There are Palestinian prisoners, and there are Palestinian prisoners

Haaretz has published an article today entitled: “In the West Bank, wanted militants are made to feel unwanted“.

It reports that “The most difficult problem the wanted men face is that they have become ineligible for marriage. Some are still single, not even engaged, even though they are already in their late twenties or early thirties. ‘I wanted to marry a girl from the camp’, Mawid Abu Taman relates, ‘but because I’m wanted, her father refused. What kind of life could I offer her?’ His friend, M.D., who is not wanted but did not want his name published for fear that the Israel Defense Forces could link him to the group, said, ‘I love these guys. They’re all my friends, but I wouldn’t want my daughter to marry one. I want her to have a good life, without having the army coming into her house all the time to arrest her while her husband escapes into the streets’.”

The Haaretz story also reports that “The men also suffer due to Israel’s ambiguous policy regarding their amnesty. Three months ago, an agreement was signed requiring them to hand over their weapons, swear off terror activity and remain within PA territory, among other obligations. Very few actually have been awarded full amnesty. According to Abu Talab, 13 wanted men from the brigades in Tul Karm are on the list of amnesty recipients. The Shin Bet security services and the PA reached a new agreement last week over wanted Fatah men in the West Bank. Under the agreement, a few dozen of the 170 men included in the first agreement have been removed from the list following a probationary period, after swearing off terror, handing their personal weapons over to the PA and agreeing to its surveillance. As long as they refrain from terror activities, Israel will not pursue them.  Supervision is to be reduced for dozens more of the remaining men on the list, while a third group is still being monitored. In addition, dozens of new wanted men have entered the probationary period outlined in the agreement”.
The Haaretz story on the Unwanted Wanted Palestinian militants in the West Bank is here
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