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Murderers’ Row: Who are the terrorists being freed in the Shalit deal?

by JTA Staff

October 18, 2011 | 12:21 pm

Palestinian prisoners who were freed from Israeli jails as part of the exchange deal for Gilad Shalit arriving at the Rafah crossing border in the Gaza Strip, Oct. 18. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

In exchange for Gilad Shalit’s release, Israel is freeing 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners.

The first 477, agreed upon with Hamas, were released Tuesday. Most had been serving life... read full article

  • Palestinians hail lopsided swap, call for more

    by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Tom Perry

    October 18, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank gave jubilant welcomes on Tuesday to hundreds of prisoners freed by Israel in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, the soldier held for five years by the Gaza’s Islamist rulers, Hamas.

    Delirious crowds in the blockaded Gaza enclave...

  • As Israel watches, Gilad Shalit comes home

    by Linda Gradstein, JTA

    October 18, 2011 | 11:40 am

    It seemed that all of Israel breathed a sigh of relief when Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after being transferred from Hamas captivity in Gaza into Egyptian custody.

    After more than five years of campaigning for Shalit’s release, and seeing little of him other than the same...

  • Opinion: Shalit, Israel and rabbinic debate

    by David Ellenson, JTA

    October 18, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Political sovereignty in the restored Jewish homeland often means making decisions with life-and-death implications. That reality was brought home last week with the agonizing decision to authorize the terribly imbalanced swap to gain the release of Gilad Shalit.

    The criticisms and...

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  • Video footage of Gilad Shalit’s release

    By JewishJournal

    October 18, 2011 | 8:15 am

     

  • Images of Gilad Shalit post-release

    Reuters

    October 18, 2011 | 7:26 am

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home to a national outpouring of joy on Tuesday after five years in captivity as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners exchanged for him were greeted with kisses from Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip.

    Shalit, 25, was taken across the frontier from...

  • Shalit says in good health during interview on Egypt TV

    Reuters

    October 18, 2011 | 4:29 am

    Freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit said on Tuesday he was in good health and he hoped his release in exchange for hundreds of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons would lead to peace between the two peoples.

    In an interview shortly after his release, Shalit, 25, looked tired and...

  • Gilad Shalit freed in mass prisoner swap

    by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller, Reuters

    October 18, 2011 | 3:40 am

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home to a national outpouring of joy on Tuesday after five years in captivity as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners exchanged for him were greeted with kisses from Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip.

    “I missed my family,” a gaunt Shalit, his...

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