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48 Palestinian prisoners have served over 20 years in Israeli prison

Headline: “48 prisoners have served over 20 years of imprisonment”
        “Head of the Research and Documentation Department of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Abd Al-Nasser Farwaneh gave an update that the list of ‘the veterans of the prisoners’ has risen to 48 Palestinian prisoners.
In a press statement yesterday [Jan. 13, 2018], Farwaneh said: ‘Among these prisoners there are 29 prisoners called “the veteran prisoners,” because they are the most veteran prisoners in the [Israeli] prisons and were arrested before the Oslo Accords [in 1993]… Among these there are 25 prisoners who have served over a quarter century, and they are called “the generals of patience.” Among them, there are 11 prisoners who have served over 30 years in the occupation’s prisons, and they are called “the iconic prisoners,” the most veteran of whom are Karim and Maher Younes (i.e., terrorists, murdered 1) who have been imprisoned for 36 years.’ …
Farwaneh also noted that there are dozens of additional prisoners in the prisons who have served 20 and 25 years, and even more than 30 years inconsecutively, and they are the prisoners who were released in the ‘loyalty of the free people’ (Shalit) [parentheses in source] prisoner exchange deal in 2011 and were rearrested (see note below –Ed.).”

Karim and Maher Younes - Israeli Arab cousins serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980. They were originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced their sentence in 2012. In May 2017 Karim Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee.

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. Dozens of the terrorists released in that deal were rearrested in June 2014, following the abduction of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.

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