Handover of a number of Israeli prisoners in Gaza to the Red Cross "Reuters"

We have been in pain, and our hearts have been bloodied by scenes of loss, bereavement, there are babies dying in thousands, the hearts of monsters live up to their sight, but the hearts of some people do not relent to them.

We were all exhausted from the fierce war on Gaza, we were psychologically prepared to witness a small dose of mercy, in this dark night, and the sky overcast with darkness, vandalism, blood and destruction, until the surprise came, which resembles the warm breezes of the winter roar.

We were all surprised by those scenes that restored our faith in humanity by handing over Israeli prisoners to Hamas.


These scenes that everyone was preoccupied with, some found in them mercy, and pride in young people who carry out the commandments of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him. Some saw it as romantic scenes, good and tender smiles of prisoners, waving and shaking hands warmly with their captors.

This upset the leaders of the entity themselves, prompting them to isolate the prisoners and prevent them from speaking to the media.

Some, especially those who are surprised and disbelieving, have gone to an old psychoanalysis that suggests that these behaviors are an example of "Stockholm syndrome."

Stockholm syndrome

It is a term coined by criminologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Niels Begerot, as an explanation of the psychological reactions experienced by hostages and abductees.

The name Stockholm syndrome is based on a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden.

The perpetrator of the robbery, Jean-Eric Olsson, had taken four bank employees hostage for six days from August 23 to 28, 1973.

During this six-day period, Stockholm city police tried to negotiate with Olsson, who asked for three million Swedish kronor (about $700,<> at the time) to release a colleague in prison, Clark Olofson, and bring him to the bank to join him, and a car to escape later.

City police agreed to Olson's terms, including Olufson's release and allowing him to join his colleague.

During the six days of detention and negotiations between Olson and the police, the four hostages appeared to have exhibited strange behavior. They actually supported Olson's motives and asked him not to surrender to the police.

The police at the time continued to think of a way to free the four hostages, until they finally managed to break into the main safe where Olson was holding the hostages.

Once the hostages were evacuated from the bank they refused to testify or bring charges against the perpetrator.

One hostage said the kidnapper did nothing, he was very kind and friendly.

Dr. Niels Begirot, who helped the police in the case, said the four bank employees did was one of their psychological reactions during the six days of detention.

According to this theory, in these days of detention, the victim has an actual belief that the perpetrator is harmless.

Tough questions

After I finished browsing articles and studies related to the Stockholm complex, I began to draw a comparison between Hamas and Israeli prisoners.

New questions arose in me: Why does Israel not treat Palestinian prisoners well until they become infected with this complex? Or did her Zionist ideology and insane hostility to the Palestinians limit her abilities and intelligence?

Another question: What is the difference between those kidnapped for theft or hostile act, and what we can metaphorically describe as "prisoners in the just cause of Palestine"? So we need new precise terminology.

The situation of the families and the expected mistreatment that accompanies them are among the reasons why Hamas prisoners felt compassion and tolerance for their captors, finding the opposite of what they had expected: not harming them was why they felt grateful and really viewed their captors as humanitarian.

On the other hand, we see Palestinians who have been subjected to physical, psychological and moral torture, according to the testimonies of the released prisoners who gave them to the media. In particular, children whose age has not prevented the occupation from being abused and inhumanely treated.

This is contrary to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states: "No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The death penalty or life imprisonment shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen without the possibility of release," and "no child shall be unlawfully or arbitrarily deprived of liberty. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be carried out in accordance with the law."

In such difficult and life-threatening situations, a small act of kindness or no acts of violence will seem like a sign of friendship.

This is what made the hateful entity and its media angry at these signs and smiles on the faces of the prisoners in gratitude and thanks to their captors, which prompted them to doubt this, and to say that the prisoners did so for fear of being killed, by the captives from Hamas.

But nothing compels a prisoner or kidnapped person to smile at his captor, while he is in a Red Cross vehicle, except the humanity with which they were treated during their detention, not like their hateful entity whose soldiers handed over our prisoners while they were psychologically broken and loaded with pain.

The Israelis have always planned to distort the Arabs, and paid a lot of money, and these spontaneous scenes came to refute their lies and slander, "and they deceive and deceive God, and God is the best of the cunning."