Palestinian prisoner Kerim Yunus He was released after serving 40 years in an Israeli prison. This was reported by Reuters.
In 1983, a man was convicted of kidnapping and murdering an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier. Abraham Bromberg in the Golan Heights. According to activists, he served the longest prison sentence of any Palestinian.
In his hometown of Ara in Israel’s predominantly Arab lands, the ex-con was hailed as a hero. His family, friends and fans greeted him with words of support and carried him on their shoulders through the streets.
“It’s been 40 years of prisoner stories, and every story is a nation’s story. I am very proud to be one of those who make sacrifices for Palestine, and we were ready to make even more sacrifices for the Palestinian cause,” he said.
The man was released at the age of 66 in the city of Ra’anana. His family was not informed of this incident. At the same time, searches were carried out at the house of relatives in Are the previous day: the IDF army seized Palestinian flags and banners promoting the Fatah party, which dominates the West Bank.
Younis was supposed to be released as part of a deal signed by the US Secretary of State in 2013. John Kerry. The agreement provided for the release of certain groups of prisoners held in Israeli prisons since the 1993 and 1995 Oslo talks. However, Tel Aviv refused to release the man (the prisoner held Israeli citizenship), explaining his decision with the internal affairs of the Jewish state.
Israeli Minister of the Interior Bee Leather In an appeal to the government’s legal adviser, he called for Kerim Yunus to be deprived of his citizenship. According to him, this procedure is necessary in the case of persons who have become symbols of “criminal acts of terrorism”.
The release of Karim Younis came just days after the most right-wing government in Israeli history came to power. Some members of the cabinet have pledged to tighten measures against Palestinian prisoners, including those with Jewish state citizenship. Specifically, the new Secretary of Homeland Security Itamar Ben Gvir He demanded the death penalty for Palestinians found guilty of attacking Israel as a condition of joining the coalition government.
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