Over the past few months since the conclusion of the Shalit exchange deal, the Shabak has been working to ensure that the prisoners released in the framework of the deal have not returned to terror activities. Two examples from recent months prove that not all of them have decided to abandon the path of terrorism, and have instead, returned to their previous terror activities.
Shabak announced that at the end of March 2012, the Judea Military Court sentenced Daoud Hilo, a Ramallah resident and one of the prisoners released in the Shalit deal, to 44 months in prison. Hilo was convicted based on his admission of guilt for attempting to trade war equipment in January 2012. This was a month after his December 8, 2011 release in the framework of the second phase of the Shalit deal.
Having been previously sentenced to 40 months in 2010 (for which he spent 23 months in prison), Hilo’s conviction cancelled the mitigation he received (approximately 17 months) in the framework of the Shalit deal, and now he will return to serve the entire duration of his sentence. Along with a fine of 2,000 NIS, Hilo was also sentenced to 12 months probation for three years from the day he is released, for the felony he was sentenced for in this case or any other firearms felony.
Another example of a Shalit deal prisoner returning to terrorism was found when the Shabak revealed the attempts of Omar Abu-Sneineh, a Hamas operative from Hebron, to recruit operatives in the Judea and Samaria region for the purpose of an abduction attack. Having been banished to the Gaza Strip in the framework of the deal, Abu-Sneineh’s planned abduction was intended for bargaining for the release of prisoners. A Fatah operative serving a life sentence for murder, he crossed the lines into the ranks of Hamas while in prison.
Abu-Sneineh, who was released in October 2011, sent a memory card to his family in the Judea and Samaria region that contained detailed instructions on how to carry out the abduction attack. His intent was to have it later reach the hands of the operatives he would recruit.
The memory card, which was obtained by Shabak, included, among other things, instructions for the operatives on how to behave after abducting an Israeli. The card contained instructions such as: “refrain from hiding (the abducted person) in abandoned areas, caves, or groves, unless it’s a body or the head of the abducted person. If dealing with a live person, which needs to be reached at least once a week in order to bring food and water, it’s best to hide him in a house, an agricultural farm, a work place, or someplace similar.” Abu-Sneineh also listed instructions for obtaining firearms and for recruiting operatives into the service of the terror organizations.
Shabak has stated that the organization “will continue its mission to foil intentions to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets, And will do everything in its power to bring those involved in terrorism to justice. This includes all the prisoners released in the deal for the freeing of Gilad Shalit that have returned to terror activity.”