Israel Seeks Re-incarceration of Seven Jerusalemites Freed in Shalit Swap

Palestinian prisoners, freed in Gilad Shalit prisoner-exchange deal, violated terms of presidential pardon, attorney general says.

Nir Hasson
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Palestinian prisoners cross to the southern Gaza Strip on October 18, 2011 upon their release from Israeli prisons under a deal to free abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Palestinian prisoners cross to the southern Gaza Strip on October 18, 2011 upon their release from Israeli prisons under a deal to free abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.Credit: AFP / Haaretz archive
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein issued a request Tuesday morning to re-incarcerate all seven Palestinian prisoners from Jerusalem who were released in the 2011 swap for captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. The seven were taken into custody over the last week within the framework of Israel's Opperation Brother's Keeper.

The request submitted to the ministerial committee overseeing the release of security prisoners at the Haifa District Court states that each one of the prisoners has violated his terms of release and must be returned to jail to serve his original sentence.

All the requests are based on confidential information submitted to the court without the presence of the prisoners' lawyers.

The Jerusalem residents released in the Shalit deal were released in a legal process separate from those arrested and tried in the West Bank. The Jerusalemites, who have permanent residency status in Israel, were released by presidential pardon. Within that context, each one signed an agreement stating that he was prohibited from "being affiliated with a terror organization or illegal association of any kind; to not be involved or support or assist any act of terror or violence."

They were also barred from entering the West Bank or flying abroad for a period of three years.

The attorney general's request states that the prisoners are in violation of the terms they committed to.

"Within the framework of the Shalit deal, hundreds of extremely dangerous prisoners were released whose heavy sentences were shortened in an extraordinary step as a result of Hamas' blackmailing of the state. As such, any breach of their terms of release – whether big or small - will be treated with utmost severity," the state prosecutors wrote in their request.

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