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PA will give released terrorists military ranks and respectable salaries

Official PA TV interviewed public relations director for the Gaza-based Association of Prisoners and Released Prisoners (Husam), Muwaffaq Hmeid:
    
“I believe that in the ‘Loyalty for the Free’ deal (i.e., the Shalit exchange deal) in which they [the prisoners] were released, [PA] President Abbas published a decision stating that they would be awarded military ranks according to their seniority in the Israeli prisons and a respectable salary allowing every prisoner who has been released from the Israeli prisons to live with dignity. In the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs there is a center for rehabilitating and integrating prisoners [back] into society so that they will contribute to this society and be a contributing element in building this society. Every prisoner from among these prisoners who will be released will be guaranteed a salary that will completely provide for his [needs in] life. They will receive military ranks.
I believe that anyone who will be released in this agreement (i.e., Israel’s release of 104 terrorists, starting at the outset of peace talks in August 2013) has been [imprisoned] for 20 years or more, and there are those among them who have been [imprisoned] for 27 years, and Karim Younes and Maher Younes who have been [imprisoned] for 32 years. Their military rank is somewhere between Amid (equivalent to Major General) and Liwaa (equivalent to Brigadier General), or something like that. I believe that this is, at the very least, what will be awarded to them by the Palestinian Presidency and by the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs in order to integrate them into Palestinian society and provide them with a salary (ratib) that will ensure them a dignified life.”

Notes:  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.
Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
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