Partners in peace?

(IBT) — Children attending an Islamic jihad-run kindergarten in Gaza celebrated their graduation by wearing army uniforms “to recognise the importance of Palestine and its enemy”, an Israeli online daily reported.

During the graduation ceremony, the children wore uniforms of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine’s armed wing, the al-Quds Brigades, and carrying toy rifles they had received as presents while they chanted anti-Israeli slogans, the Israeli Ynet reported.

Many of the relatives who attended the ceremony are members of the Islamist group or other Palestinian political factions, according to the report.

“It is our obligation to educate the children to love the resistance, Palestine and Jerusalem, so they will recognise the importance of Palestine and its enemy,” the kindergarten’s director was quoted as saying.

“I’ll fight the Zionist enemy and fire missiles at it until I die as a shaheed [martyr] and join my father in heaven,” said a child named Hamza. “I want to blow myself up on Zionists and kill them on a bus in a suicide bombing.”