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Recidivism risk of Palestinian terrorists highlighted by Palestinian's rearrest days after 14-year prison sentence

Posted by Tip Staff - August 19, 2016


Just three days after being released from an Israeli prison after a 14-year sentence, a Palestinian man named Sufian Abdu has been rearrested for incitement. Israeli public radio said he was taken back into custody for “waving Hamas flags” and “voicing calls to violence and incitement against Israel.” He was originally arrested for plotting to poison diners at an Israeli restaurant.
His rearrest raises key questions about the nature of prisoner releases under the Palestinian Authority. Many convicted Palestinian terrorists receive salaries and stipends for their families as a reward for their crimes. “[T]he more serious the act of terrorism, the longer the prison sentence, and consequently, the higher the salary” the convicted terrorist will receive from the Palestinian Authority. Once released, many prisoners revert back to terrorism; Abdu is certainly not the first. Nearly half of the 13,000 terrorists Israel has released since 1985 have returned to the battlefield. There is even a special unit within Hamas consisting entirely of released prisoners—it is responsible for carrying out deadly attacks against civilians.


The families of 25 Kurdish prisoners who were executed by Iran earlier this month told an Iranian human rights organization that their relatives’ bodies bore marks of torture, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday.Thirty-six Sunni Kurdish activists who were being held in the political prisoners’ section of Rajai Shahr, a prison located near Tehran, were reportedly taken from their cells on August 2 by members of Iranian intelligence and security forces. The next day, 25 of the men were said to be executed.
Iranian intelligence officials physically abused the men prior to their death, including by breaking their bones, family members told the Defenders of Human Rights Center.
An activist from the Iranian Kurdish region of Sanandaj told the human rights center that the families of the deceased were threatened with arrest by members of Iran’s intelligence services, who warned them not to talk to the media about the torture marks. They were also told not to hold funerals for their executed relatives.
Another group, Human Right Activists News Agency, similarly reported that the condemned were assaulted before their execution.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, blasted the executions earlier this month, saying, “The application of overly broad and vague criminal charges, coupled with a disdain for the rights of the accused to due process and a fair trial have in these cases led to a grave injustice.”
He also condemned last month’s execution of Hassan Afshar, 19, who was convicted by Iranian authorities of engaging in “forced male-to-male anal intercourse” while still a minor. Afshar claimed that the relations were consensual and that his accuser had engaged in same-sex relations previously. “The execution of juvenile offenders is particularly abhorrent and I urge Iran to respect the strict prohibition under international human rights law against this practice,” Zeid said.
Iran Human Rights reported on Wednesday that Iranian authorities executed three Ahwazi Arabs — Ghais Obidawi, Ahmad Obidawi, and Sajjad Balawi — whom they had accused of murder. Iran Human Rights said the men were “unlawfully arrested and subjected to a nontransparent trial.”
“These three Ahwazi Arab prisoners are victims of the Iranian government’s systematic repression in the ethnic regions of Iran,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, a spokesperson for Iran Human Rights. “We call on the international community to draw more attention and show strong reaction to the arbitrary executions in Iran, especially the executions carried out in the ethnic regions this month.”
The Ahwazi Arabs, like the Kurds, are a persecuted minority in Iran. (via TheTower.org)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave clearance to two Israeli med-tech solutions: Arineta’s SpotLight cardiovascular-dedicated CT scanner and EyeYon Medical’s Hyper-CL therapeutic contact lens for treating corneal edema. Arineta, the Caesarea-based startup providing innovative imaging solutions for improved cardiac care, announced  it received FDA 510(k) clearance for commercial distribution of the SpotLight CT scanner in the US. The SpotLight CT is a high performance, cardiovascular-dedicated CT which provides a complete cardiac imaging solution at a lower cost and higher performance than conventional whole-body CT equipment. Arineta says its product will become a critical part of the diagnostics and treatment plan for every cardiac patient. EyeYon Medical, meanwhile, announced that the FDA approved its therapeutic contact lens for treating corneal edema. The company’s disposable lenses relieve pain by extracting fluids by osmosis and smoothing the surface of the cornea, thus improving vision and keeping the surface of the eye covered to protect from infection. “Today only about five percent of medications for treating the eye actually reaches its target and has any efficacy. Our contact lenses enable it to be administered for a longer period than putting medicine into the eye,” said CEO Nahum Ferera. (via Israel21c)


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