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Hezbollah Celebrate Baby-Killer Heroes

From Hezbollah’s staunch allies at the Associated Press:

Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah (R) speaks next to freed Lebanese prisoner Samir Kantar (L) at a stadium in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

Tens of thousands cheer 5 released Lebanese militants in Beirut

July 16, 2008

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Five Lebanese militants got a hero’s welcome from tens of thousands of cheering Hezbollah supporters and kisses from the U.S.-backed prime minister Wednesday after being set free by Israel in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers.

The lopsided exchange was hailed as a triumph by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who declared that the “age of victories has come,” and solidified the Iran-backed militant group’s rising political power in Lebanon and the wider Arab world…

Nasrallah told the crowd in Beirut that the prisoner exchange demonstrated Hezbollah’s power over Israel.

The age of defeats is gone, and the age of victories has come. This people, this nation gave a great and clear image today to its friends and enemies that it cannot be defeated,” he said.

Before being whisked away by bodyguards from only his third time in public since the 2006 war, Nasrallah kissed and hugged each of the five freed men.

One of the former prisoners, Samir Kantar, vowed to continue fighting Israel.

I promise my people and dear ones in Palestine that I and my dear comrades in the valiant Islamic resistance are returning,” he told the roaring crowd.

An Israeli court convicted Kantar for a 1979 attack that left four Israelis dead, including a father and his four-year-old daughter. The court found that Kantar shot Danny Haran in front of his child, then smashed her head with his rifle butt.

Kantar, who was a 16-year-old fighter for a Palestinian group at the time, denies killing the child, saying she died in a crossfire. He has never expressed remorse for the incident.

Haran’s wife, Smadar, who had fled into a crawl space in the family apartment with her two-year-old daughter, accidentally smothered the child with her hand while trying to stifle her cries…

The welcoming rally in Hezbollah’s stronghold of south Beirut drew many of Lebanon’s political leaders, including some from rival parties whose supporters fought pitched street battles with Hezbollah militants in May.

“Your return is a new victory,” President Michel Suleiman told the freed men as he stood in combat fatigues supplied by Hezbollah in what was meant to display its unending fight against Israel. Suleiman, who was supported by all factions for election to his post, congratulated Hezbollah “for this new achievement.”

Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, a leader of pro-American factions that had to accept Hezbollah and its allies in a new unity government after the street fighting, did not attend the rally. But he was seen kissing the five freed men in greeting at Beirut airport

After crossing the border, the five men put on Hezbollah uniforms and reviewed an honour guard as they walked down a red carpet to the tunes of a brass band playing martial music.

We knew that you were waiting for the resistance and it reached you. You came back free and heroes,” Ibrahim Amin al-Sayed, head of Hezbollah’s political bureau, told them before they boarded helicopters for Beirut.

We are amazed that the AP bothered to include any of the details about Mr. Kantar:

An Israeli court convicted Kantar for a 1979 attack that left four Israelis dead, including a father and his four-year-old daughter. The court found that Kantar shot Danny Haran in front of his child, then smashed her head with his rifle butt.

Though they gave his brilliant achievements short shrift.

Here is more from Wikipedia:

Samir Kuntar

Samir Kuntar (Arabic: سمير القنطار‎, also transcribed Sameer, Kantar, Quntar, Qantar) (born July 20, 1962 in Aabey, Lebanon), is a Lebanese militant who belonged to the Palestine Liberation Front. He participated in the kidnapping of an Israeli family in 1979, and was convicted later that year of murdering three Israelis: an Israeli policeman, a 31 year-old man, and his 4-year-old daughter. He denied killing the civilians. Kuntar received four life imprisonment sentences in an Israeli court and spent nearly three decades in prison before being released on July 16, 2008 as part of a Israel-Hezbollah prisoner swap.

On April 22, 1979, at the age of 16, Samir Kuntar led a group of four PLF members who entered Israel from Lebanon by boat… The group departed from the seashore of Tyre in Southern Lebanon using a 55 horse-powered motorized rubber boat with an 88 km/h speed. The goal of the operation was to attack Nahariya, 10 kilometers away from the Lebanese border…

Around midnight they arrived at the coastal town of Nahariya. The four killed a policeman who came across them. The group then entered a building on Jabotinsky Street where they formed two groups. One group broke into the apartment of the Haran family before police reinforcements had arrived. They took 31 year-old Danny Haran hostage along with his four year-old daughter, Einat. The mother, Smadar Haran, was able to hide in a crawl space above the bedroom with her two year-old daughter Yael, and a neighbor.

Israeli witnesses claim Kuntar’s group took Danny and Einat down to the beach, where a shootout with Israeli policemen and soldiers erupted. Kuntar allegedly shot Danny at close range in the back, in front of his daughter, and drowned him in the sea to ensure he was dead. Next, eyewitnesses said he smashed the head of 4 year-old Einat on beach rocks and crushed her skull with the butt of his rifle

Smadar Haran accidentally suffocated Yael to death while attempting to quiet her whimpering, which would have revealed their hideout. A policeman and two of Kuntar’s comrades were killed in the shootout on the beach; Kuntar and the fourth member of the group, Ahmed AlAbras, were captured. Alabras was freed by Israel in the Jibril Agreement of May 1985…

In 1979, the Israeli newspaper Maariv newpaper described the attack as follows: After drowning Danny in the sea in front of Einat (as Ahmed Al-Brass, Mhanna Salim Al-Muayed, and Abdel Majeed Asslan served as look outs and backup cover for Kuntar), Kuntar turned his attention towards the 4 year-old. He took his rifle and then swung it across the toddler’s head, knocking her to the ground. Kuntar then dragged the toddler a couple of feet to the closest rock he could find and laid her head down on a rock, with the intention of crushing it with the butt of his rifle. Einat, instinctively covered her head with her arms, Kuntar struggled with the toddler until he finally managed to clear her arms out of the way. Once her arms were out of the way, Kuntar repeatedly beat her on the head with the butt of his rifle and stomping on her body, until blood rushed out of her ears and mouth. Then, to ensure she was dead, Kuntar continued beating her over the head until her skull was crushed and she was dead.

According to Kuntar’s former cellmate Yasser Hanjar, Kuntar “never expressed remorse, but maintains a different version [of the events] than the Israeli one”…

This is what passes for “heroes” in the world of Islamic “militants.”

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 17th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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