Hamas Finds New Way to Promote Hate

Published: May 9th 2010
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What a surprise! Hamas has found a new way to promote hate, ignore chances at creating peace, and exemplify just how tasteless of an organization it truly is. Two weeks ago, Hamas released an animated video, which warns of horrific actions they are willing to take if Israel does not trade thousands of terrorists in exchange for one innocent soldier, Gilad Shalit. Gilad was taken as a prisoner by Hamas on June 25th, 2006. His last sign of life came on September 14th, 2009 when Hamas released an actual video of him.


In the animation, which can be found on Youtube, a cartoon version of Gilad’s father, Noam, is seen walking around holding a photo of his son. First, Noam walks past billboards containing the photos of past and present political leaders; Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Benjamin Netanyahu. On each billboard, there is a quotation of said political leader, which promises the return of Gilad Shalit to Israel.


Meanwhile, a voice-over of Gilad himself is heard in the background, as he requests from Prime Minister Netanyahu to be returned to Israel. Much of the voice-over is identical to what Shalit said in the video released this past September, however he does add some new material: “I regret that the Israeli government and Israel Defense Forces are not concerned about my cause…I have great faith that my government will pay more attention to me.” Shalit was obviously forced to say something so manipulative like that, yet Hamas failed to realize that the Israelis would be able to figure it out. Nice try though!


The disgusting animation continues, as Noam walks towards a garbage can and picks up a newspaper out of it. The front page contains an advertisement offering a $50 million reward for information about Gilad Shalit. This tactic mocks the $10 million reward that Israel once offered for information about the long-time missing Ron Arad, who is pictured in a similar advertisement directly beside the one for Gilad Shalit.


After throwing the newspaper back in the garbage, the cartoon figure of Noam Shalit has aged drastically. He now walks with a cane, while sporting grey hair and an elderly-looking beard. Noam passes by a building, with a sign that reads, “Ministry of Prisoners and Missing.” Many believe that this part of the video hints at Hamas’ plans to abduct more Israeli soldiers in the future.


The final part of the video shows the aged Noam Shalit sitting at a bus station at the Erez border, as Israel and Hamas prepare for a prisoner swap. A van pulls up, opens automatically, and Gilad Shalit is let out…in a coffin. As Noam screams for his dear son, he appears to transform back into his younger self sitting on a bench and waking up from a bad dream. Suddenly all that is left on the screen are the words “there is still hope” written in Hebrew.


Related articles: (Noam Shalit, Gilad Shalit, prisoner exchange, Hamas, kidnap, captivity, hostage)

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