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Israel releases Palestinian after 25 years in jail
Published Monday 21/01/2013 (updated) 23/01/2013 16:35
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities on Sunday released one of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners in their custody, Jihad al-Obaidi.

During 25 years in Israeli jail, al-Obaidi, from Jerusalem, got to know many fellow inmates.

In the Gaza Strip, released prisoners gathered on Sunday to celebrate his release. Many had served time with al-Obaidi before they were deported to Gaza under agreements with Israel.

Samir Atiyeh, whose family live in Syria, told Ma'an that while in jail with al-Obaidi, the Jerusalemite's family took him under their wing.

While his family could not visit from Syria, the al-Obaidis came regularly and brought him gifts and necessities. After he was deported, Atiyeh named his eldest son Jihad after al-Obaidi.

The prisoners in Gaza congratulated al-Obaidi on his release over Skype on Sunday.
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1 ) shirleyS / Australia
21/01/2013 23:06
what can one say it is inconcievable 25 yrs prisoner of war and is really death sentence on palestinians may the rest of his life be filled with joyand Isreal pays for its crimes

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
22/01/2013 00:16
For Palestinians , Israel is nothing but a ROBIN ISLAND. Robin Island is still part of beloved Palestine.
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