Gilad Shalit has become the best known Israeli soldier worldwide due to his capture by Hamas-aligned terrorists in 2006, and his subsequent five-year captivity in Gaza.
Hamas traded Shalit for over 1,000 jailed Palestinian terrorists in October 2011. While many felt the price paid was dangerous, all of Israel rejoiced in Shalit's safe return home.
Now, the Hamas Ministry of Culture in Gaza wants to further make use of Shalit for propaganda purposes by producing a film about the soldier's abduction that will promote the idea that "violence is the correct form of resistance" to the so-called Israeli occupation.
"The idea for the film is above all motivated by the desire to strengthen the Palestinian national identity," said a spokesman for the Hamas ministry. Furthermore, Hamas hopes the film will be used in social and cultural activities to emphasize a "culture of resistance [read: terrorism] and the spirit of sacrifice among the Palestinian population."
Hamas claims, perhaps correctly, that the Shalit abduction was an "important event in the history of the Palestinian people and its resistance," and should be highlighted and used as encouragement.
The film is expected to cost around $100,000 USD, the bulk of which was donated by Iran. Filming is set to begin in Gaza in the coming days.
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