Recording: PLO official to IMRA: Israel must release anyone who attacks
during the talks
Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA 30 December 2013
Ashraf Khatib, Palestine Liberation Organization – Negotiations Affairs
Department interviewed by IMRA
30 December 2013
IMRA: Right now you have negotiations going on. If someone were to now – I am not talking about the past but right now someone were to engage in an act of violence and they were detained by the Israelis, is the position of the PLO that somebody who engages in an act of violent resistance right now and is detained by Israel should ultimately be freed by Israel or does he have a different status? That he can be subject to a trial and imprisoned, etc..
Khatib: The PLO position is very clear. All prisoners should be released. Now there is an agreement that’s set by the American side to release the 120 pre-Oslo prisoners. Our demand is to release all prisoners. These prisoners are in Israeli prisons. And they should all be released.
IMRA: So even right now as the negotiations are underway. Even if he carries out an act right now he should also be released if he is detained by Israel.
Khatib: Again. The PLO position is very clear: All prisoners. All Palestinians in Israeli prisons should be released. There should not be a single Palestinian detainee in an Israeli prison. Now Or tomorrow.