Steve Centanni of Fox News
TEL AVIV?– Fox News is controlled by Jews and Zionists, files “lying reports” from the Middle East and treats all Muslims as terrorists, the leader of a terror group that?claims it represents the interests of al-Qaida in Gaza told WorldNetDaily in an interview today.
“Fox News?is one more proof that all the media?organizations?in America are controlled by the Zionist lobby and the Jews. The journalistic policy of?Fox?is too pro-Israel.??We are all terrorists in the eyes of?Fox.? It never tries to give an accurate image of what is happening on the ground.? They show what is the opposite when?it comes to?Muslims,” said Abu Muhammad, leader of the Palestine Army of Islam.
The Palestine Army of Islam is one of three terror groups that claimed responsibility in June for the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.? The group is a splinter of the Popular Resistance Committees, a coalition of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.?
Abu Muhammad said although his group works with the Committees,?it formed its own organization?because?the Committees was “not Muslim enough.”? He said his group is the closest Palestinian organization?ideologically to?al-Qaida.
The Committees itself is accused of orchestrating attacks along with groups affiliated with al-Qaida and has in the past carried out anti-American attacks. Israel says the Committees was responsible for the bombing of a U.S. convoy in Gaza in 2003 in which three American government contractors were killed.
After nearly two weeks of silence, an unknown Palestinian terror organization took credit today for kidnapping Fox News journalist Steve Centanni and his cameraman, Olaf Wiig.
The Holy Jihad Battalion says they have the two Fox News employees.? Analysts are speculating the group is a front for al-Qaida.?
The Holy Jihad?released a statement to news agencies in which they demanded Muslim prisoners in U.S. jails be freed within three days in exchange for Centanni and Wiig.? The group did not say what would happen if the deadline passed unanswered.
“We are going to exchange the Muslim female and male?prisoners in American jails in return for the prisoners that we have. We are going to give you 72 hours beginning midnight tonight to take your decision,” said the statement.
“If you implement and meet our condition, we will fulfil our promise. If not, wait, and we are going to wait,” the statement said.
Al Jazeera aired a video of Centanni and Wiig in which the men sat on the floor in sweatsuits and appeared to be in good health. No armed men were seen.
Sources in the Popular Resistance Committees told WND the Holy Jihad Battalion is affiliated with al-Qaida.
Abu Abir, a spokesman for the Committees, told WND it is possible Centanni and Wiig were smuggled out of Gaza to the neighboring Egyptian Sinai desert, which is known to be a stronghold of groups connected to al-Qaida.
Abu Muhammad would not say whether his group was involved in the Fox News kidnappings, but he said he understood the “necessity” of carrying out the abductions.
“This support of America brought the killing of
thousands of?Palestinians and Muslims all around history.? We cannot ignore the atrocities of the Americans in killing Palestinians and Muslims all over the world,” said Abu Muhammad.
“We can understand very well our brothers who made this act (of kidnapping Centanni and Wiig) as a desperate act in order to cry out in front of the whole world against?the atrocities of the Americans in?Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Palestine. and the subjugation of Muslims all over the region.”