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, theend 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.