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Bahar: Shalit remains in captivity until 'honorable' deal reached

Dec. 7, 2010 2:51 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 8, 2010 6:19 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will remain in captivity until an honorable prisoner swap deal is finalized, deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmad Bahar said Tuesday.

Speaking during an international Arab forum on prisoners in Algeria, Bahar urged Palestinian resistance factions to capture more Israeli soldiers in order to force Israel to release all Palestinian political prisoners held in Israel.

He also called on all Arab and Islamic parliaments to hold an emergency open session to discuss the case of Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Arab lawmakers should enact legislation allowing legal proceedings against Israeli leaders over war crimes against the Palestinian people, he said.

Bahar urged political parties, trade unions, civic society organizations and clerics in Arab and Islamic countries to organize rallies and protests asking their governments to pressure Israel to release all political prisoners.

The Hamas official also said all countries that signed the Geneva Convention in 1949 should hold an emergency meeting to discuss Israel’s violations of Palestinian prisoners' rights.

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