Barely Catching Breath: Inside Gaza’s short pause and the deal for hostages


The ceasefire in Gaza didn’t last, but seven days without experiencing intense Israeli bombardments is certainly welcome. 

During the seven days when the worst of the violence was stopped, aid was able to get to the desperate people of Gaza, but additionally it allowed for the release of hostages, held by Hamas.

In exchange, Palestinians held by Israel would also be released from Israeli prisons. 

During the ceasefire 110 hostages were released by Hamas, and 240 Palestinians have been released. 

This week on The New Arab Voice, we look at the details of the deal, those who have been released, how they have been released, and how Israel has controlled the release of the prisoners, and the families and communities welcoming home those released. 

Also we look at how the conditions in Israel’s prisons have deteriorated since the start of the conflict. 

Joining us, we speak with Tala Nasir. Tala is a lawyer for Addameer who has been monitoring the releases carefully. 

Addameer (@Addameer) is an NGO that advocates for prisoners held by Israel, offers free legal aid, works to end torture and other violations of prisoners rights, through monitoring legal procedures and solidarity campaigns. 

This podcast is written and produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). 

Theme music by Omar al-Fil. 

To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice.

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