Shalit deal

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IDF re-arrests man released in Schalit deal

After being released as part of the Shalit deal last October, a  member of Hamas was arrested Israeli forces for allegedly returning to engage in anti-Israel terrorist activity. Ayman Salama is the first Palestinian released in the exchange to be re-arrested by Israel.  This will send a “clear message that people who return to terrorism will pay,” … Continue reading

Freed Palestinian prisoners adapt to Qatar exile

Last year, more than a 1,000 Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel, in return for the release of Israeli soldier Sgt Gilad Shalit. About 40 of those prisoners have been forced to leave the country for they are seen as a continuing security threat by Israel. The article portrays one of those prisoners, 47-year old … Continue reading

Dozens of freed Hamas prisoners wed in mass ceremony in Gaza

Wa’ed, the Hamas led Association for Prisoners Affairs in Gaza City has organized a mass wedding ceremony for 56 prisoners freed in October 2011 as part of the Shalit swap deal with Israel. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh who was present during the ceremony said “I came here to congratulate the freed heroes and share with … Continue reading

Israel Releases Second Batch of Prisoners

Israel released some 550 Palestinian prisoners on Sunday night in the second half of a swap that freed one of its soldiers, Gilad Shalit, who had been held by Hamas in Gaza for more than five years. New York Times, United States Click here for the full story

2nd phase of Shalit deal underway

The second stage of the prisoner exchange deal that secured the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit will begin Sunday, as the 550 Palestinian prisoners included in the second phase of the deal will be released. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full story

Israel names Palestinian prisoners to be freed

Israel has published a list of a further 550 Palestinian prisoners who will be freed in the coming days to complete a swap deal which brought about the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit. The latest group of 544 men and six women has been selected by Israel and does not include any members of Hamas … Continue reading

Gag order lifted years after undercover Hamas arrest

Israeli censors have finally lifted prohibition on publishing the arrest by undercover forces of a Hamas member allegedly involved in the capture of a soldier. An undercover Israeli force seized Mahawash al-Qadi in 2007 on suspicion of “indirect involvement” in the capture of Gilad Shalit, who was exchanged in October for several hundred Palestinian prisoners. Ma’an … Continue reading

PA: Israel re-arrests prisoner after swap deal

Israeli forces detained Thursday one of the prisoners who was released in the latest prisoners swap deal, the ministry of prisoners’ affairs said. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story 

‘Israel won’t use Schalit deal as gesture to Abbas’

The government plans to release Palestinian petty criminals later this month to complete the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange, not any high-profile Fatah security prisoners as a gesture to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, officials said on Wednesday. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

‘Exclusion from Schalit deal prompted liar remark’

The riddle of why French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a liar last month is now solved: Israel would not fly Gilad Schalit to freedom on a French aircraft. That, at least, was the reason Sarkozy gave to French Jewish leaders at a meeting late last month in Paris Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full story

Israel to reward Abbas in phase 2 of Shalit deal?

The second phase of theGilad Shalit prisoner swap, which will see the release of another 550 prisoners, will be completed in the next two weeks, with Israel seeking to use the occasion to boost Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ status. Sources familiar with the issue told Ynet that officials in Jerusalem are seeking to link the upcoming prisoner … Continue reading

Israeli soldier’s hunger strike ‘sped up release’

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was forced to speed up the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit after he went on hunger strike, Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported on Sunday. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Released Palestinians build houses, marry, study

Palestinian prisoners released in a swap for an Israeli soldier last month are racing to make up for lost time: Many of the 477 former inmates are already getting married, building homes or enrolling in college, even as Israel keeps a close eye on them in fear they could return to violence. Associated Press, United … Continue reading


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