PRC terrorists at Gaza press conference 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
- A prominent Saudi cleric has offered to pay $100,000 to any
Palestinian who kidnaps an Israeli soldier, according to his Facebook
page."In response to those criminals, I
announce to the world that I am committed to pay a $100,000 prize to any
Palestinian inside Palestine who takes an Israeli soldier captive to
exchange with [remaining] prisoners."
Awad al-Qarni said he had made the offer in response to a
similar reward promised by an Israeli family for anyone who catches the
person who killed one of its members in 1998, following the exchange
this month of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the captive
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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"The media reported the news of the
Zionist occupiers paying a huge sum to anyone who killed the freed
Palestinian prisoners," Qarni, who is well known in Saudi Arabia for his
outspoken views but is not part of the official clerical establishment,
said on his Facebook page.
Qarni told Al Arabiya television that he had received wide support on his Facebook page and elsewhere.
"We have also received letters from ... groups from Arab countries. So
the issue is not limited to Qarni, who was just the person who launched
this initiative," he told the station by telephone.
Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, sees itself as a champion of
Palestinian rights but Saudi leaders have been at pains to curb more
radical statements by Muslim clerics on the Israeli-Palestinian
In 2002, the Western-allied kingdom floated a peace initiative calling
for full Arab recognition of Israel if it withdrew from all territories
captured in 1967 and found a solution for Palestinian refugees.