Islamic Jihad Threatens Judea and Samaria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/04/12)
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Khaled al-Batash, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad terror group,
threatened on Sunday that his movement will not allow Israel to
continue its current behavior towards Palestinian Authority Arab
Speaking at a rally in solidarity with two terror prisoners, Mahmoud
Al-Sarasek and Akram Al-Richawi, currently being held in Israeli
prisons, al-Batash said that the decision whether to escalate the
situation or bring about calm is in Israel’s hands. He then
threatened that if it any harm is caused to the prisoners, the
group’s response will be painful and the Jewish communities in Judea
and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) will be in danger.
The two prisoners’ health has deteriorated recently, according to
Arab sources, especially Al-Sarasek, who has been on a hunger strike
for 81 days.
Al-Sarasek is a player on the PA’s soccer team and has been in prison
for three years. He began a hunger strike in March in protest of the
fact that he has not yet been brought to trial. He continued his
hunger strike even after the end of the mass hunger strike by
thousands of Arab prisoners.
As part of a deal to end the mass hunger strike last month, Israel
made some concessions to the PA, including an agreement to stop
placing prisoners in solitary confinement.
In addition, Israel agreed to allow prisoners to call relatives, to
pursue academic studies, and to allow prisoners from Gaza as well as
from Judea and Samaria to receive visits from family members.
The deal also included a release of the bodies of 91 terrorists to
the PA. The release of the bodies was s another in an ongoing series
of “gestures” by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the PA, in an
effort to encourage PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to agree to return to
negotiations with Israel.
So far, the PA has refused, although Abbas has accepted
Israel´s “gestures.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/04/12)
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