Today’s San Jose Mercury News includes this McClatchy story:
|“While such videos have become routine in Iraq, this is the first time that militants have used the tactic in Gaza.
In many respects, this case represents a significant departure from past kidnappings.
Until now, virtually all the abductions were motivated by personal, not political, aims… The Holy Jihad Brigades is the first group to make this type of political demand.
Also: “The statement itself was also unusual for Gaza. It repeatedly cited the Koran and denounced Western and Arab governments for their policies toward the Palestinians.” More…