Bereaved Families Object to Palestinian Convict Release
JNS.org – Several families with relatives killed in Palestinian terrorist attacks on Sunday protested the Israeli government’s planned release this week of the second set of 26 prisoners to the Palestinian Authority as part of the deal to free 104 prisoners for Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.
“It appears as though as of today negotiations are stuck and we are continuing to free terrorists. We are simply shooting ourselves in the foot,” said Yossi Mendelevitch, one of the prominent activists among the bereaved families, Israel Hayom reported.
On Sunday, representatives from families in the Almagor Terror Victims Association sent a letter to Israeli Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, asking him to prevent the prisoner release. Weinstein’s deputy, attorney Dina Zilber, responded with a statement saying that freeing prisoners in negotiations “is a clearly political issue in which all of the considerations have been weighed with the highest scrutiny by the executive authorities.”