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Livni Mulling Release of Terror Murderers

Pressure on Israel to release terrorists as part of “gestures” to precede “peace talks.”
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/1/2013, 10:08 PM

Minister Tzipi Livni
Minister Tzipi Livni
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is considering the release of terrorist murderers and has received, for this purpose, the files of 120 Arab terror prisoners currently held in Israel.

There is international pressure on Israel to carry out “gestures” toward the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a prelude to “peace talks” with it.

The Almagor terror victims' organization has asked Livni to meet with its representatives before she decides on recommending the release of any terrorists. Almagor head Meir Indor voiced concern that a release is becoming more likely, following an interview in which President Shimon Peres said that he favors a “gesture” such as this.

Indor says his group has received the list of terrorists whose release is being mulled, and that it includes many murderers. They include the people responsible for an attack on a bus in which a mother and her three children, as well as a heroic soldier, burned alive.

Muhammad Abu Sita and Ahmed Abu Sita (arrested in 1994) murdered David Dedi with knives in Ramla on December 31, 1003.

Salem Abu Harbish and Ibrahim Jum'a (arrested 1988) murdered Rachel Weiss and her three small children, as well as a fifth person, David Delarosa. They threw a firebomb at a bus in which the Weiss family was traveling, near Jericho. Most of the passengers managed to get out, but Weiss and her children did not. Delarosa, a soldier, tried to pull her out of the bus but she refused to leave the bus without her children, who were caught behind a wall of flames. Delarosa died of the results of smoke inhalation, two months later.

Isa Mahmoud Isa (arrested 1993) participated in the abduction and murder of a soldier, and in running over another soldier, causing him serious injuries. He also took part in the murder of two policemen, Daniel Hazut and Moti Yisrael.

Mahmoud Isa and Majed Abu Katish of Anata, Mahmoud Atuan of Tzur Baher and Musa Akari were each sentenced to 3 life sentences for abducting and murdering Nisim Toledano, a Border Policeman, in 1992.

Jamil Abu Srur and Hassan Abu Srur (arrested 1993) were accomplices to the abduction and murder of Shin Bet nan Haim Toledano.

This is only a partial list.