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Islamic Jihad 'preparing next generation to resist'

June 12, 2013 9:01 P.M. (Updated: June 13, 2013 9:17 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad is preparing a generation of Palestinians ready to defend themselves and their people against Israeli attacks, a spokesman said Wednesday.

As the movement completed a summer camp for 80 teenagers in the southern Gaza Strip, Daoud Shibab said Palestinian children needed to learn to defend themselves.

"We need to prepare our children to defend themselves, and protect themselves against Israeli persecution and crimes," Shibab told Ma'an.

"We do not hide the fact that we are working on raising a strong resisting generation that is ready to defend themselves, their families and their brothers when the need arises."

Shibab said the summer camp included lessons in first aid, civil defense, self-defense, and crisis avoidance management and training, adding that these subjects were not taught in schools.

It also included military training exercises.

"We are a resistance movement, and we are part of the Palestinian people that suffers daily from occupation. The whole world watches how Israel abuses children," the spokesman said.

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