Nearly 10 years after falling into Hamas captivity, new images of former IDF Corporal Gilad Schalit are emerging as part of the latest propaganda campaign by the Palestinian Islamist organization.
In a new clip which aired on Hamas-run television, the organization pays homage to the armed operatives who held Schalit captive in Gaza for up to five years before the prisoner swap that the group agreed upon with the Israeli government.
The images show an emaciated Schalit dining with his captors. In one scene, the Israeli is seen turning over a plate of meat as he helped prepare a barbecue.
The video appears to be a continuation of an earlier clip released by Hamas last week showing images and details concerning the abduction.
According to the clip, the last of the five Hamas members, who held Schalit in Gaza after his abduction, who allegedly died last week in a tunnel collapse along the Egypt border.
According to the information released by the armed wing of Hamas, Izzadin Kassam, all five members of Hamas who were holding Schalit in the Gaza Strip after his abduction have died.
Hamas named the five men as Sami al-Hamaydi, Abdullah Ali Labad, Khaled Abu Bakra, Muhammad Rashid Daoud and Abdel Rahman al-Mubasher. It said that all five were responsible for Schalit during his five-year incarceration in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas described the five men as “martyrs.” It said that Mubasher was the last to die, in a collapse of a smuggling tunnel along the border with Egypt earlier this week. Hamas did not say how the remaining four died. However, sources in the Gaza Strip said the four were killed by the IDF over the past few years.
Hamas also released an undated photo of Mubasher together with Schalit.
Hamas said that the decision to reveal the identities of Schalit’s captors was taken by Muhammad Deif, the overall commander of Izzadin Kassam in the Gaza Strip.Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.