Terror victims launch campaign to prevent Palestinian prisoner release

Parents of children murdered by terrorists on Abbas' release list lobby Edelstein to stop "horrible actions" by Netanyahu.

July 11, 2013 18:27
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Palestinians take part in a protest marking "Palestinian Prisoners Day" in Ramallah, April 17, 2013

Palestinians protest for release of prisoners 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

It would be immoral and illegal for the government to release terrorists from prison as a gesture to open peace talks, the Almagor Terror Victims told Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

“Recent reports quoting ‘diplomatic sources’ that say [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] won’t agree to the price of 120 murderers and will not allow them to be a precondition for starting talks raised suspicions that something serious was afoot. Now, we hear that some of the terrorists out of the 120 will be released,” Almagor director Lt.-Col. (res.) Meir Indor explained on Thursday.

Indor presented Edelstein with a list of the 120 terrorists PA President Mahmoud Abbas requested be released and who each of those terrorists killed.

Indor brought with him Geula Delarosa and Eliyahu Kremni, whose children were killed by terrorists on the list.

The group visited Shas and Bayit Yehudi.

“There is a narrow window of opportunity that will allow us to thwart the escape of 120 terrorists from jail,” Indor stated. “Every terrorist that we succeed in keeping in prison is the gain of the citizens of Israel and preserves our national dignity.”

Dr. Aryeh Bachrach, head of the bereaved parents’ forum in Almagor, said the organization has had bad experiences with Netanyahu making public statements about prisoners.

“His statements are a cosmetic covering for horrible actions. Whether he frees prisoners to jump-start peace talks or as a gesture for Ramadan, it’s the same thing,” Bachrach stated.

One of the terrorists on the list is Hassan Atiq Sharif Abu Dahlia, who in 1991 stabbed to death his employer, Avi Osher, who owned a date farm in the Jordan Valley. Osher was survived by a wife and two children.

Two more terrorists on the list, Salam Saliman Mahmoud Abu Harish and Adam Ibrahim Jumaa Jumaa attacked a bus with Molotov cocktails in 1988. The bus caught fire, and all of the passengers escaped, except for Rachel Weiss and her three children, Ephraim, Raphael and Netanel. IDF soldier David Delarosa returned to the burning vehicle in an attempt to save them. He did not succeed, and died of his injuries days later.

Hassan Muhammad Agrabiya, Hassan Mahmoud Ibrahim Agrabiya, Mustafa Mahmad Yahya Agrabiya and Muhammad Tawafiq Saliman Yousef Jabarin, also on the list, infiltrated an IDF training area, killing Yaakov Dubinsky, 29, Guy Friedman, 20, and Yuri Ferda, 33, who was survived by his pregnant wife. The attack came to be known as “Night of the Pitchforks,” after the weapons the terrorists used.

Two more terrorists on the list, Othman Amar Mustafa al-Haj and Ibrahim Mustafa Bilal Damara, killed Steven Fredrick Rosenfeld, a former US Marine who made aliya. Haj and Damara engaged Rosenfeld in conversation while he was on a hike near Ariel, where he lived. They grabbed a knife peeking out of his backpack and murdered him with it.

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