26 Palestinian Prisoners Released by Israel

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The city of Hebron, in the West Bank. (Pavel Bernshtam/Shutterstock)

26 Palestinian prisoners received a heroes welcome in the West Bank and Gaza today after being released by Israel.The prisoner release was greeted with trepidation by some Israelis. “This is a difficult decision that we have made with a heavy heart,” says Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Ya'alon. In total, 104 prisoners are due to be released as part of a deal brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry. Diana Buttu, a Palestian human rights attorney, joins The Takeaway to discuss the prisoner release.


Diana Buttu


Gianna Palmer

Comments [4]


Neither the host nor the guest mentioned that all of the prisoners were serving sentences for violent crimes, most of them for murder. I wouldn't expect Buttu to mention this as she is a the former spokeswoman for the PLO. But Mr. Hockenberry should have laid out the basic facts.

Nov. 04 2013 05:14 PM
Marilyn Ludzki from New Jersey

The report and interview from Diana Buttu from Ramallah today (10/30/13) was a terrible example of the kind of unbalanced story that NPR is always accused of airing. While I argue with non-listeners that NPR is not an organ of liberal politics, this story on the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israel was so anti-Israel it was embarrassing to listen to. Plus, John Hockenberry--who is mostly fair and balanced in his interviews, let Diana Buttu blather on about how this prisoner release was too little & too late. And John, oh John, you said nothing. Not a peep. I predict this "interview" will be replayed/reaired by NPR haters as a prime example of one-sided leftist views of everything and the middle east in particular.
I'm still stunned that John Hockenberry didn't call this Palestinian lawyer out on some of her outrageous and bigoted comments about Israel. Shame shame.

Oct. 30 2013 08:32 PM

This interview captured in a microcosm why negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians fail.
Ms. Buttu was absolutely intransigent.
She refused to acknowledge even the slightest measure of goodwill on the part of the Israelis.
There's always another objection.
There's always another reason to keep the war against Israel going.
Israel should stop playing this game.
So should we.

Oct. 30 2013 06:57 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The acknowledgement of change is more important than complaining about what still needs to be done.

"Baby steps," Diana Buttu,"baby steps."

Oct. 30 2013 03:59 PM

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