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Kidnapping and murder of 3 Israeli teens

On June 12, 2014, Hamas terrorists Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu ‎Aisheh kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and ‎Naftali Frenkel, 16, while they were hitchhiking. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli ‎security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. ‎‎23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with the Israeli army force that was attempting to ‎arrest them.‎

Significantly, a majority of Palestinians supported both the kidnapping and murders:‎
‎“57% of the public say that they supported the June 2014 kidnapping of the ‎three Israelis in the West Bank when that incident took place. Support for the ‎kidnapping reached 67% in the Gaza Strip and only 45% in the West Bank.‎
 
‎“Similarly, a majority of 54% supported the killing of the three kidnapped Israelis ‎and 42% opposed it. Support for the killing reached 69% in the Gaza Strip and ‎only 42% in the West Bank. 52% of the West Bankers opposed the killing of the ‎three kidnapped Israelis.”‎
‎[http://www.pcpsr.org/en/special-gaza-war-poll, Sept. 2, 2014]‎

Hamas has publically admitted that Hamas members were responsibile for the ‎kidnapping and murders:‎
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to Vanity Fair:‎
‎“A Hamas field group in the West Bank had killed those three settlers. So, this ‎was indeed an operation executed by a Hamas group.”‎
‎[Vanity Fair, Oct. 21, 2014]‎

The Palestinian Authority, though not behind the kidnapping, has likewise implied its ‎support for the kidnapping, by glorifying the murders as “Shahids” –Martyrs – the term ‎of highest religious honor in Islam. ‎
‎ "Israeli occupation forces executed citizens Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu ‎Aisheh today, Tuesday, in the early hours of the morning in a military operation ‎in central Hebron... Security sources told WAFA that the occupation forces were ‎still holding on to the bodies of the two Martyrs (Shahids)." ‎
‎[WAFA news agency, Sept. 23, 2014]‎
 
Despite Hamas’ open admission of carrying out the kidnapping and murders, the PA has repeatedly claimed that Israel planned and/or did it as a pretext for starting the 2014 Gaza war, and has blamed Israel for killing the murderers and even ‎claimed that Israel did that to “silence the truth.”‎

Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and member of ‎the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:‎
‎"In the early hours of the morning... Israel assassinated the young men Marwan ‎Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh... The two young men were Hamas members ‎from Hebron who had been 'accused' of kidnapping and murdering three Israeli ‎settlers on June 12 [2014]... ‎
It is possible that, were they alive, they would tell us and the world that the ‎operation of kidnapping and murder of the three settlers is unrelated to the ‎official Israeli version. Therefore, the execution of the young men, Marwan and ‎Amer, amounted to the murder of the truth." ‎
‎[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2014]‎

Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, official PA daily columnist and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:‎
‎“The occupation (i.e., Israel) planned this aggression… The aggression began on June 12 following a fabricated event for which ‎no one took responsibility, that is, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli ‎teens."‎
‎[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2014]‎

Op-ed by Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija, editor in ‎chief of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the ‎official PA ‎daily:‎
‎“Prior to this operation [the kidnapping], Israel was in a ‎severe crisis, but today, it ‎is emerging from ‎its crisis in the way it knows – ‎‎[through] an aggressive, ‎malicious and ‎indecent operation, which has so far met ‎with no real ‎international discouragement. ‎
This operation ‎‎[the kidnapping] was [carried out] without ‎any political discussion ‎‎(i.e., planning), ‎indicating that it was nothing more than a ‎plot, and history will ‎no doubt reveal those ‎who devised and planned it.”‎
[‏Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2014]‎

This section documents the varied Palestinian responses to the kidnapping of the ‎‎3 Israeli teens:‎
Hamas leader Mashaal admits Hamas kidnapped and murdered the 3 Israeli teens, and says it was justified 
Source: Vanity Fair, Oct. 21, 2014
Interviewer: "You’ve referred to these men as “martyrs,” as heroes (i.e., the terrorist murderers). You said in the past ‎few weeks that you were unaware of the plan to kidnap and kill these kids. But it ‎sounds as though you’re saying it was perfectly appropriate to kidnap and kill three ‎teenagers. Is that correct?‎"
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal: "The answer is clear. When this operation took place last June, I then ‎said in remarks to the media that we had no information. I could neither confirm nor ‎deny. Later on, and as the Israeli investigations have shown, it turned out that a Hamas ‎field group in the West Bank had killed those three settlers. So, this was indeed an ‎operation executed by a Hamas group. We now have specific information. [The] ‎question now is: Was this operation legitimate or not? This was a legitimate operation. ‎Why? I told you. It is the right of the lawful owners of the land in the West Bank, ‎whether they are from Hamas, or from some other group, to engage in resistance ‎against the occupiers, whether they are the Israeli military or settlers. It’s as simple as ‎that.‎"
Abbas representative glorifies killers ‎of 3 Israeli teens as Martyrs and says ‎Israel assassinated them 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Sept. 30, 2014
Excerpt from the speech given by Fatah ‎Central Committee Member and ‎Commissioner of Arab Relations and ‎Relations with China Abbas Zaki, who ‎represented PA Chairman Mahmoud ‎Abbas at a ceremony marking the 65th ‎anniversary of the founding of the ‎People’s Republic of China:
     "The barbaric massacre of Palestinian ‎civilians perpetrated by Israel in the ‎Gaza Strip using all forms of the most ‎advanced weaponry and without ‎determining military objectives proves ‎that its mission was killing and ‎destruction… [All this comes in ‎addition] to the continuing intentional ‎assassinations of Palestinian citizens, ‎the last of which was the assassination ‎of the Martyrs (Shahids) [Amer] Abu ‎Aisheh and [Marwan] Al-Qawasmi in ‎Hebron.”‎

Note: Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer ‎Abu Aisheh – Hamas terrorists who ‎kidnapped and murdered three Israeli ‎youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal ‎Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali ‎Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies ‎were found by Israeli security forces ‎near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two ‎terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 ‎during an exchange of fire with an Israeli ‎army force that was attempting to arrest ‎them. ‎
PA daily op-ed: Israel killed murderers of 3 Israeli teens to silence the truth 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2014
Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh were Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah , columnist for the official PA daily and member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza, accused Israel of killing the terrorists to prevent them from speaking:

     "In the early hours of the morning... Israel assassinated the young men Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh... The two young men were Hamas members from Hebron who had been 'accused' of kidnapping and murdering three Israeli settlers on June 12 [2014]...
With the assassination of the young Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh, the kidnapping operation, which served as an excuse for the [Gaza] war (i.e., Israel's Operation Protective Edge, 2014) entered a new stage of obscurity... It is possible that, were they alive, they would tell us and the world that the operation of kidnapping and murder of the three settlers is unrelated to the official Israeli version. Therefore, the execution of the young men, Marwan and Amer, amounted to the murder of the truth."
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PA delegation says killing of murderers of 3 Israeli teens was "a heinous crime" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2014
Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh were Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
The Palestinian delegation to the ceasefire talks in Cairo called the terrorists "Martyrs" and their killing a "heinous crime":

     "The Palestinian delegation to the ceasefire talks in Cairo condemned the heinous crime committed by the occupation forces in the early hours of yesterday morning in Hebron - the assassination of Martyrs (Shahids) Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh. The announcement read: 'The Palestinian delegation is absolutely convinced that the act committed by the occupation forces in Hebron was intended to conceal the truth behind the [occupation's] version of events since the disappearance of the three settlers in Hebron.'"
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PA daily calls murderers of 3 Israeli teens "Martyrs" and claims Israel assassinated them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2014
Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh were Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
The PA daily called the men "Martyrs," and the spokesman for PA Security Forces said their guilt was only an "Israeli version" of what happened:

     "Yesterday [Sept. 23, 2014] thousands of citizens attended the funerals of Martyrs (Shahids) Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh, who were assassinated by occupation forces in the early hours of yesterday morning...
Israel accused the two Martyrs of kidnapping and murdering three settlers in Hebron three and a half months ago. However, PA Security Forces spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri said all details of the story about the young Abu Aisheh and Al-Qawasmi were 'an Israeli version from beginning to end.'"
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Fatah cartoon glorifies murderers of 3 Israeli teens and all Martyrs 
Source: Official Facebook page of the ‎Palestinian National Security Forces‎, Sept. 23, 2014


The above cartoon was posted on ‎the official Facebook page of the ‎Palestinian National Security Forces:

Text: “The daily cartoon: ‘The tax of the ‎homeland.’ Palestine awakens today ‎to assassinations, arrests and injuries.”‎
Explanation of the cartoon:
Third place: A wounded Palestinian ‎fighter
Second place: A prisoner
First place: A Martyr (Shahid)‎
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Note: The cartoon was posted in ‎response to the deaths of the murderers ‎of the three Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, ‎‎19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali ‎Frenkel, 16, who were kidnapped on ‎June 12, 2014 by Hamas terrorists ‎while they were hitchhiking. The boys' ‎bodies were found by Israeli security ‎forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. ‎They appeared to have been shot to ‎death soon after the abduction. The ‎terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 ‎by the Israeli army during an attempt to ‎arrest them. ‎
Mother of murderer of 3 Israeli teens: He was honored with Martyrdom because Allah loved him  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 23, 2014


PA TV reporter:
"At two a.m., according to Zionist hatred time, the residential quarter in Hebron awoke to the sound of shots fired by the occupation directly at the two Martyrs, Amer Abu Aisheh and Marwan Al-Qawasmi..."
Mother of Marwan Al-Qawasmi at his funeral: "[My son] Marwan is an angel. He was loved all his life. Everyone loves him. He is noble, pure and modest - an angel; the hero among heroes and a leader. If Allah hadn't loved him, He wouldn't have honored him with Martyrdom."
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Note: Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh – Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
PA honors kidnappers and murderers of 3 Israeli teens, calling them Martyrs 
Source: WAFA news agency, Sept. 23, 2014
Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh were Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
WAFA, the official PA news agency, called the terrorists "Martyrs":

     "Israeli occupation forces executed citizens Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh today, Tuesday, in the early hours of the morning in a military operation in central Hebron... Security sources told WAFA that the occupation forces were still holding on to the bodies of the two Martyrs (Shahids)."
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PA minister calls kidnappers and murderers of 3 Israeli teens "Martyrs" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 23, 2014
Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh were Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
The PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is also called the murderers "Martyrs" who were "assassinated" by Israel:

     "[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is denounced the heinous 'Israeli' crime committed by the occupation forces in Hebron when they assassinated several of our people this morning. [The crime] took the lives of Martyrs (Shahids) Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh."
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PA TV presents killing of murderers of 3 Israeli teens as "cold-blooded execution" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 23, 2014
Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh were Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
Official PA TV news presented the killing of the terrorists as a "cold-blooded execution":

Official PA TV newsreader: "Occupation forces executed the two citizens Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh in cold-blood in an operation carried out today at dawn in Hebron. The occupation authorities accuse Al-Qawasmi and Abu Aisheh of the kidnapping and murder of the three settlers this past June [2014] in Hebron."
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Fatah says killing of murderers of 3 Israeli teens was a "cowardly execution" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 23, 2014
Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh were Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with an Israeli army force that was attempting to arrest them.
A Fatah spokesman condemned Israel's killing of the murderers as a "cowardly execution":

     "Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf condemned the cowardly execution of Palestinian citizens Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh carried out by the Israeli occupation army this morning in Hebron. In statements to the press, Assaf called the execution crime a serious violation of international law."
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Hebron governor calls killing of murderers of 3 Israeli teens a "premeditated crime" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 23, 2014
The Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid: "Occupation forces had executed two citizens from Hebron this morning... Amer Abu Aisheh and Marwan Al-Qawasmi... The occupation carried out a death sentence on two Hebron citizens, and this is a premeditated crime."
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PA daily op-ed criticizes Hamas for ‎admitting to starting Gaza War 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 17, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:
     ‎“The last war (i.e., 2014 Gaza war) raised ‎difficult questions which have received no ‎brave answers – for example, ‘Why did ‎Hamas refuse the Egyptian [ceasefire] ‎initiative when it was first proposed, only ‎to accept it later on exactly the same ‎terms? Why did Hamas give Israel a ‎dangerous gift for free, by strangely ‎admitting its involvement in the first move ‎that led to this war – despite the fact that ‎Israel does not lack excuses and pretexts, ‎and it would have been a thousand times ‎better for us for it to bear responsibility for ‎the outbreak of the brutal aggression?”‎
57% of Palestinians supported kidnapping of 3 Israeli teens 
Source: Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), Sept. 2, 2014
“57% of the public say that they supported the June 2014 kidnapping of the three Israelis in the West Bank when that incident took place. Support for the kidnapping reached 67% in the Gaza Strip and only 45% in the West Bank.

Similarly, a majority of 54% supported the killing of the three kidnapped Israelis and 42% opposed it. Support for the killing reached 69% in the Gaza Strip and only 42% in the West Bank. 52% of the West Bankers opposed the killing of the three kidnapped Israelis.

The public is divided over the identity of those who carried out the kidnapping and the killing of the three Israelis: 32% accuse Israel, 30% accuse Hamas, 21% believe a Palestinian acted on his own, and 2% accuse Fatah.”

Note: This poll was conducted on August 26-30 in the aftermath of the 2014 Gaza war, in which Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel and Israel responded with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Click to view the full poll in PDF or click to view the poll on PSR's website.
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal admits Hamas members murdered the 3 Israeli teenagers 
Source: Yahoo News, Aug. 22, 2014
Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, was interviewed on Yahoo News:
Interviewer: "On the question of who started the current conflict, Salah Al-Arouri, a Hamas leader, was quoted at a meeting of The World Association of Muslim Scholars as saying that the Al-Qassam Brigades carried out the abduction of the three Israeli teenagers. Is that correct?"
Khaled Mashaal: "The Hamas leadership was not aware of this action taken by this group of Hamas members in advance, but we understand that people are frustrated at the occupation and the oppression and they take all kinds of action."
Interviewer: "But it is true, then, that Hamas members did carry out that abduction and murdered the three Israeli teenagers?"
Khaled Mashaal: "As I said, we learned about these confessions from the Israeli investigation, based on that, what Israel said. The Hamas political leadership was not aware of all these details. We learned about it later on. Our view is that soldiers and settlers are aggressors and are illegally living in occupied and stolen land, and the right to resist them is the right of Palestinians."
Official PA daily: Israel "fabricated" kidnapping of three teens as pretext for Gaza war 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
     "We are now at the beginning of the third month of the broad Israeli aggression against our people, its unity, its reconciliation and its national project. The occupation (i.e., Israel) planned this aggression, which began on June 12, after the failure of peace negotiations [with the PA]...
The aggression began on June 12 following a fabricated event for which no one took responsibility, that is, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens."
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Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while they were hitchhiking. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.

This article was published during the 2014 Gaza war as Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.

Hamas song glorifies kidnappers of 3 teens: "Hide your prey, a child" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 28, 2014


Song: "Under the rock, O hawk,
hide your prey - a child
Your brothers in captivity (i.e., in Israeli prisons) tell you to keep him...
You are from Hebron, O hawk, and all are proud of you...
By Allah, O brother, I won't rest until you see light, until I see you free...
With the rifle open the [prison] cell
Kidnap soldiers till we free my brothers...
Allah will strengthen your faith
The homeland’s sun is singing your name...
The joy of the Loyalty of the Free must return (i.e., exchanging 1,027 prisoners for the kidnapped Israeli soldier Shalit)."

Texts in Arabic: "Palestinian businessman Alaa' Al-Din presents"; "Kidnap soldiers, by Amer Al-Ashqar"
Visuals of prisoner Ahmad Barghouti - 13 life sentences; Reenactment of Hamas’ capture of Israeli soldier Shalit in 2006
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Notes: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while they were hitchhiking near Hebron. The boys' bodies were found hidden under rocks by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after their abduction.

In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Official PA daily: Netanyahu "invented" a kidnapping "story" out of a "crazed ambition" to prevent a Palestinian state 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
‎     “Israel, which embarked on this war over a ‎month ago – [this war] which culminated ‎in a bloody attack in Gaza ten days ago – ‎had been negotiating with the PLO, and ‎these negotiations were being conducted ‎with the mutual consent of both sides and ‎under the patronage of Israel’s greatest ‎ally, the US…‎
But suddenly, Netanyahu overturned the ‎table, torpedoed the negotiations, and ‎invented, together with his [security] ‎forces, a vague story – the kidnapping and ‎murder of the three Israeli youths – and ‎Israel hastily and madly initiated a war that ‎had been planned [from the start].‎
Why? Why torpedo the negotiations? Why ‎this frenzied and bloody attack? ...‎
Netanyahu ‎wants to circumvent the idea of the ‎Palestinian state and remove from ‎discussion the section on the [Palestinian] ‎state. Are he, his army and his state ‎capable of realizing this crazed ambition? ‎I say to you: No, a thousand times no, ‎because Israel – with whom we have ‎chosen [the path of] peace and ‎negotiations – knows that there is always ‎another option! This is what Israel’s ‎founding leaders knew, and this is what ‎‎[today’s] Israeli leaders know, despite their ‎racist madness – and Israel’s allies know it ‎‎[too].‎
There is always another option: the option ‎of violent struggle, the armed struggle. ‎And this is a legitimate option for a people ‎under occupation. We, the Palestinians, ‎have been among the most prominent ‎symbols [of armed struggle] in the world."‎

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Official PA daily: Kidnapping-murder of 3 Israeli teens was an Israeli "plot" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2014
Op-ed by Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija, editor in ‎chief of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official PA ‎daily
     ‎“I am referring to ‎the kidnapping and murder of the three ‎settlers (i.e., three Israeli teens), ‎the planners and perpetrators of which ‎have made no statement explaining the ‎aim [of their actions] or the reasons for ‎carrying them out as part of a defined ‎framework.‎
Today, it is perfectly clear that this was not ‎an operation planned and executed ‎recklessly, without any political aim. This operation fell into ‎Netanyahu’s hands like a ripe fruit, which ‎he can bite into to his heart’s content, ‎satisfying his intense desire to strike at the ‎Palestinian national reconciliation, restore ‎the situation in Gaza to its previous state, ‎and prevent the continuation of the ‎international isolation that was nearly ‎imposed on him in the wake of the ‎successes and victories of Palestinian ‎political and diplomatic activity...
Prior to this operation, Israel was in a ‎severe crisis, but today, it is emerging from ‎its crisis in the [only] way it knows – ‎‎[through] an aggressive, malicious and ‎indecent operation, which has so far met ‎with no real international discouragement. ‎
‎[Furthermore, the fact that] this operation ‎‎[the kidnapping] was [carried out] without ‎any political discussion (i.e., planning) ‎indicates that it was nothing more than a ‎plot, and history will no doubt reveal those ‎who devised and planned it.”‎

For a note on the kidnapping, click "full article."
Official PA daily makes excuses for kidnappers of Israeli teens while accusing Israeli government of complicity in murder of Palestinian teen 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 3, 2014
Op-ed by Adli Sadeq, regular columnist for ‎Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
‎     “When anonymous individuals, whom ‎Israel assumed to be Palestinians, ‎kidnapped and murdered the three ‎settlers, there was a great gap between ‎them and their authorities. No such gap ‎can be discerned between the positions of ‎those who kidnapped, tortured and ‎murdered the Palestinian youth and ‎Netanyahu’s government and the settler ‎authorities, who fuel the conflict and ‎promote violence...
Furthermore, there is a big difference ‎between the nation from which the ‎kidnappers of the three youths came, and ‎the communities from which the abusers ‎and murderers of the Palestinian youth ‎came: for the first nation has no ‎subjugation, settlement and aggression ‎initiatives and its presence on its land is ‎not a crime, whereas the presence of the ‎settlers on Palestinian land constitutes a ‎daily crime in itself… ‎
Whatever [Israeli PM] Netanyahu’s ‎government may do to throw dust in [our] ‎eyes, the crime of the torture and murder ‎of the Palestinian youth could never have ‎happened without the aid of the ‎atmosphere it [Netanyahu’s government] ‎created. What happened to the youth is a ‎part or example of the result of its policies, ‎language, culture and intentions, whereas ‎what happened in Halhul (i.e., the ‎kidnapping of the three Israelis) had ‎nothing to do with the PA or the political ‎powers…‎
Do not take any [Israeli] statement of ‎condemnation seriously, for whoever ‎sincerely condemns cannot be a ‎murderer, and these occupiers murder ‎every day.”‎

For a longer translation and a note about the kidnappings, click "full article."
Fatah posts FB pictures of Israelis crying, falsely depicts murdered teens as "soldiers" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 1, 2014
Fatah posted photos of young Israelis mourning the death of the three students Naftali Frenkel, aged 16, Gilad Shaar, aged 16, and Eyal Yifrach, aged 19, and wrote:
     "Israelis crying over the three killed soldiers, whose bodies, according to Israeli claims, were found this evening in Hebron, 19 days after they disappeared."
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Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
PA condemns Israel for "collective punishment," but issues no condemnation of murder of Israeli teens 
Source: WAFA news agency, July 1, 2014
     "In its 5th meeting, the government condemned the Israeli military attacks on the Gaza Strip and the broad and ongoing Israeli military attack against defenseless Palestinian civilians in the West Bank since the disappearance of the three settlers."

Note: On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. Israel responded to the kidnapping by conducting house-to-house searches in Hebron and arresting hundreds of Hamas members. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
Official PA news agency only mentions murdered teens in English version of news report, but leaves out murders in Arabic report  
Source: WAFA news agency, July 1, 2014
The following is the English language version of the official PA news agency WAFA's report. The Arabic paragraph that left out the mention of the murdered Israelis is inserted for comparison after its English equivalent, in italics and in brackets:
     "Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, sent Tuesday identical letters to the UN Secretary-General, President of the UN Security Council (Russian Federation) and President of the General Assembly on the ongoing escalated Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in West Bank and Gaza...

He said [that] as part of a collective punishment since the beginning of the Israeli military aggression in search of three allegedly abducted settlers, more than 575 Palestinians were arrested across the West Bank, while others were killed with Israeli live fire. (emphasis added by Palestinian Media Watch)

The following is the English translation of the above paragraph as WAFA reported it in Arabic. It does not mention the murdered Israeli teens at all:
["In addition, Ambassador Mansour wrote in his letter that Israel is escalating its military operations throughout the West Bank, in a deliberate attempt to stoke the tensions and conflicts on all fronts, which has led to the arrest of more than 575 residents and the deaths of several residents as Martyrs, as part of a policy of collective punishment."]

Meanwhile, Mansour expressed strong condemnation, on behalf of the Palestinian leadership, over Israel's military aggression and its collective punishment against the Palestinians, calling upon the international community and the UN Secretary Council to put an end to Israel's crimes and to hold it accountable."

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Official PA daily: There is no evidence that Hamas murdered the "three settlers" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 1, 2014
Headline: “The bodies of the three settlers ‎have been found and the ‘murderer’ ‎‎[remains] unknown – Israel’s leaders utter ‎threats and Netanyahu threatens Hamas ‎will ‘pay’ the price”‎
     ‎“Israel announced last night [June 30, ‎‎2014] that it had found the bodies of the ‎three settlers who disappeared in the ‎southern occupied West Bank, after ‎nearly three weeks of searches. ‎
Just as Israel hastened to blame Hamas ‎for their kidnapping as soon as their ‎disappearance became known, it also ‎hastened to blame Hamas for their ‎murder, despite the fact that there is no ‎‎[evidence] pointing towards the murderer ‎or the motives for their murder.”‎

Note:‎ On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal ‎Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali ‎Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while ‎hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' ‎bodies were found by Israeli security forces ‎near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They ‎appeared to have been shot to death soon ‎after the abduction.‎
Hamas: Israel is using kidnapping "in order to cause an escalation against the ‎Palestinian people‎" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 1, 2014
     ‎“Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri ‎said that the movement has no interest in ‎any expected confrontation with Israel, but ‎if forced to – is prepared for any ‎escalation.‎
Abu Zuhri noted… that Hamas is not a ‎power capable of waging a war with Israel, ‎for which our people will bear the ‎consequences.‎
He relayed that the story of the ‎disappearance and killing of the three ‎settlers in Hebron is based on the Israeli ‎version alone, and that the occupation is ‎attempting to harness it in order to cause ‎an escalation against the Palestinian ‎people and the Hamas movement. He ‎added that the threats [made by] Israel and ‎its leadership will not intimidate the ‎movement, but at the same time ‎emphasized that the movement always ‎takes them seriously.”‎

Notes:‎ On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal ‎Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali ‎Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while ‎hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' ‎bodies were found by Israeli security forces ‎near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They ‎appeared to have been shot to death soon ‎after the abduction.‎

The week after Zhuri stated that Hamas “has no ‎interest in any expected confrontation with Israel,” ‎Hamas shot over 200 rockets into Israel, despite ‎Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's statement that ‎‎"quiet will be answered with quiet."‎

Mother of kidnapper-murderer: "I will be proud of him until Judgment Day" 
Source: Channel 10 (Israel), June 29, 2014
Mother of Palestinian kidnapper of 3 Israeli teens: "If they [Israel] accuse him of this (the kidnapping), and if it is a true accusation, I will be proud of him until Judgment Day. If the accusation that he did it is true... My boys are all righteous, pious and pure. The goal of my children is the triumph of Islam."
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Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
Fatah official justifies kidnapping: "If they don't want to be kidnapped, don't ‎want stones to be thrown at them and ‎don't want to be attacked, they should ‎leave, leave our land‎" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 26, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of ‎Politics interviewed Deputy Secretary of ‎the Fatah Central Committee and ‎Chairman of the Palestinian Football ‎Association Jibril Rajoub
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “There are ‎three kidnapped Israelis. Kidnapped or ‎not... Three ‎Israelis have disappeared. They were at ‎the wrong place at the wrong time. They ‎are in occupied territories, the Palestinian ‎people’s territories... At first, the whole world identified with the ‎story of the three settlers, none of whom ‎should have been [in] our [territory], as I ‎said, alright?‎
None of them should have been [here]. ‎This is our land.”‎
Official PA TV host: “Their very presence ‎‎[there] was illegal.”‎
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “This is our ‎land and they need to think and leave it. If ‎they don’t want to be kidnapped, don’t ‎want stones to be thrown at them and ‎don’t want to be attacked, they should ‎leave, leave our land. Then they should ‎see whether or not there are security ‎guarantees… ‎
Of course, they frightened all of Europe ‎with the story of the Holocaust, and they ‎are [now] doing the same thing to us. We ‎are 12 million: a little over 6 outside and a ‎little over 5 inside the homeland. 70 ‎percent of our people in Gaza are ‎refugees, alright? In the West Bank, a ‎third of the population are also refugees, ‎and even half of those who are in the ‎‎1948 [territories] (i.e., Israel) are refugees, ‎even in their [own] country.”‎

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Official PA daily: Israel uses kidnapping as an excuse to make "ISIS-like attack" on Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 23, 2014
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular ‎columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     ‎“From the beginning, it has become clear ‎that the occupation’s aim is not to find the ‎three missing [youths], but to damage the ‎Palestinian people and put an end to its ‎recently achieved reconciliation [between ‎Fatah and Hamas]. Israeli military ‎commanders and politicians say this ‎openly. In addition, it has become clear ‎that the kidnapper’s aim was to destroy the ‎reconciliation and damage the Palestinian ‎people itself.‎‏ ‏At the same pace as the ‎kidnapping of the settlers, the perpetrator ‎of which is still unknown, the occupation ‎is spilling our blood, crushing our homes, ‎abusing our people, and infiltrating [our ‎territories] in order to turn the [Palestinian] ‎Authority into a symbolic and helpless ‎authority. At the same time, there are ‎those among us who are attempting to ‎exploit the occupation’s spilling of blood to ‎justify the fact that it is damaging to ‎security and [to justify] the attack on the ‎police station in Ramallah. At a time when ‎the occupation’s ISIS-style attack is ‎essentially targeting our people and its ‎interests, the ISIS-like attack on the police ‎station indicates that there are those who ‎wish to create anarchy among our people ‎and reinstate a lack of control and ‎instability, which would allow the ‎occupation to continue its wolfish attacks.”‎

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Official PA daily refers to kidnapping as "the disappearance of three settlers who were on land which did not belong to them" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fathi Al-Bis, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "With the excuse of the disappearance of three settlers (i.e., On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank.) who were on a land which did not belong to them, while robbing and challenging the owners of the land, Israel does as it pleases in the West Bank, and threatens Gaza... The Palestinian knows that at the moment, he lacks military capacity, but he [also] knows that the nations of the world are becoming disgusted by Israel's arrogance and racism, and that its isolation is now only a matter of time.
Therefore, he [the Palestinian] turns to the world, from the [UN] Security Council to all the UN institutions, asking for protection from the arrogance of power and savage racism, which it needs and deserves - without forfeiting its resistance using all available means, with its modest capabilities, first among which is resolve on the ground, patience and endurance...
The Palestinian, with [his] Arab loyalty and identity which knows no sectarianism, confronts Israel. He observes with sadness the flames that surround him and that divert the people of the Arab nation from the duty of the basic and central confrontation, which is with the barbaric Israel. He looks forward to the day when the flames of [this] abhorrent sectarianism will be extinguished, so that everyone will be free to bury the [Israeli] myth that is being lived by the bloodthirsty, helmet-clad and rifle-bearing soldier out of the self-deception that this is the way to protect his existence and security. But the soldier of the helmet will not win and will continue to live in fear."
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PA Foreign Minister: Kidnapping might be "a childish game on Israel's part" 
Source: A-Sharq Al Awsat, June 22, 2014
Excerpt from an interview given by PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki to Asharq Al-Awsat
     “Security coordination is continuing nonstop between the Palestinian and Israeli security forces, regardless of whether or not there are people missing... As for the disappearance of the three Israelis (i.e., kidnapping of three Israeli youths on June 12, 2014), we and the entire world saw that the Israeli government tried to exploit their disappearance… Israel is trying to find justification to continue the killing of Palestinians, the expropriation of lands, construction of settlements, deployment of soldiers, destruction of homes and incarceration of large numbers [of Palestinians].
It [Israel] sees this (the affair with the missing [Israelis]) as a historic opportunity to extricate himself (Netanyahu) from the crisis he is embroiled in; since he was the only one to oppose the national reconciliation government, he used the kidnapping affair in order to argue that, were it not for the reconciliation government, the Israeli settlers would not have been kidnapped. In addition, he is also responsible for the failure of the negotiations. These things placed Israel in international isolation, and it [Israel] is therefore trying to use this affair to extricate itself from its isolation... to prove that it is a victim of this aggression and barbarism. We are doing everything in order to solve the disappearance of the Israeli settlers, and to find them...  There are three possible scenarios for the incident: either the kidnapping is a childish game on Israel’s part, meant to attract attention; or it is part of a bigger game meant to turn the Israelis from aggressors into victims; or they really were kidnapped."

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Official PA daily: Israel bowls, striking down Palestinian goals 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 22, 2014
The official PA daily published a cartoon showing a soldier with a Star of David on his helmet hurling a bowling ball at three pins – suggesting the three things Israel is allegedly trying to do away with through its operation in search of the three kidnapped students.

Text on top of image: “Three targets”
Text on pins, right to left: “Unity government, [Israel’s] international isolation, resistance.”

This cartoon refers to Israel's response to the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank on June 12, 2014. Israel responded to the kidnapping by conducting house-to-house searches in Hebron and arresting hundreds of Hamas members. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction. PMW has documented that in the days following the kidnapping, the motif of the number three appeared in numerous celebratory images on Fatah's Facebook page and in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. The cartoonist here uses the motif of three to blame Israel for using the kidnapping as an excuse to strike down Palestinian goals.
Journalist on PA TV: "Israel is a state that seizes opportunities in ‎the style of Shylock" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 22, 2014
Official PA TV program Panorama of the ‎Hour hosted journalist Akram ‎Atallah
Akram Atallah: “Israel will continue to ‎search for its settlers (i.e., three kidnapped ‎teens). It will search, and as part of its ‎search it will carry out plans and ‎infiltrations [into regions] where it was ‎previously unjustified [to do so]…”‎
PA TV host [interrupts him]: “What about ‎the Gaza Strip?”‎
Akram Atallah: “There was no justification ‎for them [the attacks on Gaza]. Now, there ‎is an opportunity, and Israel will seize it. ‎Israel is a state that seizes opportunities in ‎the style of Shylock, and it knows how to ‎seize opportunities.”‎

Note: On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. Israel responded to the kidnapping by conducting house-to-house searches in Hebron and arresting hundreds of Hamas members. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
Op-ed debunks kidnapping conspiracy theories 
Source: Al-Ayyam, June 22, 2014
Op-ed by Akram Atallah
     ‎“As Israel has failed to find any lead ‎several days after the Hebron operation ‎‎(i.e., kidnapping of three Israeli teens), ‎conspiracy theories have begun to appear ‎among the proposed [explanations] for the ‎operation – for two reasons. The first is the ‎helplessness of the Israeli forces and ‎intelligence services, which give the ‎impression of knowing every single detail ‎and how each Palestinian thinks, and ‎what he is thinking about. Yet they have ‎not succeeded in catching the ‎perpetrators, and therefore, there was no ‎operation – for there is nothing these ‎services can’t do. This arises... from a belief in, and a fear and ‎recognition of, Israeli superiority over ‎Palestinian reason.‎
The second reason is that our way of ‎thinking when interpreting things is ‎dictated by [our] Arab heritage, a heritage ‎which abounds in theatrical shows, ‎hazardous ventures, lies, killing and ‎disregard for human beings. This [is clear] ‎because the kidnapping of three Arab ‎citizens by some government for an ‎insignificant goal [is considered routine]...
However, those who think this way are not ‎looking closely at Israel’s past, and how ‎the state works – for in Israel, this issue is ‎different, and no one could undertake a ‎plot of such dimensions against Jews, ‎since its discovery would mean, on the ‎internal level, the end of his political ‎career, and would lead to his being tried in ‎court. On the international level, you ‎cannot have hundreds of conversations ‎with the countries of the world, above all ‎the US, ask for [them to take] positions [on ‎the issue], and then tell them it was just ‎candid camera.‎..

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Official PA daily writes kidnapped boys were soldiers, one from "an elite unit" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 21, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily and advisor to former PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on national affairs
     “The kidnapping of the three [Israeli] settlers (if the story is indeed true, and not a show [put on by] Netanyahu) [parentheses in source] on Thursday, June 12, in the vicinity of the Gush Etzion settlement, and in an area under full Israeli security control, exposes a great Israeli weakness. It also indicates that the military strength in which the Israeli ethnic cleansing state takes pride, the organized and routine terrorism against the Palestinian people, and all the methods of coercion, the aggression and violations are now a burden on the right-wing government, because power is not measured by the quantity of weapons or their various types and sizes, but rather by their suitable use by those who are in charge of them…
The kidnapping of the three settlers also reveals the wretched state of the Israeli military establishment, since one of the kidnapped is from an elite unit, and the two others belong to the Israeli security establishment. This suggests a flaw in training and fighting abilities, and emphasizes [the fact] that no matter how many weapons and how much ammunition the occupation has, it will remain cowardly and defeated from inside, and the opposite is true for the Palestinian, who is defending his identity and his national project and goals.”

Note: The columnist is claiming that the three kidnapped Israelis are soldiers, but in fact two, aged 16, were in high school, and the one aged 19 was also a student. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
Fatah official condemns kidnapping, but equates kidnapped teens to terrorists held in Israeli prisons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 20, 2014
Headline: “Hazem Abu Shanab : ‘Israeli aggression amounts to a re-occupation of the West Bank and a preliminary drawing of borders’”
     “Senior Fatah official Hazem Abu Shanab said… in a statement to the press, that the kidnapping operations the occupation carries out against the fighters of all [Palestinian] factions and from all cities and villages are kidnapping operations that should be met with condemnation and opposition by the international community and by all elements operating according to international law. In addition, he noted that between 300 and 350 citizens have been kidnapped from the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza by occupation soldiers over the past days, so that the equation is now 3 settlers against 300 Palestinians, while the real equation is 3 settlers, who were illegally on Palestinian land, versus approximately 6,000 Palestinian prisoners [imprisoned] in the State of Israel…
Abu Shanab emphasized that ‘we oppose any operation that denies a person, whether Palestinian or otherwise, his freedom; at the same time, it is unacceptable that an entire nation pay for three people, whose presence in the Palestinian territories was fundamentally illegal. In addition to the fact that, until now, there has been no evidence that they were captured or kidnapped by any Palestinian element – [a fact] which obligates the Hebrew state to search [for them] within its borders only, and to ask for aid from the neighboring countries… ’
Abu Shanab interpreted the operations being carried out by Israel as a re-occupation of the West Bank territories in response to the international acceptance of the Palestinian state according to the 1967 borders.

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Fatah member writes in official PA daily: Kidnapping was "a golden opportunity for the Israeli Khazar prime minister" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily
     “The Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] is now begging for a military operation or any operation that will cover up his faltering policy and his complete inability to purify his failing policy, and he’s found what he wanted in the disappearance, or kidnapping, of the three Israeli soldiers in Hebron, as if he had planned it [himself]. In addition, he is the one pulling the Palestinian people, through his terrorist occupation policy, into a new Intifada… [Yet] Netanyahu and his government have not succeeded in dragging the wise Palestinians into reactions that may be described as ‘terrorism,’ even though they [the Palestinians] preserve [their] right to armed struggle and self-determination, ratified by the UN and the international laws [pertaining to peoples] under occupation. In addition, he hasn’t succeeded in drawing the [Palestinian] people into a lost confrontation, considering the Arab betrayal, the Zionist oppression, and the American conspiracy. The disappearance or kidnapping of the soldiers (The three kidnapped Israelis are teenage students –Ed.) was a golden opportunity for the Israeli Khazar prime minister to throw off his political commitments regarding peace.”

Notes: PA leaders have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236, which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Click "full article" for more.
Official PA daily: "Should we say there is a kidnapping conspiracy here?" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2014
Op-ed by Hafez Barghouti, regular columnist for official PA daily
     “The kidnapping or disappearance of the settlers helps the right-wing government, whose members have even demanded the expulsion of villages and to do as they please with the West Bank, in a number of ways. Before the ‘kidnapping,’ Netanyahu’s government was asked to give an answer to the US administration regarding its plans for the negotiations and the expansion of the settlements. At present, no one is talking about [getting] answers to the settlement [question]. Should we say there is a kidnapping conspiracy here?”

Note:On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
PA official: "Israel understands only the language of kidnappings" 
Source: Wattan News Agency, June 19, 2014
     “In an exclusive statement to the Wattan News Agency Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub said… ‘I do not support the kidnapping of civilians, whether Palestinians or Israelis, but it seems that Israel understands only the language of kidnappings in order to allow us to free our prisoners, since it has insisted on not freeing them.’ He added: ‘Kidnapping soldiers has become the only solution Israel understands for freeing our prisoners, whose numbers are increasing every day.’”

Note: This statement was made during the search for Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, who were kidnapped on June 12, 2014 while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction. Several articles published in the official PA daily and items posted on Fatah's official Facebook page called the three kidnapped Israelis "soldiers," but in fact two, aged 16, were in high school, and the one aged 19 was also a student.
Abbas condemns kidnapping, but blames Israel for using it "as an opportunity to sow havoc and destruction" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, June 18, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening of the 56th Congress for Ramallah natives in the US.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “On the one hand, Israel doesn’t appear to be serious in its commitments to the international authorities and to the vision of a two-state solution along the 1967 borders, and in setting a date for ending the occupation.
In other words, a state that doesn’t want to determine its borders and doesn’t want to say when it will leave, and then talks about peace – I don’t know what the peace they are talking about means. On the other hand, [Israel] has evaded drawing the borders, apparently in its aspiration to continue the occupation and establish a single state with two regimes, and to keep the State of Palestine under the racist apartheid regime – to this we will not agree; we will not agree to this…
The important thing is that to this day, Israel refuses this [negotiations with the Palestinians] and insists that the National Reconciliation Government will not work [together] with it, and recently, the kidnapping of the children, the youths, or the three Israelis occurred, and Israel saw that as an opportunity to sow havoc and destruction in the land.
Therefore, everything you see here, and in all the districts, is in order to find them. OK, let’s hope they find them alive – for we are humane human beings, we do not shoot [people] in cold blood and we won’t accept the kidnapping and murder, or [even just] the kidnapping, of an innocent person – we won’t accept [it]. I’ve been told that one of them is American; I said, ‘OK, and if he’s American or Israeli? For us, everyone is a human being, we are searching for human beings’ – unfortunately, they don’t understand this.”
Fatah laughs: Netanyahu is sick because of kidnapping 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 18, 2014
Text on cartoon: "Netanyahu's condition after the capture of the Zionist soldiers in Hebron."
Doctor: "What's bothering you?"
Netanyahu: "The residents of Hebron."
Facebook page administrator's text with two smileys: "Open to your interpretation  "

Note: Fatah is claiming that the three kidnapped Israelis were soldiers, but in fact two, aged 16, were in high school, and the one aged 19 was also a student. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
Fatah defends Abbas' condemnation of kidnapping, claims he spoke for diplomatic reasons 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 18, 2014
Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page” posted a response to the criticism PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has received for his speech to the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries in which he condemned the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, who were abducted on June 12, 2014:
     “People, think just a little logically, do you know what the re-arrest of the prisoners who were released in the Shalit deal means?
Do you know what the arrest of hundreds [of people] – and the operation is still going on – and the threat of their expulsion and the demolishing of their homes means?
Do you know what a difficult and destructive battle awaits the Gaza Strip?
Do you know how many assassinations are expected along the way?
Do you know what a siege of the West Bank cities and their dismemberment means?
Do you know what tightening the economic blockade once again and cutting the power means?
[And do you know the meaning of] the arrest of wanted persons whose status has been resolved, and many additional matters?
This was the intention of the President’s [Abbas’] speech, to make sure Israel does not get a chance [to carry out the above] and to curb its killing, destruction and devastation, in order to tell the world we are fulfilling our obligations.
I know there are those who will be angry and criticize this speech – and that’s natural – and there are those who will beat drums, play the flute (i .e., cause a disturbance, protest), accuse [the President] of treason and use this opportunity to attack the President. They will not rejoice for long, because people will soon understand the correctness of the President’s speech and position.”
Official PA daily speculates: "Is the disappearance of the settlers in Hebron merely an Israeli political trap?" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2014
     "This [the Israeli reaction to the Fatah-Hams reconciliation and to the kidnapping] raises the question: Is the disappearance of the settlers in Hebron merely an Israeli political trap meant to justify its punitive measures against the citizens? In addition to the fact that this allows Israel to avoid the international pressure following the [hunger] strike of the administrative detainees."
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Official PA daily: Kidnapping is either "a deliberate act on the part of Israel" or "a free gift to Israel from some group" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2014
By Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "This action (i.e., the kidnapping) is - if not a deliberate act on the part of Israel meant to achieve the goal described above (i.e., to weaken the PA) - a free gift to Israel from some group or regional power that shares a common goal with Israel: To convince large countries and friends of the Palestinian people to retract their recognition of the abilities of the Palestinian Security Forces, and to weaken these countries' faith in the possibility of the success of the two-state solution... Everyone knows that the Netanyahu government has used the disappearance of the three settlers [as an excuse] to conduct security operations the likes of which have not been seen in the Palestinian West Bank since the end of Operation Defensive Shield, which culminated in the siege of the Muqata'a (the PA Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah) and the poisoning of the leader President Yasser Arafat by the leadership of the occupation state."
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Operation Defensive Shield - a large Israeli military operation in April 2002 in response to the many suicide bombings during PA terror campaign (the second Intifada). Israel put Arafat under siege and invaded six of the largest West Bank cities in an attempt to destroy the terror infrastructure.

Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
Abbas defends PA search for teens, criticizes Israel for wreaking "havoc and destruction" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 18, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the conference of the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "As for the Israeli government, it is causing a sharp escalation, and this is a new problem we are facing. The reason is the kidnapping of three boys near one of the settlements. Naturally, despite their [Israel's] presence in Area C, which is not under our security control, and despite the fact that they did not report the incident when it occurred, but over 12 hours later, we are [working] in coordination with them in order to find these boys, because they are, first and foremost, human beings, and we want to protect human lives. Even the Americans have told us that one of them is an American, and we answered that, whether American or Israeli, for us he is a human being and we must look for this human being and return him to his family. But the Prime Minister [Netanyahu] has found a suitable opportunity to use violence against us, to destroy everything and wreak havoc and destruction throughout the land, especially in the Hebron area... The truth is that whoever committed this act (the kidnapping) wants to destroy us; therefore, we will talk to them differently and hold a different position, whoever it was that committed this action. Because we cannot endure such actions; we cannot confront the State of Israel - neither militarily nor in any other way."
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PA daily: Kidnapping is a "spurious pretext"; don't rule out the possibility that "Israel itself is behind the 'kidnapping'" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 17, 2014
Headline: "Stop Israel's terrorism!"
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     "The Israeli state's organized terrorism against the Palestinian Arab people has not ceased since the period preceding its establishment, [when it was carried out] by the Zionist terror organizations. The Zionist leaders maintained this policy after the establishment of Israel, in the wake of the Nakba (i.e., 'the catastrophe,' Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian Arab people in May 1948, and they are still maintaining it [today].
Yet, from time to time, the Israeli terrorism throws off its reins and exploits a spurious pretext or some event to use violence against the Palestinian people, as is happening today; Israel's military and security establishments have carried out an extensive wave of arrests of PA Parliament (Legislative Council) members, former ministers and other citizens; they have raided and besieged the Palestinian public... under the pretext of searching for their three settlers (i.e., the three kidnapped boys are students aged 16, 16, and 19), who have been missing since Thursday.
The policy of collective punishment Israel implements against defenseless citizens contradicts international law and the four Geneva Conventions. In addition, it adds fuel to the flames of the rage of the Palestinian public...
Nonetheless, the international, regional and local forces do not rule out the scenario that Israel itself is behind the 'kidnapping.'"
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Official PA daily argues cartoon wasn't expressing joy at kidnapping, PMW research is based on "wishful thinking" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 17, 2014
By Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija , editor in chief ‎for official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
‎     “Apparently, the Israeli governmental ‎‎[organizations] (and Palestinian Media ‎Watch, see below, - Ed.), which are ‎monitoring our paper, analyze the news ‎items, articles, op-eds and caricatures we ‎publish like astrologists purporting to ‎interpret obscure things, or read coffee ‎grounds. They are searching for clues, ‎words or pictures in order to interpret them ‎in a way that will suit their intentions and ‎objectives: to smear us with a false ‎accusation of incitement! ...
They viewed the ‎caricature published by us two days ago as ‎‎‘incitement’ material, and interpreted it in a ‎most peculiar way, as though we were ‎expressing, in that caricature, joy over the ‎‎‘disappearance’ of the three settlers! (the ‎reference is here to Palestinian Media ‎Watch’s exposure of this caricature –Ed.)‎
The caricature was simple: the [FIFA] World ‎Cup, [formed] by three hands holding the ‎three settlers, with the word ‘Hebron’ at the ‎bottom. The meaning ‎was that the most prominent event in ‎Hebron today is the ‘disappearance’ of ‎those settlers, while the world is currently ‎busy watching the World Cup games, the ‎most important and notable event in the ‎world of football.‎.. Our cartoonist attempted to ‎express this, and found no way but the ‎World Cup to draw attention to the ‎magnitude of this event... So where is the joy in the ‎caricature??‎

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Caricature of Israelis searching for kidnapped boys 
Source: Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces, June 16, 2014
"Daily cartoon: 'The Israeli occupiers wreak havoc in the land'"

Numerous Antisemitic comments were added to the cartoon, which the administrator reinforced:
Comment: "Allah's curse upon you, Israel. God, you are great, very great. Punish these dogs, God."
Page administrator's response: "If the Jews have a wind surely the [Palestinian] revolution is a storm. Allah willing, respected sister, the day will come when the truth will be revealed and the oppressed will defeat the oppressor."

Comment: "May Allah give you victory and raise you above our enemies."
Page administrator's response: "When the revolution thunders and the nation calls for the eternal Jerusalem, the midgets of the world must remain in their dens. We are very grateful to you and honor you for your wonderful comment, respected sister."

Comment: "Allah's curse upon the Jews."
Page administrator's response: "May Allah curse the corrupt people, the enemies of Islam. Allah willing, a day will come when they will retreat and victory will be ours, Allah willing, for this is God's promise to us."

Comment: "May Allah burn them and give you victory, dear Palestinian people."
Page administrator's response: "Amen, God. We thank you for contacting us, dear brothers."
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Fatah celebrates kidnapping of three Israeli teens 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 16, 2014
Text on fingers, right to left: "Three, Shalits, Long live Palestine."
Text on palm: "Three Shalits."
Status text: "Reactions to the 'Three Shalits' campaign, which has taken off in the social media networks in support of the capture of the Israeli occupation soldiers."
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Note: Gilad Shalit was an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Shalit.

Fatah is claims that the three kidnapped Israelis are soldiers, but in fact two, aged 16, are in high school, and the one aged 19 is also a student.
Abbas uses 6 words to condemn kidnapping, 35 words to condemn Israel 
Source: WAFA news agency, June 16, 2014
     "The Palestinian President's [Abbas'] Office condemned the chain of events that took place last week, from the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths to the series of consecutive Israeli violations - both concerning the prisoners' [hunger] strike, and the break-ins into the Palestinian homes, the attacks of the settlers and the occupation army, which led to the death of a young Palestinian as a Martyr (Shahid), and the persecution of numerous innocent people.
In a statement published today, Monday June 16, 2014], the President's Office reiterated that all sides must refrain from violence, especially since the President's position is to continue the intensive action toward [securing] the release of the prisoners agreed on (i.e., an allusion to the fourth phase of prisoner releases, which Israel cancelled), and [the release of] all the prisoners in the [Israeli] jails when a final status agreement is signed.
In addition, the President [Abbas'] Office praised the efforts of the Palestinian Security Forces in keeping order, calm and stability, in order to prevent the Palestinians from being drawn into anarchy and instability, and to prevent any element from taking advantage of the situation for non-national purposes."
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Official PA daily: Israel is exploiting kidnapping for self-interest 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2014
Op-ed by the former editor of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Hafez Al-Barghouti:
     "The Israeli right doesn't care about the lives of the kidnapped [teens]; all it cares about is the kidnapping itself, in order to market and exploit it. It [the Israeli right] is determined at all costs to resolve the problem using military means in order to prove its new policy: no freeing of prisoners, no negotiations with the PA and no halting of settlement [construction]. If the kidnappers of their own free will were to release the settlers (i.e., the three kidnapped teens) now, the Israeli right would panic, and the war carnival it is now staging would be ruined; for it is interested in escalation and entanglement, not in resolving the crisis."
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Official PA daily cartoon celebrates the kidnapping of three Israeli youths 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 15, 2014
In an odious distortion of the World Cup 2014 logo, the official Palestinian Authority daily printed a cartoon celebrating the kidnapping of three Israeli youths on Thursday night, June 12, 2014. Instead of the famous logo of the World Cup 2014, in which three victorious hands hold the globe, together creating the prestigious trophy, the PA cartoon shows a "trophy" of three hands holding three people with their hands up in surrender. Instead of the text "Brasil" below the "trophy," the word "Khalil" is written - Arabic for Hebron, a city near where the Israeli youths were kidnapped.
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Fatah celebrates kidnapping as a victory 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 15, 2014
On its official Facebook page, Fatah posted a cartoon of a victory sign with three fingers held up instead of two, symbolizing the three Israeli youths who were kidnapped on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Accompanying the picture was a smiley with the text, "For your interpretation :)"
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Fatah cartoon depicts 3 kidnapped Israeli teens as mice caught on fishing rod 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 15, 2014
Text on image: “Masterstroke”
Status text: “Masterstroke... open to interpretation.”
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Lecturer on PA TV speculates that teens may have been kidnapped by "an Israeli mafia" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 15, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of ‎Politics hosted Ahmad ‎ Rafiq Awad, ‎lecturer in communications at Al-Quds ‎University, and journalist Hafez Al-‎Barghouti. ‎
Communications lecturer Ahmad Rafiq ‎Awad: “All this [the kidnapping of three ‎Israeli youths] may be true. Furthermore, ‎there are settlers who are from the Israeli ‎underworld; there is an Israeli mafia, there ‎is settling of scores, there are conflicts ‎between people. Especially if you ‎consider that some of the settlers in the ‎West Bank are young, between 30 and 40, ‎and are extremists in terms of nationalism ‎and religion, as well as in terms of crime – ‎as the West Bank is called ‘Israel 2,’ the ‎second Israel, Israel that renounced its ‎laws and democracy and shows all its ‎cards in the West Bank. Therefore, there ‎are likely to be assassinations and a large ‎Israeli security plan (i.e., an Israeli plot). ‎But there is also another possibility, which ‎is very likely… that it [the kidnapping] was ‎done by Palestinians.”‎
Journalist Hafez Barghouti: “How can we ‎stand up to the Israeli propaganda ‎machine, while Jewish funds from ‎America, Europe and Latin America ‎control the TV and media channels, and ‎the central information and publication ‎centers? How? First of all, we have to ‎content ourselves with serious, if limited, ‎work abroad. That’s enough, if we don’t ‎have the option [to do more].”‎

Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while they were hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.
PFLP justifies kidnapping of 3 teens and calls for more kidnappings: "This is the only ‎and most efficient way" to free prisoners 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 14, 2014
‎     “Popular Front [for the Liberation of ‎Palestine] Political Bureau member and ‎Head of the Popular Front Branch in Gaza ‎Jamil Mazhar said that the Hebron ‎operation (i.e., the kidnapping of three ‎Israeli teens on June 12, 2014) – if it ‎‎[indeed] turns out to be a kidnapping – ‎was part of the natural response to the ‎occupation’s crimes against our people ‎and the prisoners in the occupation ‎prisons. In a statement to the local press, ‎Mazhar said: ‘In light of its ethnic ‎cleansing in Jerusalem, its Judaization, ‎settlement and abuse of prisoners, the ‎occupation cannot expect our people to sit ‎quietly and idly. It is the right of the ‎resistance to continue the struggle in all ‎forms, in order to force it [Israel] to accede ‎to the resistance’s conditions and the ‎demands of the heroic prisoners who ‎have been maintaining an empty stomach ‎campaign (i.e., hunger strike) for the last ‎‎52 days, to bring about the cancellation of ‎the administrative detentions and protect ‎their dignity and rights.’‎
Mazhar added that the prisoners have a ‎right to enjoy freedom and to being with ‎their families and our people, because ‎they are freedom fighters. It is our duty ‎towards them [to ensure that] the ‎resistance factions intensify their activities ‎and kidnap soldiers, because this is the ‎only and most efficient way to free them, ‎as the resistance has taught us many ‎times in the past…‎
Mazhar demanded that the PLO protect ‎the resistance and give it a free hand, [that ‎it] not restrain or persecute it, and to ‎immediately cease the security ‎cooperation with this criminal occupation.”‎

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DFLP justifies kidnapping of 3 teens as a "natural reaction" to the "siege and Judaization of Jerusalem" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 14, 2014
     ‎“The National Resistance Brigades, the ‎military wing of the Democratic Front for ‎the Liberation of Palestine [DFLP], said ‎that the daring operation in Hebron (i.e., ‎the kidnapping of three Israeli teens on ‎June 12, 2014) was a natural reaction to ‎the crimes of the Israeli occupation ‎against the Palestinian people and the ‎continuation of the settlement, siege and ‎Judaization of Jerusalem…‎
In a statement, of which Ma’an obtained a ‎copy, the Brigades emphasized that the ‎taking of the three Israel settlers in Hebron ‎proves the weakness of the occupation ‎and its misgivings, despite the fact that it ‎possesses the most lethal and destructive ‎weapons. The Brigades saluted the ‎executors of the heroic operation, and all ‎the members of the Palestinian ‎resistance.”‎

Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while they were hitchhiking. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.

The DFLP (Democratic Front for the ‎Liberation of Palestine) has carried out ‎numerous terror attacks. For details, click "full article."
Islamic Jihad official: Kidnapping Israeli soldiers is the only way to release prisoners 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 13, 2014
     “Khaled Al-Batsh, a senior official in the Islamic Jihad, emphasized that the kidnapping of [Israeli] soldiers is the only way to release prisoners. He noted that all prisoner release deals in recent years were achieved by kidnapping soldiers.
At a Friday sermon held in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza, Al-Batsh said: ‘The struggle with the enemy will remain open thanks to the prisoners’ stomachs and their hunger strike, the attacks of the Martyrdom-seekers (i.e., suicide bombers) and the resolve of the besieged in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jerusalem, Acre and Haifa, until it ends favorably for our people, who possess the right [to the land]…’ He added: ‘We won’t get anything from the enemy except through [prisoner] exchange deals, and we won’t obtain Palestine without sacrifice.’”

Notes: Al-Batsh's statement was issued the day after Israeli students Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction.

On April 24, 2014, 120 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons on administrative detention began a hunger strike. They were eventually joined by 180 more inmates. 75 participants required hospitalization. The hunger strike ended on June 25, 2014.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: We are capable of releasing prisoners as we have "in previous deals" (i.e., kidnapping for hostage) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2014
Hamas leadership member Ismail Haniyeh ‎said... that in view of the prisoners’ strike, their ‎resolve and the political and ‎humanitarian campaign being waged, ‎the resistance is capable of liberating ‎them [prisoners] as it has in previous ‎deals (i.e., kidnapping for hostage ‎tactic).

Note: Haniyeh made this statement the week before Hamas terrorists kidnapped Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16.

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