Arab League calls for “unconditional release” of all prisoners in Israel

CAIRO, Oct 13 (KUNA) — The Arab League Council urged Thursday for an immediate
and unconditional release of all Arab prisoners at the Israeli jails, welcoming the prisoner swap deal reached two days ago by Hamas and Israel.
The Council meeting, held here at the permanent delegate-level under the chairmanship of Qatar with the League’s Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi attending, lauded the efforts made by the Palestinian negotiators and the Egyptian mediators to secure the agreement on the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for
more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners.
The Council tasked the delegates of the Arab group of states to the United Nations to table a request for the General Assembly to seek an legal advice from The Hague-based International Court of Justice on the status of the Palestinian and other Arab prisoners at Israeli jails.
The request aims to designate the prisoners as prisoners of war who have the legitimate right to resist the (Israeli) occupation authorities as per the provisions of the relevant international laws.
The Council paid tribute to, and renewed solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners who started a hunger strike more than a fortnight ago. It condemned the repressive measures and human right violations being committed by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian detainees in a bid to break the latter’s will.
The Council decided to convene an international conference at the League’s
headquarters here in early 2012 to explain the ordeal of the Arab prisoners in line with a relevant resolution adopted by the Arab Summit in Sirte, Libya, in 2010.

( / 13.10.2011)

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