Six months after Shalit deal: Those released return to terror activity

IDF (Zahal) and ISA continue to monitor terrorists released in the Shalit deal, many still supporting terror organizations and participating in terror activity against Israel

Date: 15/04/2012, 5:31 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

Several of the terrorists recently released from captivity as part of the deal returning kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit have returned to terrorist activity in the Judea and Samaria region. First the released terrorists took on military action and then began aiding and supporting infrastructure of known terror organizations.

Released terrorists are being monitored by the IDF (Zahal) and the Israel Security Agency (ISA) to enforce the terms of their release and prevent them from engaging to terror activity. However, in nearly every district, there have been several recorded cases of parole violations, with ten terrorists arrested so far.

Contacts in the IDF (Zahal) Judea and Samaria Division said that the ISA and the IDF (Zahal) have been successful in preventing terror activities and dealing with the recently released terrorists. The true challenge is monitoring terrorists who were deported overseas who manage to work for terror organizations in an indirect manner. All in all, 200 prisoners from the Judea and Samaria were moved to the Gaza Strip or deported abroad, many of whom will be allowed to return to East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.

Among the prominent figures released as part of the Shalit deal is Hana Shalvi, an activist of the Islamic Jihad from the Jenin area. Shalvi was arrested following credible intelligence revealing that she was in preparation to carry out complex terrorist attacks against military targets and the home front. However, following her well-publicized hunger strike inspired by Khader Adnan, also a member of PIJ who was released in the trade, Shalvi was deported to the Gaza Strip for a limited time.

It should be noted that even before their release, most prisoners refused to forgo future terrorist activities. The prominent terrorist Yahya Sanwar, founder of the Hamas military wing and one of the kidnappers of Nachshon Wachsman, announced on his release that “the Israeli prime minister is warned, we will continue our resistance, released prisoners will not stop working toward our liberation.”

According to the agreement, the captured terrorists were released to Judea and Samaria with several restrictions. They were not permitted to cross the green line or travel abroad for a decade, and will report to their local Civil Administration District Coordination Liaison once a month.

Islamic Jihad encourages terror activity from Jenin

Terror organizations have been recently modifying their operation, including an increased soldier abduction threats. For the first time in a while, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad one of the terror organizations dominant in Jenin have been enabling terror attacks to originate from within the city. The organization has also been increasing funding military activity. “We assume this is an attempt to prove better than other terror organizations after the attempted attacks from the Gaza Strip didn’t prove successful,” explained a reliable intelligence source to the IDF (Zahal) Website. Additioanlly, the number of arrests made by both the IDF (Zahal) and the Israel Security Agency (ISA) in the city of Jenin has increased over the past three months.

Activity of the Hamas terror organization in the city of Tul Karem has been increasing. The IDF (Zahal) sees a link between the recent releases of terror activists to the region, as well as the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, and the increase in terror activity. Most of Hamas activity in the city has been focusing on social-education work meant to create support for the radical goals of the terror organization, thus increasing terror activity among Palestinians. This form of propaganda, called ‘Dawah’, may include welfare activities followed up by brainwashing, Hamas-funded summer camps for children instilling terrorist ways and more.

Several arrests were also made in the Judea villages near Hebron. Notably, the arrest of Aiman Slame from the Dora village, who was involved in the murder of 18 Israeli civilians in the city of Be’er Sheva a decade ago, and returned to Hamas terror activity.