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Thursday, June 06, 2013

Who are the terrorists Fatah wants released

The Fatah terror organization continues to push for the release of approximately 120 terrorists held in Israeli prisons since BO (Before Oslo), portraying them as old men who 'no longer pose a security risk.' To ice the cake, they ask that Israel do so as an unrequited 'gesture.'
The list of 120 names has been passed on to both Israel and to US Secretary of State John Kerry, and while the PA leadership is still awaiting answer, a few Israeli officials have expressed a "positive position" on the matter, according to [Fatah Central Committee member Hussein] al-Sheikh.
Al-Sheikh said this gesture of good will on Israel's part will help advance the peace process.
"Releasing 120 Palestinian prisoners, I am certain, will provide a good atmosphere, and will encourage the Palestinian leadership to consider its position on the negotiations carefully," he said.
He claimed an objection to releasing the prisoners would be a political one, as "the Israeli defense system knows there is no security risk in releasing these prisoners."
Who are these 120 terrorists? Here's a list of them and their crimes, embedded below (Hat Tip: CAMERA).

Pre Oslo Prisoners

If you review the list, you will see that many of them were arrested after Oslo and most of the others were arrested between 1988 and 1993 (Oslo was signed on September 13, 1993).

The picture at the top of this post is of a refrigerator that exploded in Zion Square in Jerusalem on July 4, 1975. 14 people were murdered in that terror attack and 62 wounded. Unfortunately, one of the perpetrators of that attack was released as a 'gesture' to the 'Palestinians' in 2003, while the other escaped to Jordan and Syria, and was denied readmission to Israel when Arafat was allowed back in 2004.

Yes, there was plenty of terror before Oslo too, although not nearly as much as since Oslo.

For the record, on December 7, 1988, in order to satisfy US conditions for dialogue with the PLO, Yasser Arafat issued a statement accepting Israel's 'right to exist' and 'renouncing' terrorism.  On December 13, 1988, Arafat made a speech to the United Nations General Assembly 'renouncing' terrorism. And on December 14, 1988, Arafat made further 'clarifications' to his previous statements.
Recognition of UN resolutions 242 and 338
"Yesterday (Tuesday) in my speech I made a reference to the United Nations Resolution 181 (on the partition of Palestine) as the basis for Palestinian independence. I also made a reference to our acceptance of Resolutions 242 and 338 as the basis for negotiations with Israel within the framework of an international conference. These three resolutions were endorsed at our Palestinian National Council session in Algiers."
 Recognition of Israel's right to exist
"In my speech also yesterday (Tuesday) it was clear that we mean our people's right to freedom and national independence according to Resolution 181 and the right of all parties concerned in the Middle East conflict to exist in peace and security and as I have mentioned including the state of Palestine and Israel and other neighbours according to the Resolutions 242 and 338."
 Renunciation of terrorism
"As for terrorism, I renounced it yesterday (Tuesday) in no uncertain terms and yet I repeat for the record that we totally and absolutely renounce all forms of terrorism, including individual, group and state terrorism. Between Geneva and Algiers we have made our position crystal clear.
So anyone who committed an act of terror after December 7, 1988 could not have been acting in the name of the PLO (ha!). So why should the PLO and Fatah care about their release?

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