Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Ketziot prison 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)
The Justice Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon that it will publish a
list of the 450 male prisoners and 27 female prisoners due for release as part
of the first stage of the deal to return Gilad Schalit.
The list will be
published on the Prisons Service website by Sunday morning at the latest, the
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The announcement came after a meeting in the office of the
Justice Ministry director-general, Dr. Guy Rotkoff, head of the interministerial
team dealing with legal and administrative matters connected with the release of
According to the ministry spokesman, the meeting
discussed the legal issues involved in the Schalit swap deal, including the
necessary coordination between the various parties involved.
Ministry also announced plans to operate an information center, which will be
available to answer telephone inquiries from the public before the prisoners are
The public will also be able to express their objections to the
prisoners’ release to the High Court of Justice.
Meir Indor, chairman of
the terror victims organization Almagor has already announced that the group
intends to petition the High Court against the prisoner releases.
interview with Channel 2 news on Wednesday, Almagor slammed the decision to
release the 1,027 prisoners, and said the public would end up paying the price
for the releases.
“This is a terrible deal, and Netanyahu expects us to
accept it but it is very bad for the Jews,” Indor told Channel
However, lawyers said that any High Court petition by Almagor, or any
other group against the decision to release the Palestinian prisoners, is not
likely to succeed.
Attorney Nitsana Darshan- Leitner, director of the
Israel Law Center, told The Jerusalem Post that the High Court is unlikely to
interfere, based on past rulings in petitions against prisoner
A 2005 High Court petition by Almagor against a decision by
then prime-minister Ariel Sharon to release 900 Palestinian prisoners was
rejected in a unanimous ruling. In that judgement, then-Supreme Court president
Aharon Barak held that the government’s decision had been ‘reasonable’ and had
come as part of a diplomatic process.