IDF official: Hamas getting stronger in West Bank

October 21, 2012 23:39

Hamas is getting stronger in the West Bank, but is focusing its activities on indoctrinating Palestinians in its extremist ideology and creating social assistance programs, an IDF source said Sunday.

The West Bank branch of Hamas is focused on Da'wa - social aid programs mixed with indoctrination - in order to build up its base of supporters, the source, from the Judea and Samaria Division added.

It is also preoccupied with a program called "Kutla," which entails recruiting university students by spreading jihadi ideology among them, according to the source.

A year after the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, fears that the release would lead to a substantial increase in terrorism have been proven false, the source said.

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