October 17th, 2011
01:09 AM ET

Israeli Supreme Court to hear cases against prisoner swap

The Israeli Supreme Court will hear cases Monday brought by family members of terror victims who are against the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

A total of three petitions were submitted to the Supreme Court on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Israel released the names of the first group of prisoners to be freed.

"The goal of this petition is to stop the madness. We are very afraid that the terror will again rule the streets - that they will murder us again in restaurants, in cafes, at night in bed, at kindergartens and in schools," said Meir Schijveschuurder, whose parents and three siblings were killed in the 2001 bombing of a Sbarro pizza restaurant.

Two other families that lost loved ones in a 2003 bombing of a bus in Haifa filed civil lawsuits against the plotters of the attack.

"It may sound like I am a drowning man clutching at a straw, but this is the least that we can ... at this time," said Ron Kerman, whose daughter was killed.

Late last week, the terror victims' association Almagor petitioned the Supreme Court to suspend the release until the deal is thoroughly examined.

The list released by Israel features 477 names, including those of Ahlam Tamimi, serving life terms for being an accomplice in the Sbarro bombing, and Amneh Muna, who plotted the killing of a 16-year-old Israeli boy in 2001 and received a life sentence.

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  1. justathought

    I want hear more.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    The bottom line: if violence from the Hamas side increases, this will be deemed a dismal failure. If things calm down, then it will be something to build on. It is all up to Hamas now.

    October 17, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      I can GUARANTEE that violence will increase after this deal. NOt only because 1000 terrorists will be released from prison but because their release will be seen as a PROOF that Israel is willing to make concessions in response to terrorism and that, therefore, more terrorism will bring more concessions.

      October 17, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      I suspect you are right, thinker and banasy, but a man can dream can't he, at lest for the next few days.

      October 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hamas have never listened to reason before; why should they start now?

    October 17, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. chillipepper

    1 innocent Jew is well worth more than all those Terrorist lives,thats a given but this is crazy. Now alot more Jews will be killed by the ones getting out. Look at the Terrorists that have been freed for Guantanamo plenty have gone back to terrorism. It's just crazy to do this swap. Even though I really want the Jewish soldier to be free to save a life. Other innocents like him now will die by the hands of those who will be released. Makes no sense

    October 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |