Many released prisoners return to terror, government admits

Thursday, July 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

About one-fifth of the Palestinian security prisoners Israel plans to release this weekend as part of a “goodwill gesture” toward Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will return to terrorist activity, if Israeli Justice Ministry statistics hold up.

Emmy Palmor, head of the Pardons Department at Israel's Justice Ministry, told reporters on Wednesday that 17 percent of the Palestinians released in previous deals and as part of past goodwill gestures had promptly resumed their efforts to kill Israeli men, women and children.

In a petition filed with the Supreme Court against the pending release, the Almagor Terror Victims Association noted that over the past seven years, 179 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian released from Israeli jails.

The government justified the risk by pointing out that none of the 250 Palestinians slated for release have “blood on their hands,” meaning they have not participated directly in the murder of Israelis.

Palmor conceded that the argument is morally ambiguous since many of the terrorists about to be freed had tried to kill Israelis, but were caught before they could do so.

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