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Responses to Gilad Shalit exchange
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.

The following section documents responses to the Shalit deal as reported in Palestinian media:
PA leader: "When they kidnapped [Gilad] Shalit, we congratulated them" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2014
Deputy-Secretary of Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: "If Hamas wants to kidnap soldiers, let them kidnap soldiers. Let them kidnap. Let them kidnap if they [the Israelis] don't want to release prisoners, but want them as prisoners forever, so [the prisoners] will come out as ghosts and skeletons. The Israelis need to understand. It's clear that kidnapping is the language they understand. On the contrary, we encourage them [Hamas]. When they kidnapped [Gilad] Shalit, we congratulated them. When they concluded the Shalit [exchange] deal, in spite of our having a few reservations about it, we also congratulated them."
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Note: In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
PA TV filler expresses support for Shalit kidnapping  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 25, 2013
PA TV filler On this Day:
     “On this day in 2006, Palestinian fighters (i.e., Hamas terrorists) attacked an Israeli border post, causing the death of two Israeli soldiers. But more importantly, the fighters succeeded in capturing an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. This occupied the world for six years. Tel Aviv took advantage of this and imposed a strangling blockade on the Gaza Strip in addition to launching a destructive war at the end of 2008, but they failed to get him [Shalit] back until an agreement was reached with Hamas who had been holding Shalit. More than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners were released by terms of this [agreement].”

Note: In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Released terrorist prisoner salutes Hamas terrorists who took part in Shalit kidnapping 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 19, 2012
PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem on the anniversary of the Shalit prisoner exchange. Interview with Nasser Abd Rabbo, former prisoner released as part of the Shalit deal.
Nasser Abd Rabbo: "Firstly, I salute our heroic prisoners, all of them. We hope for them to be released, Allah willing. I salute the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) Rantisi and Farawneh, who died as Martyrs in the attack in which the soldier Shalit was kidnapped. We salute the families of the Martyrs."
PA TV host: "May Allah have mercy on them."
Prisoners released in Shalit deal receive a presidential award 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2011
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, called upon the prisoners released in the second stage of the recent [prisoner] exchange to come to the Ministry's offices, in the districts of their residences, to receive the presidential award to the prisoners."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Secretary of Abbas' office honors released Palestinian prisoners in Abbas' name 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2011
     "The prisoners released as part of the second stage of the [prisoner] exchange deal for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit arrived at the presidential residence in Ramallah late last night… In a speech he delivered on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Secretary General of the Presidential Office [Abd Al-Rahim] greeted the released prisoners and said: 'We welcome you among your people; you were in our hearts, in our conscience, and at the top of our list of priorities.' Abd Al-Rahim said: 'I convey to you the greetings of the President [Abbas], who gave me the honor of welcoming you. He wanted very much to be here, but he has important commitments outside of the homeland.' He added, 'You have always proved that you are stronger than the prison guards and the efforts to break [your] willpower; all of Palestine opens its arms to embrace you.'… Abd Al-Rahim noted that the sacrifice of the prisoners will not be in vain, since the sacrifice of the Shahids (Martyrs) and the prisoners touched the conscience of all free people in the world, and made Palestine a permanent feature on the political map."
Hamas TV song glorifies terrorists released in Shalit deal and anticipates humiliating “the new Shalit” 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 6, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. Hamas TV program Festival and Freedom marked the Festival of Sacrifice and the release of prisoners in the Shalit deal with the following song:
"Today we fulfilled [our commitment] to those who are free
Today we fulfilled [our commitment] to those who are free
We achieved what we hoped for
We destroyed the prisons of evil
Today we fulfilled [our commitment] to those who are free
We achieved what we hoped for
We destroyed the prisons of evil
We liberated what was dear to us
A thousand prisoners were liberated
And the freed women –
Twenty-seven moons (i.e., beautiful woman)
More precious than the sight of our eyes
Ahlam Tamimi commands
Ahlam Tamimi commands
Her sacrifice, oh men, will meet us
If Nael Barghouti passes by us, we will be filled with pride
If Abdallah Barghouti passes us by, we will be filled with pride
Abbas Al-Sayid insisted on
Being the last hero to be liberated
And closing the Ketziot prison, and Ofer
Closing the Ketziot prison, and Ofer
And Netanyahu committed suicide over the defeat
The ape, Israel, will remain sad
And the new Shalit [will be] humiliated at our hands
All the prisons will be emptied
Flags and decorations will flutter
Over Al-Aqsa [Mosque], Haifa, and Jaffa
Every neighborhood and street, village and city."

Note: Click "full article" below to view descriptions of Ahlam Tamimi, Nael Barghouti, Abdallah Barghouti and Abbas Al-Sayid.
Abbas and Erekat kiss and shake hands with released prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 6, 2011
PA TV News broadcast:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Member of the Fatah Central Committee, PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake in meeting with prisoners: Othman Musleh, Abd Al-Latif Shuqeir, Hassan Salama, Mahmoud Al-Ubeidi Jaradat, and two other prisoners.
Abbas and Erekat shake their hands and kiss them.
At the bottom of the screen: "His Honor the President decides to build houses for the released prisoners."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.

Othman Musleh Abu Naji was serving a life sentence for placing a bomb and throwing a grenade in 1982. In October 2011, Musleh was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.

Hassan Salama was serving a life sentence for preparing and placing explosives in 1982. In October 2011, Salama was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
PA daily: Abbas to build houses for prisoners released in Shalit deal 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 6, 2011
      "President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to build houses for the released prisoners, through the Palestine Investment Fund. This [announcement was made] during a reception held yesterday afternoon at the presidential headquarters for some of the released prisoners who had served many years in the occupation's prisons. The President emphasized that the Palestinian leadership gives priority to the prisoners' cause and that it is raised in all meetings with all world leaders. He saluted the awe-inspiring resolve demonstrated by the Palestinian prisoners in the face of the arrogance and oppression of the prison guards, thereby emphasizing the right of this people to achieve its independence and to achieve its independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the 1967 borders."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
PA TV shows clip of speech by Fatah official: The prisoner release "represents a victory for the [violent] resistance option" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 3, 2011
Fatah ceremony honoring released prisoners in Gaza recorded and edited by PA TV. Speech by representative of the National and Islamic Forces, Jamal Abu Rahma:
     "The release of this number of prisoners and detainees as part of the conditions included in the captives exchange deal represents a victory for the resistance option, in which our Palestinian people is engaged – the resistance in which the Fatah movement had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965, thereby inaugurating and announcing the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution."
Jenin Regional Command awards plaques of honor to terrorist prisoners released in Shalit deal 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Nov. 3, 2011
Aref Al-Fakhuri is shown in the picture.
Caption under picture: “Photograph from the ceremony honoring the released prisoners.”
Headline:
"Jenin Regional Command honors three prisoners released in the exchange deal"
     "The Jenin Command yesterday honored three prisoners released from the Israeli occupation's prisons in the latest exchange deal, at a ceremony organized in cooperation with the [Jenin] district.
… The ceremony was held for released prisoners Samer Al-Mahroum, Aref Al-Fakhuri, and Mahmoud Obeid. The ceremony was held in the presence of District Governor Qadura Musa, Regional Commander Jum'a Musa…
… The district governor conveyed the good wishes of President Mahmoud Abbas to the released prisoners and their families…
At the end of the ceremony, which was held at the Muqqata, plaques of honor were awarded to the released prisoners.

Note: According to the Israel Prison Service’s list:
Aref Al-Fakhuri was given a 28-year sentence for attempted murder, kidnapping/coercion.
Samar Al-Mahroum was given a life sentence for murder.
Muhammad Obeid was being held as a detainee until the end of proceedings on counts of murder, military training, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
PA Minister calls released prisoners “the pinnacle of giving” at rally celebrating their return 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2011
      "The Fatah National Liberation Movement… held a rally in Dir Balut honoring the prisoners of the Salfit district, attended by the Minister for Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake… To the strains of national songs, the residents of Dir Balut welcomed the district's released prisoners who participated in the rally: Tawfiq Abdallah, Othman Musleh Abu Al-Naji, Abd Al-Latif Shuqeir, Mustafa Qar'ush, Fahim Ramadan Sarhan, Raed Hassan and Imad Shahin… The Minister of Prisoners' Affairs expressed our people's pride in these heroes and said: 'They are the pinnacle of giving, and it is they who have breathed this spirit into us. Thank you, for having returned to us in order to tell us that freedom is not impossible, and these sacrifices will not be in vain. Thank you, for having defeated Israel, which believed that the prisons would be forever."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Abd Al-Latif Shuqeir – involved in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldier Akiva Shealtiel in 1995. Also involved in placing a bomb in a Tel Aviv cinema, and shooting at an Israeli bus.
Othman Musleh Abu Naji - was serving a life sentence for placing a bomb and throwing a grenade in 1982.
Tawfiq Abdallah, Mustafa Qar'ush and Fahim Ramadan Sarhan were each given a life sentence. The names Raed Hassan and Imad Shahin didn't appear on the list of prisoners released in the Shalit exchange deal.
Shalit kidnappers praised as "heroes" on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 2, 2011
Qadura Fares, president of the Prisoners' Club:
     "We should bow before these Martyr (Shahid) heroes, who have caused and created this celebration for us. It is they who participated in the operation in which Gilat Shalit was kidnapped – Martyr Farawneh and Martyr Rantisi and the heroic Martyr Jamal Abu Samahadaneh, the chief planner of the Gilad Shalit kidnap operation."
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Released Palestinian prisoners are "war captives" and "lawful captives" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2011
Headline: "[Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa] Karake sends letter of protest to American Consul over Congress incitement against released prisoner"
     “Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake met with the American vice consul, Rick Waters… [and] expressed his denunciation of the call of some Congress Members to add the prisoners released in the latest [prisoner] exchange deal to the so-called terror list. … In the letter, Karake wrote: 'The incitement by members of the American Congress is contrary to international humanitarian law, UN resolutions, and all human principles and values, which view Palestinian prisoners as war captives and as lawful fighters who resisted occupation in a legitimate manner, for the sake of freedom, justice and independence…
The released prisoners were nothing but a force supporting a just peace and the building of stability and security in the region. They contributed greatly in this area, in everything related to the building of society and supporting peace, because they are victims of the occupation and they are the ones who understand best the importance of peace, the cessation of hatred, and an end to the war and pain and suffering that it causes.'"

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Ramallah District Governor on PA TV: Presidential grants to released prisoners are a small part of services to be offered 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2011
Dr. Laila Ghannam, Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor on presidential grants to released prisoners in Ramallah district:
     "This grant comes as a small part of a series of services that will be offered to the prisoners in the future."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Jibril Rajoub representing PA Chairman Abbas: We salute those who captured Shalit 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Ceremony honoring released Palestinian prisoners following the prisoner exchange deal:
Ceremony moderator:
"We shall now hear the address by the representative of the President [Abbas], to be delivered by Jibril Rajoub, member of the [Fatah] Central Committee."
Jibril Rajoub, representing President Abbas: "I say in the name of the Fatah movement -- we salute those who dug the tunnel [to capture the Israeli soldier]; we salute those who captured the captive (Gilad Shalit), and salute those who guarded the captive until this deal was completed [Applause] ... I salute our courageous prisoners and I say to you -- [I cannot] describe you, neither as heroes, nor as courageous, nor anything else. There are no words in the Arab dictionary, nor in any other dictionary, to describe you, but this modest reception is [our] utmost honor to you, your history, and your families."
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Note: Jibril Rajoub was himself sentenced to life in prison in 1970 for throwing a grenade at an Israeli army truck. He was released in the "Jibril-Agreement" in 1985, when the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine succeeded in releasing 1,150 prisoners in exchange for three Israeli hostages.
PA daily reports on former prisoner who opposes initiative to put released Palestinian prisoners on the US terror list 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2011
Headline: "Farawneh: The position of the Members of Congress harms the legitimate struggle of the prisoners"
     "Former prisoner and expert on prisoner affairs, Abd Al-Nasser Farawneh, denounced the demand by a group of American members of Congress, 36 in number, to American Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, and the FBI, to put the names of the released prisoners on the American 'terror' list and to treat them as terrorists. Farawneh said, 'This position constitutes a harsh blow to the status of the Palestinian cause and its justice, and harms our people's struggle against the occupation, which was guaranteed and confirmed by all the international agreements and conventions. It also harms especially the prisoners and their legitimate struggle against the occupation."
Abbas after Shalit deal: "We will not rest" until all prisoners are released 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Following the prisoner exchange, the Fatah Revolutionary Council dedicated one of their regular meetings to the released prisoners to honor them. PA daily article on the event:
     "Yesterday, in a ceremony that took place in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at the President's headquarters in Ramallah, the Fatah Revolutionary Council honored the prisoners released from the occupation's prisons... He [Abbas] said, 'We will not rest until all of our sons and daughters are released from the occupation's prisons, as well as the [imprisoned] leaders like Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa'adat. Every prisoner from every faction is holy to us and we must exalt them.'"
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Note: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
Ahmad Sa'adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.
Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses. Thousands of the remaining prisoners are also serving time on charges of murder and terror offenses.
PA TV honors terrorist prisoner Al-Sayid, who was not included in the Shalit deal 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 25, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. PA TV program In a Fighter's Home visits the home of prisoner Abbas Al-Sayid a week after :
PA TV host:
"We are outside the home of the patient, heroic fighter who is resolute, vanquishing his chains, desiring freedom – Abbas Al-Sayid, the lion of the prison cells"
PA TV host interviews released prisoner in the house of Al-Sayid: "[What is] your feeling now, in the home of Abbas Al-Sayid – the leader, hero, defeater of the enemies, defeater of the dungeons, and lion of interrogation?"
Du'a Al-Jayousi: "I salute him and say to him that I wanted to come on this visit, and that he would welcome me. We have heard much about him. He was an example and role model for us, we wanted very much to meet him."
Abu Zeneh: "I am very happy to be in his home, the home of the great fighter. Everyone respects him. And because of that I now bow my head in respect and appreciation to him. Honor and pride. He is from my city, from Tulkarem. I am proud of Tulkarem, and I am proud of him. I am very glad to be here today. I asked how he's doing; that is the first thing that I did. I inquired about his health. Just as we know him to be, so the Palestinian nation, too, is strong. Allah willing, Abbas Al-Sayid will surely remain strong always."
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Note: Abbas Al-Sayid - serving 35 life sentences for planning two suicide bombings, one in 2002 at a Passover dinner, killing 30 Israelis, and another in 2001, killing 5 and wounding 100.
PA Chairman Abbas: "Hamas kidnapped a soldier... That's a good thing," but also: We don't want military resistance 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Interview with Mahmoud Abbas following the exchange:

Interviewer: "Don't you think that it was the resistance which succeeded in freeing 1,000 prisoners? Negotiations must always be accompanied by a measure of force; there is no negotiation without resistance - that's the
experience of the nations, of Ireland and all countries."
Abbas: "Correct, but for us the conditions are different. Military resistance - we are unable. Hamas kidnapped a soldier, or captured a soldier, and managed to keep him for 5 years - that's a good thing, we don't deny it. On the contrary, it's good. Because in that small strip of 40 x 7 km [Gaza], they managed to guard him and hide him - that's a good thing. But that's not called resistance. In the end, a soldier was captured and we paid a heavy price: the invasion of Gaza, 1,500 casualties. We paid, but let's put that aside. If we're talking about [freeing] prisoners then it succeeded. There is no military resistance - neither we nor, by the way, Hamas - neither we nor Hamas want military resistance. They say this and we also say this."
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Note: The interview was carried out by Egyptian TV, but was broadcast on PA TV.
Hamas terrorist released in Shalit deal requests to finish BA that he started in Israeli prison 
Source: Channel 10 (Israel), Oct. 24, 2011
Released Palestinian terrorist, Muhammad Sharateha:
TV host:
"Muhammad Sharateha was released in the Shalit deal, and sheds light on one of the most stormy affairs in Israel - the kidnapping of 2 [Israeli] soldiers in 1989. Sharateha was a member of the [terror] squad, and he is the one who killed Ilan Sa'adon and refused to reveal where the body was buried. 7 years and 4 months they searched for the body of Ilan Sa'adon."
Sharateha: "The order [to kidnap] was given by [Hamas leaders] Yassin and Shehada. I did what I did. I don't regret it and never will."
Host: "He has a small request: He is just about to finish his BA at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He now asks to be able to finish his degree [that he started in prison]."
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Note: In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. Muhammad Sharateha was released in the deal.
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