Palestinian prisoners on bus 521.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem )
The IDF arrested a member of Hamas early Tuesday morning, three months after he
was released as part of the prisoner swap for Gilad Schalit.
the IDF’s Central Command said that Ayman Salama was the first Palestinian
terrorist released in the October swap to be re-arrested by Israel for allegedly
returning to engage in anti- Israel terrorist activity.
released in the first stage of the deal on October 18, 2011, and returned to his
home in the West Bank village of Dura near Hebron.
He was arrested early
Tuesday morning by soldiers from the Golani Brigade’s elite reconnaissance
Salama, 36, was arrested 10 years ago for his involvement in a
2002 bomb attack in Beersheba which wounded 18 people, as well as for a series
of shooting attacks during the second intifada. He was sentenced to nearly 38
years in jail and was supposed to be released in 2040.
Sources in the
Central Command said that Salama’s arrest sent a “clear message that people who
return to terrorism will pay.”