Various Palestinian terror groups stationed in the Gaza Strip are planning summer camps in which children will be indoctrinated into hating Israel.
In the United States, the task of running summer camps in which children are indoctrinated into hating Israel is left largely to self-styled “pro-peace” groups, including the Quaker-affiliated American Friends Service Committee.
Critics have identified multiple, additional problems with the camps, in which students will be encouraged to economically and culturally isolate the Jewish state. The Simon Wiesenthal Center earlier this year outlined [PDF] the anti-Semitic roots and goals of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement behind such calls. The fact that children as young as eight will be brought into the camps has also creeped out observers:
The camps, one of which will host campers as young as eight, raise concerns about the potential indoctrination of children into the anti-Israel movement, according to the ADL, as well as efforts to bring in new recruits to push the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement on American college campuses.
“Efforts to isolate Israel on campus do not cease with the end of the school year,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “These organized summer camps serve to indoctrinate the next generation of activists with biased messages intended to single out Israel. Organizers of the college-level programs seek to provide students with tools to steer public opinion away from the Jewish state.”
The camps might also be flat out illegal:
The Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin), a ten-year-old civil-rights organization, with a history of successful litigation efforts representing victims of Palestinian terrorism and challenging banks that funded terrorist organizations, is monitoring the situation. It has given notice that its American office is investigating whether the camp violates federal and New York state anti-boycott laws and its organizers and participants may be subject to legal action.
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