Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

As if there weren’t enough strife-fronts in the Gaza Strip these days, summertime children’s venues are now fair game:

Rival day camps by the United Nations and Gaza’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers compete for the hearts of the next generation, the roughly 700,000 children under 15 who make up nearly half of the Gaza Strip’s population. Hamas camps teach an anti-Israeli doctrine and military-style marching, along with horseback riding, swimming and Islam. U.N. camps try to instill hope in a better future, a message wrapped in fun and games…

In Monday’s vandalism, two dozen masked men broke into a U.N. camp before dawn; children were not present. They tied up four guards, then slashed and burned tents, toys and a plastic swimming pool.

To the extent that ideology factors into young Palestinians’ camp preferences, the U.N. program outdraws that of Hamas by two-and-a-half to one. I’m sure the raids on the kiddie pool will level the playing field.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/29/2010 11:18pm
Category: Political, Society
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