[Pnews] Palestinian Mohammed Khalaf released after 12 years, urges attention to veteran prisoners’ struggle for freedom

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  Mohammed Khalaf released after 12 years, urges attention to veteran
  prisoners’ struggle for freedom

September 28, 2017

Mohammed Khalaf (Abu Tahrir), from the village of Jatt in the northern 
Triangle area in occupied Palestine ’48, was released after 12 years in 
Israeli prisons <http://asramedia.ps/post/4915/> on Sunday, 24 
September. Upon his release, he brought a message from the veteran 
prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons urging that their issue be taken 
up as a priority as part of the process of reconciliation and national 

“I spent 12 years in captivity. At the time of my release, my brothers 
sent me with a message to the entire Palestinian people that the issue 
of the veteran prisoners must be brought forward strongly and clearly 
and not left to the ‘good will’ of the occupation,” he said. Seized in 
2005, Khalaf was accused of communicating with “the enemy” and 
supporting Palestinian resistance. He is a member of the Central 
Committee of the Abna’a el-Balad movement, a progressive Palestinian 
movement in occupied Palestine ’48.

Hundreds welcomed him to his home village in a festival organized by the 
Abnaa el-Balad Movement with the Higher Follow-Up Committee, the 
Freedoms Committee and the Committee on Prisonerson Tuesday, 26 
The event included cultural presentations and political speeches; Raja 
Ighbarieh of Abnaa el-Balad delivered the main speech at the event.

During the celebration, he presented an appeal 
<http://alasra.ps/ar//index.php?act=post&id=31286> from the long-time 
prisoner Walid Daqqa made on behalf of the veteran prisoners and those 
from occupied Palestine 48, urging that the Palestinian resistance and 
the Hamas Movement include these prisoners in an exchange deal and 
demanding that PA president Mahmoud Abbas reject negotiations without 
the release of prisoners, including the pre-Oslo prisoners who have 
served over 24 years in Israeli jails.

Daqqa’s statement emphasized that the Israeli state has repeatedly 
refused to release Palestinian prisoners from occupied Palestine ’48 in 
exchanges with Palestinian and Lebanese resistance factions, especially 
since 1985, deeming them to be an “internal issue.” There are currently 
153 Palestinian prisoners from occupied Palestine ’48 in Israeli jails.

In 2014, the Israeli occupation had pledged to release a fourth batch of 
pre-Oslo prisoners on 29 March 2014 as part of “negotiations” with the 
PA under U.S. auspices. However, the Israeli occupation refused to 
complete the release and those 30 prisoners remain in Israeli jails today.

The list of pre-Oslo prisoners held in Israeli jails today is:

1. Karim Younes, held since 6 January 1983
2. Maher Younes, held since 18 January 1983
3. Walid Daqqa, held since 25 February 1986
4. Ibrahim Abu Mokh, held since 24 March 1986
5. Rushdi Abu Mokh, held since 24 March 1986
6. Ibrahim Bayadseh, held since 26 March 1986
7. Ahmed Ali Abu Jaber, held since 8 July 1986
8. Ibrahim Mahmoud Abu Na’emah, since 20 October 1986
9. Mohammed Adel Daoud, since 8 December 1987
10. Bashir Abdallah al-Khatib, since 1 January 1988
11. Mahmoud Othman Jabarin, since 8 October 1988
12. Juma’ Ibrahim ‘Adam, since 31 October 1988
13. Mahmoud Salim Abu Kharabish, since 31 October 1988
14. Samer Saleh Sarsawi, since 24 November 1988
15. Raed Mohammed al-Saadi, since 28 August 1989
16. Fares Ahmad Baroud, since 23 March 1991
17. Ibrahim Hassan Ighbarieh, since 26 February 1992
18. Mohammed Said Ighbarieh, since 26 February 1992
19. Yahya Mustafa Ighbarieh, since 4 March 1992
20. Mohammed Tawfiq Jabarin, since 1 April 1992
21. Diaa Zakaria al-Falouji, since 12 October 1992
22. Mohammed Fawzi Fallah, since 29 November 1992
23. Hassan Hassan Abu Srour, since 4 January 1993
24. Mahmoud Jamil Abu Srour, since 5 January 1993
25. Mohammed Yousef Shamasneh, since 12 November 1993
26. Abdel-Jawad Yousef Shamasneh, since 12 November 1993
27. Alaa el-Din Fahmi al-Karaki, since 17 December 1993
28. Mahmoud Musa Issa, since 3 June 1993
29. Nayel Rafiq Salhab, since 27 September 1993
30. Mohammed Ahmed al-Tuss, since 6 October 1985

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