Communicated by the Israeli Government Press Office, Jerusalem, May 13, 1997

ISRAEL GOVERNMENT DETAILS PA REFUSAL
TO COMPLY WITH TRANSFER REQUESTS

31 Requests for Transfer of Terror Suspects Submitted To PA;
In Violation of Oslo, PA Refuses to Comply

Analyzed by Dr. Aaron Lerner

11 out of 31 Suspects are Serving in the Palestinian Security Forces

THE AGREEMENT

The Interim Agreement (Oslo 2) states that Israel may request from the Palestinian Authority (PA) the transfer ("extradition") of an individual located in the autonomous areas who is suspected of an offense that falls under Israeli criminal jurisdiction (Annex IV, Article 2, par.7b). The PA is obligated to comply with all formal requests and to arrest and transfer the suspect to Israel (Annex IV, Article 2, par. 7f (1)).

In the Note for the Record attached to the January 15, 1997 Hebron Protocol, the Palestinians reaffirmed their commitment that "Requests for transfer of suspects and defendants will be acted upon in accordance with Article II (7)(f) of Annex IV to the Interim Agreement."

THE VIOLATIONS

On March 31, 1997, Israel submitted a total of 31 formal requests to the PA for the transfer of terror suspects, including 11 new requests and 20 requests that had previously been submitted. Thus far, the PA has not responded to a single Israeli request (except for two cases in December 1994, when the PA rejected Israel's requests).

Of the 31 terror suspects whose transfer is being sought by Israel, 11 are either serving in the Palestinian police or are in the process of joining its ranks.

The PA's failure to transfer terror suspects to Israel is a flagrant violation of the Oslo Accords. By refusing to turn them over to Israel, the PA has allowed terrorists to go unpunished, thereby encouraging others to carry out attacks in the knowledge that they will not have to answer for their actions.

11 New Formal Requests Submitted to the PA

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1. Ibrahim Salah Mustafa Alkam - suspect in the murder of Etta Tzur and her 12-year old son Ephraim on December 11, 1996, who were shot to death by terrorists near Beit El while driving in their car.

2. Abdel Nasser Ismail Hassin Alkaisi - suspect in the murder of Etta Tzur and her 12-year old son Ephraim on December 11, 1996, who were shot to death by terrorists near Beit El while driving in their car.

3. Ibrahim Massad Elias Hani - suspect in the murder of Etta Tzur and her 12-year old son Ephraim on December 11, 1996, who were shot to death by terrorists near Beit El while driving in their car.

4. Bassam Khalil Abdel Rahman Aram - resident of Khan Yunis; suspect in the attempted murder of Zvi Fixler at Moshav Gan-Or on December 10, 1993. He was arrested and then set free by the Palestinian police and is now active in the Palestinian security forces.

5. Yasser Muhammad Musa Aram - resident of Khan Yunis; active in Islamic Jihad; suspected of involvement in the attempted murder of Zvi Fixler at Moshav Gan-Or on December 10, 1993. He was arrested and then set free by the Palestinian police. There are indications that he may have joined the Palestinian security forces.

6. Abdallah Mahmoud Samiri - suspect in the murder of 75-year old Naftali Sahar near Rehovot on February 10, 1994. Sahar, a farmer, was found dead in his orange grove after having been beaten with an iron bar. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

7. Bassam Subhi Issa - suspected of involvement in the terror attack on Yoel Solomon street in Jerusalem on October 9, 1994. Two people were killed and eight injured in the attack when terrorists opened fire on the crowded street lined with open-air cafes. He also took part in the murder of three IDF soldiers in April 1993. He was arrested and later released by the Palestinian police, and was then drafted to serve in Jibril Rajoub's Palestinian Preventive Security Service.

8. Hisham Salim Dib - suspected on involvement in the suicide bombing attack at Dizengoff Center on March 4, 1996. 13 people were killed in the attack, for which Hamas claimed responsibility.

9. Nafez Mahmoud Sabih - suspected of involvement in planning the two suicide bombing attacks on Bus 18 in Jerusalem on February 25 and March 2, 1996, and the suicide bombing attack in Ashkelon on February 25, 1996. A total of 45 people were killed in the three attacks, for which Hamas claimed responsibility.

10. Imad Mahmoud Issa Abbas - suspect in the murder of Moshe Bino and Amikam Zaltzman, who were stabbed to death in their Karni vegetable packing house near Gaza by terrorists posing as buyers on June 25, 1992.

11. Atef Hamadan - suspect in the attempted kidnapping and murder of an IDF soldier on September 18, 1992, and the murder of several Palestinians suspected on collaborating with Israel. In September 1996, he was arrested and then released by the Palestinian police, and was drafted to serve in Jibril Rajoub's Palestinian Preventive Security Service.

20 Old Formal Requests Resubmitted to the PA

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1. Rajah Khalil Ali Abu-Sita - resident of Khan Yunis; a Fatah activist who is suspected of involvement in the murder of Uri Megiddish of Gan-Or on March 9, 1993. Israel formally requested his transfer on September 29, 1994. On December 24, 1994, the Palestinians rejected Israel's request. He has since been arrested by the Palestinian police for having killed a local Palestinian. He confessed to the crime, was tried, and is currently awaiting sentencing.

[IMRA- On April 21 1997, "Haaretz" reported that Rajah Khalil Ali Abu-Sita was one of three former members of Fatah Hawks who escaped from Palestinian prison when a number of armed men entered the prison and removed them from their cells while threatening the jailers. The three were members of a special wing of Arafat's elite Force 17 which is made up entirely of terrorists wanted by Israel. They were arrested and sentenced to death by the Palestinian Authority half a year ago for killing the brother of a senior member of Fatah who is a Palestinian police official as part of an extended blood feud between wanted terrorists which began during the intafada.]

2. Amru Abdallah Abu-Sita - resident of Khan Yunis; a Fatah activist who is suspected of involvement in the murder of Uri Megiddish of Gan-Or on March 9, 1993. Israel formally requested his transfer on September 29, 1994. On December 24, 1994, the Palestinians rejected Israel's request.

3. Salah Mustafa Othman - resident of Jabalya, Gaza; member of the Hamas military wing, took part in the attack on Bus 25 in Jerusalem on July 1, 1993 (attempted to commandeer the bus with two accomplices, shot and killed one Israeli passenger and wounded several others). Israel formally requested his transfer on several occasions: January 26, 1995, August 29, 1995 and September 6, 1995.

4. Raid Abu Libda - resident of Rafah, Gaza; member of the PFLP, suspected of murdering Natalia Ivanov in Ashdod on September 23, 1994. Israel formally requested his transfer on November 30, 1994. Currently held by the Palestinian police. An accomplice to the crime, Iman Ahmed Abdallah Hassin, was captured by the IDF on December 14, 1994 near Kfar Darom and is currently in prison.

5. Iyad Hamdi Abu-Shakafa - resident of Khan Yunis; Fatah member suspected in the attempted murder of Shaul David in Ramle on February 9, 1994. Israel formally requested his transfer on several occasions: September 13, 1994, December 13, 1994, August 22, 1995 and September 6, 1995. Currently serving in the Palestinian police.

6 - 8. Three Palestinian Policemen - During riots at Erez checkpoint on July 17, 1994, Palestinian policemen opened fire on Israeli forces and killed border policeman Jackie Attias. On April 26, 1995, Israel submitted photographic evidence to the PA showing 3 Palestinian policemen shooting at Israeli troops and requested their transfer to Israel.

9. Iyad Abdelkader Ismail Basheeti - resident of Rafah, Gaza; Hamas member, suspected of involvement in the murder of two Israelis in Ramle on August 26, 1994. Israel formally requested his transfer on several occasions: August 28, 1994 and August 22, 1995. He was arrested and then set free by the Palestinian police, who then apparently drafted him to join their ranks.

10. Yusuf Mahmoud Abdelaziz Malahi - resident of Rafah, Gaza; Hamas member, suspected of involvement in the murder of two Israelis in Ramle on August 26, 1994. Israel formally requested his transfer on August 28, 1994 and August 22, 1995. He was arrested and then set free by the Palestinian police, and is currently in the process of being drafted to serve in their ranks.

11. Shahdi Subhi Abdel Rahman Abu Khaja - suspect in the attempted murder of Shimon Dror on September 19, 1994. Israel formally requested his transfer on several occasions: December 13, 1994, August 29, 1995 and September 6, 1995. The PA has failed to respond to the Israeli requests. An accomplice to the crime, Majdi Khalifa, was caught by Israel and is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence.

12. Yusuf Muhammad Ahmed Raghi - resident of Kalkilya; participated in the murder of two Israeli hikers, Ohad Bachrach and Uri Shahor in Wadi Kelt on July 18, 1995. Israel formally requested his transfer on September 13, 1995 and November 14, 1995. He was arrested by Palestinian Intelligence in September 1995 and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

13. Shaher Ali Ahmed Raghi - resident of Kalkilya; participated in the murder of two Israeli hikers, Ohad Bachrach and Uri Shahor in Wadi Kelt on July 18, 1995. Israel formally requested his transfer on September 13, 1995 and November 14, 1995. He was arrested by Palestinian Intelligence in September 1995 and sentenced to 7 years in prison and hard labor. He remains under detention by the Palestinian General Intelligence Service.

14. Khader Saba Yakub Abu Abra - resident of Beit Jallah, Bethlehem; member of the PFLP, suspected of attempts to obtain weapons for the PFLP, and apparently issued instructions to the attackers who killed two Israeli hikers in Wadi Kelt on July 18, 1995. Israel formally requested his transfer on September 13, 1995 and November 14, 1995. He was arrested by the Palestinian police on February 15, 1996 in the wake of a grenade attack on a joint patrol near Beit Jallah. He was held until May 1996, when he was released and placed under house arrest.

15. Muhi a-Din a-Sharif - transported the explosives to the terrorist who carried out the suicide bombing attack against Bus 26 in Jerusalem in August 1995. Three people were killed and 103 injured in the attack. Israel formally requested his transfer on March 13, 1996.

16. Abd al-Majid Dudin - resident of Dura; Hamas member, trained people to carry out suicide bombings, including the terrorist who attacked Bus 26 in Jerusalem in August 1995. In the attack, three people were killed and 103 injured. Israel formally requested his transfer on March 12, 1996. He was arrested by the Palestinian police in July 1996 and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

17. Ala Ahmed Abd al-Munim Salah - resident of Khan Yunis; member of the DFLP; suspected of involvement in the murder of Yossi Zindani in Beni-Ayish on March 31, 1994. Israel formally requested his transfer on July 10, 1996. He was recently arrested by the Palestinian police, apparently in connection with criminal activity.

18. Awad Silmi - resident of Gaza; took part in many terror attacks, including the murder of Lt. Col. Meir Mintz and various shooting attacks, and was connected to at least one suicide bombing attack. Israel formally requested his transfer on March 13, 1996. Currently detained by the Palestinian Preventive Intelligence Service.

19. Ibrahim Lateef Shaheed - resident of Tulkarem; Fatah member wanted for the murder of Labib Latif Shadeed, a suspected collaborator with Israel, on October 12, 1994. Fled to Jericho and is active under the protection of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service. Israel requested his transfer on June 18, 1995 and September 6, 1995. Currently serves in the Palestinian police in Tulkarem.

20. Khalil Abdel Rahman Abadi - suspect in the murder of his brother on March 13, 1995. The motive is believed to have been his brother's alleged collaboration with Israel or perhaps a family dispute. Israel formally requested his transfer on August 29, 1995.


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