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PA Minister awards plaque of honor to released terrorist killer

“[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Shawqi Al-Issa visited released prisoner Na'im Younes Al-Shawamreh, 40, at his home in the city of Dura in the Hebron [district], after his return from treatment in Germany. Al-Shawamreh suffers from muscular dystrophy. Al-Shawamreh was released several months ago as part of the third group of prisoners arrested before the Oslo Accords, after having served 18 years behind bars, during which time he became afflicted with muscular dystrophy. His medical condition was intentionally neglected over the past few years, to the point where he can no longer speak. At the end of his visit, Al-Issa awarded Al-Shawamreh a plaque of honor for his self-sacrifice and great struggle.”

Note: Na’im Al-Shawamreh – was arrested on March 14, 1995 for planting an explosive device. The device exploded and killed Yossi Hayoun, a police sapper, while he was defusing it (June, 1993). Al-Shawamreh was serving a life sentence, but was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.