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Saudi Cleric: $100,000 to Kidnap IDF Soldiers

Sheikh Awad al Qarni has promised a bounty for anyone who kidnaps an IDF soldier who can be used as leverage against Israel.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 10/26/2011, 11:44 PM

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Sheikh Al Qarni
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Saudi Arabia's controversial Islamist and preacher, Sheikh Awad al Qarni, offered a bounty of $100,000 for the kidnapping of any IDF in 'Palestine' who can be used as leverage to force Israel to release more terrorists from its prisons.

Qarni said on his Facebook page, "This award is in response to the allocation of funds to settlers who kill Palestinians prisoners released."

Qarni claimed his initiative, highly praised by many in Saudi Arabia, was a response to reports in Israel's media that funds had been allocated by 'settlers' to kill terrorist Mustafa Muslimani, who was released under the deal for Gilad Shalit's freedom. 

Muslimani murdered Binyamin and Talia Kahane on 31 December 2000. Friends and long-time donors to the Kahane family put a $100,000 dollar bounty on Muslimani when it was learned he was one of the 1,027 terrorists Israel agreed to exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Binyamin Kahane was the son of the revered nationalist leader and Jewish patriot, Rabbi Meir David Kahane, who was himself murdered by a terrorist, El Sayyid Nosair, in November 1990.

Hamas has said the Shalit deal has proven kidnapping is the only working tactic for securing the release of its terror operatives incarcerated by Israel. The group has promised more kidnappings and terror in the wake of Shalit's release.

Qarni is known as an enthusiastic supporter of terror and in 2009 issued a fatwa to attack all Israelis and Israeli interests anywhere in the world. The call prompted his arrest by Saudi security services, which surprised some as Saudi Arabia has never formally stood down from its 1948 declaration of war on Israel.