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October 11, 2011 4:20 pm

Hamas: Barghouti to be Released In Shalit Deal, Israel Denies

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A poster calling for the release of Gilad Shalit.

Following the announcement earlier this evening of a deal reached between Hamas and the Israeli government to release captive soldier Gilad Shalit, details are now emerging of the agreement terms.

Israel radio reported that the deal would likely involve the release and transfer of 1ooo Palestinian Arab criminals held in Israeli prisons. Hamas elaborated on its website, claiming that among those to be released where terror leaders Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa’adat.

Israeli ministers have denied that Barghouti and Sa’adat are among those scheduled for release.

Barghouti was convicted in May 2004 on 5 counts of murder, including authorizing and organizing the Sea Food Market attack in Tel Aviv in which 3 civilians inside Israel were killed. He was sentenced to five life sentences and an additional 40 years. Sa’adat, the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was sentenced in December 2008, by an Israeli court to 30 years in prison for heading an illegal terrorist organization and for his responsibility in the murder of tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi.

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In Damascus, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashal claimed that all female inmates will be released, as well as 350 ‘heavy killers.’

Among the female prisoners currently in Israeli custody is Wafa al-Bis who attempted to carry out a suicide attack on the Israeli hospital and doctors that were treating her. This incident was referenced earlier this week by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at an Upper West Side Synagogue where he said that, “Arab Culture Is a Culture of Death.”

Gilad Shalit has been held in captivity since he was abducted by militants in a cross-border raid on June 25th 2006. Hamas has repeatedly refused requests from the International Red Cross to visit him.

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  • Faige

    Rachel –

    Thank you. I balked at that absurd nominclature as well!
    Terrorists are captured. Shalit was abducted. He was kidnapped!

    Strange the double standard in our media regarding terms of reference when it comes to Israel. By the time the truth and corrections can be made – the damage is done. And its accumulative!

    I suspect in large measure what’s behind it is that news agencies sources used by the media are foreign owned – some muslim with direct pipelines. We are familiar with distortions and propaganda during times of crisis in the Middle East.

    Unfortunately our media has also been “abducted” and “kidnapped” plainly by Liberals/Leftist and/or ideologically driven all to often foreign interests instructed! It is important to know that what were formerly American owned news agencies are now in the hands of forein agenda purposed owners.

  • rachel

    WHY DO YOU INSIST ON USING THE WORD “CAPTURED”. GILAD SHALIT WAS ABDUCTED. CAPTURED AND ABDUCTED DO NOT SHARE A DEFINITION.

    WPIX-TV NEWS AND CBS-AM NEWS DID THE SAME.

    THIS IS NOT SEMANTICS.

    PALESTINIANS TUNNELING UNDERGROUND FROM GAZA AND ABDUCTING A YOUNG SOLDIER AT HIS POST ON SOVEREIGN ISRAELI TERRITORY IS NOT A “CAPTURE”.

    SHAME ON THE SOURCE AND ALGEMEINER FOR NOT CATCHING THE MISUSE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

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