Israeli Arab Political Party’s Facebook Page Airs Released Terrorist’s Call to Kidnap IDF Soldiers

December 27, 2013 1:34 pm 13 comments

Ahmad Tibi. Photo: ShalomLife.

Samer al-Issawi, a Palestinian-Arab who was released this week from an Israeli prison after a prolonged hunger strike, received a hero’s welcome not only from the Palestinian Authority but also on the Facebook page of the Israeli Arab political party Hadash.

As reported by Israeli daily Ma’ariv on Friday, the Hadash Facebook page posted an excerpt from an interview that al-Issawi conducted with the Hamas terrorist group’s Al-Aqsa Television. During the exchange, al-Issawi called for the kidnapping of Israelis.

“We say very frankly that we want the release [of all Palestinian prisoners]…their release will only come about after the kidnapping [of Israelis] and a subsequent prisoner swap,” al-Issawi said in the interview.

Al-Issawi was sentenced to 26 years in prison in 2002 for his involvement in a series of shooting attacks targeting Israeli police cars and students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. However, in 2011, he was released from prison prematurely as part of the prisoner swap in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. He was subsequently re-arrested for violating the terms of his release.

Despite his past terrorist activities, Hadash’s Facebook page described al-Issawi as a “heroic Palestinian prisoner.” Furthermore, Hadash Knesset Member Muhammad Baraka uploaded onto his personal Facebook page a photograph of himself and fellow Knesset member Ahmed Tibi posing with the released terrorist, Ma’ariv said.

The video in question was removed at some point from Hadash’s Facebook page. According to watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch, the video was only pulled after Israeli daily Makor Rishon confronted Hadash with its posting of al-Issawi’s remarks, Ma’ariv reported.

13 Comments

  • Straightshooter

    Enough is enough! To release psychopathic murderers who lack the most minimal connection to the values that the rest of humankind shares is to perpetuate and to spread their evil. To permit democratically elected representatives to call for a proliferation of the psychopaths’ anti-human and illegal activities in the name of “freedom of expression” is insane.

    Try them for their crimes, sentence them accordingly, lock them up and let them accept responsibility for their crimes and calls to commit crimes.

    It is not possible to reason with psychopaths and their equally inhuman supporters. They don´t understand fairness, kindness, good treatment, all of which are human traits.

  • All ASA, Palestinians, Hamas & Terrorists, are in for the destruction of Israel, because they are also pressured by the Kuffars, an ethiest groups, whose only goals are to destroy the whole world. They are supporting the entire gaza with billions of dollares. If those preditors do not obey the Kuffars missions, they will be hunted as well. Therefore, my dear philosofers, wake up before is too late, & our big philosofer of the U.S. A., is olso contributing in this delema; fearing for his own life. Well if you cannot figure this out now, then when?, I pray for the distruction of the second hitlers mahshemo, We should all pray that all nations realize before is too late to stand up together to fight the unfightable foes, Think hard there is no other option, even they are buying Christians with big money to join their goals, morality is dying, the wheel of evils is growing, it seems like nobody care to stop them, may be The Moshiah Will come sooner then we think. Peace on earth

  • Tatiana Covington

    If man #1 may seize man #2, then man #2 may seize man #1.

    Kidnapping Israeli soldiers would just be giving them a taste of their own medicine. How much more Libertarian can you get?

    So, since Israel has kidnapped the Palestinians, I urge the Palestinians to retaliate in kind and to do so without limit.

    One man’s oppositional defiance is another man’s self-assertion. One man’s “criminal rebellion” is another man’s war for independence.

    Someone hits you? Hit him back. Someone seizes your property? Rob him blind. The hell with Israel anyway.

  • The “subsequent withdrawal” Lorton refers to is not a feature of “how democracies work.” Instead, it is how people lie or hide or obfuscate; if their intention were clarity or clarification toward acceptable views, they would publicly amend their remarks and affirm their NON-murderous intent; but that would alienate their target audience and possibly endanger their own hide.

    Al-Issawi, Hadash, Baraka, and Tibi instead reveal their murderous intent publicly, and then attempt to hide it when confronted — somewhere between deceitful and cowardly as well as murderous.

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud (goldie)

    Since the first batch of prisoners were released earlier this year attacks have been escalating. Democratic values cannot not be applied to Arabs. Therefore releases will achieve nothing but further attacks on Israel. Abbas sits in Israel as a representative of the totality of Islamic States and his role is to play an ever increasing force of pressure on Israel by Islam. I see only one solution to end the constant knawing away at Israel’s public image world wide. The US current incumbent in the White House needs to be removed by the US people. Italy Germany and Israel have Air forces ready to go. Italy being a peninsular almost reaching North Africa will support Israel, Germany’s national conscience WWII supports Israel. All oil plants in the Gulf States and Middle east including Iran and Iraq need targeting. Thus crippling fuel supply to land and air forces. Once the rest of the middle east comes under fire the so called palestinians will either be grateful to come under the aegis of Israel. Alternatively clear out and fight Sunni’s or Shia’s which will be the final outcome in the ME. We in the west must take the upper hand with Oil supplies. Russia, Scotland, Norway, free parts of Africa also supply Oil to western forces. The sooner Australia starts pushing oil out of the ground the better. I see Australia’s nearest customer China. Neither Russia nor China are tolerant of Islam. Two weeks ago Russia imprisoned 350 muslims and China shoots them on sight/site. The only way to deal with Abbas is to lump him in with the rest of the obtuse middle east taking the lot of them head on. An alliance needs to be formed by nations independent of ME Oil to wipe out Islam.

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    Kris Kristian’s comment in this column is 100% correct. I too have been saying this. When it comes to murderous terrorists the motto must be: no mercy.

  • Unfort.this is a never endig story.The Midle East is a mazephysicaly and psychologicaly,Only some sort of cataclyzmic event may shake it to the cor.

  • Why did Israel release this bastard terrorist?
    Why does Israel not arrest and imprison the Arab MK’s who are a 5th column in Israel. All very well to be a democracy.
    But there must be a limit.
    Threats to the lives of soldiers and civilians is no joke.
    It should be punishable by a life sentence without any parole, no matter what.
    If those bastards go on hunger strikes, so be it. IIf they refuse food, it is their responsibility.

    Israel must start to wake up. You are in the ME. In the middle of the worst sick societies, who think nothiing about killing anybody they do not like.

    There can never be peace,
    The Arabs and Abbas has said that there will never be recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

    Stop releasing murderers of Jews.
    Hang them.

  • 1. Put down all savage arab terrorists immediately after capture.
    2. Make relocating Israeli arabs to the new palestine state a condition
    of the so-called peace talks. They are now and forever will be, a threat to
    the people of Israel. Get rid of them.

  • Bart A. Charta

    I would bet that such an interview violates the terms of his release (AGAIN), and this time after he is picked up and incarcerated, the Prison Service should lose the key to his cell. If he wants to starve himself to death, HELP HIM!

    And if Israel would stop taking prisoners, they would have no human flesh to “negotiate” with. Body bags can be
    re-used.

  • The attacks on Israel are coming from all sides. Israel’s answer to all the pressures must be a resounding NO!

  • That’s why Israel is a beacon, democratic state with free speech in the middle of autocracies. The posting, the reaction and the subsequent withdrawal is how democracies work.

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