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Prisoners' mothers favor 'capturing' Israeli soldiers to free their sons
Mothers of Palestinian prisoners in a sit-in (CSMonitor)
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Gaza, ALRAY - Families of Palestinian prisoners urged Palestinian resistance movements to capture Israeli soldiers to secure the release of their sons.

"Palestinian detainees could only be freed via active resistance to the Israeli occupation," Khalda Abu Saleh, mother of prisoner Mohamed Abu Salah told Anadolu Agency.

"What's been taken by force can only be recovered by force," Aya al-Zaanein, mother of prisoner Hossam al-Zaanein, told Anadolu Agency.

Palestinian mothers of prisoners hold a weekly Monday sit-in in front of the Gaza office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to demand the release of their loved ones.

In 2006, three resistance movements including Hamas announced their responsibility for capturing Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

On October 17, 2011, Shalit was freed in a historic prisoner swap deal that secured the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

Some 4,700 Palestinians – most of them from the occupied West Bank – are currently held in Israeli detention facilities.

Getting Palestinians freed through negotiations, or so-called goodwill gesture, with Israel is seen as an ineffective solution to the prisoners cause.

As part of this 'goodwill' gesture practice towards the Palestinian negotiating team, headed by Saeb Erakat, the Israeli cabinet a few month ago voted to release 104 “pre-Oslo” prisoners in four phases.

In the first and second phase, which took place on August 13 and October 29 respectively, saw the release of some 50 pre-Oslo prisoners.

Some 104 Palestinian prisoners are classified as 'veteran prisoners' or 'pre-Oslo prisoners', a naming given to those already spent 20 years in Israeli prisons or more. 

 

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