A senior Hamas official has called on Palestinian militants to kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to exchange them for Palestinians captured by Israel.
Hamas spokesman in Gaza's Khan Younis Hammad al-Ruqab called on militant groups, and in particular Hamas' military wing “Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades," to kidnap Israeli soldiers "whatever the cost", which he lauded as the most successful route to freeing prisoners.
Hammad al-Ruqab’s statement posted on his Facebook page came as Palestinians mark the Prisoners' Day in solidarity with Palestinians held in Israeli jails as well as the 64th anniversary of Nakba day or "catastrophe," when Zionist brutal gangs occupied most ofwith the economic, military, and legal aid of the British mandate in 1948.
According to the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations, more than 7,000 Palestinians are held in Israeli jails, including 4,610 political prisoners; 322 prisoners are administrative detainees.
The administrative detention, often implemented by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian, is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing the forces to make detentions without formal charges for up to six months and it can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
Palestinian resistance factions with Hamas capturedin a militant operation southern Gaza Strip. Shalit was set free in a swap deal for 1,027 male and female Palestinian prisoners on October 18, 2011.
For his part, Hamas Political Bureau member, Izzat Al-Rashak called on media outlets to interview Gilad Shalit to shed the lights on the way he was treated during his capture and to compare that to the way Israel treats Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
Interviews will be clear-cut evidences on the gross violations the Israeli Prison Services treat our detainees, said Al-Rashak on his Facebook page.