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Israel: outrage at planned release of more Palestinian prisoners

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Groups of Israelis have been protesting against their government’s plan to release 26 Palestinian prisoners, all convicted of murder. They will be the second wave of inmates to be freed by Israel under a deal to revive peace talks with the Palestinians.

Almagor, a group representing the victims’ families, has lodged an appeal at Israel’s Supreme Court. The head of Almagor, Meir Indor, said the group wanted “justice for the victims, justice for those who’ve been murdered by terrorists who’re now candidates to be released”.

Peace talks broke down in 2010, amid a dispute over Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.

There are fears that the negotiations, which restarted in August, could be in jeopardy once again. Israeli officials said last week that the construction of new Jewish settlements would shortly be announced.