The Hadash Party’s official Arabic Facebook page featured a video clip calling
for kidnapping IDF soldiers over the weekend, Channel 1 reported Sunday
The Facebook page’s editor posted a clip of recently freed
Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi in an interview with the Hamas-affiliated
Al-Aksa television station in which he explained his opinion on how to bring
about the release of more prisoners.
“The release of prisoners will only
be achieved through kidnappings and prisoner swaps, and nothing else will work,”
Hadash received many complaints that posting the clip on the
party’s official Facebook page appeared to be an endorsement of what Issawi
said. But a Hadash spokesman said the clip was posted as a news item and the
party does not support kidnapping.
The report said the clip was on the
page for three days, but a Hadash spokesman said it was up for only one
Issawi was sentenced to 26 years in prison in 2002 for shooting
attacks in Jerusalem.
He gained international attention for his hunger
strike, which ended in April.
He was released in the swap for Gilad
Schalit, then rearrested and sentenced to finish his term for violating his
parole terms that barred him from leaving the Jerusalem area.
Issawi’s call for kidnapping soldiers, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said
Israel should rearrest him.