Alan Johnston Free — Thanks Hamas

We are all very happy that Alan Johnston is free. After being freed he was taken to the home of Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh. “The BBC reporter was handed over to officials of the Hamas administration in the early hours of Wednesday morning,” reports the BBC and he later appeared beside Hamas leader and “thanked everyone who had worked for his release.” He describes the terror and fear that he felt in a short interview.

It’s true that the kidnappings – I covered 27 of them here, almost all of them were over in about 12 days.

I knew that there was one very dangerous group. I knew about them, and I was always afraid of them. They struck first last August, and I was worried that they might get me one day, and they indeed did.

The kidnappers seemed very comfortable and very secure in their operation

Across the Palestinian spectrum politically there was condemnation of the kidnapping and calls for my release and so on.

[Hamas leader Ismail] Haniya from the outset was very clear in his view.

I remember him saying that I was guest of the Palestinian people, and it wasn’t right what was happening, and he was very solid from the beginning in going against the kidnappers and working to free me.

I have to say, though, that the kidnappers seemed very comfortable and very secure in their operation – until a couple of weeks ago when it became clear that Hamas would be in charge of the security situation on their own here, and after that the kidnappers were much more nervous and began to realise – and I began to feel that perhaps, if I was lucky, the

end was coming.

And what about Gilad Shalit who is being held by HAMAS in the Gaza strip? The duplicitous Haniyeh posing with the former captive just hours after his release is utterly atrocious. Placing on him a flag and kisses is disgusting. Does Hamas have no shame? Apparently not.

And what about Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev being held by Hezbollah and Iran in Lebanon?

And to paraphrase Dennis Leary, Where’s the BBC now? Where are all the rallies for those unjustly kidnapped? Where are the behind the scene negotiations for the Jews release? Where’s the BBC now? I’ll tell you where they are. They are covering Jihad in their own backyard.

3 replies
  1. mollyshark
    mollyshark says:

    You captured my same thoughts when reading this. Thanks to HAMAS? For doing a great publicity stunt with someone’s life? I think that picture sums up what this was all about. And yes, what ABOUT Gilad? Let me listen. chirp chirp chirp. Just what one would expect from this whole group.

  2. djintifada
    djintifada says:

    Gilad Chalit? Member of the Israeli Occupation Forces? That militant?

    The question is: what about the 10,000+ faceless nameless Palestinians in Israeli torture chambers?

  3. BGfrom GB
    BGfrom GB says:

    What about the 10,000 palestinians in torture chambers!!!!Prove it. These people are guilty of crimes and you know it.

    An “illigitimate” organised (Israeli)government that brings people to court tries them and incarcerates them is better than a “rootin tootin bullets in the air” shambolic “legitimate”government which commits a crime against humanity by kidnapping and then barbarically beheading them in public.

    Take your pick friend

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