Israel: Where is Mahmoud al-Zahar?

A Palestinian source was quoted on Sunday as saying that senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar was injured during the final days of Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. The paper also reported that Zahar was taken to Cairo, Egypt, before a medical team could reach the area of the Strip in which he was injured. No further details were given about either the severity of his injury or his current condition.

According to Awan’s report, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar [half Egyptian] is wounded in the last days of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and secretly transferred to Egypt by ambulances.

Effi Fuks writes:

מחמוד א-זאהר נחשב ל”חסן נסראללה” של חמאס עזה. בפועל, א-זאהר הוא האדם הבכיר ביותר הנהגת חמאס ברצועת עזה (אף יותר מראש הממשלה, איסמעיל הנייה) והוא אוחז בתיק החוץ של ממשלת חמאס. מחמוד נחשב לדובר המיומן והמתוקשר ביותר של חמאס ברצועה ובימיה הראשונים של המערכה ברצועת עזה אף הספיק להתראיין ולשוחח בטלפון. אולם, יום אחד, אבדו עקבותיו של מחמוד כששמועות רבות מאפילות על גורלו, חלק מהשמועות מדברות על מותו, חלק על אשפוזו במדינה רחוקה וחלק אף מרחיקות לכת עוד יותר. ילדים יקרים, האם תוכלו לסייע לקורא המבולבל למצוא את מחמוד?
Mahmoud al-Zahar is considered to be the “Nasrallah” of Hamas in Gaza. He is effectively the most senior leader of Hamas in Gaza (even more than the Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh) and he holds the position of Foreign Minister. Mahmoud is Hamas’ most public spokesman in the Gaza Strip, and during the first days of the Israeli operation he found time to interview and talk on the phone. However, one day he disappeared, raising a variety of rumors on his whereabouts. Some talked about his death and others questioned the possibility of him being treated in another country's hospital. Dear children, can you help this confused reader find Mahmoud?

(thanks for the link Nasser!)


  • George

    He is probably wisely hiding from Israeli death squads who have assassinated so many Palestinian leaders and elected politicians. No state has openly assassinated another people’s leaders like Israel has. A new record in criminality.

  • James

    Israel does not assassinate Palestinian elected politians. Israel targets terrorists that kill inocent Israeli civilians.
    Mahmoud al-Zahar is a Jihadist with blood on his hands.
    He was Instrumental to the creation of Hamas which is a terror group.
    The world would be a better place without him.

  • rebecca

    @ James: but how many innocent Palestinian civilians has Israel brutally murdered? How many Palestinian children stamped under Israeli soldier’s boots?! The world would be a better place if the isra-hellian assasins will aknowledge their genocide upon the Palestinian people! Stop posing as victims, you are indeed the new “Hashishin”!

  • James

    It is amazing to me, that there is so much confusion over who the terrorists are. Hamas is a terrorist organization that condones and facilitates suicide bombings and will kill every Jew on the planet if they have the chance.
    Israel is an energetic democracy with a vibrant press. Israel is a free country that abides by the rule of law. By contrast, if a writer were to go to Gaza or Iran, for instance, and start writing bad words, he might wind up on the news, dead.
    Israel allows Christians and Arab Muslims to worship freely, while Hamas wants to see us all at the bottom of the sea. Hamas, supported by Iran, is clear about their goals: they want to wipe out Israel completely, utterly, with finality. But it’s not just Israel that Hamas wants to kill; they want to kill all Jews everywhere. Complete genocide

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