Report: Israel to release more veteran Palestinian prisoners next week
Published Tuesday 24/12/2013 (updated) 25/12/2013 16:17
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli daily Maariv on Tuesday published names of some of the veteran Palestinian prisoners Israel intends to release next week as a third group of 104 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails before the Oslo Accords of 1994.
Maariv titled the piece “A new group of terrorists will be released next week.” The report published names and details of Israelis killed in operations carried out by the prisoners scheduled to be released.
In April, Israel agreed to release 104 veteran Palestinian prisoners who have been in custody before the Oslo Accords to encourage the PLO to resume peace negotiations with Israel after the process was stopped for more than two years.
Among the names of prisoners to be released, according to Maariv, are Salim Suleiman Muhammad and Adam Ibrahim Jumaa who were convicted of hurling Molotov cocktails at a settlers’ bus near Jericho in 1988 killing a woman and her three children as well as an Israeli soldier.
Jamil Hasan Abu Srour and Hasan Abdul-Hamid Abu Srour will also be released. Maariv highlighted that the two killed an Israeli intelligence officer in Jerusalem in 1993.
Maariv added that Issa Mouaa Issa Muhammad, who kidnapped then killed Israeli border guard officer Nissim Toledano in Lod in 1992 would be freed as well.
The list includes Palestinian prisoner Yusuf Abdul-Jawwad Shamasnah who killed Israeli soldier Yehoshua (Jason) Friedberg in 1993. Yusuf was scheduled to be freed in the second group, but the US opposed his release because the soldier who was killed in the operation was an American citizen.
Maariv highlighted that the US could oppose once again the release of Shamasnah, but Israel is expected use that to exert pressure on the US to release the Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard who is serving a life sentence in the US.