Hamas’ military wing and their Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigade publicized on Saturday two video clips in honor of kidnapped and murdered Sgt. Oron Shaul’s birthday.
Shaul was kidnapped and murdered during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. Hamas has not yet returned his body.
The first video, which was published four days after Shaul’s birthday and the day before New Year’s Eve, shows people wearing IDF uniforms sitting around a table. On the table is a cake which says “Oron is in captivity for three years.”
Later, a Hebrew-language subtitle appears, which says “One more New Year away from home.” Underneath it, an Arabic subtitle reads, “A new year, and the soldier Oron Shaul is far from his family.”
The second video clip shows a soldier tied to a chair, with a picture of Oron Shaul glued onto the actor’s face. Opposite him, the cake waits, and the soldier struggles to free himself and reach it, but to no avail. At the end of the video, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu walks in the door, dressed as a clown. Netanyahu then walks towards the cake and puts out the candles.
“The decision is in the government’s hands,” reads the final subtitle in Hebrew and Arabic.