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May 26, 2023
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Palestinian Authority TV Report About Palestinian Youth Paramilitary Training Camp In Lebanon: We Follow The Footsteps Of The 'RPG Children' Who Fought The Jews In The First Lebanon War

#10322 | 02:35
Source: Al-Awda TV (PA)

On May 26, 2023, Awda TV (Palestinian Authority) aired a show about a paramilitary training camp for Palestinian children at the Rashidiya refugee camp in Lebanon. The show presents young boys and girls wearing military fatigues and standing in formation, and the presenter said that the children belong to Fatah's Shabiba youth movement. She also said that the children are following in the path of the "RPG children" who fired RPGs at Israeli forces during the First Lebanon War. One of the camp attendees, a 15-year-old boy named Ahmad Salah Abdallah, said that he joined Fatah because it is a role model for the Palestinian people and that he knows how the RPG children fought against the Jews, and he explained that the camp teaches the youth respect, manners, and how to "deal with the enemy". Another boy said that the children learn shooting positions and weapon manipulation.

Reporter: "They chose to wear military uniform. They chose to continue the path of the 'RPG children,' who set out from the Rashidiya refugee camp, and left their mark on the history of our revolution. They are the lion cubs of the Shabiba youth movement of Fatah in the Rashidiya refugee camp, who are going to be with us on the first episode of our show 'Buds of the Revolution.'"

[...]

Song: "Shabiba! Shabiba! Oh knights of the Shabiba, you are the fire and the flames of the revolution. Oh knights of the Shabiba, you are the fire and the flames of the revolution.  It is the Yasser volcano that ignited it and the ones to continue on the path are the Shabiba."

[...]

Ahmad Salah Abdallah: "My name is Ahmad Salah Abdallah. I am 15 years old. I am from the Rashidiya refugee camp.  I chose to join Fatah because it s a role model for the people, and because this is what Abi Ammar [Yasser Arafat] asked – he asked that all Palestinians join Fatah, because they are fighting for their country and their land. The [Shabiba] taught me many things – respect, manners, or for example, how to deal with the enemy if it comes here, and other things like that. This is why I loved Fatah and why I joined it.

"I know about the 'RPG Children' – I know that they fought the occupying Jews. They fought for their country, their land, and their honor. This is why they set out from the Rashidiya refugee camp. We made a film about the 'RPG Children', about how we dealt with [the enemy] when they came to our land, how we attacked them when they came with their tanks, how we started shooting rockets at them, how we were firing on the Jews."

[...]

Boy: "Oh fida'i, take me to the war!"

Children: "Oh fida'i, take me to the war!"

Boy: "Teach me and then take me to the war!"

Children: "Teach me and then take me to the war!"

Boy: "Oh our homeland, we have a duty!"

Children: "Oh our homeland, we have a duty!"

Boy: "We – the young and the old – will redeem you!"

Children: "We – the young and the old – will redeem you!"

Boy: "As long as the mines are exploding..."

Children: "As long as the mines are exploding..."

[...]

Boy: "We underwent training in skills such as shooting positions, disassembling and assembling weapons."

 

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