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April 8, 2009 3:15 by

Samir Qantar

A former member of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLO), Qantar has been in an Israeli prison for 29 years. He was serving four life sentences for murder and terrorism. Qantar and four more prisoners were released in exchange for the coffins of two Israeli soldiers.

“The period of defeat is over and the time of victory has arrived,” Nasrallah said at the time, Qantar and the four former prisoners standing next to him. “This people and this nation and this country that gave a clear picture to the world […] cannot be defeated.”

“Thank God we arrived to this day; this day of victory, never to return to a day of defeat. Thank God who gave me strength […] and who always gave me hope in the moments of weaknesses,” said Qantar.


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