|A memorable moment from the October 2011 |
Shalit transaction prisoner-releases
Abu Hilja appears in the Israel Prison Service "go-free" list under the (slightly different) formal name Ibrahim Abd al-Qadir Mahmud Abu Hujla (ID number 410450720). Born in 1958, he was sentenced in 2002 to 24 years in prison for attempted murder and other terrorism offences. Arabic-language sources call him “the Head of the Democratic Front for the Liberation ofPalestine in Ramallah” and the DFLP representative in the Palestinian National Council. These are the thugs who carried out the 1974 Ma'alot massacre that, even today, is spoken of in low and mournful tones. That showcase example of Palestinian Arab liberationism included the killing by the DFLP gang on their way into town of two Israeli Arab women; the murder of a young couple and their four-year-old son inside their small apartment; and the taking of 115 Jewish hostages at a town high school. Using grenades and automatic weapons, they killed 25 of the hostages, including 22 children, and injured 68 more.
During his 2002 interrogation, Abu Hijleh disclosed plans to assassinate a judge in Israel’s military justice system, to kill a former senior officer in the IDF and to carry out an attack using a self-immolating bomber who would be the holder of an Israeli identity card.
Challah Hu Akhbar has previously pointed out that, like other similar apprehensions, the IDF has not confirmed this particular terrorist’s arrest.
Numerous terrorists from among the 1,027 released in the October 2011 Shalit deal have been rearrested by the Israeli security authorities but only some of these have been confirmed. Our understanding is that, under the conditional releases which were given to the 1,027, a breach of the generally mild conditions (“don’t re-engage in terror”) renders them liable to the original sentence being reimposed.
How this fits with Israel’s willingness to see the back of one particular convicted murderer is a question well beyond our pay-grade.