Abu Mujahid, spokesperson of the Popular Resistance Committees, stated that the resistance cannot be blackmailed, regardless of Israeli pressures, and is determined on its conditions regarding the release of the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.
Abu Mujahid added that no matter how hard the occupation works, to pressure and blackmail the resistance, the fighters will remain steadfast and will become more persistent on their demands regarding a prisoner-swap deal.
He also said that he is not surprised to see some prominent figures in the international community standing by Israel and defending “the soldier who was shelling our homes, killing our women and children when the resistance captured him”.
Abu Mujahid stated that the resistance will not abandon its vows to the detainees, and that the Israeli pressures and illegal conducts against the detainees and their families, will only boost the determination steadfastness of the Palestinian people.
Israel carried a series of measures against the detainees, denying their visitation rights, barring them from meeting with their lawyers, and placed dozens of detainees in solitary confinement. It also decided to bar the detainees from pursuing higher education while in detention.
The Israel Prisons service announced at the weekly cabinet meeting that the recommendations will go into effect in the near future. The sanctions will include drastic limitations on family visits and the revocation of the opportunity to take high school matriculation exams or study at the open university.
In addition to sanctions on entertainment media, the prisoners will be subject to stricter guidelines regarding the transfer of money for use at the prison canteen.
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The Islamic Hamas movement has threatened to kidnap more Israeli soldiers if Tel Aviv does not respond to its call to free Palestinian prisoners.
The Al-Qassam Brigade, armed wing of the Hamas movement, made the announcement on Saturday.
“The Israelis threw stones at them and attacked the buses with sticks, while they awaited an order to enter the prison, the families explained.”
“Demonstrators demand ministerial committee recommendations for sanctions against Palestinians security prisoners be implemented to speed up release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. ‘We are here to show Hamas we can also block visitation as long as no one allowed to see Shalit,’ protester says”
“Israel has agreed to free 450 prisoners in exchange for Shalit, including 325 of the specific 450 demanded by Hamas by name. However, it refuses to free the remaining 125. Therefore, Dekel said, no progress is possible unless Hamas submits a new list from which Israel can select another 125 prisoners to make up the shortfall.”