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NOTHING COMPARES TO MOTHER HUGGING HER RELEASED SON FROM JAIL

Palestinian security prisoners have become Israel’s wildcard against the Palestinian government

For 14 years, the family of Arafat Mustafa Shaaban Nofal waited to receive him back home. He was picked up by Israeli troops back in 2008 and sentenced to 14 years for resisting the Israeli occupation.

Every Palestinian security prisoner has a story. They all enjoy a special status in Palestinian society. The late Yasser Arafat, founder and leader of the FATAH movement and then the PLO, used to name them “half-martyrs” in reference to their special status among their people and in appreciation of their sacrifices for their sacrifices the national cause of their people.

Currently, the Palestinian security prisoners have become a wildcard in the hands of Israel, which has been deducting from monthly tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian National Authority vast amounts of cash in lieu of stipends the Palestinian government pays monthly to families of those prisoners.

The long wait came to an end last Thursday, May 19 when Arafat left his prison at an army checkpoint south of Hebron where his family, friends and prison mates who had served with him in jail, were waiting.

Mother and son embraced each other for the first time in 14 years. It was a moment of the reunification of a family separated by the Israeli occupation and whatever comes out of it.

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