A terrorist who was released by Israel in a swap with the Hizbullah terror group has called to kill anyone who is caught collaborating with Israel.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated and released a clip of the statement which was made by terrorist Samir Kuntar and which aired on Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV on January 26.
“When it comes to the collaborators, there is no room for values or anything,” Kuntar said. “I am the son of the Islamic resistance, and I say, loud and clear, in its name, that the great mistake committed by the Islamic resistance is its lenient treatment of collaborators. We are paying the price for this now, and we will continue to pay it for generations to come.
“A collaborator released by a judge must be killed,” he continued. “People from the younger generation who care about the resistance should take the initiative. If the state is too lenient, and says ‘You can take $60,000 from Israel, and then spend two years in prison’... The young men who care about the future of the resistance should take action.”
Asked by the moderator, “Is this a call to kill them?” Kuntar replied, “Of course it is. These people are collaborators.”
Kuntar is known for the brutal murder of four Israelis in the northern Israeli town of Nahariya in 1979, including four-year-old Einat Haran, whom he murdered by smashing her skull after killing her father in front of her.
He was also found guilty in the death of two-year-old Yael Haran, Einat's sister, who suffocated to death while being hidden by her mother during the attack.
During his stay in Israeli prison he became a folk hero among Hizbullah supporters in southern Lebanon. He was released from prison in 2008 in exchange for the bodies of Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, and was greeted by massive celebrations and kudos from political leaders in Lebanon and Syria.
Lebanon regularly arrests local citizens and charges them with spying for Israel. In October of 2010 more than 30 Lebanese citizens were convicted on charges of collaborating with Israel and becoming citizens of the Jewish State. All received 15-year prison terms.
At least five people have been sentenced to death in Lebanon in recent years, after being convicted on charges of spying for Israel.