Israel Releases Terrorists: Include 170 Bombers and Shooters
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 AG Mazuz: Treat road blockers worse than convicted terrorist murderers
by Aaron Lerner
Israel Radio reported today that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz criticized
the Ministry of Education for allowing teenagers being held for blocking
roads in protest of the disengagement to take matriculation exams behind bars.
Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra slammed Mazuz in a live interview
broadcast on Israel Radio, noting that terrorists serving time for murder
are allowed to take course and tests - and even complete university
degrees - behind bars.
It should be noted that Mazuz's position with regards to the treatment of
road blockers is limited exclusively to those who block roads in protest of
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Prisoner Release to Include 170 Bombers and Shooters
Arutz Sheva - May 31, 2005
The 400 terrorists set to be released from Israeli prisons include 170 terrorists who attempted to murder Jews via shootings, bomb attacks and firebombings.
The release of 400 prisoners is the second installment of an Israeli commitment of three months ago to release 900 such terrorists. The first 500 were freed in late February. Among the criteria for both releases is that the terrorists must have served at least two-thirds of their sentences.
Of the 400 prisoners to be released: 76 carried out shooting attacks, and served an average jail time of 63 months. 53 planted or threw bombs, and served an average of 69 months in prison.
* 41 were arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails and firebombs, and sat in prison for an average of 37 months.
The data is based on the Israel Prisons Authority list of Arab prisoners slated for release as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority.
Most of the other prisoners to be released were convicted of trading in weapons, manufacturing bombs and involvement in the murder of Arabs suspected of helping Israel. The majority were arrested and sentenced during the Oslo War.
Most of those to be released have already been informed of the decision, and transferred to the Ofer terrorist prison, near Givat Ze’ev, northeast of Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has also instructed Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to prepare, in a later stage, for the release of prisoners with "blood on their hands" - despite earlier commitments to the contrary. These would include terrorist murderers jailed before 1993.
PA Chairman Abbas threatened Sunday to renew terrorism if the PLO’s demands are not met. Speaking on ABC’s This Week program, he called on the Hamas terro! r group to renounce violence, and even said he believes the era of suicide bombings "has ended." But he then showed that terrorism is still an option, warning that if progress toward an agreement was not made in meetings with Prime Minister Sharon next month, "despair and loss of hope will come back, [as will] a return to the old ideas [of violence]."
Despite the period of recent "calm," Israeli forces thwart terror attacks almost daily, while rockets and mortar shells continue to be fired at Jewish communities on both sides of the Green Line.
Prisoner Release to Include Those 'With Blood on Their Hands'
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 / 22 Iyar 5765
The 400 terrorists set to be released from prison by the Israeli government include murderers with “blood on their hands” who have carried out shootings and bomb attacks on civilians.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon instructed Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to prepare for the release of prisoners with "blood on their hands" despite earlier commitments to the contrary.
The data is based on the Israel Prisons Authority list of Arab prisoners slated for release now as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority.
Of the 400 prisoners to be released, 76 carried out shooting attacks. They served an average jail time of 63 months.
53 planted or threw bombs. They served an average of 69 months in prison.
41 were arreste! d for throwing Molotov cocktails and firebombs – with the average amount of time served being 37 months.
According to Aaron Lerner of Independent Media Research Analysis (IMRA), who analyzed the data released by the Prisons Authority, “these numbers cover only those serving time for actually shooting, planting or throwing bombs - not for attempting to shoot, plant or throw bombs. These [remaining] prisoners do not have ‘blood on their hands’ because their bullets and bombs missed - this time.”
Most of the other prisoners were caught trading in weapons, manufacturing bombs and being involved in the murder of Arabs who helped Israel. The majority were arrested and sentenced during the Oslo War.
In comparison, Lerner adds that under the originally proposed disengagement law, an Israeli in Gush Katif in possession of a kitchen knife who remains in his home after the disengagement deadline could have been sentenced to 60 months in jail.
Most of tho! se to be released have already been informed and transferred to the Ofer terrorist prison, near Givat Ze’ev, northeast of Jerusalem.