NABI SALEH – Ahmed, Ahlam and Nizar Tamimi, three residents of Nabi Saleh, were released as part of Tuesday’s prisoner swap, which freed 447 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
The three freed prisoners are cousins; Nizar and Ahlam engaged in Prison. Though they were both released, Ahlam has been exiled to Jordan and Nizar will remain in the West Bank.
Nizar and Ahmed, both imprisoned since 1993 for the killing of an Israeli settler, received a hero’s welcome in the besieged West Bank town of Nabi Saleh on Tuesday.
But Nizar’s wife, Ahlam Tamimi, whom he engaged while in prison, was not there. Ahlam will not return to the West Bank. Instead, she will be exiled to Jordan.
In 2001, Ahlam Tamimi was a 22-year-old university student at Bir Zeit, an aspiring journalist and also a member of Hamas. She was accused of assisting in several attacks against Israeli targets, including an attack on a pizzeria in Jerusalem. Fifteen Israelis were killed in that attack; another 130 were wounded. Ahlam was sentenced to 16 terms of life imprisonment. (PM)