[Ppnews] Palestine prisoner exchange
Political Prisoner News
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Thu Sep 14 08:55:01 EDT 2006
Al Quds Al Arabia: Prisoner exchange ready to be implemented
Palestine News Network
Thursday, 14 September 2006
The London-based Al Quds Al Arabia daily reported Thursday morning
that a prisoner exchange between the Palestinians and Israelis was
completed within the last few hours.
The delay is controversy over which of the 10,000 Palestinian
political prisoners in Israeli jails will be released. Who they will
be exchanged for has never been a point of contention as the
Palestinians have only one: the Israeli soldier captured while
invading the southern Gaza Strip in late June.
After the Israeli court issued its ruling Tuesday that imprisoned
Palestinian government officials must be released, hopes went on high
that a deal was soon to come.
The Parliament deputies, Authority ministers, and several other
elected officials of local government are to be released shortly, if
the sources prove correct. After that 740 Palestinian political
prisoners will be released in two stages: the first at the end of
this month, including women and children after the coalition
government is formed. The second stage is to take place at the end of
October and will be comprised of hundreds of political prisoners
representing all parties and factions.
A Palestinian source early in the Jordanian capital, Amman, spoke
openly on the details of the plan. The source said that the Israeli
soldier would be handed over to Egyptian authorities today or Sunday,
and that at the same time Israel will release elected Palestinian
The source revealed that during a clandestine meeting on Tuesday in
Amman between President Abbas and Egyptian Intelligence Minister,
Omar Suleiman, the details of the exchange were laid out.
The source said he expected that the Israelis will release the
General Secretary of Fateh in the West Bank, Marwan Al Barghouti who
is in Israeli prison for four times life. Others to be immediately
released are Abdel Rahim Malluah, the Deputy Secretary General of the
leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who has been in
Israeli prison since 2003, and Raed Salim, the Secretary General of
the Arab Liberation Front.
The sources pointed out that with the release of the Israeli soldier
Israeli forces will stop military operations and the armed resistance
will stop launching projectiles from the Gaza Strip.
For his part, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mahmoud Az Zahar,
issued a statement yesterday which PNN received indicating that a
deal was close.
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