Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ezzedin Qassam Brigades of Hamas kidnap and execute Jerusalem resident, release video on the web

The announcement was made in postings on jihadi forums, and was also sent out through the Ansar mailing list under the banner of the Ezzedin Qassam Brigades, which bills itself as the "Military Wing of Hamas". (banner shown below)

The organization released a videotape of Nuriel in captivity apparently made shortly before his murder. In the tape, Nuriel appears with his face covered and his hands bound, and he urges the government, in Arabic, at his captors' demand, to release all Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

In its statement, Hamas said it kidnapped Nuriel in order to exchange him for Palestinians held by Israel, but the army's massive arrest operation in the West Bank this week compelled it to kill Nuriel instead. Hamas also threatened to kidnap additional Israelis, warning: "The operation is just beginning." The army said it takes this threat seriously and reiterated that Israelis are forbidden to enter areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

The group also released copies of the ID cards of Nuriel.

The video is available to subscribers of our Strategic Translations service.



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