The Hamas culture ministry in the Gaza Strip announced Sunday it will produce a film about Gilad Shalit's captivity.
Shalit was kidnapped in June 2006 when he was an IDF soldier statiojned near the border with Gaza. He was released in October 2011 through a deal signed between Israel and Hamas. Shalit's capture has been known as a "broken illusion" in Palestinian circles.
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In an announcement, the culture ministry explained that "the film's production stems from the ministry's desire to take part in social and cultural activity, and to spread and implement the resistance culture and the spirit of sacrifice in order to strengthen national Palestinian identity in the cultural sense."
The Gaza ministry emphasized that it will try to raise awareness to the Palestinian prisoner issue through the film, stressing that forced resistance is "the best option and only hope to free Palestinian lands and over 8,000 Palestinian prisoners still captive in the Israeli occupier's prisons."
In the meanwhile, Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, held a military display at a particularly tense time, during the wide-scale Egyptian military operation against jihadists in Sinai.
Hundreds of "warriors" were deployed in the streets and garnered, it was reported, public support.
During the display soldiers exhibited anti-aircraft warfare, the SA-7 anti-aircraft system, which Hamas claimed its military wing showed for the first time.
Gunmen waved signs expressing support for the "Palestinian resistance" and said they were ready to halt any assault on Gaza.
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