Blog on Al Jazeera website praises Hamas military camps for youth  

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, take part in a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City December 14, 2014. (Reuters)
Updated 31 August 2019

Blog on Al Jazeera website praises Hamas military camps for youth  

  • The blog has commended the summer camps the militant group holds for training youth in Gaza
  • The aim of these camps is to raise a "generation that believes in the  duty of jihad."

DUBAI: A blog post praising military camps held by Hamas’ armed wing, the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, was  recently published on Al Jazeera Arabic website. 

The post written by blogger Ahmad Samir Qannita has commended the summer camps the militant group holds for training youth in Gaza. The camps accept participants who are  junior high and high school students from across the strip.

The blogger wrote that the aim of these camps is to raise a "generation that believes in the  duty of jihad." 

He added that the summer camps for children and teens offers a comprehensive military training program conducted by Al-Qassam fighters.

The writer described the program as “similar in its intensity to that received by Palestinian resistance fighters,” including how to use machine guns and other weapons.

The blogger quoted in text lines from a poem written by Muslim Brotherhood idol Yousuf Al-Qaradawi where he urged Muslim nations to produce arms and fighters.


TWITTER POLL: UK decision to exclude Arab nations from COVID-19 quarantine ‘unjust’

Updated 07 July 2020

TWITTER POLL: UK decision to exclude Arab nations from COVID-19 quarantine ‘unjust’

  • Saudi Arabia's infection rate is similar to UK, Egypt is even lower
  • Poll reveals Arab News readers believe quarantine rule is unjust

DUBAI: The UK government’s decision to not include people traveling from any Arab nations in its waiving of the coronavirus quarantine requirements is unjust according to an Arab News Twitter poll.

The recent announcement that it was lifting quarantine requirements for people arriving in England from 59 different countries failed to include any Arab nations, despite many having significantly lower COVID-19-related fatality rates and similar proportions of infections.

Of the 1,039 people who took part in the poll, 56 percent said they did not believe that the United Kingdom’s decision was justified, while 27.3 percent said they did.

According to ourworldindata.org more than 15 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases lead to a fatality in the UK, while in the UAE that number was significantly lower at 0.62 percent, and in Saudi Arabia 0.91 percent.

People traveling from the countries not included in the list of 59 will still be required to self-quarantine on arrival into the UK for two weeks.

The UK currently has an infection rate of approximately 0.42 percent of its total population, while in France the rate is at 0.25 percent and Germany a slightly lower 0.23 percent – both the latter countries are included in the exemption list.

 

But Saudi Arabia’s infection rate is currently at 0.61 percent of its total population, Egypt is at 0.075 percent and Tunisia even lower at 0.01 percent – and yet none of these countries are included.

The UAE which has a significantly lower population  of less than 10 million, has an infection rate of 2.88 percent.

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