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July 3, 2019
Clip No.
7333

Palestinian Children Burn U.S. Flag, Pictures of Trump in PA-Run Summer Camp That Integrates Children with Special Needs

On July 3, 2019, the Palestinian Authority's Higher Council for Youth and Sports uploaded to its Facebook page a video about a summer camp that it was running in Tulkarm in the West Bank. Ihsan Hattab, the camp director, said that the camp's goal is to provide children with a patriotic education and that the camp is under the Higher Council's auspices and is run by the Society for Children with Autism and Learning Disabilities. He added that 25 special needs children aged 13-15 were participating in the camp along with 100 non-disabled Palestinian children. Yaman, a young boy participating in the program, said that in the first day of the program, they discussed the Deal of the Century and that the following day, they tore up and burned pictures of the American flag and U.S. President Donald Trump. The video shows young children tearing up and burning the pictures and stepping on pictures of the flag and of Donald Trump with horns.

Children: "Jerusalem!"

Ihsan Hattab: "The summer camp is under the auspices of the Higher Council for Youth and Sports, and it is run by the Society for Children with Autism and Learning Disabilities. The summer camp is accommodating 100 healthy children, in addition to 25 children from the Society aged 13-15 years old. The summer camp has six activity stations. The general goal of the camp is to provide a patriotic education, as well as in the fields of health, sports, handicrafts, and the arts."

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Yaman: "My colleagues and I would like to thank the Wujud Center of the Higher Council for Youth and Sports for allowing us to participate in this summer camp. Yesterday was our first day in this summer camp, and we spoke a little bit about the Deal of the Century. Pictures of Trump and the American flag were torn up and burned. As a Palestinian child, I – along with all the children of Palestine – reject any kind of deal. This is our home and Jerusalem is ours!"

Children: "This is our home and Jerusalem is ours!"