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December 31, 2013 10:58 am

What The Guardian Forgot to Mention About the Released Palestinian ‘Prisoners’

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Terror victim families the release of Palestinian terrorists with photos of their loved ones . Photo: Hillel Meir / Tazpit News Agency.

On December 28, the Israeli Prison Service published the list of prisoners that were released today, representing the third round of four scheduled releases agreed upon by Israel’s Prime Minister as a ‘goodwill gesture’ to get the Palestinians to resume peace talks.

As we have noted previously, many newspapers (including the GuardianIndependent, and Irish Times) have whitewashed the violent crimes of the released prisoners and all but ignored the victims. So, in addition to details about the perpetrators and their crimes, we’ve also included some information on the Israeli (and Palestinian) victims.

(You can see the complete list of pre-Oslo prisoners to be released – information which was translated, edited and published exclusively by CAMERA – here.)

Below is a translation of the list of the latest 26 prisoners who were released with additional information:

Alefendi Mohammed Yusuf Adnan (born 1971) was sentenced to thirty years imprisonment for attempted murder, having stabbed and wounded two Israeli civilians with a kitchen knife.

Sh’hade Farid Sh’hade Ahmed (born 1962) was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for the murder of suspected ‘collaborator’ Yosef Farhan in Jaffa in 1985 and was due to be released in February 2030.

Yacoub Mohammed Ouda Ramadan (born 1963, member of PFLP-GC) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Sarah Sharon.

Afana Mustafa Ahmed Mohammed (born 1964, member of PFLP-GC) was sentenced to forty years imprisonment for his part in the murder of Sarah Sharon and was due to be released in 2033.

Da’agna Nofel Mohammed Mahmoud (born 1948, member of PFLP) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Sarah Sharon.

Mother of seven Sarah Sharon was 38 years old when she was stabbed to death in Holon on January 20, 1993.

Abu-Alrub Mustafa Mahmoud Faisal (born 1969, member of Fatah) was sentenced to two life terms for the shooting and murder of Yoram Cohen and for beating Mohammed Kamil to death. He was also found guilty of the manslaughter of an additional four Palestinians suspected of ‘collaboration’.

Kamil Awad Ali Ahmed (born 1962, member of Fatah) was sentenced to sixteen life terms for the murder of Yoram Cohen and fifteen Palestinians suspected of ‘collaboration’.

20 year-old IDF soldier Sgt. Yoram Cohen was shot and killed in an ambush on the truck in which he was travelling in Jenin in 1991.

Damara Ibrahim Mustafa Bilal (born 1969, member of Fatah) was sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the murder of Frederick Rosenfeld.

48 year-old Frederick Steven Rosenfeld was murdered in June 1989. Rosenfeld was hiking in the hills near Ariel when he came across a group of shepherds who stabbed him to death with his own knife and hid his body.

Abu Muhsan Khaled Ibrahim Jamal (born 1971, member of Fatah) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Shlomo Yehia in 1991.

Shlomo Yehia was born in 1915 in Yemen and immigrated to Israel in Operation Magic Carpet. He settled in Moshav Kadima where he worked as a gardener even after reaching retirement age. On September 26, 1991, he went out to work as usual and was stabbed to death in a public park. Shlomo was 76 years old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and six children.

Tamimi Rushdi Mohammed Sa’id (born 1972, member of Fatah) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Chaim Mizrachi.

Chaim Mizrachi grew up in Bat Yam and Holon, later moving to Beit El. On Friday, October 29, 1993, he went to buy eggs from an Arab-owned farm near his home and was met by terrorists. The terrorists murdered Chaim, then burned and abandoned his vehicle north of Ramallah. Chaim was 30 at the time of his death, and was survived by his pregnant wife, his parents, his sisters, and his brother. Half a year after his murder, his daughter was born.

Silawi Khaled Kamal Osmana (born 1972, member of Fatah) was sentenced to four life terms for the murder of Motti Bitton and three Palestinians suspected of ‘collaboration.’ In addition, he was also convicted of manslaughter of another Palestinian and took part in the violent interrogation of others.

32 year-old father of three Motti Bitton from Ganim was shot and killed whilst shopping with his wife Mali (who was injured in the attack) in a convenience store along the road from Jenin to Jezreel Junction.

Tzouafta Sudki Abdel Razak Muhlas (born 1974, member of Fatah) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Yosef Ben Ya’akov Malkin (Malka).

Yosef Malkin (Malka) was murdered in his apartment on December 29, 1990, in Haifa by two infiltrators from Jenin. He was 60 years old at the time of his death and worked as manager of the industrial engineering department of a company in Haifa.

Braham Fawzi Mustafa Nasser (born 1975, member of Fatah) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his former employer Morris (Moshe) Edri.

Morris Edri was born in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 1928 and immigrated to Israel in 1964 where he settled in Netanya. Morris worked in the pharmaceutical industry until his retirement due to ill-health and then worked in his son’s electrical shop. On November 24, 1991, he arrived at the shop in the morning to find a former employee waiting for him who claimed that he had left some clothes in the storeroom. Whilst Morris was making coffee, the former employee stabbed him in the back. He was 65 at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and nine children.

Al Shalbi Yusuf Ahmed Nuaman (born 1971, member of Fatah) was sentenced to three life terms for the murders of Jamil Koftan Hasun, Mufid Ali Kna’an, and Ahmed Ziud.

Jaradat Mohammed Anis Ayman (born 1972, member of Fatah) was sentenced to four life terms for the murders of Jamil Koftan Hasun, Mufid Ali Kna’an, Mohamed Tawfik Jaradat, and Ibrahim Said Ziud. He was also convicted of the manslaughter of an additional Palestinian.

On October 15, 1991, Jamil Hasun from Daliyet el Carmel was celebrating his 32nd birthday. An operator of heavy machinery, he went that morning to pick up workers from a village near Jenin. There he was shot at point-blank range by two attackers. Jamil was survived by his wife and two children.

Mufid Kna’an from Yarka went out hunting with friends near Jenin on January 15, 1992. There he was shot by two attackers. Mufid was 46 at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and six children.

Shuamra Yunes Mohammed Naim was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Yossi Hayoun.

Yossi (Yosef) Hayoun was a police sapper who was killed whilst trying to disarm a bomb planted in Moshav Shekef in the Lachish area in June 1993.

Mahmud Mohammed Salman was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Shai Shuker.

22 year-old Shai Shuker from Herzliya was murdered on February 2, 1994, near Tira. His attacker strangled him with a shoelace.

Abu-Gamal Ahmed Ibrahim Jamal was sentenced to twenty-two years imprisonment for attempted murder and was due to be released in May 2016.

Abu-Ali Faiz Mahmoud Ibrahim was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Roni Levi.

Roni Levi from Petah Tikva was saving up to get married and worked in marketing for a factory during the week and as a taxi driver at the weekends. On Saturday December 29, 1990, he was working an evening shift when radio connection with his taxi was lost. The blood-stained taxi was found the next day in Tel Aviv, but Roni’s body was only discovered three weeks later in an orchard. Roni was 24 years old at the time of his death.

Barbach Judat Zaki Raami was sentenced to twenty-five years imprisonment for the murder of Yosef Zandani.

28 year-old Yosef Zandani was strangled and stabbed to death in his home in Moshav Bnei Aiyish near Gadera on March 30, 1994.

Halaf Juma’a Mustafa Ahmed was sentenced to 21 years and three months imprisonment for aggravated assault and was due to be released in February 2014.

Abu Hasin Ahmed Yusef Bilal was sentenced to a thirty-six year term for the murder of Farouk Raud Abdelhamid Abu Khader and was due to be released in 2027.

Abu Hadir Mohammed Yassin Yassin was serving a twenty-eight year sentence for the murder of Yigal Shahaf and was due to be released in 2016.

Twenty-four year-old student Yigal Shahaf from Jerusalem was shot in the head whilst walking through the Old City with his wife on October 10, 1987. He died the next day and was survived by his wife, parents, sisters, and brother.

Tsalah Khalil Ahmed Ibrahim (born 1960, member of Fatah) was sentenced to three life terms for the murders of Menahem Stern, Eli Amsalem, and Hassan Zaid.

Eli Amsalem was born in Fez, Morocco and arrived in Israel with his family in 1957, where they settled in Jerusalem. Eli worked as a television technician. On July 28, 1989,  he was murdered in his home near the Mahane Yehuda market.

Muamar Atta Mahmoud Mahmoud (born 1961, member of Fatah) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of Menahem Stern and Hassan Zaid.

Professor Menahem Stern was born in Poland in 1925. He was an Israel Prize laureate and professor of history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was 64 years old when he was stabbed by two terrorists whilst walking to work on June 22, 1989. Professor Stern was survived by his wife and four children.

Taktuk Lufti Halma Ibrahim (born 1972, member of Hamas) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Binyamin Meisner.

24 year-old reservist Binyamin Meisner was murdered in February 1989 by a group which lured him into an ally in Nablus (Schem) where they had pre-prepared a stockpile of rocks. Binyamin Meisner was killed by a blow to the head with a stone.

BBC Watch managing editor Hadar Sela was responsible for most of the research and editing in this post.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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  • natalie burrows

    There is no right or wrong here. People were killed by terrorists but perhaps they were driven to it. This just proves that we need to do better to alleviate passions that cause these actions. Israelis and Palestinians need to solve the conflict before more lives are taken.
    Israel must end its settlement policy to start the reforms.

  • Stan Nadel

    I hate to say it, but Israel needs to implement a death penalty to keep from having to release this sort of murderer.

  • Thr Guardian is at fault?!?
    Blame the stupid Zionist govt that didnt execute them!!

  • I can`t understand why Zionists are so down on Kerry. After
    all he was an unapologetic supporter of the Joe Lieberman
    neo-con led invasion of Iraq. A war of Israel`s choice if not participation.

    • Ploni

      Iraq wasnt Israel’s war you antisemitic trash! Iraq was Americas war. You’re bigotry blinds you from understanding the Middle East. Go back your trashy life.

  • Julian Clovelley

    I think it is about time you got your facts straight in relation to the Guardian newspaper. As someone who has read the newspaper periodically from the days when it was the “Manchester Guardian” to modern times in both the form of the Guardian Weekly and the online editions, I have found it the most consistently sane source of news for fifty years.

    The Guardian attracts attack from other areas of the media because of its independence from both monopolistic press barons and from the Conservative right. It is a liberal based newspaper that publishes material from a variety of sources. Much of that material does not reflect the views of the proprietors. The Guardian however makes that material available for comment. To comment on a Guardian article you merely have to register online. There is very little censorship of opinion unless it is offensive or libelous or directly incites violence. in fact it is rather what we used to call a “newspaper” than a right wing propaganda sheet. It comes as a bit of a shock to those only used to Right Wing propaganda in media

    Features such as ‘Comment is Free’ should not be confused with Guardian Leader opinion. They, like the blogs, are forums to initiate free discussion. In fact they are an opportunity to maintain dialogue with people with whom one may have radical disagreement – is this somehow bad in your opinion? – were that so, and I don’t believe it is, there would be very little hope for lasting peace – for peace begins with dialogue

    It is the Guardian that often has alerted readers of serious events that go unreported in detail elsewhere. What your attacks on it ignore is articles such as appeared 30October 2013 where the paper reported on the proposed prisoner release and included detailed accounts of Israeli protests . Part of that article reported as follows – I suggest as a matter of balance you display it on your comment column in full. The Guardian article said:

    “For Palestinians the prisoners have become symbols of resistance to Israeli occupation, but many Israelis were shocked by the insistence on the release of prisoners they consider to be cold-blooded killers. Victims’ relatives waged a legal battle up to the last minute to stop the release, arguing that it would encourage more violence.

    More than 3,000 Israelis staged a demonstration on Monday night, forming a human chain around Ofer prison where the prisoners were being held. A smaller group returned just before the deadline on Tuesday.

    Meir Indor, leader of the Almagor association of victims of terrorism, said such moves “bring more casualties to the area and more violence. There are other terrorists, young ones, who see those terrorists going out and are being glorified by the Palestinian authority, and they say, well, we can do the same, we will kill Jews and we will be released very soon. So we are fighting for justice for our loved ones, but we are fighting for the other people so they will not be killed.”

    On Sunday, the economy minister Naftali Bennett’s pro-settler Jewish Home party launched an attack on his cabinet colleague Tzipi Livni, who is leading the peace talks.

    “The release of prisoners in exchange for the dubious right of Tzipi Livni to meet with Saeb Erekat is most terrible. With all due respect, halting the release of murderers is even more important than justifying Livni’s being in the government,” the party said in a statement, which was furiously denounced by Livni’s supporters as an incitement to violence on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the assassination of the former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

    Bennett stood by the statement and his party’s proposed legislation to block further prisoner releases.

    “We are witnessing a tremendous offensive against us,” Bennet said. “The goal is to domesticate us, to force us into the herd mentality. What can we do? We have a different view. Those who support a Palestinian state get support; if you’re against, you are called the extreme right, you’re called a fascist.
    But we will not remain silent. We have clear positions and this assault won’t silence us.”

    Gila Molcho, whose brother Ian’s three killers have each been freed in the last three exchanges, said she was reliving the “terrible experience” of the day in 1993 when he was hacked to death while working for a European aid organisation in Gaza.

    “My brother was a humanitarian. He liked to help people. He was working in the Gaza Strip to help create jobs for the Palestinians,” she said. “We are not a gesture.”

    Expressing Israel’s moderate voice, Gershon Baskin, a veteran Israeli peace activist who helped negotiate the exchange of more than 1,000 prisoners for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011, said Israel had no choice: “These prisoner releases leave a bad taste in the mouth, but Israel had agreed to release these prisoners by 1999.” ”

    Guardian 30 October 2013

    • Ploni

      Too long to read. Gershon ain’t no moderate, he is a radical and proudly identifies as a radical leftist.

  • Denise

    Isn’t it interesting that there are no Israeli terrorists in prisons to be released and sadly SECSTATE Kerry has no morality himself to demand these release of these prisoners back on to streets.

  • Bart A. Charta

    Perhaps what is needed is the families of a few Knesset members to be murdered by the terrorists to convince this collective group of legislators (and sometime-clowns) that a death penalty provision for terrorists will eliminate future such abominations as well as save the Israeli taxpayer a boatload of money.

    • Herschel

      Bart Charta has ” hit he nail on the head ” !

    • Ploni

      Don’t blame the Knesset, they are under pressure from the biggest world power, he USA. Maybe you should wish the children of the POTUS or Secretary of State to be killed by Pali terrorists instead, since they are forcing the hand.