|Masked Hamas terrorists 311 (R).(Photo by: Mohammed Salem / Reuters)|
Prisoner list includes planners of mass atrocities
By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND JPOST.COM STAFF
Public given 48 hours to appeal prisoners' release to High Court; Park Hotel attack planner Nasser Yataima among those set to be freed.
A list of 477 Palestinian prisoners who will soon be free was published on Sunday by the Israel Prisons Service ahead of the first stage of an exchange deal that will see captive IDF soldier Gilad Schalit returned to Israel.
The list includes Walid Anajas, who was convicted for his involvement in the bombing of the Moment Cafe in Jerusalem in 2002.
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Twelve civilians were murdered and 54 wounded in the attack.
Another soon-to-be released prisoner is Abd al-Aziz Salaha, who in 2001 took part in the murder of two IDF soldiers who mistakenly drove into Ramallah.
Salaha was caught on camera holding out hands covered in blood after
beating one of the soldiers to death. He held his hands out of a
Ramallah police station where the soldiers were killed, to a frenzied
Palestinian crowd that gathered outside.
Also on the list is Nasser Yataima, convicted of planning the 2002
Passover Seder suicide-bomb attack on the Park Hotel in Netanya, in
which 30 civilians were killed and 140 were wounded.
Musab Hashlemon, of Hebron, who was sentenced to 17 life sentences for
dispatching two suicide bombers to Beersheba, will be released.
Sixteen civilians were murdered when the bombers detonated themselves on two buses in central Beersheba in 2004.
Hashlemon was released in the previous prisoner exchange deal for Elhanan Tenenbaum, when Hashlemon was a minor Hamas operative.
He will be deported to Gaza.
Chris al-Bandak, the only known Christian member of the Fatah Tanzim
terror group, is also included. He was convicted of several shooting
attacks which claimed the lives of two Israelis and seriously wounded a
third in 2002.
Ibrahim Jundiya, sentenced to 12 life sentences for dispatching a
suicide bomber to a Jerusalem bus in 2002, will also be deported to
Gaza. Eleven bus passengers were murdered in the bombing which occurred
in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Menahem neighborhood.
Fadi Muhammad al-Jabaa, sentenced to 18 life sentences for plotting the
suicide bombing of a Haifa bus in 2003, in which 17 passengers were
murdered, will be released and deported to Gaza. The list also includes
Maedh Abu Sharakh, also convicted of plotting the Haifa bus bombing.
Mazen Muhammad Faqha, who plotted the 2002 suicide bus bombing near
Safed, in which nine passengers were murdered and 40 wounded, will also
be released and deported to Gaza.
Tamimi Ahlam, the Palestinian female Hamas terrorist convicted of aiding
and abetting the suicide bomber who murdered 15 civilians and wounded
140 in the 2001 Sbarro pizzeria bombing in the capital will be deported
to her native Jordan.
Hisham Ibrahim Hijaz, a Hamas member from Ramallah arrested in 2003, was
sentenced to 10 life sentences for setting up a terrorist cell and
using it to carry out a shooting attack near the West Bank settlement of
Shilo. One Israeli was killed and two were wounded in the attack. Hijaz
will be deported out of the area upon release.
Amir Jabar Sharif Sawalma, of Nablus, arrested in 2003, was sentenced to
six life sentences for an array of lethal terrorist acts. Sawalma
carried out a shooting attack at an IDF checkpoint at Mount Gerizim in
the West Bank, killing two IDF soldiers and injuring three.
He also dispatched two suicide bombers and prepared their explosives
belts at IDF positions, killing an additional two soldiers and injuring
eight. Sawalma also sent a third suicide bomber to a civilian target.
The bomber was stopped by a security guard, who was killed in the
Ahmed Mustafa al-Najar, of Ramallah, is a Hamas terrorist convicted of
murdering six Israelis by acting as a lookout in a terror cell that
carried out shooting attacks.
Jabril Ismail, a Hamas terrorist operative, assembled a bomb and hid it
in a radio. He placed the device at the entrance to an apartment
building in Modi’in. A landlord was badly wounded in his hand and face
in the attack.
Ismail also plotted a suicide bombing at a gas station in the central
Israeli town of Neveh Yamin in 2001. Two teenagers were murdered and
four were wounded in the attack. Ismail, sentenced to six life
sentences, will be deported to either Gaza or abroad.
Ismail Musa Bahit, of Gaza, is a member of the Popular Resistance
Committee who was arrested in 1993. He received 12 life sentences for
murdering six Palestinians he suspected of cooperating with Israel and
one Jewish vegetable seller in a terror attack.
He tried to kill an additional four Palestinians he suspected of working
with Israel. He will be released back to his home in Gaza.