Man dressed as IDF soldier: "I miss Mom and Dad;" thousands gather to mark 21 years of terror group.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
During Sunday's massive Hamas rally in Gaza City to mark 21 years since its founding, a Hamas member masquerading as kidnapped IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Gilad Schalit was led to the stage by Hamas militiamen.
The "show" was aimed at exerting pressure on Israel to succumb to Hamas's demand to release some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in return for Schalit.
The activist, who was dressed in an IDF uniform, pleaded for his life in Hebrew and begged the Israeli government to do its utmost to return him home.
"Shalom to my father and mother, I miss my father, I miss my mother," the "soldier" declared as hundreds of thousands of Hamas supporters shouted, "We will never recognize Israel."
The tearful "soldier" also addressed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: "I want to ask Olmert: Why did you forget about the Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit?"
Mark Regev, spokesman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, called the skit "another example of [Hamas] cruelty and inhumanity."
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