A wealthy Palestinian has donated around 120 acres of land in the Gaza Strip where homes can be built for ex-prisoners freed in the exchange deal with Israel. The announcement was made in a statement from the Waed Human Rights Association, which looks after prisoners’ and detainees’ issues. The Association also mentioned that the Abdel-Al family from Gaza has provided the marriage dowry on behalf of freed prisoner Amer Abu Sarhan; he had been serving a number of life sentences before his release last week.
These are just two examples of the many offers being made for the benefit of the ex-prisoners by families, individuals and institutions. Waed Association’s statement expressed “deep satisfaction” at the public response to the newly-freed prisoners returned to Gaza. It pointed out that officials are still communicating with them to establish their situation and determine their needs. The government in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank have both allocated funds to help the men and women released by Israel to re-establish themselves in their communities.