to a crowd of 30,000 Iranians in Azadi Square that Hamas “will never recognize Israel,” in a commemoration ceremony marking Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, which overthrew the country’s pro-west monarchy.
“The resistance will continue until all Palestinian land, including
al-Quds (Jerusalem), has been liberated and all the refugees have returned,”
affirmed Haniyeh, alongside President Ahmedinejad.
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