Israel released over 1,200 prisoners in last four years

19.10.2011                      21.Tischrei. 5772                       Hoschanah Rabbah

Gefangene:

Israel released over 1,200 prisoners in last four years

1,233 Palestinian prisoners released from Israel Prison Service faculties for various political reasons; IPS source says foreign media took more interest in deals than Israeli press.

When the Gilad Shalit deal was announced last week, Israel Prison Service head Aharon Franco braced himself for his first major challenge in the job. His officers, by contrast, downplayed the operation. That might be because, since July 2007, 1,233 Palestinian prisoners have been released from IPS faculties for various political reasons.
The IPS has a procedure called "Change of Direction," the code name for transferring prisoners to Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem or deportation abroad. As far as IPS officers are concerned, it makes little difference if the transferee is a well-known terrorist or small fry….