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The State on Monday responded to petitions lodged against the release
of 477 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad
Schalit at the High Court of Justice on Monday, saying the swap was
strictly a political matter to be carried out by the government.
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court has avoided, time after time, from interfering with petitions
against releasing prisoners as the result of political negotiations,"
the State said.
"The decision was made after authorized professionals made a detailed
examination of the request during negotiations," the State said.
Noam Schalit was also scheduled to respond to the petitions at the High Court on Monday.
"We sympathize with the pain of the families of the terror victims, but
ask that the court not make any change, however small, to the deal made
by the government," Schalit's parents, Noam and Aviva, wrote to the
"Any delay, however small, will put Gilad's life in danger," the Schalits added.
The first petition was filed by the Almagor Terror Victims Association on
behalf of several bereaved family members of people killed in terror
attacks carried out by the prisoners due to be released.
The petition asks the court to delay the prisoner releases to allow
bereaved families more time to examine the list of prisoners and to
organize a response.
"Bereaved families are calling me all the time, they're asking me if the
terrorists who murdered their family members are on the list of
prisoners or not," Almagor CEO Meir Indor told The Jerusalem Post
The petitioners include Yitzhak Maoz, whose daughter was murdered in the
2001 Sbarro bombing in Jerusalem; Hovav Nuriel, whose father Sasson
Nuriel was murdered by a Hamas terror cell in 2005; the Bloom family,
who were injured by a petrol bomb; Ron Karmal whose daughter was
murdered in a bus bombing in Haifa; and Rabbi Shmuel Weiss, whose son
died fighting terrorists.
The Israel Prisons Service (IPS) on early Sunday morning published the
list (Excel sheet) of the Palestinian prisoners slated for release in
the first stage of the exchange deal. According to Israeli law, the
government must provide citizens 48 hours to appeal the release of the
The first group of 477 prisoners, whose names were published Sunday, are
expected to be released on Tuesday at the same time that Hamas hands
over Schalit. The list includes 450 males and 27 females.