A year ago or so the IDF shuttered a West Bank charity for orphaned children because it was supposedly funded by Hamas. Today, the IDF has once again done itself proud by punishing children for the alleged sins of their elders:
Sixty-four kindergarten children in the Abu Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem are sitting at home though their classes were due to begin Sunday. The police commissioner sealed their building for security reasons.
The building had previously been rented by the Jerusalem municipality for the Ahmed Samech school, which was moved elsewhere, and the Najat kindergarten classes, which had operated elsewhere, were slated to open in the building instead.
But at the end of last week, the hinges on the building’s door were welded shut, and a closure order posted.
“After I became convinced that the building in Abu Tor was destined to be used for Hamas activities, I am ordering it shut until October 4, 2011,” read the order, signed by Insp. Gen. Yohanan Danino.
They’ve decided that an East Jerusalem kindergarten run by a Palestinian NGO, which is duly, legally registered with the Interior Ministry, is a terror front for Hamas. Which leaves 65 children without a school. That’s not unusual for East Jerusalem since the municipality provides almost no services for its Palestinians residents, which includes almost no public schools. That’s why this news hits especially hard.
The Jerusalem Police have resorted to the usual suspects, “confidential sources,” to decide that the NGO running the school is a Hamas front:
The Jerusalem Police, citing classified intelligence, said that “the site was meant to serve as a place of terror activity. The Najat movement is headed by known Hamas operatives, and the police commissioner ordered the location closed.”
One wonders what the nature of the classified material was? Perhaps a child’s drawing of an F-16 dropping a bomb on Gaza? Or a child singing about his love for Palestine? Or perhaps the poor children were caught being trained to produce suicide vests for their elders?
After all, the IDF is only acting on the divine teachings of Torat Hamelech, which tells us that it is permissible to kill Palestinian children because they will grow up to become terrorists who kill Jews. In that spirit, closing down the kindergarten seems only fitting, as it will without doubt become a breeding ground for terror.