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Hamas to Hezbollah: Include Palestinian prisoners in exchange deal
Headline: “Hamas calls upon Hezbollah for a joint deal for exchanging prisoners…” “In an announcement by Hamas… Hamas ‘congratulates its brethren in Hezbollah for this quality operation. We admire its level of planning and execution…’ The announcement called upon ‘the brothers in Hezbollah to make...”
Jul 13, 2006
Fatah congratulates Hezbollah on kidnappings
“Fatah spokesman Ahmad Abd Al-Rahman conveyed his congratulations to the heroes who carried out the heroic act in southern Lebanon, in support of their Palestinian brethren… and emphasized that the demand to free the Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli soldier [Shalit] is a natural...”
Jul 13, 2006
Hamas celebrates killings and kidnapping of Israelis
The Hamas website, Palestine-info.net, has celebrated the killings and kidnapping with graphic posters of smoldering and destroyed Israeli positions. The posters read, "Smashed Illusion Operation," and "Crushing Blow on Zionist Enemy." [See here] Another poster in English on the Hamas site features...
Jul 1, 2006
Islamic Jihad calls for more kidnappings
"Senior member of the [Islamic] Jihad [Movement]: Kidnapping of Israeli soldiers - the fastest way to the release of the prisoners. A senior leader of the Islamic Jihad movement [Sheik Khaled Al-Batsh] called on the factions of the resistance to kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to exchange them for..."
May 9, 2006
Kidnapping Zionists is way to free prisoners
"[Palestinian Authority] Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh emphasized the importance of forming a mechanism for the release of our heroic prisoners who are held in the jails of the occupation, without making concessions… Prominent Islamic Jihad movement leader, Sheik Halid Al-Batash... called for..."
Apr 17, 2006
Hamas threats to carry out kidnapping operations
"The Islamic resistance movement (Hamas) yesterday threatened to carry out kidnapping operations of soldiers in the Israeli army, in order to release Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. The threat was announced by Hamas Member of the Palestinian Parliament, Fathi Hamad."
Mar 16, 2006
PA MP says Hamas will kidnap soldiers to free prisoners
"The head of the Hamas party in the Palestinian Parliament [and Foreign Minister –ed.] Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahar, said that his movement would not hesitate to kidnap soldiers of the occupation in order to exchange them for [Palestinian] prisoners, should the opportunity arise."
Mar 7, 2006
Hamas can solve prisoner issue with kidnappings
Headline: "How will a Hamas government act regarding the prisoners in the prisons of the occupation?" ”Nabil Nassar, the representative of Hamas in the National and Islamic Forces Prisoners Committee, said, 'We will not abandon them [i.e. the prisoners]. The coming government will double its...”
Feb 14, 2006
Hamas Minister of Interior calls to kidnap Israeli soldiers
"In the past, Hamas succeeded in kidnapping many Zionist soldiers. From among our forces there are thousands of prisoners. They (the forces) have to think how to free these prisoners, and I believe that there is no alternative but to kidnap soldiers to exchange for them. Hamas has kidnapped 10..."
Jan 1, 2006
Political negotiations only work if combined with kidnappings
"During a seminar at the Islamic University in Gaza… Freed prisoner Izz A-Din Al-Masri argued that negotiations alone cannot lead to the release of the prisoners, nor will kidnapping soldiers alone lead to the release of prisoners. It is necessary for both aspects – political negotiations and the..."
Dec 15, 2005
Hamas kidnapped soldier for hostage but murdered him instead
"The military wing of the Hamas movement has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and killing of an Israeli intelligence officer, Sasson Nuriel... The [Hamas] Al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that the Brigades' unit for liberating prisoners had kidnapped the Israeli… planning to exchange..."
Sep 28, 2005
Palestinians step up efforts to kidnap Zionist soldiers, settlers
"The Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, which belong to the Fatah movement, threatened to kidnap Israeli settlers and soldiers for the release of the prisoners in Israeli detention centers... The Al-Quds Brigades and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades..."
Aug 27, 2004
PA official says kidnapping of soldiers valid option
"Member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Mahmoud Khalaf, said that the Palestinians are faced with two ways of solving the prisoner issue: One through political negotiations, and the other through the capturing of soldiers, as happened with..."
Aug 24, 2004
Hamas: No choice but to kidnap soldiers to free imprisoned "heroes"
"The Hamas movement organized a mass parade yesterday in the Jabalya refugee camp... demonstrating solidarity with the prisoners and detainees in the occupation's prisons... An official in the Hamas movement, Dr. Nizar Rayan, said... that whoever kidnaps and arrests our sons, we have no choice but..."
Aug 21, 2004
Hamas’s threat to kidnap soldiers for prisoners still valid
"The Islamic Jihad movement pointed out – in a public statement that was published on its behalf and was distributed during the procession – that it has the right to execute any action to obtain the prisoners’ release… Mushir Al-Masri, Hamas spokesman, said that Hamas’s threats to kidnap soldiers..."
Aug 17, 2004
Calls for soldier kidnappings to release prisoners
Headline: “Protests in all areas, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades calls on its members to kidnap Israelis” Sub-headline: “[PM Ahmad] Qurei: The detainees issue is one of the [Palestinian] government’s top priorities. Their release is a condition for any possible agreement.” ”The Presidency of the...”
Aug 16, 2004
Fatah honors Hezbollah with military procession
"Fatah’s military branch organized a civilian and military procession yesterday through the streets of Rafah. This event was held in appreciation and gratitude for the efforts Hezbollah made for the release of Arab and Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails as part of the prisoner exchange deal..."
Jan 29, 2004
Palestinians: Hezbollah saves the prisoners
"The wife of the prisoner, Nafiz Haraz, a resident of Gaza who served 19 years of his life imprisonment [sentence] in jail… said: 'Every single prisoner who is released is an achievement for us and a victory for the Resistance… We thank Sheik Nasrallah for this important achievement of releasing..."
Jan 27, 2004
PA admires Hezbollah for successful prisoner exchange
"The Minister for Prisoners and Detainees Affairs, Hisham Abdul-Razeq, expressed his joy at the completion of the prisoners exchange between Hezbollah and the Government of Israel. This deal includes the release of 400 Palestinian prisoners… The spokesman of the Committee of the Relatives of the..."
Jan 26, 2004