Gilad Shalit’s letter

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Hamas released an animated cartoon on Sunday (April 25) showing Gilad Shalit, who has been captive in Gaza for nearly four years, returning to Israel in a coffin.

The three-minute 3D animation warns that Gilad Shalit would face the same fate as Ron Arad, whose whereabouts are unknown since he was captured in South Lebanon in 1986.

The video shows Noam Shalit, Gilad’s father, walking the streets of Israel in another 20 years, clutching a picture of his son, who is still in captivity.

We are addressing Zionist society, and not its leadership and elected officials, who don’t see anything outside their personal interests and therefore are holding up the prisoner swap deal. The option still exists that we will reach an agreement in which Shalit will be released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners,” explained Hamas officials.

They added a threat to their message: “If the enemy continues its stubbornness, it will be sorry. But the regret will not have any significance. Shalit will not see the light of day until your government pays the price. If it rejects the conditions we have stipulated, you will have to pay a much higher price.”

Hamas members clarified towards the end of the video that they intend to invest efforts in kidnapping additional Israelis, and threatened to do so on a much wider scale than has been seen thus far.

The organization will continue its activities to get its hands on more of Shalit’s friends – so many that the Zionist government will be forced to establish a new government ministry for addressing Zionist soldiers and captives,” they said in the video.

Noam Shalit is seen in the animated clip walking towards this fictitious “prisoner affairs ministry.”

The captive soldier’s father declined responding to his representation in the clip, and said only, “It is best that the Hamas leadership, instead of producing videos and presentations, be concerned with the interests of the Palestinian prisoners and the average Gaza civilians that have been hostages of their leaders for quite some time.

(via Ali Waked, read more Ha’aretz)

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