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Israel releases 159 Palestinian prisoners

[JURIST] In a gesture of goodwill to the new Palestinian leadership, Israel Monday released 159 Palestinian prisoners. Interim Palestinian leader and presidential frontrunner Mahmoud Abbas (official website here; BBC profile here) has campaigned on the prisoner release issue and has called for more of the 7,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails to be set free, especially those serving longer sentences. Israel refuses to release any prisoner involved in attacks on Israelis. Some of the newly free Palestinians call the release a "public relations gimmick" since their terms were to end shortly. Washington Post has more.

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