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April 30, 2013 2:43 pm

Abbas: Israel Must Release Palestinian Convicts in Order for There to be Peace

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations. Photo: UN.

At a conference this past weekend Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to release Palestinian convicts, saying that their release will reflect Jerusalem’s commitment to peace talks.

“Israel must be held accountable for its crimes,” Abbas was quoted as saying by the Ma’an News Agency. The Palestinian Authority has “the freedom to take legal action [against Israel] at any international forum,” Abbas said in a rerecorded speech at the opening of the Freedom and Dignity Conference Saturday in Ramallah.

Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqe told the forum peace cannot be accomplished as long as Israel incarcerates Palestinian Arabs.

European Parliament Vice President Isabella Durant attended. She said Israel must be held accountable for holding prisoners under administrative detention and she also read a speech on behalf of European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who charged Israel with committing human rights violations by imprisoning Palestinian Arabs, Israel Today reported.

Former US President Jimmy Carter sent a videotaped speech in which he stressed that setting the Palestinian convicts free is a necessary condition for peace.

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  • Karsten Bannier

    This moron obviously has not learned one thing of Israels history with regards to the “peace loving” palestinian terrorists.Does he honestly believe that are all going to go home & live happily ever after? I believe that all murderers should be executed…sooner than later !!!

  • Sonja Olavson

    Here is what happened when a Palestinian was released from prison —

    “In the wake of the murder of 31-year-old father-of-five Evyatar Borovsky Tuesday by a Palestinian terrorist Tuesday at the Tapuach Junction in Samaria, Fatah has posted pictures of the terrorist and the victim on its Facebook page with wording describing the terrorist as “the hero, the released prisoner, Salam Al-Zaghal.”

    Direct quote of FATAH from this newspaper.

  • Fraide

    Free convicts for peace?? What a stupid, vile, hateful suggestion. Carter is the worse. Is he still getting money from the Arabs via his peanut farm. He is a thief and a liar and was the worse U.S. President ever. Is there such a thing as removing his title as a “former” president?

  • Sonia Willats

    Is the issue that Palastinian Arabs who attack Israelis should not be held by Israel? If they cannot be held under civilian law, surely they should be held as prisoners of war? How can Israel allow its population to be stabbed, have rocks thrown at them, and worse, with impunity?

  • Isaac

    Yeshiva University should consider Jimmy Carter for another award. In fact, the University should present him with a yearly award.