Prisoner Exchange Holiday

Tomorrow is a holiday in Gaza. Hundreds of prisoners, some of whom have been locked away since 1978, will be returning home.  The mood is jubilant.  Support for Hamas is at all time high (or so I’m told), and even those from other political parties are  happy with the deal. That said, there have been some criticisms.  One woman on hunger strike in solidarity with the prisoners stated that Hamas called her several times, telling her that her husband was on the list, and then not on the list, and then back on the list again. He will not be released.  Others have complained that about Marwan Barghouti and Saadat’s continued detention.  People also seemed surprise that so many — over 200 — prisoners are being deported to third countries, or that Palestinians in the West Bank are being transferred to Gaza, which violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.


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