The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed Tuesday two cases of Palestinian
terrorists who were released in the prisoner swap for Gilad Schalit last year
but have since returned to engage in anti-Israel terrorist activity.
October 2011, Israel released over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in a deal with
Hamas which brought Schalit home after five years of captivity in the Gaza
The first case is Omar Abu Snina, who was released to the Gaza
Strip. According to the Shin Bet, Abu Snina – a known Hamas operative – has been
working in recent months to recruit Palestinians from the West Bank into Hamas’s
The Shin Bet said that it obtained a memory card Abu Snina had
sent family members in the West Bank which included detailed instructions
related to kidnapping soldiers, illegally obtaining weapons and establishing a
The second case is of Daoud Hilo, a 22-yearold resident
of the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. He was arrested about a month after his
release for illegally purchasing weapons. He was convicted in late March and
will return to prison for four more years.
Last month, senior IDF
officers in the Central Command warned of the growing involvement of
Palestinians released in the Schalit exchange in terror activity in the West
The officers said the IDF had noted a dramatic increase in the
smuggling of cash into the West Bank since the beginning of the year and that
some of the money was to be used to reestablish terror cells for the 55
Palestinians released to the West Bank under the deal.