(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Ministerial Committee on the Release of Prisoners convened Sunday evening (23 September) following this morning’s Government decision to release approximately 90 Palestinian prisoners without blood on their hands and who are not affiliated with either Hamas or Islamic Jihad.  The Committee discussed the criteria for release and the specific details of the prisoners whose names appear on the lists  prepared by the Justice Ministry and security officials, and decided who among them will be released.  Approximately one-third of the aforesaid 90 prisoners are from the Gaza Strip; the remaining two-thirds are from Judea and Samaria.

The prisoners will be released during the coming week in coordination with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s office.