Freed Palestinian Prisoners Return to Terror

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Two Palestinian Arab inmates released last October in the prisoner exchange for former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit returned to terrorist activities, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) reported Tuesday. 

Of the more than 1,000 prisoners released in the deal, eight men have been taken into custody for terror-related crimes.

The two men named Tuesday are Daoud Hilu, 21, who returned to an Arab town near Ramallah, and Omar Abu Snina, a Hamas operative from Hevron, who was released to the Gaza Strip.

Not long after his release, Snina began recruiting Arabs in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) to kidnap IDF soldiers. A memory chip confiscated by the Shin Bet provided detailed instructions for forming new terror cells, securing weapons and kidnapping soldiers.

"We should try to obtain resources, weapons and ready-to-use explosives, but must do so carefully and through the proper channels," Snina explains on the chip, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported. "We can obtain the enemy's weaponry if we have to use cold weapons first."

Snina also advises would-be terrorists to use coded messages to report attacks.

"You must not talk openly unless speaking face to face," he says.

The second terrorist, Daoud Hilu, 22, was rearrested just one month after being released. He was sentenced tofour years in prison for trafficking in illegal weapons. 

IDF Central Command officers said many of the 55 prisoners returned to the West Bank are involved in terror-related activities -- a common phenomenon in past prisoner exchanges.

The officers also said Hamas has attempted to smuggle large amounts of cash to the former prisoners in the West Bank and to Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the day designated by the Palestinian Authority as "Prisoner Day," 3,500 prisoners returned their meals to mark the day.

About 1,200 prisoners plan to continue in an open-ended hunger strike called for by four terror groups: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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