Al-Aqsa spokesman responds to MK ‘terrorism’ comments

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Maan News Agency | October 23, 2011

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The spokesman for Fatah’s military wing on Sunday responded to comments from Knesset member Aryeh Eldad, who said the prisoner release had encouraged a new wave of terrorism.

Abu Uday of the Al-Aqsa Brigades told Ma’an that no faction would ask prisoners to return to the resistance struggle, adding that the priority for released detainees would be to raise their families.

The struggle will be handed to the next generation, Uday said, adding that it is the right of detainees to return back to their families after having spent so long in incarceration.

Israeli Knesset member Aryeh Eldad from the National Union-National Religious Party had said on Saturday that “we are witnessing a new wave of terrorism, encouraged by the release of the hundreds of the murderous terrorists,” Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

He went on to say that killing the Hamas leadership in Gaza is one of the only ways to “to deflect the expected wave of terrorism and save human lives.”

Last week, 477 prisoners were released by Israel in the first phase of a deal which will see 1,027 Palestinians freed in return for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The prisoners’ rights group Addameer says Israel has detained over 650,000 Palestinians since it occupied the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, around 20 percent of the population.

Under international law it is illegal for Israel, as an occupying power, to transfer Palestinians outside the occupied territory.

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