Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hamas releases video, magazine about Shalit kidnapping

From JPost:
Hamas on Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the Gilad Schalit deal, in which the captive IDF soldier was exchanged for 1027 Palestinian prisoners, by releasing a 45-minute film describing the kidnapping and including interviews with terrorists who took part in the abduction.

The video, produced by Hamas's armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, depicts military preparations for the operation, maps of the area in which Schalit was captured, the tunnels through which his captives accessed the soldier, as well as what appears to be a re-creation of the mission itself. It also includes some of the first footage of Schalit upon his release from captivity.

But Hamas' Al Qassam media unit has been also working on a magazine - a slick 84-page publication that is sort of like a grade-B version of Al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine.

Like the video, the magazine goes into detail on the Shalit kidnapping, with lots of pictures. It also has the posters and graphic we expect from Hamas, such as this guide to Hamas' weapons.

The modern terrorist knows that he must use the media at least as much as he uses explosives. And for the times when Hamas can't get op-eds in major Western newspapers, this is the next best thing.