Hamas Calls for Kidnapping of Israeli Soldiers
The Hamas terror group called for kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.
Fars News reported:
Senior Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil urged resistance fighters participating in a rally to protest the death of a Palestinian in Israeli custody to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
Hamas organized two huge rallies in Khan Younis and Rafah in the Southern Gaza Strip to protest the death of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat in Megiddo prison. Palestinian officials say an autopsy conducted in Israel showed Jaradat died of extreme torture, Ma’an reported.
Addressing the rally in Khan Younis, al-Bardawil urged the resistance to kidnap Israeli soldiers. The abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit led to the release of over 1,000 Palestinians in 2011 in a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel.
Israel has since rearrested several of the prisoners granted amnesty in the deal, including Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna who have been on hunger strike for over 200 days.
Al-Bardawil urged Egypt to show responsibility toward the prisoner exchange, which was brokered in Cairo.
“A new Palestinian Intifada is about to break out in support of prisoners,” al-Bardawil said, urging all Palestinians to join activities to support detainees.
He appealed to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority to boycott public and secret negotiations with Israel in protest over Jaradat’s death.
In Rafah, several former prisoners participated in a rally after evening.