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Hamdallah: Prisoner ministry replaced by committee
Published Monday 02/06/2014 (updated) 04/06/2014 20:25
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah confirmed Monday that the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs will be replaced by a committee to be headed by Shawqi al-Ayasa.

The dissolution of the ministry had been a considerable point of contention in the run-up to announcing a unity government, with Hamas officials calling it a "stab in the back" for Palestinian prisoners and hunger strikers.

Al-Ayasa, who is also the minister of agriculture and social affairs, will head the committee.

Hamdallah stressed that the issue of prisoners is a national issue important to all parties.

Palestinian officials said this week that the US could withdraw funding from the PA if the ministry was not dissolved.
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1 ) Bemused / New Zealand
03/06/2014 08:12
So, who exactly is governing Palestine - the new government, or the US? Looks suspiciuosly like the latter... and their support for Israel and opposition to Palestinian rights could not be more obvious. Call it reconciliation if you like - but doesn't it look more like a calamity?

2 ) Bemused / New Zealand
03/06/2014 08:22
Obviously the prisoner is SO important to Abbas that he has down-graded it toa committee, and appointed to head it a Minister who already has two MAJOR portfolios, ensurng the prisoners will be lucky to get any attention at all. And who demanded the dissolution of the prisoners' ministry? USrael. So, who is really governing Palestine? The new government, or the the US and Israel. Some may call it reconciliation, others might well describe it as 'annexation'...

3 ) Abdullah / KSA
03/06/2014 14:25
The best publicity for Palestine would be to show the world that they have over 5000 prisoners, in detention, many without trial, due to this immoral occupation. These prisoners deserve a Ministry dedicated to obtaining their freedom (or fair trial). Palestinians have rights, just like everyone else. Don't hide the prisoners issue, bring it to the forefront. No Guantanamo in the Middle East. Freedom for Palestinian detainees. Mr Abbas, don't let the prisoners down, salt & water equals dignity.
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