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    Nassim Nisr Receives Warm Welcome in Lebanon Mohamad Shmaysani 01/06/2008 http://www.almanar.com.lb/newssite/NewsDetails.aspx?id=45080&language=en Nassim Nisr
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      Nassim Nisr Receives Warm Welcome in Lebanon
      Mohamad Shmaysani
      01/06/2008
      http://www.almanar.com.lb/newssite/NewsDetails.aspx?id=45080&language=en


      Nassim Nisr has arrived home.


      The Lebanese detainee in Israeli jails since 6 years was released
      Sunday morning from the Nitzan (Ramle) Prison in Ramallah. Escorted by
      ICRC personnel, Nisr arrived in south Lebanon through the Naqura
      crossing where he received a warm welcome from thousands of people who
      gathered under the burning sun of the coastal town of Naqura.
      Political, military and Hezbollah figures also attended the welcome
      ceremony.

      Nasser is a former Jew who converted to Islam moved to Israel from
      Lebanon and was sentenced to six years in prison in 2002 after he was
      convicted of providing information to Hezbollah.

      His prison term has recently ended, but the Israeli security
      establishment considered holding onto him as a bargaining chip in the
      indirect negotiations between Israel and Hezbollah – and he has been
      held under administrative arrest at the Nitzan Detention Center.

      Earlier this week, Nisr's attorney Smadar Ben-Natan said that "the
      timing of the release is not coincidental. Israel could have
      transferred him to Lebanon a few weeks ago, but the procedure has been
      delayed in order to be perceived as an Israeli gesture."

      On Monday, Lebanese officials reported progress in the UN-mediated
      negotiations, saying that the German mediator Gerhard Konrad had met
      with members of Hezbollah and that a breakthrough was near. However
      Israeli security authorities and the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's
      office have said the handover is not connected to any future prisoner
      exchange, rather, was approved after it became evident that the
      decision to continue to hold Nisr indefinitely as a bargaining chip
      would not stand up to Supreme Court scrutiny.

      Earlier this week, Nisr's family in Lebanon said he had called them to
      inform them of his imminent release. Nisr left Lebanon during the
      Israeli invasion of 1982 and joined his mother's family in Israel,
      where he settled near Tel Aviv.

      Nisr's brother Mohammed said Nessim had told him in a phone call a
      month ago that "his jailers had placed him in solitary confinement in
      a bid to persuade him to abandon his plans to return to Lebanon with
      his two daughters, who are Israeli citizens."

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