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Officials say deal reached to free Hana Shalabi
Published Thursday 29/03/2012 (updated) 02/04/2012 20:01
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A Palestinian woman holds a placard depicting Hana Shalabi during a rally in
Ramallah, in support of Shalabi and calling for the release of Palestinian
prisoners held in Israeli jails March 20, 2012. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A deal to release Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi to the Gaza Strip temporarily was reached late Thursday, officials with knowledge of the negotiations told Ma'an.

The officials say Shalabi will be sent to Gaza for three years in exchange for giving up a 43-day strike against Israel's policy of holding detainees without charge.

The Palestinian prisoners society confirmed the deal in a statement praising Shalabi's resolve. It expressed its appreciation for her efforts to bring attention to Israel's policies toward prisoners.

Qadoura Fares of the prisoners society said Shalabi agreed to the deal "in return for ending her strike and being freed. ... We reject deportation, but this is her decision and her own life," Fares said.

Shalabi's lawyer, Jawwad Boulous, also confirmed the agreement.

According to a high-ranking Palestinian source, the deal was reached after Palestinian officials and Red Cross intervened to confirm that Shalabi approved.

The Palestinian Authority minister of civil affairs, Hussein al-Sheikh, said the leadership in Ramallah was not involved in the negotiations as it rejects Israel's deportation policy.

The deal apparently followed talks between Shalabi and the Israeli government, he said.

Al-Sheikh added that Israel is responsible for the hunger-striker's well-being and should instead release Shalabi unconditionally to her home and family in the West Bank, not to Gaza.

An Israeli official said: "I am aware there were negotiations of that sort." The official did not immediately elaborate, Reuters reported.

Israel had previously held Shalabi for 25 months but released her in October under a prisoner swap with Hamas, which controls Gaza.

Israeli authorities say Shalabi remains an active member of Islamic Jihad, but her father, Yehia, said that since the exchange his daughter had not been active in the group.

An Islamic Jihad spokesman, Daoud Shihab, denied knowledge of the deal. If it exists, he said, the agreement would have been made without his group's involvement as it rejects deportation.

Israel struck a deal last month with Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad member, persuading him to end his 66-day strike after assuring him that he would be released in April from his detention without trial.

Human rights groups have condemned Israel's detention without trial of some 300 Palestinians.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
29/03/2012 22:27
I urge Palestinians to be careful not to allow Israel using these excuses with every adminstrative detainee by sending them to GAZA even West Bank palestinains. This is Israel's way of transferring palestinians to Gaza so that they can create more illegal settlements in West Bank and prove demographic change to grab more West land for Jews. Crafty move.

2 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
29/03/2012 23:59
I hope and pray this deal works out, and that Hana Shalabi will promptly fully regain her health, and soon be safely released from unlawful Israeli captivity. She will be a hero to all in Gaza and throughout the OPT, perhaps she can become an intl spokesperson for the Palestinians, from Gaza, or perhaps even travel internationally to speak against Israel's unlawful detention practices/war crimes. Good can come out of all of this, for those who desire freedom for all peoples in Israel/Palestine.

3 ) victory / and many more
30/03/2012 01:24
fk isreal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 ) Tibi / Tubas
30/03/2012 04:50
I still want to know what she would have been charged with, or maybe Israel just needs another spy in Gaza.

5 ) Amos / Isarel
30/03/2012 08:37
Israel is HELPLESS against UNARMED risings!

Arabs are learning fast to use this AWESOME WEAPON!!!

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
30/03/2012 14:21
The Same Deal Will Have To Reached For Palestine,
for if our nation does NOT accept Israeli Terms,
- just like Hana Shalabi accepted Israeli Terms,
then our nation will continue sick and dying, or
Palestine will accept some bitter compromise,
- just like Shalabi deportation to the Gaza Strip !!!


7 ) Charity Clayton / U K
30/03/2012 14:58
Yet another person banished to the open prison which is Gaza.

8 ) Negotiations / Protests
30/03/2012 15:17
I disagree - the members of terrorist organization should stay in jail. It will be better for everybody.

9 ) Carlos / USA
30/03/2012 18:41
Congrats to Hana! Comments about israeli crime of ethnic cleansing have merit but solitary confinement for an innocent person is much worse. In addition israel tortures and murders. Lucky she became famous before the killing machine took her. Fk israel!

10 ) @ # 8 Negotiations / protest
30/03/2012 18:59
I agree with you #8 organizations like the ADL,AIPAC,Israeli gov & military,Illegal settlers . How inhumane to seperate her from her family ,this happens a lot , like Berlin but 1000 times worse. ZIONAZIS

11 ) Ahmed / Belgume
30/03/2012 22:58
if peope like you still in life thats a big problem don't worry your day is so near

12 ) Jafar M. Ramini / UK
31/03/2012 05:21
This is yet another manifestation of the humane face of Israel. They capture a Palestinian, throw her/him in jail without any charge, under the most appalling inhumane conditions and then release her and immediately condemn her to another sentence this time in the open prison that is Gaza.

13 ) Jafar M. Ramini / UK
31/03/2012 05:50
Yet another manifestation of the humane face of Israel. They capture an innocent Palestinian, throw her/him in jail under the most inhumane conditions with no charge or trial, release them on the verge of death and immediately condemn them to the open prison that is Gaza. Very magnanimous.
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