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Friday, October 14, 2011

Rogue's gallery of terrorists to be released

Before we made aliya, Mrs. Carl and I (and whatever children had been born by then) visited Israel in every even-numbered year after I finished law school: 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990. When we came in 1990, the guard rail along a stretch of Highway 1 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem had been raised much higher than had previously been the case. That's because in the summer of 1989, an Egged 405 express bus between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem had been forced off the road across from Telz Stone and over a very steep embankment into a ravine by a 'Palestinian' terrorist.

16 people were killed in that terror attack, but the terrorist, 25-year old Abd al-Hadi Ghanayem, survived with a few cuts and bruises, and was eventually tried, convicted and sentenced to 16 'life terms' in jail. Abd al-Hadi Ghanayem is one of the terrorists who is being released in exchange for Gilad Shalit. Haaretz has more from the rogue's gallery of terrorists being released (presumably they are getting it from a Hamas website, which has been reported by Israel Radio all evening).
Palestinian security prisoners to be released as part of the Gilad Shalit deal between Israel and Hamas include the murderers of kidnapped IDF soldiers Nachshon Wachsman, Ilan Sasportas and Ilan Saadon.

Other prisoners being released include the perpetrator of the Bus 405 Tel Aviv-Jerusalem attack in 1989, the terrorist who killed 10 Israelis in Wadi Harmiyeh north of Ramallah in 2002, the terrorist who brought the suicide bomber to the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem in 2001, and several perpetrators of the lynch in Ramallah in October 2000.

Among these prisoners, those from the West Bank will not be able to return to their homes and will be deported to the Gaza Strip or abroad.

Under the agreement, the release of Gilad Shalit is expected to take place in about a week, along with the release of 479 Palestinian security prisoners.

Of the released prisoners, 96 are West Bank residents who will be allowed to return to their homes. Fourteen East Jerusalem residents and six Israeli Arabs will also be allowed to return to their homes.

The released prisoners also include 131 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

Twenty-seven women, all the women imprisoned in Israel for security offenses, will be released. Two will be deported, one to Gaza and one to Jordan.

About half of the released prisoners, 203, will not be allowed to return to their homes. 40 will be deported abroad and the rest transferred to the Gaza Strip.

Of the deportees, 165 will be allowed to return to the West Bank in 10-25 years. The other deportees will never be allowed to return to the West Bank.

In two months, Israel will release another 550 prisoners that it chooses.

Of the 479 prisoners being released in the first stage, 279 were serving life sentences.
YNet adds some more names:
The list also includes the following prisoners:


Fahad Schludi, a terror operative who took part in the 1993 abduction and murder of IDF soldier Yaron Chen.

Bassam Abu Sneina and Riyad Asila, who are serving a life sentence for the 1998 murder of yeshiva student Haim Kerman.

Nael al-Barghouthi, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1978, for murdering an Israeli security officer.

Yehiya As-Sinwar, who was one of the founders of Hamas' security forces in Gaza and was involved in the abduction and murder of IDF soldier Nachshon Wachsman.
He is also the brother of one of the terrorists involved in Gilad Shalit's kidnapping.


Ahmed Najar, former head of the Silwad terror cell, which killed three Israelis in six shooting attacks during the al-Aqsa Intifada.

Mohammed Hamada, who was convicted of planning a rocket attack on Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.

Ruhi Musteha, a senior operative with Hamas' military wing.

Husam Badran, the former head of Hamas' military wing in the West Bank, who orchestrated the deadly terror attacks at the Tel Aviv Dolphinarium in 2001, at the Park Hotel in Netanya in 2002 and at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem in 2001.

Muhammad Duglas, who was implicated in the Sbarro attack, and is serving 15 consecutive life sentences for the murder of 19 Israelis.

The list also includes the names of the six Israeli-Arabs slated to be release: Ali Amira, Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Ziada, Wahem Amisha, and Mukhales Braal.
Also on Thursday, the International Red Cross - which for five years has not had a word to say about not being allowed to see Gilad Shalit - offered their services as a 'neutral intermediary.' I hope they were told to stuff that where the sun don't shine.

Israel Radio reports that Gilad Shalit will be released on Tuesday. What a joyous holiday.

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