Palestinians Celebrate Kidnapping of Three Israeli ‘Shalits’

Israeli soldiers walk during an operation in search of kidnapped teenagers

Israeli soldiers walk during an operation in search of kidnapped teenagers / AP

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The Palestinians have launched a full-fledged social media campaign celebrating the recent kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers as a “heroic” act and dubbing the hostages as the “three Shalits,” a reference to former captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

The social media blitz has been organized by Hamas supporters, according to Israel Hayom and features Palestinian children praising the abduction.

Israel Hayom reports:

The [Palestinian] children appearing in the campaign are shown holding up three fingers, to mark the three abductees, while a narrator ridicules Israel’s inability to locate the teens despite its defense establishment’s extensive intelligence efforts.

A 20-year-old Palestinian man affiliated with Hamas in Judea and Samaria told Israel Hayom that the abduction has the support of the Palestinian people, as evident, he said, by the fact that parents of Palestinian children who received lifesaving treatment in Israeli hospitals have allowed their children to participate in the social media campaign.