Iran: children’s theme park markets jihad against America and Israel


A military theme park called “the park of the revolution’s children” has opened up in Iran…. The designers of the park tried to copy Iranian military sites which resemble those which existed during the Iraqi-Iranian war

Children are trained in the park to shoot virtual fixed and moving targets. The targets carry the flags of countries which Iran view as their enemies, including the US and Israel.

A top park official stated the purpose of the park is “to train children on intelligence group work in the fields of war and sacred defense.” In other words, training children up in jihadi warfare against Israel, America and other democracies that Iran considers enemies.

Last winter, Iranian officials organized the “Sixth National Children’s Memorial”, an event to prepare children for possible war against Israel and America. About 1,200 children, some as young as six, are said to have taken part.

As abhorrent as this child abuse may seem to Westerners, this is “honorable” in Islamic terror-sponsoring states. For example, children’s summer camps in the Gaza strip, called “Vanguards of Liberation,” are also training children for war against Israel. A staggering 25,000 children were reported to have attended these Hamas-sponsored camps, where:

More than 500 Hamas members of Hamas’s armed wing, Ezaddin al-Qassam, are supervising the military training and religious education in the camps to train future jihadis in the war against Israel. Hamas’s religious education is aimed at teaching the children about Islam and its sharia laws.

As part of the children’s training to kill Israelis, they learn how to make bombs and become sharpshooters. They also learn special tactics in terror. The summer graduation ceremonies feature dignitaries.

Robert Spencer reported last week about how child soldiers of jihad are deemed to be privileged, in contrast to the fact that Westerners will rightly view them as abused children:

This is essentially a guarantee of Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah. This verse has become in the modern age the rationale for suicide bombing. The mainstream and revered Qur’an commentator Ibn Kathir explains: “Allah states that He has compensated His believing servants for their lives and wealth — if they give them up in His cause — with Paradise.”

Another Qur’an commentator, Ibn Juzayy, adds: “It is said that it was sent down about the Homage of Aqaba [an early pledge of Muslims’ willingness to wage war for Islam], but its judgment is general to every believer doing jihad in the way of Allah until the Day of Rising.”

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“Military theme park in Iran markets war, violence”, by Masoud Alzahid, Al Arabiya, September 30, 2016:

A military theme park where children play with weaponry has opened in Iran’s city of Mashhad, the capital of Khorasan, for the second year in a row.

The local authorities called it the “park of the revolution’s children.” In the park, the children are trained in shooting virtual fixed and moving targets. The targets carry the flag of countries which Iran view as their enemies, including the US and Israel.

The Iranian-speaking website shahrvand-yar commented on opening this park by asking: “What future do you expect to these eight-year-old children who are being trained on carrying and using weapons at this age? What do you think the aim of these drills is?”

Meanwhile, Hamid Sadeqi, the chief of the department which manages this park, said: “In this park, we try to train children on intelligence group work in the fields of war and sacred defense (of land) through playing games and practicing their hobbies.”

Some of the photos that are taken at the park show children virtually firing at their “enemies.”

The children are divided into groups and each group has a military leader whom they must follow his orders. He leads them through different rooms such as “the revolution room” and the “Iraqi-Iranian war room.” As they play, they cross over a virtual mine field and barbed wars and clash with a virtual enemy.

The designers of the park tried to copy Iranian military sites which resemble those which existed during the Iraqi-Iranian war and which Iran celebrates its anniversary this week.

Iranian activists circulated photos of this park on social networking websites and some of them compared these drills to what the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organization is doing as it recruits and trains children on fighting and plants hatred and violence in them.

Iran has recruited thousands of children and sent them to war fronts during the Iranian-Iraqi war. The military propaganda encouraged children to volunteer in the ranks of the Basij affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Many of these children were killed while others were held captive. Late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein however released them later in response to calls made by international humanitarian organizations such as the Red Cross.

International organizations accuse Tehran of recruiting Afghan children to fight in Syria through the Fatimids militias which the Iranian Revolutionary Guards formed and which includes Shiite Afghans. During the flow of refugees into Europe in 2015, an Arabic-speaking Swedish radio station reported that Afghan children arrived in Sweden and other European countries unaccompanied by their parents and sought refuge.

The report confirmed that most of these children had arrived from Iran and not from Afghanistan, adding that they escaped to Europe out of fear of being recruited by Iran to fight in Syria…..

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