After 40 years of being in jail, Israel releases it’s longest-serving Palestinian prisoner, Karim Younis.
Karim Younis was convicted in 1983 for the kidnap and murder of an Israeli soldier- Avi Bromberg in the occupied Golan Heights three years earlier.
While in prison, Karim became significant by writing political works and calling for agreements with Israel.
Younis holds Israeli citizenship, but Israel’s interior minister has called for it to be revoked.
Isreali media gave the report that Younis was released in the Central Isreali town of Ranana before dawn on Thursday without his family being notified.
However, he was later welcomed by relatives and friends in his home village of Ara, in northern Israel under the supervision of the Isreali police.
The police have been instructed by national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to monitor the reception he receives.
While his close friends and family welcomed him home, Avi Bromberg’s sister, Adah told the Israel Hayom newspaper on Tuesday that it was “unthinkable that such people should walk among us, laugh, and enjoy themselves”.
Meanwhile, President Abbas remarked that securing the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails was “the cause of the entire Palestinian people”.