June 18, 2013 Special Dispatch No. 5339

Motto Of Hamas's Summer Camps In Gaza This Year: 'The Generation Of Return'

June 18, 2013
Palestine | Special Dispatch No. 5339

The theme chosen by Hamas for its summer camps this year is the right of return, as reflected by the motto of the project: "Generation of Return." The movement is operating 700 camps in Gaza this summer, attended by approximately 100,000 children and teens.

Hamas official Dr. Nasim Yassin explained: "Hamas's choice of 'Generation of Return' as the motto of its summer camp [project] comes to emphasize that the right [of return] is sacred, and that the return of all refugees to their homes is a top priority for Hamas.[1] The director of the summer camp committee, Moussa Al-Sammak, said that Hamas has decided to allocate resources to the camps despite the financial crisis it is experiencing.[2]

At the project launching ceremony in western Gaza, the elders of the Gaza refugee camps handed the "keys of return" to the camp directors, and one elder, from the Al-Shati refugee camp, handed a key to Hamas Prime Minister Isma'il Haniya. Hamas officials who attended the ceremony spoke of the need to cultivate a new generation raised upon the principles of the movement, chief among them the right of return. Haniya declared: "We will not relinquish the right of return. The dawn of return is approaching. This generation will witness the liberation and return... We will not sell our home, but pass the right of return on to this [new] generation. Israel has no future on our Palestinian soil. [3] On the occasion of the opening of the summer camps, a Hamas-affiliated daily stressed the connection between return and jihad: "[The right of] return is sure to be realized, and we must use the time [until then] for action, martyrdom and jihad."[4]

The following is compilation of photos showing the summer camp activities, published in Hamas websites and papers and on the camps' Facebook accounts.

Hamas Launches The Camp Project

Haniya at the launching ceremony; the keys held up by the children bear the slogan: "We Shall Surely Return"

Image:, June 9, 2013

Haniya holding up a "key of return" during his speech at the launching ceremony

Image:, June 9, 2013

Child holding up sign saying "We Shall Surely Return"

Image:, June 9, 2013

In preparation for the summer, committee screens camp supervisors

(the blurring of the interviewer's face is in the original photo)

Image:, April 25, 2013

Orientation day for camp directors and supervisors in Khan Younis

(the blurring of the faces is in the original)

Image:, May 8, 2013

New statue in northern Gaza celebrates the summer camp's theme. The plaque says: "The Right of Return is Clear as Day"

Images:, June 9, 2013

Children at the statue inauguration ceremony hold up sign saying: "Zionists, We Are Returning"

Image:, June 8, 2013

Banner at a summer camp features portraits of Ahmad Yassin, Ahmad Al-Ja'bari and slogan "Upon Your Blood We Founded the Generation of Return"

Image:, June 10, 2013

Inculcating The Principle Of Return To Cities Inside Israel

"Safed group" at a Khan Younis camp

Image:, June 10, 2013

"Ashkelon group"

Image:, June 6, 2013

"Haifa Hall" in Shaja'iyya camp

Image:, June 10, 2013

"Jaffa group" and "Nazareth group"

Image:, June 9, 2013

"Safed Brigade" engaged in camp activity near Al-Balad

Image:, June 10, 2013

"Ashdod Brigade" and "Tel Aviv Brigade"

Image:, June 11, 2013

Banner: "There Is No Difference between Palestine and Palestine; Haifa Is Like 'Akko, Safed is Like Gaza"; the smaller signs bear the names of cities such as Safed, Jaffa, Nazareth, Haifa, Ashdod and Lod

Image:, June 10, 2013

Campers holding up the signs saying "Ashdod," "Haifa," and "Safed"

Image:, June 10, 2013

Campers learn about Tiberias

Image:, June 11, 2013

Counsellors and campers hold up keys made at the summer camp

Image:, June 11, 2013

Palestine From The River To The Sea

Building a map of Palestine in the sand

Image:, June 9, 2013

Campers form a map of Palestine at Khan Younis camp

Image:, June 9, 2013

Campers form a map of Palestine at Rafah camp opening ceremony

Image:, June 10, 2013.

Learning about the map of Palestine at Shaja'iyya camp

Image:, June 10, 2013

Palestine-shaped flowerbed

Image:, June 11, 2013

Puzzle shows children returning to Palestine, one of them holds a pistol

Image:!/gazacampsnew, June 12, 2013

Members of visiting Hamas delegation sign poster saying: "We won't let anyone negotiate or relinquish even a grain of Palestinian soil in our name"

Image:, June 12, 2013

Campers draw map of Palestine at Dir Al-Balah camp

Image:, June 13, 2013

Palestine Will Be Liberated Through Jihad And Resistance

Banner says: "Resistance and Jihad Liberate Homelands and Restore Lands"

Image:, June 9, 2013

Campers hold parade during June 11 visit by Hamas officials to Al-Amal neighborhood

Images:, June 12, 2013

Camp activity in Shaja'iyya

Image:, June 12, 2013

Firearms training

Image:, June 10, 2013

Camper wearing a headband of the 'Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing

Image:, June 11, 2013

Trampling the Israeli Flag, June 11, 2013

Additional Photos

"Generation of Return" summer camp in eastern Gaza

Image:, June 9, 2013

Fun at the Water Park

Images:, June 10, 2013

Graduation ceremony of camp in northern Gaza Strip

Image:, June 12, 2013



[1], June 9, 2013.

[2], May 20, 2013.

[3], June 9, 2013.

[4], June 10, 2013.

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