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  • Victims’ reps seek to block Palestinian prisoner release

    December 30, 2013 | 10:35 am

    A group representing Israeli victims of terrorism filed a petition to block the release of Palestinian prisoners.

    Twenty-six prisoners expected to be set free early Tuesday as part of the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were transferred to Ofer Prison in preparation for...

  • Palestinian prisoner release causes Israeli political stir

    October 29, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    A planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners has provoked feuding within Israel's governing coalition, already under strain from U.S.-brokered peace talks.

    The inmates, all of whom were convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis before or just after the first interim...

  • PRO/CON: Should Israel release prisoners for peace?

    August 21, 2013 | 3:02 pm

    PRO: Israel should release prisoners for peace

    by Yael Maizel, J Street

    The headline jumped out at me as I opened the paper last Sunday to read the news: “Netanyahu releases 104 Palestinian prisoners to re-launch peace talks.” As a longtime advocate for a two-state solution, I...

  • Israel should not release prisoners for peace

    August 21, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    Releasing Palestinian prisoners as a political gesture erodes Israel’s democratic fabric and challenges the country’s core sense of justice. Ironically, it is the dissemination of justice and the people of Israel’s faith in that justice that has kept their society together. 

    The...

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  • Who Israel released

    August 14, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    Just after midnight yesterday, 26 Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel as part of a confidence-building measure aimed at bolstering renewed Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.

    Per Israel’s Government Press Office, the following is a list of the prisoners and their...

  • Israel should release prisoners for peace

    August 7, 2013 | 9:40 am

    The headline jumped out at me as I opened the paper last Sunday to read the news: “Netanyahu releases 104 Palestinian prisoners to re-launch peace talks.” As a longtime advocate for a two-state solution, I have frequently thought about the difficult concessions and tough decisions...

  • Should Israel release Palestinian prisoners?

    July 30, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    In order to facilitate the restart of peace negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners serving long-term sentences. As usual, many have criticized this gesture, while others — though few — defend it as necessary. Israel...

  • IDF attempted ’08 operation to capture Hamas commander to swap for Shalit

    July 25, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israel attempted to capture the former head of Hamas’ military wing in 2008 in order to exchange him for then-captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, according to newly released documents.

    The operation involved special forces and the top brass of Israel’s defense establishment....

  • Rocket explodes in Israel, first attack from Gaza since November truce

    February 26, 2013 | 4:53 am

    A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in Israel on Tuesday, the first such attack since a November truce and an apparent show of solidarity with West Bank protests after the death of a Palestinian in an Israeli jail.

    Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group in Palestinian Authority...

  • Shalit reveals how he survived in first public interview since freedom

    October 12, 2012 | 9:20 am

    One year after his release, Israeli Channel 10 News aired parts of an interview with former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit on Oct. 11, during which Shalit revealed details of how he survived his ordeal and spent his days in captivity.

    “During the day, I played all kinds of games with...

  • Shalit gives first interview in Israel since release

    October 11, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    Gilad Shalit in his first interview in Israel since his release spoke of how he passed the time in captivity and his sense of great "relief" upon being set free.

    Israel's Channel 10 played excerpts from the interview, undertaken near the first anniversary of Shalit's release by...

  • Alan Gross’ health deteriorating, wife says

    September 11, 2012 | 9:10 am

    The wife of Alan Gross said after visiting him in Cuba that the jailed contractor’s health continues to deteriorate.

    “While his spirit remains strong, I fear he is not going to survive this terrible ordeal,” Judy Gross said in a statement released by the family’s lawyers Sept....

  • Israeli officers get 30 months for dumping Palestinian prisoner

    July 9, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    Two Israeli police officers convicted of leaving a Palestinian car thief to die were sentenced to 30 months in prison.

    Assaf Yekutieli and Baruch Peretz were convicted in May by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court of being responsible for the death of Abu Jariban when they dumped him...

  • Imprisoned Palestinian soccer player will end fast

    June 18, 2012 | 5:41 pm

    A soccer player from Gaza held by Israel without trial for nearly three years has agreed to end his three-month hunger strike in exchange for hospital treatment and an early release, his lawyer said on Monday.

    Mahmoud al-Sarsak, 25, was detained under Israel’s “unlawful combatants”...

  • Congress holds hearing on Chasid imprisoned in Bolivia

    June 7, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    A retired FBI official told a House subcommittee that the imprisonment of a New York Chasidic Jew in Bolivia is “state-sponsored kidnapping.”

    Along with the ex-official, Steve Moore, the U.S. House of Representatives human rights subcommittee on Wednesday heard testimony from the...

  • Jan Karski, from hell on earth to recipient of U.S. presidential honor

    May 25, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    By the time he was 26, Jan Karski had been imprisoned by the Soviets, tortured by the Gestapo, and nearly drowned while escaping from a hospital in German-occupied Slovakia.

    Had he chosen then to end his service in the World War II-era Polish underground, few would have challenged...

  • Cuban official: Cuba is ready to negotiate status of Alan Gross

    May 15, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Authorities in Cuba are ready to negotiate the status of jailed American Alan Gross, a senior Cuban official said.

    “We have made clear to the U.S. government that we are ready to have a negotiation in order to try and find a solution, a humanitarian solution to Mr. Gross’ case on a...

  • Palestinian inmates agree to end hunger strike

    May 14, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails agreed on Monday to an Egyptian-brokered deal aimed at ending a mass hunger strike that challenged Israel’s policy of detention without trial and raised fears of a bloody Palestinian backlash if any protesters died.

    Most of some 1,600...

  • Palestinian hunger strikers denied release

    May 7, 2012 | 8:40 am

    Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal for the release of two hunger-striking Palestinians.

    In its decision on Monday, the court reportedly said that Bilal Diab, 27, of Jenin, and Thaer Halahla, 33, of Hebron, both members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, remained a...

  • Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners moved to hospital

    May 1, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Two hunger-striking Palestinians in Israeli jails have been moved to an Israeli hospital in poor condition, their lawyer said.

    Bilal Diab, 27, of Jenin, and Thaer Halahla, 33, of Hebron, are at risk of death, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency. Both have marked their...

  • Abduct Israelis to free prisoners, Gaza leaders say

    April 27, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Islamic leaders in the Gaza Strip called on Friday for militants to kidnap Israelis and use them as bargaining chips to secure the freedom of thousands of Palestinians prisoners held in Israeli jails.

    Human rights groups say up to 2,000 prisoners have joined an open-ended hunger...

  • Israel punishes Palestinian hunger-strikers

    April 23, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    Israel has taken measures against some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike, denying them family visits and separating them from inmates not taking part in the protest, prison authorities said on Monday.

    The open-ended strike, dubbed the “battle of empty stomachs” by...

  • Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike

    April 17, 2012 | 10:00 am

    At least 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have launched an open-ended hunger strike.

    The hunger strikes began Tuesday, on what the Palestinians observe as Prisoners’ Day, which honors prisoners being held in Israeli jails.

    Another 2,300 prisoners declared that they...

  • Palestinians in Israeli jails set to launch hunger strike

    April 16, 2012 | 9:34 am

    More than 1,600 Palestinians in Israeli jails reportedly are set to launch a hunger strike on what is called Palestinian Prisoners Day.

    The coordinated hunger strike is scheduled to begin Tuesday, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported. But it is unclear whether Fatah and Hamas...

  • Report: Pollard hospitalized, then returned to prison

    April 6, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Jonathan Pollard reportedly was hospitalized at a facility off his prison campus.

    Israel radio and representatives of Pollard’s wife reported Friday that Pollard was taken to a facility outside the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, the prison complex in North Carolina where he is...

  • Palestinian hunger striker in ‘mortal danger’

    March 21, 2012 | 10:39 am

    A Palestinian woman jailed in Israel who has been on a hunger strike for more than a month is in “immediate mortal danger,” a human rights group said.

    Hana Shalbi, a member of Islamic Jihad, is in the 35th day of a hunger strike to protest being held under administrative detention...

  • Palestinian to continue hunger strike despite detention cut

    March 5, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A Palestinian woman on a hunger strike in an Israeli prison said she will continue to fast despite having her detention cut.

    Hana Shalabi, 30, a member of Islamic Jihad, reportedly began a hunger strike 18 days ago after being put under administrative detention.

    An Israeli military...

  • Thousands rally in Gaza, West Bank for hunger striker

    February 17, 2012 | 8:39 am

    Several thousand Palestinians rallied in Gaza and the West Bank Friday in support of jailed Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan, who is on the 62nd day of a hunger strike to protest against his detention by Israel.

    “We are all Khader Adnan,” chanted crowds gathered in the Gaza Strip,...

  • Cuban Jewish leaders meet with Alan Gross

    December 29, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    Two Cuban Jewish leaders met with jailed American Jewish contractor Alan Gross.

    Adela Dworin, president of the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Havana, and David Prinstein, the synagogue’s vice president, met Monday with Gross, 62, at a military hospital where he is being held. The visit,...

  • Gilad Shalit undergoes surgery to repair abduction injuries

    November 4, 2011 | 9:43 am

    Gilad Shalit has undergone surgery to repair wounds from his 2006 abduction.

    The successful surgery Friday at Rambam Hospital in Haifa removed seven pieces of shrapnel in Shalit’s hand, according to news reports.

    Shalit was released from captivity two and a half weeks ago in exchange for over a thousand Palestinian prisoners. He will spend his second weekend of freedom at Rambam for observation.

    Earlier this week, a lawmaker from the haredi Orthodox Shas Party, Menshulam Nahiri, criticized Shalit for not spending his first weekend in synagogue.

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