A Palestinian Authority terrorists who was serving a life sentence for murder, until Israel freed him for the privilege of resuming “peace talks,” has said he and other released prisoners have no regrets for killing because they acted “for the homeland.”
These reassuring words were stated on Palestinian Authority television by Asrar Samrin, who was sentenced for the murder of Israeli Tzvi Klein in December 1991. The Palestinian Media Watch translated and published Samrin’s love to murder Jews.
Under direct pressure by the Obama administration, Israel recently released 52 of 104 imprisoned terrorists to accommodate the Palestinian Authority’s precondition to return to talks that had been frozen for three years.
The murderer explained that “the first question all Israeli media ask every released prisoner is: ‘Do you regret what you did or not?'”
His answer was: “Through the great PA TV, I say to the Israelis: There is no Palestinian who did something for the homeland and his nation who will regret it. We don’t regret what we did and we will not regret what we did.”
Remember those words the next time a freed Palestinian Authority terrorists tried to kill a Jew again. For the record, more than 120 Israelis have been murdered by PA terrorists who have been released in one deal or another before their prison terms were finished. In hundreds of cases, they were serving multiple life terms for murder or planning suicide bombings that resulted in massacres of Israelis and visiting Americans.
In another PA TV interview earlier this year, a prisoner who was released after having served 10 years explained how prisoners spend their time. In a striking statement that contradicts the Palestinian Authority libel about cruel conditions in Israeli jails, the prisoner explained that the “worst thing about Israeli prison” is when prisoners are transported on the prison bus and have to sit for a long time on a metal chair.
“The worst thing about Israeli prison is the torturous ride… when a man is driven to court or to the hospital or on any ride outside the prison… We prisoners call this ‘ride of torment’… This is beyond imagination… It it’s hard to convey the suffering. The prisoners sit on a metal chair, made entirely of metal, there’s nothing but metal inside it.”
He then described a typical prisoners’ day, during which prisoners spend their time “chatting, talking, eating, drinking, joking and playing.
“In the morning we’d exercise from 7:00 until 8:00… Then the guys would get together in the prison yard and we’d chat, talk, eat, drink, joke and play, etc., throughout the day… Noon roll-call is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Roll-call time is time for resting in the rooms… Nap time, reading time, study time… At 1:30 or 12:30 p.m. they’d take us out to the yard again. We’d spend [time] with the guys walking, laughing, playing, joking, etc., until dark.”
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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