Israel due to free 550 Palestinians

2011-12-18 14:19

Jerusalem - Israel plans to release 550 Palestinian prisoners on Sunday in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home soldier Gilad Shalit after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.

While many of the 450 prisoners freed on October 18 in the first phase of the Egyptian-brokered exchange were serving life sentences for deadly attacks, none in the second group was convicted of killings.

Israel's Supreme Court opened the way for Sunday's release to go ahead by turning down a petition on Friday from Israelis opposed to freeing the prisoners, whose terms ranged from a few months to 18 years.

The Prisons Service said nearly all the Palestinians to be freed after nightfall come from the West Bank, where Hamas's rival, the Fatah movement of Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas is dominant.

They were convicted of crimes that included attempted murder, planting bombs and membership of militant groups.

Shalit was abducted in June 2006 by militants who tunnelled into Israel from the Gaza Strip and surprised his tank crew, killing two of his comrades. He was held incommunicado in the Hamas-ruled territory and a huge majority of Israelis backed the deal that brought him home two months ago.

  • Koos - 2011-12-18 17:17

    This tells us a great truth. 1 Jew is greater than 550 Arabs.

      Adam - 2011-12-18 17:19

      ure forgetting about the previous 468, making it 1018 in total.

      James - 2011-12-18 17:49

      Rabbi Elitzur wrote in "The Kings Torah. Thou shalt not kill only applies to a Jew killing a Jew" That means open season on you Bub. Holy Marxist Talmud. Soferim 15 "Even the best of non Jews should be killed" Search Real Zionist news and wake up.

      James - 2011-12-18 18:08

      Israel according to Transparency International is very corrupt. GDP Re CIA Factbook is $28,000 pa pp. Deduct all the aid money and that number drops to a Measly $18,000. And a Kibbutz is a perfect Communist poster child.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-12-18 20:37

      The Nazis had the same mentality regarding reprisals.

  • Jonathan - 2011-12-18 17:36

    And what is the Arabs doing in return? Shooting more rockets into Israel. When are the Jews going to learn that you can not make a deal with the devil. You will always loose. They should return the favour in kind only double up and give it to them good. That is all they understand!!

      James - 2011-12-18 18:02

      And 700,000 Palestinians were kicked out of their houses and still getting screwed. Menagem Begin and his terrorist murdered and bombed. Katsav, ex President sits in Jail for Rape. Askenazi discriminates against the Sephardim. On certain bus lines women are forced to sit in the back of the bus.Kosher... animals throat is cut and is left to bleed to death. Circumcision barbaric and outdated.Objective make you more "cerebral" according to Maimonides. And in the name of Israel we Killed 1MILLION innocent Iraqis.And Nethanyahoo wants us to kill Iranians.

      Dirk - 2011-12-18 20:17

      May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless Israel and its people

  • toibry - 2011-12-18 21:29

    God is the one who can do and prove better.

  • Barry - 2011-12-19 07:12

    Lets us hope the radicals in Israel and Palestine use this goodwill gesture on both sides to strive for peace.

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