Zahar: No current talks for Schalit's release being held

Hamas armed wing releases video clip vowing that kidnapped IDF soldier will not be released as long as Israel holds Palestinian prisoners.

June 26, 2011 03:48
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Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar

Mahmoud al-Zahar smirking (R) 311. (photo credit: Reuters)

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar on Saturday said that there were currently no negotiations or attempts to secure the release of Kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

"We remember that the Palestinian prisoners in Israel have not seen the light for 32 years, and they are behind bars," Zahar stated.

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He added that Schalit would not be freed as long as Israel held Palestinian prisoners.

Hamas’s announcement came on the fifth anniversary of the abduction of Schalit.

Hamas held Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responsible for the consequences of the failure of efforts to secure a prisoner exchange deal.

Hamas claimed that it was Netanyahu’s “intransigence and criminal policies” that was delaying a prisoner swap. It also urged human rights and legal organizations to put pressure on Israel to “protect Palestinian prisoners against Zionist repression.”

Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, published a video clip, in which it also vowed that Schalit would never see the light until Palestinian prisoners are released from Israeli jail.

The video clip contains a scene where Schalit’s face is replaced with that of missing IAF navigator Ron Arad, whose whereabouts have been unknown since 1986.

Also on the fifth anniversary of the kidnapping of Schalit, Hamas published photos of an actor impersonating a gray-haired elderly Schalit sitting in a tiny cell in captivity.

On the walls of the cell the “prisoner Schalit” has written graffiti that reads: “My fate is the same as that of Ron Arad, “Save me at any cost” and “I miss mom."

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