[Pnews] Palestinian pre-Oslo prisoners expected to be released October 29

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Mon Oct 28 10:47:16 EDT 2013

    List of Palestinian pre-Oslo prisoners expected to be released
    October 29

by samidoun <http://samidoun.ca/?author=1>

The following list of pre-Oslo "Old Prisoners" includes the names of the 
26 Palestinian prisoners held since prior to the implementation of the 
Oslo Accords who are expected to be released on Tuesday, October 29. 
These names were released in Hebrew by the Israeli Prison Services 
on Sunday, October 27. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network 
salutes these prisoners of freedom, whose names are listed below, 
followed by the year of their imprisonment and their home in Palestine. 
We reiterate the welcome to these prisoners - and warnings about the use 
of Palestinian prisoners as a "bargaining chip" in negotiations - 
expressed on the first such release (reprinted below 

*1. Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammad Nasser – 1985 – Ramallah*
*2. Rafeh Farhud Mohammad Karajeh – 1985 – Ramallah*
*3. Mohammad Ahmad Mahmud al-Sabbagh - 1991 – Jenin*
*4. Hazem Qassem Taher Shubeir – 1994 – Gaza*
*5. Hilmi Hamad Obeid al-Amawi – 1994 – Gaza*
*6. Ahmad Saed Mohammad al-Damouni – 1990 – Gaza*
*7. Yousef Awwad Mohammad Masalhiya - 1993 – Gaza*
*8. Sharif Hassan Atiq Abu Dheila - 1992 - Nablus*
*9. Mustafa Amer Mohammad Ghneimat – 1985 – Hebron*
*10. Ziad Mahmoud Mohammad Ghneimat – 1985 – Hebron*
*11. Rizq Ali Khader Salah – 1993 – Bethlehem*
*12. Al-Afu Musbal Nofal Shuqeir – 1986 – Salfit*
*13. Muayad Salim Mahmoud Hijjeh - 1992 - Nablus *
*14. Najeh Mohammad Badwi Muqbel - 1990 - al-Khalil*
*15. Hazza Mohammad Hazza Saedi - 1985 - Jenin*
*16. Abdel-Rahman Yousef Mahmud al-Hajj – 1992 – Qalqiliya*
*17. Ahmed Saed Qassam Abdelaziz - 1993 - Jenin*
*18. Osama Zakariya Wadie Abu Hanani – 1992 – Jenin*
*19. Mohammed Yousef Suleiman Turkman – 1992 – Jenin*
*20. Issa Nimer Jibril Abed Rabbo – 1984 – Bethlehem*
*21. Mohammed Musbah Khalil Ashour – 1986 – Jerusalem*
*22. Omar Issa Rajab Massoud – 1993 – Gaza*
*23. Khaled Dawud Ahmed al-Azrak – 1991 – Bethlehem*
*24. Othman Abdullah Mahmoud Bani Hassan – 1985 – Jenin*
*25. Asrar Mustafa Samreen – 1992 – Al-Bireh*
*26. Musa Izzat Musa Qar'an – 1992 – Al-Bireh*

        Palestinian prisoners are not bargaining chips: Welcome to the
        released prisoners, struggle until all are free

congratulates the Palestinian people and the prisoners’ families on the 
release of every prisoner who walks out of the doors of the occupation 
prisons, and today, the release of 26 veteran prisoners. We did not 
previously address the announcement that prisoners would be released 
because Israel has shown, time and again, that it regularly reneges on 
agreements with Palestinians and particularly with prisoners, and 
manipulates the issue of the prisoners – the over 5000 hostages behind 
bars – in an attempt to barter the lives and freedom of the prisoners 
for Palestinian concessions on land and rights.

The 104 prisoners whose release has been announced, allegedly in stages 
of 26 prisoners at a time, conditioned upon what Israel has labeled 
“progress” in the negotiations, are pre-Oslo prisoners, arrested prior 
to the implementation of the Oslo Declaration of Principles and the 
establishment of the PA on May 4, 1994. These prisoners have been 
categorized as “abandoned” by the newly established Palestinian 
Authority from the time of Oslo’s signing in 1993. These prisoners’ 
release have been promised on multiple occasions, including in the Sharm 
el-Sheikh negotiations 
<http://avalon.law.yale.edu/21st_century/mid024.asp> memorandum of 1999, 
which noted that “The Government of Israel shall release Palestinian and 
other prisoners who committed their offences prior to September 13, 
1993, and were arrested prior to May 4, 1994.”

The years since Oslo in 1993 have been years of unfulfilled promises, 
for the prisoners as for Palestinians as a whole. Repeatedly, the 
release of Palestinian hostages has been held out as a 
“confidence-building” or “goodwill” measure. However, these same time 
periods have been characterized by mass arrests, nighttime raids, the 
wide use of administrative detention without charge or trial, and 
ongoing mass imprisonment. As Addameer notes 
<http://addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=631>, “Indeed, over 23,000 
Palestinians have been released since 1993 as “goodwill measures” during 
various negotiations and peace talks. However, in that same period, at 
least 86,000 Palestinians have been arrested, including children, women, 
disabled persons and university students.”

Many of those arrested are former prisoners who were released; the 
re-arrest of freed prisoners has become a given in any discussion of 
such releases. The Israeli cabinet (as noted by Addameer 
<http://addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=631>) included in its agreement to 
this release that “The State of Israel reserves the right to take any 
means necessary against any of the released prisoners if they commit any 
terrorist and hostile activities as well as returning them to serve the 
remainder of their sentence, as will be decided by the relevant 
authorities.” Over 12 prisoners from the prisoner exchange in October 
2011 currently are threatened with the re-imposition of their sentences. 
This phrase means that the prisoners are not released but instead 
paroled, and can be rearrested at any time at the whim of the 
occupation. It must be noted that Israeli definitions of hostile 
activities include participation in demonstrations and marches, 
“incitement” in speeches and writings, and membership or affiliation 
with Palestinian political parties.

Israel’s conditioning of the release of the 104 prisoners on the grounds 
of progress in the negotiations is particularly dangerous. It is clear 
that the Israeli state considers “progress” to be the building of 
settlements, expropriation of Palestinian land, and concessions of 
Palestinian inalienable rights, including the right of return. 
Palestinian prisoners cannot and will not be used as a bargaining chip 
on the table of negotiations. They have fought with dignity inside the 
occupation’s prisons for decades, during which time the so-called “peace 
process” has accrued no benefits to Palestinian prisoners and indeed, 
has seen the conditions of confinement deteriorating and under continual 
pressure to undermine the achievements of the prisoners’ movements over 
the years.

The heroic Palestinian prisoners will not be used as hostages to silence 
the Palestinian opposition to negotiations or to broker the concession 
of inalienable Palestinian rights. Those who marched against the 
negotiations in Ramallah – and were assaulted and attacked by PA police 
<http://samidoun.ca/2013/07/pa-police-attack-and-arrest-demonstrators-against-negotiations-with-occupation/> for 
challenging those negotiations – include former prisoners and the family 
members of prisoners and the organizers of countless marches and rallies 
in support of the hunger strikers and the prisoners’ movement.

Since Oslo, the so-called “peace process” has brought neither peace nor 
justice to Palestinian prisoners or the Palestinian people as a whole. 
On the contrary, the struggle of Palestinian prisoners, through hunger 
strikes, political leadership, and continued dignity, strength and 
political commitment – has always indicated an alternative path of 
steadfastness in the face of a relentless occupying power.

Welcome to the released prisoners, heroes of the battle for freedom. We 
will not rest until every one of your sisters and brothers is free, 
including the brave hunger strikers, the suffering ill prisoners, and 
the Palestinian children behind bars.

*samidoun <http://samidoun.ca/?author=1>* | October 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm 
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