Al-Jazeera Being Al-Jazeera

Dear readers, try to find the crimes these prisoners were arrested for.

Israel frees Palestinian inmates before talks

Twenty-six prisoners freed overnight, as part of deal to enable resumption of peace talks, arrive in Ramallah and Gaza.

Israel has released 26 Palestinian prisoners on the eve of renewed Middle East peace negotiations.

Buses carrying the inmates, most of whom were held for attacks on Israeli citizens, left Ayalon prison in the centre of the country late on Tuesday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greeted the 11 Palestinian prisoners sent to Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, while jubilant crowds met the other 15 in the Gaza Strip.

Israelis and Palestinians are set to relaunch talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday, following a preparatory round two weeks ago in Washington.

The prisoner release is part of an agreement to restart the talks after a five-year freeze.

The 26 inmates are the first of a total of 104 that Israel has promised to free within a year as part of a deal secured after months of shuttle diplomacy by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has visited the region six times since March.

But Palestinian rights groups say that, upon close inspection, the deal is not the concession the Israelis are touting it to be.

Most of the detainees released on Tuesday have already served 20 years behind bars.

Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton, reporting from Ramallah, said some of the prisoners had written to President Abbas and said that they did not want to be used as a bargaining chip in the talks.

Israeli protests

Disdain for the Palestinian prisoners is strong in Israel, where media have featured detailed accounts of their attacks on Israelis since a release roster was published two days ago. Palestinians, however, regard the men as heroes in a struggle for statehood.

A small gathering of Israelis demonstrated outside the prison during the release. The protesters included family members of Israeli prisoners calling for the release of their relatives rather than the Palestinian inmates.

No where does it say that they have killed and murdered. This is Al-Jazeera for you, the WORST kind of Arab propaganda, the kind that the West views as a legitimate news site.

 

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comments

  • George

    ‘Attacks’. Nicely ambiguous, and utterly fails to elaborate on the heinous crimes these people committed.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    AJ is coming the US soon. They will out-hate Time Magazine, CNN, NPR and MSNBC combined.

    • Norman B.

      In other words, it will fit right in with what passes for the news media today.

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  • Istra Belagena

    I see no difference from Haaretz.

    • Johnny

      Judging by this piece it seems less biased than haaretz.

      • Jewess

        Wasn’t this from 972mag?

  • Dafna Yee

    Disgusting! I know in my head that there are good Palestinians…somewhere. However, when I see pictures of Palestinians celebrating the release of such heinous murderers and calling them “heroes,” my heart is full of rancor for them all.

  • http://www.andreasmoser.wordpress.com Andreas Moser

    But “their attacks on Israelis” makes it clear that these were not shoplifters or drunk drivers.

    • Dafna Yee

      “Attacks on Israelis” brings to mind crimes like muggings or at most an assault with a deadly weapon; it does NOT evoke decapitating a baby, beating someone to death with pipes, using an axe, blowing up buses, and other heinous acts!

  • Joshua

    Wanna see something even worse? Read on in the article and you see this:

    “At the end of the day, I think people realise that the prisoners were detained precisely because they wanted to stop Israeli control over Palestine,” said Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst.

    Morally blind. That’s the only thing I can say about Al-Jizz.

    • Judge Dan

      Marwan Bishara is the brother of Israeli MK-come-Hizbollah spy Azmi Bishara.

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