'My Brother Has Been Incarcerated Longer Than Mandela and Pollard'

Haaretz visits the families of some of the Palestinian prisoners due to be released in a week as part of the peace talks.

The trees have been trimmed, the asphalt on the access road packed down. Two hundred illuminated balloons that will be released skyward have been ordered, new flower boxes adorn the courtyard, moist baklava pastries are on the way. Dozens of candles and hundreds of T-shirts emblazoned with a photograph of the prisoner Walid Daka have also been ordered. The local children will paint a...