Itamar Ben-Gvir, the Israeli minister of national security, said on Thursday that he was pleased with police efforts to stop any sizable celebrations for Maher Younis, who had been released earlier in the day after serving a 40-year prison sentence.
“Police did not permit PLO and Fatah flags to be flown in the streets, tents to be set up, or meetings to be held.
I hope the situation will remain under control until we adopt a law to send him to Syria, and the terrorist will just receive embraces inside his home, said Ben-Gvir.
In 1980, Maher and his cousin Karim Younis killed Israel’s Defense Forces Cpl on the Golan Heights. Avraham Bromberg.
Both men were citizens of Israel. Maher Younis and Karim were both given life sentences in prison in 1983, although their sentence was commuted to 40 years in 2012 by then-Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Upon Maher Younis’s return to the town of ‘Ara in the north, Ben-Gvir gave police orders to “act strongly and decisively” against any acts that favor terrorism.
The Younis family was instructed not to erect a visitor’s tent when the authorities deployed a strong police presence in the town.
Younis said on Thursday, “the Israeli laws won’t stop our joy, and we won’t submit to the occupation’s policies,” adding, “I call on all our people to unite to lead us to an independent and free Palestine.”
Karim Younis was welcomed as a hero in ‘Ara when he was released from prison earlier this month.
After that, he visited his mother’s grave and declared, “I am willing to give up another 40 years for the liberation of our people.
My solace is that today prisoners are united against the barbarity of the occupation.”
The potential release of Maher Younis, according to Ben-Gvir, is “a test of our sovereignty,” and “we must in no way accept the major offenses of promoting and aiding terrorism anywhere in the State of Israel,” he said on Tuesday.
According to the Israeli NGO Palestinian Media Watch, Karim and Maher Younis got sizable payments from the Palestinian Authority as part of their “pay for slaughter” strategy.
According to Maurice Hirsch, the head of legal strategy for the organization, PMW complained about the situation to the State’s Attorney’s Office two months ago.
“We are aware that this took place since we based our conclusion on [then-Defense Minister Benny] Gantz’s order to take millions of shekels paid by the P.A. in September 2022. terrorist Arab Israelis.
According to the paper, Maher Younis and Karim each received 335,362 shekels, or $98 698, from the P.A. to make up for killing an Israeli soldier,” remarked Hirsch.
Since Israel designated Fatah as a terrorist organization in 1986, Karim’s membership in the Fatah Central Committee also violates Israeli counterterrorism laws.