This political cartoon confused me when I first looked at it, but as I gave it a closer look, I realized that it was a very pro-Israel cartoon, but, although it made me proud that not everyone hated
Israel , the subject matter still horrified me. The subject of the political cartoon is how Hamas terrorists use children to launch rockets and commit acts of terror, rather than allowing the children to become educated in schools. The point that the political cartoon made was valid, and that is what disgusted me.
Hamas uses children in Gaza to commit acts of terror against Israel , and this is absolutely horrific. While children in the United States learn how to read and write, the children in Gaza are taught warfare and terrorism. When I was a freshman, I had to do a paper on child soldiers for world history. This political cartoon reminded me somewhat of my research, because children were being used to commit acts of war, and were not allowed to go to school. The difference between this political cartoon and my research paper, however, was the fact that the child soldiers I researched were often kidnapped and forced into war, whereas the children in the picture are taught warfare by their parents. I cannot comprehend why any parent would want to endanger their child’s life in order to kill others. By teaching violence to children at a young age, these parents are forever scarring their children both psychologically and possibly physically as well, if something goes wrong. In training, a child can easily mishandle a gun or other dangerous weapon and cause permanent damage, or even death, to himself or others.
The title of the political cartoon is “Hamas tactics” and I feel like that is an adequate name. Over the summer, I turned on the television and watched a special on CNN that focused on how many children in
Gaza go to a “summer camp” run by Hamas militants. In Gaza , children are taught at a very young age about violence and how to use military tactics to kill Israelis. At the camp I went to at age 5, we did arts and crafts and sports. I never played with guns or learned how to shoot rockets and honestly, I think I’d be pretty screwed up right now if I had. Children should be making necklaces out of fruit loops, not learning the structure of an AK-47.The political cartoon I found depicts what is occurring in Gaza with a sickening accuracy. Hamas terrorists teach hatred and violence, and this is completely inappropriate for anyone, let alone children. I don’t know what I, as an American teenager, could do to stop this, but I understand that what is going on in Gaza is morally wrong. I understand this because I was educated and had a chance to form my own opinions while growing up, rather than being given a gun and told to shoot.
Posted by Talia Shalen