Hasan Salamah hails the prisoner exchange deal

[ 19/10/2011 – 03:10 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Imprisoned Qassam Brigades leader, Hasan Salamah said in a message from Askalan prison on Tuesday afternoon: “To get women captives free is an achievement to be proud of [..] to get all these veteran captives freed is a great achievement.”
“I wished to be with you along with all my remaining brothers, but Allah’s Will is for that not to happen now despite all your efforts,” he said.
Armed Palestinian Hamas militants keep p“We live with your promise to us, the promise of heroes, and that is enough for me, because you are the ones who promised and fulfilled your promise in this deal dubbed ‘the promise of free men’,” he added.
To the freed captives he said: “I wished I could have seen you off and hugged you before you left, but my consolation and that of my fellow captives is that you are going to your freedom. I wish happy times and hope you enjoy your freedom. We have a date when we will meet.

Again I congratulate this people, this movement, and this resistance spearheaded by the Qassam Brigades for this great achievement which contented my heart and brought tears to my eyes.”

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Freed Detainees Pledge to Continue Resistance

Sixteen Palestinian prisoners arrived in Damascus on Wednesday after being released on Tuesday as part of a swap deal in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Fifteen men and one woman, Amna Muna, walked down the steps of an aircraft at Damascus airport to be welcomed by Hamas officials. Muna, an activist from the West Bank, was jailed for life for being responsible for killing an Israeli in 2001.

Muna said the joy of leaving prison was tempered by a future living in exile. “I lived seven years in prison and today is a happy day but not completely because we are away from our home and we left prisoners who are suffering from the detention. Sure it is my second home (Syria) but there is nothing such as the land you were born and grew up in,” Muna said.
Under the terms of the deal, around 40 of those who had been jailed for involvement in deadly attacks were being deported abroad. Turkey confirmed it would take in around 10, while others were destined for Syria and Qatar.

Hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel’s borders on Tuesday as the thousand-for-one prisoner swap brought joy to families.

“The resistance is increasing and there are steps for the future. The resistance will continue until the victory, God willing,” said one of the released men, Nimer Darwaze, according to Maan news agency.
“We dedicate the best greetings to the martyrs who were the reason in capturing the soldier. We send our greetings to the negotiators who succeeded and earned a lot. This is a great accomplishment,” another former prisoner, Motassim Mawdidi said.

He said the conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails were harsh. “The prisoners are suffering from the worst conditions in the occupation’s prisons. The occupation creates every day new ways to torture and humiliate the prisoners. But, thank God, the prisoners are strong and they will not give up.”
After the 477 freed on Tuesday, a further 550 Palestinians will be released soon.

Source: Agencies

16 Liberated Palestinian Prisoners Arrive in Damascus

20111019-085935.jpgDAMASCUS, (SANA)- Sixteen liberated Palestinian prisoners arrived on Wednesday in Damascus International Airport, on board a Syrian airplane.
The liberated prisoners deported to Syria include one Palestinian girl who had spent seven years in the Israeli jails.

477 prisoners were freed on Tuesday as part of a swap deal between the Israeli occupation government and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
The deal included the release of 1027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was held captive by Hamas in 2006. The other 550 will be released within two months.
Freed prisoner Nimr Ibrahim Drouzeh told SANA that the swap deal proves that the resistance will continue until achieving victory, adding that some of the freed prisoners were jailed for 30 years.
For his part, Rabee Salamah Za’al said that “I chose to come to Syria because it supports the resistance… When I’m in Syria, I feel my return to Palestine is near.”
Freed prisoner Ahmad Hanini, said “I’m proud to be in Syria because Syria is the throbbing heart of Arabism… Syria and Palestine are one country.”
Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmed Jibril pointed out to the importance of this operation which proved the ability of the resistance to confront the Israeli occupation.
Jibril added that “The Israeli occupation understands only the concept of power and the negotiations with it never resulted in releasing any prisoner.”
He stressed the role of Syria in embracing the Palestinian resistance, highlighting that this operation wouldn’t have been accomplished without Syria.
Jamal Issa of Hamas Movement, said that Syria will embrace the prisoners because it is the basic supporter of the resistance, stressing that this swap deal proves that the Palestinian people support the resistance.
Member of the PFLP Political Bureau, Anwar Raja, said that “The number of the prisoners who came to Syria stresses that Damascus is the strategic bastion of the resistance despite the intentional crises plotted against it to undermine its national and pan-Arab stances.”
Member of the PFLP Political Bureau, Maher al- Taher, described the swap deal as a huge accomplishment, hoping that all the prisoners will be released from the Israeli jails.
“We came to Damascus Airport to welcome the freed prisoners in their country Syria, which have always embraced the resistance.” He concluded.

Plane Carrying 11 Freed Palestinians Lands in Turkey
A Turkish plane carrying 11 Palestinian prisoners, released as part of a deal that freed Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit, landed at an Ankara airport Wednesday, a foreign ministry official said.

The plane landed at Esenboga airport in Ankara after bringing the 11 Palestinians, including one woman, from Cairo airport in Egypt, the official told AFP.

Television footage showed the freed inmates making victory signs as they were taken from the airport under tight security measures.
“We extend our deepest thanks t
o Turkey,” the Palestinian ambassador to Turkey, Nabil Marouf, was quoted as saying by the private NTV television.

It was not immediately clear where the 11 Palestinian prisoners would stay and for how long. The Palestinian envoy said that would be decided by the Turkish government.
Turkey had said it was ready to host some of the released Palestinian detainees along with Qatar, Syria and Egypt.

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"The people want a new Shalit,"

Our experience with the Israeli enemy says that if we want to regain our detainees or to know the fate of the missing, we must capture Israeli soldiers” said Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in November, 2005.

This equation has proven efficiency through the past years, with all the freed Arab detainees in the Israeli jails have seen freedom through swap deals between the resistance movements and the Zionist entity.

Jubilation as Palestinian Detainees Return Home

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With Resistance we win

In an unprecedented sign of victory to Palestinians and defeat to Israel, 1,027 Palestinian detainees will be freed 477 of which were freed today in the first tranche of an Egyptian-mediated deal that saw the Israeli captured soldier Gilad Shalit released.

This is the heaviest price Israel ever paid for one of its soldiers.

Throngs of excited Palestinians gathered in the West Bank and Gaza from early Tuesday, preparing to greet prisoners released. Dozens of Palestinian detainees’ families were chanting, cheering and waving welcoming their beloved detainees .

Shalit Hopes Palestinian Prisoners Return Home, Says Hamas Treated Him Well

Chants of “The people want a new Shalit,” could be heard as Hamas and Fatah supporters waved flags together as part of large scale celebrations.

No need for another Shalit, Netayahoo promised me to free more prisoners
Kudos Mr. Abbas‏, the “tragic hero”: The “plucked chicken” is soaring into the sky. Give him a chance  
Hundreds of Arab 48 Palestinians gathered at the entrance of Umm el-Fahm on Tuesday morning to celebrate the release of a resident of the town who were released as part of the deal.


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Palestinians Celebrate Historic Achievement…

Crowds were waving green flags of the Hamas movement, which inked the landmark exchange deal with the Israeli occupation. The atmosphere was festive, with some chanting “national unity, national unity” and clapping their hands.

A female Palestinian prisoner is welcome


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Hamas has declared Tuesday a national holiday and erected a giant podium in Gaza City’s Al-Katiba Park, where the prisoners appeared after they cross into the Palestinian enclave from Egypt

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Hamas Movement proved for another time that negotiations with the Israeli enemy won’t bear fruit and that what was taken by force can only be regained by force.

Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and members of the de facto Hamas government in Gaza, leaders of other factions, relatives and tens of thousands of onlookers welcomeed the prisoners and PA President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech in this occasion.

Gilad Shalit returned to his family on Tuesday after five years of being held captive. “Gilad has returned home,” the Israeli army’s chief spokesman Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai told reporters after the soldier crossed into Palestinian occupied territories after first being handed to Egyptian officials by Hamas. He described Shalit’s state of health as “good and satisfactory.”

Gilad Shalit (C) salutes Israeli Prime M
Shalit: Back to Arms

Shalit’s homecoming was kept far from the media eye, with the first glimpse of him being several seconds of footage from Egyptian state TV, which showed him wearing black baseball cap and a loose grey shirt.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has said that the prisoner swap marks a positive step towards “peace”. “The recent announcement of the exchange of prisoners is welcome, it is a positive movement for peace,” he said.

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Qassam Brigades: We will not rest until we close down occupation jails
Sinwar: we will free all captives

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"I was 1-day-old when my father was jailed"

18 October 2011

Emotional scenes as Palestinian prisoners reunited with their loved ones today.

A very confusing feeling passes through me after hearing about the exchange of 1,027 Palestinian detainees for the only Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was held captive by the Palestinian resistance fighters. I don’t know whether to feel happy or sad.

Gazing at the faces of the prisoners’ families in the solidarity tent in Gaza City, I see a look that I have never seen before: eyes glittering with hope. These people have attended every event in solidarity with our detainees, have never given up hope that their freedom is inevitable someday, and have stayed strong during their loved ones’ absence inside Israeli cells. Thinking about those women whose relatives are most likely to be released and seeing their big smiles makes me happy. But at the same time, thinking about the other 5,000 detainees who will steadfastly go on with their resistance in the prisons makes my heart break for them.

Hearts aching for those still in jail

When I arrived at the tent on 12 October, the wife of the prisoner Nafez Herz, who was sentenced to life-long imprisonment and has been jailed for 26 years, shook hands with me and said very excitedly that she had heard that her husband would be freed. Then she said, “But you can’t imagine how much my heart aches for those families whose prisoner will not be released in this exchange deal. All prisoners’ families have become like one big family. We meet weekly, if not daily in the Red Cross, we share our torments, and we understand each other’s suffering.” I grabbed her hands and pressed them while saying, “We will never forget them, and God willing, they will gain their freedom soon.”
While I was writing this article among the crowd of people at the Red Cross building, I suddenly heard people chanting and clapping and could see a woman jumping with joy. While on the phone, she said loudly, “My husband is going to be free!” Her husband is Abu Thaer Ghneem, who received a life sentence and spent 22 years in prison. As I watched people celebrating and singing for the freedom of the Palestinian detainees, I met his only son, Thaer. He was hugging his mother tight while giving prayers to God showing their thankfulness. I touched his shoulder, attempting to get his attention. “Congratulations! How do you feel?” I asked him. “I was only one day old when my father was arrested, and now I am 22-years-old. I’ve always known that I had a father in prison, but never had him around. Now my father is finally going to be set free and fill his place, which has been empty over the course of 22 years of my life.”

His answer was very touching and left me shocked and admiring. While he was talking to me, I sensed how he couldn’t find words to describe his happiness at his father’s freedom.
The celebration continues for an hour. Then I return to my former confusion, feeling drowned in a stream of thoughts. The families of the 1,027 detainees will celebrate the freedom of their relatives, but what about the fate of the rest of the prisoners?

Don’t forget the hunger strike

I have heard lots of information since last night concerning the names of the soon-to-be-released prisoners, but it was hard to find two sources sharing the same news, especially about Ahmad Saadat and Marwan Barghouti and whether they are involved in the exchange deal. I’ve always felt spiritually connected to them, especially Saadat, as he is my father’s friend. I can’t handle thinking that he may not be involved in this exchange deal. He has had enough merciless torment inside Israeli solitary confinement for over two and a half years.

Let’s not forget those who are still inside the Israeli occupation’s prisons and who have been on hunger strike, as this hunger strike wasn’t held for an exchange deal, but for the Israeli Prison Service to meet the prisoners’ demands. The people who joined the hunger strike in Gaza City has included those with loved ones in prison. We have to speak out loudly and tell the world that Israel must address our living martyrs’ demands. We will never stop singing for the freedom of Palestinian detainees until the Israeli prisons are emptied.

Shahd Abusalama is an artist, blogger and English literature student from the Gaza Strip. Her blog is called Palestine from My Eyes.

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What lessons do we learn from today´s prisoners exchange ??


The Liberator !!!

What lessons do we learn from today´s prisoners swap ??

at least four lessons :

The first,
is that we should take another half a dozen Israeli soldiers as new-prisoners and later exchange them for the rest of our political-prisoners in Israel´s hands.
( no other method worked,so far)

The second,
Israel still insists that all those swapped prisoners
were all “terrorists” therefore , we ought to accuse
Israel in the International Criminal Court ,
for releasing terrorists back into the normal life,
(thus, the crime of “assisting to terrorism”.)

The third ,
Gilat Shalit´s mother is worth 1027 Palestinian-mothers.
Because humanity, also, has “double-standards” !!
(sometimes extreme-double-standards )

Israeli parents can now send again their children
to besiege us and to bomb us ,without hesitations ,
because Nathaniahu always brings them back home
(home to a home which is not theirs…..)
Raja Chemayel
on a happier day !!

NB :
Remember please that it is Syria that is behind Hamas !!
Not Jordan nor Egypt nor Qatar nor Saudia nor Kuwait

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The US media reports: Gilad Shalit swapped for 1000 non-people

By now, Gilad Shalit is back in Israel, while around 1000 Palestinian prisoners will eventually be released from Israeli jails, then scattered to various locations from Jerusalem to Egypt to Syria, where many will live in permanent exile. While some Israelis doubt the wisdom of the prisoner swap, there can be little doubt that the state of Israel has scored a public relations victory in the United States. American coverage of the prisoner exchange has focused almost exclusively on Shalit, his family, and Jewish Israeli society’s “bittersweet” reaction to the deal.

Reports on the exchange generally did not mention the identities of the Palestinian prisoners, and if they did, they tended to only name those who had committed violence against Israelis. It is of course newsworthy that perpetrators of lethal violence against Israeli civilians are being freed, and that many Israelis are outraged about it, but the American media made no effort to contextualize the conflict propelling the violence — the word “occupation” was not mentioned once in today’s reports on the exchange. Nor was there been any description of disproportionate Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians, including by Shalit’s tank unit, or Israel’s routine kidnapping of Palestinians without charges. In reporting the first major Israel-Palestine news event since the Mavi Marmara massacre in 2010, the American media produced an entirely Shalit-centric barrage of coverage that even the Israeli Foreign Ministry could not have matched.

Here is a wrap-up of breaking and recent reports:

The New York Times’ scandal plagued Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner attempted to channel the mood of Jewish Israeli society in an October 15 report on Shalit’s scheduled release. Bronner, whose own son served in the Israeli military, wrote, “When Israelis say they view the seized soldier, Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit, as their own son, they mean it.” Throughout Bronner’s article, he upheld the national campaign for Shalit’s release as an example of the higher value Israel places on human life, while dismissing those who think otherwise as “Palestinians and some critics of Israel.”

Today, Bronner relied on help from reporters Stephen Farrell and Fares Akram in Gaza to cover the prisoner exchange. The article mentioned the identities of exactly zero Palestinian prisoners, only describing the preparations for their return to Gaza. Similarly, the Washington Post’s coverage of the swap focused entirely on Shalit, with no mention of individual Palestinian prisoners.

CNN International’s Richard Allen Greene did not interview any Palestinians about the prisoner deal. Instead, he quoted leaders of Jewish American organizations and Israel’s ambassador to London, who claimed that “everyone [in Israel] has been touched by terrorism.” On Twitter, former CNN correspondent and current ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amampour referred to 400 of the Palestinian prisoners released in the deal as “hardcore Hamas activists.”

The Associated Press devoted a whole graf to a quote by the mother of Palestinian prisoner Abdel Latif Shkair, focusing on Shalit and his family throughout the rest of the article. Reuters did not detail the backgrounds of Palestinian prisoners in its report on the exchange, noting only that “many…going free were convicted in deadly attacks.” How many? Reuters did not say.

CBS News’s Mark Phillips named a few Palestinian prisoners, but only those who had been involved in deadly attacks on Israelis. Reporting from Tel Aviv, Philips stood next to a monument to the victims of a terror attack and declared, “Israeli cities have many — too many — monuments like the one marking a spot where 21 young people were killed by a terrorist bomb 10 years ago. The instigator of that attack is about to be set free… Some of the most hardened high-profile terrorists are not being released, and many of those who are will be sent into exile. But with a score of 1,027 to 1, the price of terror just went up.”

One prisoner left out of the swap was Ahmad Saadat, the PFLP leader abducted by Israeli forces and sentenced in a military court to thirty years in prison for belonging to an outlawed organization after the Israeli Attorney General decided the state had insufficient evidence to try Saadat in a civilian court. Saadat, who has spent the last two years in solitary confinement without family visits — punishment for his leadership of a prisoners’ rights movement — initiated a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners to demand more humane conditions in Israeli jails. Yesterday, he was transfered to a hospital due to complications from twenty days without food.

For his part, Shalit reportedly told an Egyptian interviewer today, “Hamas treated me well.”

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Palestinian Resistance, Zionist Entity Prisoner Exchange


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October 18, 2011

Mideast Israel PalestiniansThe Zionist entity considers itself to have paid a “heavy price” by releasing over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians in exchange for a single terrorist soldier, a manifestation of the racist nature of Israeli society, but for every single Palestinian that remains held in Zionist prisons the Palestinians have a right to introduce the world to one thousand more Gilad Shalits.

In exchange for a single captured Israeli POW over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians will be released from Zionist occupation prisons. Although a single French man serving in the Israeli terrorist army in occupied Palestine has become a household name with a face, family and friends, Palestinian prisoners are rarely given a name or a face and their friends and family are never interviewed. The human story of Gilad Shalit and his family is well known, but the Palestinians remain anonymous by the thousands.

Most of the commentary surrounding the prisoner exchange revolves around political calculations and almost always focuses on who came out the bigger winner in this deal. Is it Israel or HAMAS? What does it mean for the “peace process”? And does it weaken or strengthen the PA? Clearly the winners are, first and foremost, the liberated Palestinians and their families. But this is also a victory for the Palestinian resistance. There will be many who point to the 1000 to 1 ratio and argue this shouldn’t’ be considered a success by the Palestinian side especially since over 5000 Palestinians will remain imprisoned in Zionist jails.

Such arguments are usually put forward by those that have opposed Palestinian resistance all along, and, for political and ideological considerations, are incapable of recognizing any of its accomplishments. The lopsided numbers are a reflection of the Palestinian reality: an unarmed, civilian population occupied by a garrison entity heavily armed by a global superpower and acting outside of any moral or legal restraints.

Aside from congratulating the Palestinian people, and their resistance forces on this milestone victory, we refuse to engage in any political evaluations of this prisoner exchange deal. Only the Palestinian resistance can make such decisions.

Soldiers from the Egyptian army escort a bus carrying Palestinian prisoners released from Israel, as part of a prisoners exchange deal, outside the Egyptian Rafah crossing

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 Palestinian prisoners, released by Israel in exchange for Israeli soldier Shalit, wave from buses as they make their way through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza
Palestinians wait at Beituniya checkpoint near Ramallah
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Palestinians wait at the Beituniya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah for the release of prisoners from Israeli jails
Palestinians wait at Beituniya checkpoint near Ramallah

 A Palestinian prisoner gestures after arriving to the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip
Relatives of Palestinian prisoners celebrate as they prepare to receive them at Rafah Crossing in the southern Gaza Strip

A released Palestinian prisoner holds a copy of the Koran as another flash the victory sign from a bus as they make their way through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza

Palestinians wait at Beituniya checkpoint near Ramallah
The border gate closes as Palestinian prisoners enter Gaza via the Rafah crossing from Egypt


 A car decorated with Palestinian flags and those from Palestinian parties and movements is driven around the Palestinian Shatila refugee camp in Beirut
Palestinian prisoners and Hamas leader Yehya Al-Senwar arrive at the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip
A Palestinian prisoner gestures as he holds his son after arriving at the Rafah crossing


This is a day to celebrate the return of over 1000 Palestinian fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, brothers and sisters to their families and loved ones. But as we celebrate the freedom of the brave Palestinian men and women we must also remember that thousands of Palestinians remain in Zionist prisons. The Zionist entity considers itself to have paid a “heavy price” by releasing over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians in exchange for a single terrorist soldier, a manifestation of the racist nature of Israeli society, but for every single Palestinian that remains held in Zionist prisons the Palestinians have a right to introduce the world to one thousand more Gilad Shalits.

Thank you, Mashaal
In case you missed it: Mazin Qumsiyeh: Kudos Mr. Abbas‏, and the “But there are still thousands of Palestinian political prisoners”.

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