A Canadian aid worker kidnapped in the Gaza Strip told CBC News he was treated roughly…
Budzanowski was kidnapped Tuesday morning from the Gaza office of JumpStart, the U.S.-based aid organization he works for. At least 11 foreigners were kidnapped in Gaza and the West Bank in response to Tuesday’s Israeli raid on a Palestinian-run Jericho prison.
The Toronto native said armed men burst into the JumpStart office and aimed their guns at him because they thought he was American. They didn’t believe he was Canadian, even when he showed them his passport.
“It’s not very pleasant to be recognized as an American. They give special treatment to people of American origin,” he said.
Budzanowski said four men surrounded him in the backseat of a vehicle as he was driven to a building.
“It was a rough ride at high speeds,” he said.
With a mask over his head, Budzanowski said he was taken to a building with cement floors, shoved against a wall, a door and pushed down a staircase.
“I was sure they were going to physically harm me,” he said.
Budzanowski said he was moved at least four times overnight and prevented from sleeping.
But he said his captors treated him “nicely” when they realized he was Canadian.
“Later at night when they realized, they changed from extreme rough to lightly rough. Today they changed and treated me nicely,” he said.