Claim: Violent Palestinian group teaching children how to throw rocks at Israelis

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A new report accuses Fatah of teaching young Palestinians to be violent, including instructing them on the best way to throw rocks at their enemy targets.

Fatah is a movement that seeks to liberate historic Palestine from Israel. It is led by Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas, who announced earlier this month that he would no longer seek peace with Israel through the United States after President Donald J. Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, and that he would move the U.S. embassy to the capitol.

According to United With Israel (UWI), Fatah posted “a photo of a young boy hurling rocks with a slingshot” on its Twitter account, and they included instructions about how to throw rocks. The same instructions were included on Facebook (see below).

From UWI:

“In order to hit the target, there are three conditions,” the guide recommends. “1. Stand stably and balance your legs, arms, and body well. 2. Focus your gaze on the center of the target, and do not look at anything else. 3. Keep the desired balance between your body and your weapon. You are the one that controls the weapon, and not the other way around,” the guide stresses, according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a watchdog that monitors Palestinian incitement to terrorism and anti-Semitism.

“If you did not understand this, read it again, and if you still have not understood, here is an example picture for you,” Fatah posted.

Fatah has published inciting posts on multiple occasions.

Rock throwing at cars has caused hundreds of injuries and many deaths, including babies who were killed by stones thrown at their family’s cars.

PMW has called on the United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF), which is entrusted with protecting and defending the rights of every child, to issue a stern condemnation of Fatah’s recruiting children to commit acts of terror.

“Recruiting children to attempt to kill others and to endanger their own lives is clear child abuse,” PMW stated.

According to UWI, Palestinians use children to gain political points by placing them in seemingly dangerous or hostile situations (see examples below), while PA schools tell children to hate Israel and Israelis. They also note a poem, published in the October edition of the youth magazine Zayzafuna, which informs its young readers that targeting Jewish people with rocks is “a religious act mandated by Muhammad, Islam’s founder.”

The poem reads: “O children of my country, sing to the occupied homeland so it will be liberated…Sing by the order of Prophet [Muhammad] that we carry a rock, that we will throw at the people of the Gharqad [tree].”

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