July 13th, 2008


To:      Mark Regev, spokesman, the office of the Prime Minister of Israel

From: David Bedein, Philadelphia Bulletin and Israel Resource News Agency


Your name has been attributed to numerous press releases which proclaim that Israel may soon release Palestinian “prisoners”. as if Israel holds Palestinian prisoners of war,


Israel does not hold a single Palestinian “prisoner”- certainly not a single Palestinian POW.


Israel holds Palestinian criminals who serve time because they have been  duly convicted of murder and attempted murder in a court of law.  The question, therefore, is why you use the term “prisoners” instead of “convicts” when you refer to convicted criminals whom Israel may choose to let free?

Will you change your terminology?