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October 18, 2012 8:34 pm

New Hamas Video Claims to Show Shalit Abduction (VIDEO)

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A screenshot from the film released by Hamas.

A new video released  by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization, offers a new picture as to how the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit unfolded following a raid on his base in 2006.

The video, which runs for more than 44 minutes, claims that after crossing through a break in the border fence between Israel and Gaza, the terrorists made their escape with Shalit in two waiting pickup trucks.

The video  purports to show the planning and actual execution of the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006. It  opens with several interviews of Hamas officials. It then details the training undertaken by the kidnappers as well as the development of the plan to kidnap an Israeli soldier from Shalit’s army base, and culminates with a reenactment of the operation itself.

According to the video the base at which Shalit was stationed was monitored by a team of terrorists, while another team dug a tunnel under the border fence. Upon emerging from the tunnel they were surprised to find that the tunnel brought them 300 meters shy of the base and so they crawled to a thicket nearby.

At the moment of the terrorists’ assault, their comrades in Gaza began firing rockets and mortar shells at the Kerem Shalom army base. One squad placed an explosive charge at the base of a Merkava tank’s turret, detonating it with an anti-tank missile. Another charged a guard tower, and another  attacked a nearby armored personnel carrier.

In the dramatized reenactment the Hamas men gunned down two Israeli soldiers, Hanan Barak and Pavel Slutzker. Thereafter Shalit emerged from the tank, hands raised.

According to the video, Shalit initially believed that his attackers were Israelis. When the terrorists reached the tank Shalit shouted “I am a Jew, I am a Jew.”

The film was released on the one year anniversary of Shalit’s return to Israel after being held captive by Hamas for over five years in Gaza.

The full video in Arabic, can be viewed below.

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  • ruth housman

    This stuff is chilling. I didn’t watch the video. I think this ongoing hatred is pure venom, and actually I often wonder about the world, given that it’s already 2012 and it seems we haven’t left the Dark Ages. Sure, continue the terror. Why not? Terrorists, after all, have a job to do, which is to continue to follow their professional chosen careers. But why? Really, why?

    I am among many in my generation, being middle aged and beyond, who really have had it, with people who perform acts of barbaric cruelty, for no gain, for no real reason, except this endless useless hatred that really seems to go nowhere except into the pits of depravity, angst and endless sadness. Why not, put energy and strength into making the world a better place? It seems there are enough tasks for us all, to keep us busy for endless amounts of time, given what we’re doing to each other and the environment.

    We older people sit around and have such discussion at the “round table” and I think we know more about the world than those beneath us, because this is so circular. What goes round and round like a spinning disc that is so totally out of control is this spinning centrifuge of a world. Stop the world I want to get off!

    For a while I stopped reading the news entirely. But that’s being in denial, and denial is a nail. In order to change the world, we all have to get on the merry go round and work for “merry”, meaning do something that puts a smile on everybody’s face. Why not?

    If we have choice, why would anyone choose to be, a terrorist? History says, nobody wins this way. And nobody will.