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Hamas military wing spokesman: Prisoner release deal is a matter of time 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 22, 2017
Headline: “Abu Ubeida: The prisoner release deal is a matter of time”
     “[Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades’ (i.e., Hamas’ military wing) Spokesman Abu Ubeida said that the exchange deal of the prisoners from the occupation’s prisons is currently a matter of time.
Abu Ubeida’s statement came in response to how the occupation’s military court at the ‘Ofer’ [Prison on Feb. 22, 2017] renewed the previous sentence that was imposed on prisoner Nael Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), which was a life sentence and an additional 18 years.
Abu Ubeida added in a tweet on Twitter: ‘The sentence against commander Nael Barghouti is a worthless sentence, as the Al-Qassam Brigades have decided to release the prisoners, and it is only a matter of time, with Allah’s help.’”

Nael and Fakhri Barghouti – Palestinian terrorists who killed an Israeli army officer in January 1978, near Ramallah. Both were sentenced to life plus 18 years but were released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011. Nael Barghouti was arrested again in 2014 for violating the terms of his release by offering Hamas to serve as its minister of prisoners' affairs, and is serving his reinstated original sentence.
Fatah brags that it is "the one who devised the kidnapping of soldiers" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2016
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“Fatah
The first bullet came from it, the first great leader came from it, the first Martyr (Shahid) came from it, the first male and female prisoners came from it, the first female self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’iya) came from it, and it [Fatah] is the one who devised the kidnapping of [Israeli] soldiers. Jan. 1, 1965 (i.e., the anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah, see note below) – a great anniversary on which the unending beginnings continue.”

Text at the top of the picture: “The Fatah Movement”

At the top left of the image appears the Fatah logo, including a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
In the middle of the image appears the logo of the 52nd anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah, which features the PA map of “Palestine,” a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), and the Fatah logo.

Text at the bottom of the image:
“Long live the anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution”

Text at the bottom left corner: “Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission”

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
Hamas leader calls for kidnapping of Israel soldiers 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Dec. 5, 2016
Headline: “A member of the Hamas leadership called to capture new Israeli soldiers”
     “Hamas movement leadership member Ismail Radwan demanded today, Monday [Dec. 5, 2016], that the military wings of the armed Palestinian factions capture Israeli soldiers in order to release the prisoners from the occupation’s prisons.
Radwan said: ‘The occupation responds to the capture of soldiers and courageous resistance. [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades (i.e., Hamas' military wing) and Al-Quds Brigades (i.e., Islamic Jihad's military wing), a noble goal stands before you – to accelerate the release of our prisoners - and there is no option other than the option of the rifle.’
He added: ‘Capturing soldiers will force the occupation to meet the demands of the resistance and release our prisoners,’ and emphasized that the Palestinian factions have taken upon themselves to work toward the emptying of the prisons.”
Guest on PA TV: Imprisoned arch terrorists are “heroes,” we support kidnapping Israeli soldiers to exchange them for prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 3, 2016
Official PA TV program I Call You, on administrative detention, hosting Director of Public Relations for the Hassam Association of Prisoners and Released Prisoners Muwaffaq Hmeid

Director of Public Relations for the Hassam Association of Prisoners and Released Prisoners Muwaffaq Hmeid: “We are talking about Musa Saufan, who has been in isolation for five years. We are talking about Abdallah Barghouti, Hassan Salameh, Dirar Abu Sisi, and Thaer Hammad, these heroes, 22 prisoners in the Ramle Prison and the Ofer and Rimon prisons, have been [in isolation] for years. The worst condition of prisoners in the Israeli prisons is isolation.”

There is no response from the official PA TV host.

Muwaffaq Hmeid: “We support the kidnapping of soldiers and the exchange of captives, and also support political actions that release prisoners.”

Official PA TV host: “We support every action that benefits the prisoners’ cause.”

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Palestinian radio station posts Hamas threats to kidnap and mistreat Israelis on its Facebook page 
Source: Facebook page of Radio Sanabel, independent Palestinian station, Aug. 21, 2016


Image and text posted on the Facebook page of Radio Sanabel, independent Palestinian station. The Israeli army closed the station on Aug. 31, 2016, claiming that the station spread incitement.


The image shows Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades (i.e., Hamas’ military wing) Spokesman Abu Ubeida flanked by another masked Hamas terrorist.

Posted text: “[Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades (i.e., Hamas’ military wing) Spokesman Abu Ubeida: ‘We warn the enemy against continuing its tyrannical steps against our captives. It should know that its captives with us will receive the same treatment that our captives receive in its prisons.’”
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Palestinian radio station posts on its Facebook page Hamas threats to kidnap Israelis  
Source: Facebook page of Radio Sanabel, independent Palestinian station, Aug. 21, 2016
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Images posted on the Facebook page of Radio Sanabel, an independent Palestinian station. The Israeli army closed the station on Aug. 31, 2016, claiming that the station spread incitement.

The first picture shows Hamas terrorists unveiling a makeshift prison, with Hebrew signs on it and an image of a Hamas terrorist accompanied by the Arabic text: “The Shadow Unit.” the second picture is a close-up of the same image.

Text on the central sign on the prison in Hebrew: “Prison 4
For enemy prisoners”
Text on the right door in Hebrew: “Cell 1”
Text on the left door in Hebrew: “Cell 2”
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: If Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldiers, the Commission would be willing to cooperate with Hamas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2016
Headline: “Karake: Willing to cooperate with Hamas in order to close a [prisoner] exchange deal, if it is true that it has captured Israeli soldiers”
      “On the eve of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, the number of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s prisons has reached 7,000, including 70 women and more than 400 children… Regarding Hamas’ announcement, according to which it has captured 5 Israeli soldiers, and in response to the question as to whether [prisoner] exchange deals are expected in the near future, [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake said that the commission is willing to cooperate with the [Hamas] movement in order to close a [prisoner] exchange deal, if it is true that the Israeli soldiers were captured. He added: ‘Activity in this framework will assist the release of thousands of prisoners, and we are ready to save the prisoners who were given heavy prison sentences, and all of the sick prisoners and the political leaders, in every future [prisoner] exchange deal.”
Fatah Facebook posts picture of alleged kidnapping of an Israeli pilot in Lebanon 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 10, 2016

Text and photo posted on official Fatah Facebook page on Feb. 10, 2016

Posted text: "In the picture: An Israeli pilot captured by Al-Asifa (i.e., Fatah military unit) forces in Lebanon – Ain Al-Hilweh"
The photo shows an alleged Israeli pilot on his back with his upper body inside the trunk of a car while another person sits on the trunk's hood, pressing it down on the person inside it.
Fatah MP: “We will take hostages… there will be soldiers in our hands, and thus we will guarantee the release of our sons (i.e., imprisoned Palestinian terrorists)” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 1, 2016
     Official PA TV program I Call You, hosting PA Parliament member for Fatah, Faisal Abu Shahla and Islamic Jihad terror organization leader Khaled Al-Batsh
Islamic Jihad leader Khaled Al-Batsh: “We need to focus on the release of the people (i.e., prisoners) We have no choice, but to bring a khawaja (i.e., term for someone who is not Arab) or two or three or four, and we will tie them up here in Gaza, and we will release the prisoners. That is the solution.”
PA Parliament Member for Fatah, Faisal Abu Shahla: “We need to put an end to the plethora of arrests and the Israeli contempt for human life, and this will only happen if we respond in kind. We will take hostages, and there will be settlers in our hands, there will be soldiers in our hands, and thus we will guarantee the release of our sons. Without this, we only fulfill a public duty, we ease things for the prisoners’ families, but that will not release the prisoners. It will not release them at all.”
Official PA TV host: “Correct.”
Islamic Jihad leader Khaled Al-Batsh: “This expresses politeness towards people and eases their suffering, but only one thing will release the prisoners: to have many khawajas in your hands. Period…

Official PA TV host: “There is a way, and there is [another] way, and the way of struggle continues on the part of all Palestinian factions.”
EU-funded center for human rights in Gaza: Kidnapping Israeli soldiers is necessary to release Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 25, 2016
Official PA TV program I Call You, hosting Samir Zakout, coordinator of the Field Research Unit at the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, on legal activity concerning prisoners

Coordinator of the Field Research Unit at Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza Samir Zakout: “Serious and real activity of the human rights organizations is taking place, regular activity that is not contingent on special occasions. Therefore I say: The efforts we make are important and necessary, but they alone cannot suffice. Likewise, the political and diplomatic efforts alone cannot suffice; an allocation of roles is required. The activity of the resistance, capturing [Israeli] soldiers and detaining them, that is also necessary.”

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights – Founded in Gaza in 1999, its stated goals are the promotion and protection of human rights in Palestine, and especially in the Gaza Strip. NGO Monitor has documented that the Al-Mezan Center is active in many campaigns against Israel, delegitimizes Israel’s right to exist, and is a signatory to the Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS which calls for an end to Israel’s “occupation,” and advocates Palestinians’ right of return to all of Israel. According to NGO Monitor, which relies on the organization’s annual report for 2014, the center receives funding from the following: Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Norway, Medico International (Germany), Save the Children International, and the Open Society Foundations.

Hamas celebrates 28th anniversary with play depicting kidnapping of Israeli soldiers at Birzeit University 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 17, 2015

Headline
: “In video and pictures – the Hebrew media: Hamas celebrated at Birzeit by kidnapping soldiers”
    “The Hebrew media closely followed the ceremony organized by the Hamas student bloc at Birzeit University to mark the 28th anniversary of the launch (Intilaqa) of the movement. The Hebrew media stated the ceremony was large and was held despite the fact that the occupation had arrested a number of Islamic Bloc activists yesterday [Dec. 16, 2015] in the early hours of the morning. It appears that a play depicting the kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldiers stirred the Hebrew media, which broadcast excerpts of the play in which armed and masked [men] in [Hamas’ Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades uniforms are seen kidnapping Israeli soldiers.”

 
PA daily op-ed claims that kidnappings are part of legitimate “resistance to the occupation and self-defense”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2015
Headline: “The Israeli Parliament [Knesset] legitimizes racism.”
Op-ed by Izzat Daraghmeh, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
        “The fact that the Israeli [Parliament] Knesset yesterday [July 8, 2015], Wednesday, approved, at first reading, the bill sentencing anyone who kidnaps an Israeli ‘for nationalistic reasons,’ to life [imprisonment], without this bill applying to Israelis who kidnap Palestinians, shows the extent of racism of the occupation authority and government. This is especially [true] as most of the Israeli laws were enacted to serve the goals of the occupation, and to facilitate it’s expansion and continuity, and most of them are aimed against the Palestinian people if it opposes the occupation, its actions and offensives, even though resistance to the occupation and self-defense are matters which are anchored in all international and humanitarian laws and ordinances.
Abbas and Fatah celebrate 30th anniversary of release of prisoners, including terrorist murderers 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, May 27, 2015
Headline: “Under the auspices of the President [Mahmoud Abbas], honoring of released [prisoners] from the 1985 exchange deal, on the 30th anniversary”
     “Today [May 26, 2015], Tuesday afternoon, for the first time since their release 30 years ago, the Released Prisoners’ Forum (i.e., private organization) and brothers of the Democratic Front (i.e., political party, member of the PLO), under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas, organized a unique event that hasn’t taken place in 30 years – the honoring of the veteran prisoners and the Martyrs (Shahids) among them, who were released in the 1985 exchange deal (i.e., Jibril Agreement, see note below).... Head of the Released Prisoners’ Forum and member of the Fatah leadership, released [prisoner] Ibrahim Alyan, delivered President Mahmoud Abbas’ written speech and the President’s greetings to the group of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen), these venerable heroes. Likewise, he sent his [the President’s] blessings to... those who were released from the prisons in this deal and in all the deals made through the exchange of soldiers or political pressure. Alyan expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the general leadership that carried out the deal, and to the Fatah movement, which kidnapped the soldiers. Alyan emphasized that this deal, and earlier and later deals, are a source of pride to us and to our history, and that the release of prisoners in every way is a national and religious obligation and basic principle from which we cannot back down. ‘We announce to all our prisoners who stand firm in the prisons that your freedom is nearer than at any time, and you will undoubtedly be released as the rest of the heroes like you were released.’”

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt from the article and for note about the Jibril Agreement
PLO Ambassador on Hezbollah bombing: Palestinians hoped Israeli soldiers ‎would be kidnapped 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2015
On Jan. 28, 2015, Hezbollah bombed Northern Israel, killing two Israeli soldiers. Adli ‎Sadeq, PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist for the official PA daily Al-Hayat ‎Al-Jadida, wrote the following op-ed in response to the bombing:
     "Hezbollah’s operation (i.e., shooting of missiles) at Sheba Farms [in Northern Israel] ‎has shortened the distance between [its] promise to respond in the right place and time ‎and the actual response. The most important aspect of this resistance operation was ‎the fact that it put the quarrelsome ones (i.e., Israel) into a state of unrest‎...
The Palestinians followed the developments of yesterday's event together, full of ‎hope that the resistance fighters (i.e. Hezbollah) would capture Israeli soldiers and ‎would hold them in order to exchange them [for Palestinian prisoners], thereby ‎breaking Israel’s inflexibility regarding the prisoners’ issue and forcing it to free ‎them all...
 We do not deny our joy at the fact that this quarrelsome occupation received a limited ‎response, the minimal response on Hezbollah’s part. The occupiers thought that no ‎one would dare fire at them, but from now on they will think twice before embarking on ‎a ‘joyride’ war against Lebanon. And they have already understood that if they do, they ‎will suffer exactly as the Lebanese!”‎
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Prisoner with two life sentences confident of early release following future exchange deals for kidnapped soldiers  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2014
     “Tareq Barghouti, the PA attorney for prisoners’ and released [prisoners’] affairs, noted that the occupation court in Ofer had created a legal precedent against prisoner Ali Sa’ada from Halhul, who has been imprisoned since 2011 on the charge of the premeditated murder of two settlers, when it condemned him to two life sentences and 50 years, in addition to a 3.5 million shekel fine and compensation to the families of the victims.
It should be noted that before the sentence was read out, prisoner Ali Sa’ada turned to the tribunal and said: ‘I know you are merely helpless clerks obeying orders from above, so don’t waste words on the justness of your system. You are as far from justice as one can be. I give you regards from the kidnapped soldier (Shaul Oron) [parenthesis in source], who tells you to pass the verdict as you see fit.’”

Note: Ali Sa’ada and Wa’al Al-Araja - members of a Palestinian gang of stone-throwers who were convicted of the murder of Asher Palmer, 25, and his baby son Yonatan near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on Sept. 23, 2011. Al-Araja threw two stones at Palmer’s car from a vehicle driven by Sa’ada, hitting Yonatan in the head and causing Palmer to lose control of his vehicle, which ran into a gulley, killing both of them instantly.
Palestinian song calls for kidnapping Israeli soldiers and honors Hamas terrorists 
Source: YouTube, Oct. 10, 2014
Song published on YouTube on Oct. 10, 2014
Title: "On the Borders"
"The [Izz Al-Din] Al-Qassam people went out to the borders
To capture soldiers
And raise the morale
Going, going, [Izz Al-Din] Al-Qassam people are winning
Allah willing, tomorrow our prisoners will leave their prison cells (i.e., in exchange deal with Israel for captured soldiers)
And from below and above ground
Fire is lit in the battlefields
Salute the lions of honor, who roar standing tall
The 'Devoured Chaff' battle (i.e., 2014 Gaza War)
Remains [a source of] honor and a wonder
[Ahmed] Al-Ja'abari (i.e., planner of numerous Hamas terror attacks) and [Abd Al-Aziz] Al-Rantisi (i.e., co-founder of Hamas), giving the lethal blow"

Ahmed Al-Ja'abari was a member of Hamas' political bureau and, beginning in 2002, the operational commander of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. Israel holds him responsible for all terrorist activities against Israel originating from the Gaza Strip between 2002 and his death in 2012, including numerous suicide bombings that killed hundreds of Israeli civilians and soldiers. He was involved in the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (June 25, 2006) and in the negotiations surrounding Shalit's release in October 2011. Al-Ja'abari played a leading role in the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007. He was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Nov. 14, 2012.

Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi - Co-founder of the terrorist organization Hamas.
Hamas cleric proud of 2-year-old son for pretending teddy bear is a kidnapped soldier 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 22, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast the Friday ‎sermon from the Al ‎-Shafi‘i mosque in ‎Khan Younis, delivered by Sheikh ‎Muhammad Salah Abu Rajab.‎
Sheikh Muhammad Salah Abu Rajab: “My ‎two-year-old son’s toy, his favorite toy at ‎home – like many other [children] – his ‎favorite toy is a teddy bear. Before the war ‎he used to hold it in his lap. Play with the ‎teddy bear. But today, the bear has ‎become [something else]. My son says ‎every day: ‘Where’s the soldier?’ He ‎carries it on his back, and in his other ‎hand [carries] a toy rifle, and he walks ‎around the house and wants to hide the ‎soldier. Can you [Israel] face them [these ‎children]? You can’t face them. We are ‎training an army against you, which you ‎cannot face.”‎
Hamas song mocks Israeli MIA Oron Shaul 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 22, 2014
Hamas TV broadcast a song celebrating their claimed kidnapping of missing Israeli soldier Oron Shaul. Shaul was declared MIA after his Armored Personnel Carrier was destroyed during combat in Gaza on July 17, 2014. Hamas claimed to have kidnapped him. On Friday, July 26, 2014, the IDF declared that Oron Shaul was 'a soldier killed in action whose burial site is unknown.'  The song opens with a fictitious phone call of someone trying to call the missing soldier:


 
[Phone rings]

(Israeli:) "Hello?"
(Hamas:) "Yes."
(Israeli:) "Am I speaking to Shaul Oron?"
(Hamas:) "What Shaul, my dear? You are talking to the Resistance. The number you dialed is temporarily kidnapped, thank you. Sincerely, the Palestine Defense Forces."

SONG BEGINS:
"Hurray! Hurray! The self-sacrificing fighters did it!
We've taken a second [Gilad] Shalit, a young, blond-haired boy
Congratulations on this Ramadan victory. This is the most beautiful holiday gift.

Hurray! Hurray! The self-sacrificing fighters did it!
6092065 is poor Shaul's number - the Palestinians broadcast it.
Hurray! Hurray! The self-sacrificing fighters did it!
Get out of here [Israelis] wherever you are, your face is changing colors...

Hurray! Hurray! The self-sacrificing fighters did it!
Netanyahu, before you go to sleep, go to the toilet
Put a rubber sheet under the blanket and have the potty next to you!"
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Hamas TV on claimed kidnapping of Israeli soldier: "‎Joy and particularly good news for the Palestinian Resistance!" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 22, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV host: “Joy and particularly good news for the Palestinian resistance (i.e., ‎Hamas). Now the occupation is forced – despite its attempts to hide and not publicize ‎‎[it], and despite the fact that the Qassam [Brigades’] announcement was a painful ‎surprise for them, and the Zionist occupation looked for all kinds of excuses, counting ‎the name of the [kidnapped] soldier among those killed, and then removing his name ‎and picture – now it is forced to admit that there is a missing soldier in the hands of the ‎resistance.” ‎
Fatah hands out candy to celebrate alleged "kidnapping" of Israeli soldier 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 21, 2014
The official Facebook page of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party posted images from the Palestinian city of Tulkarem showing Fatah activists handing out candy to people in the street to celebrate the "kidnapping of the Israeli soldier" in Gaza. On July 21, 2014, Hamas disseminated the false claim that it had kidnapped a soldier - a claim that Israel soon refuted.

Alongside the images, the site administrator wrote:
     "Fatah's Tulkarem branch hands out candy to residents in celebration of the kidnapping of the soldier by the Palestinian resistance on the blessed land of Gaza. Full freedom to all our brave prisoners."
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