Lawmakers want Palestinians in swap on terror list

AP News
Posted: Oct 28, 2011 5:04 PM
Lawmakers want Palestinians in swap on terror list

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking FBI Director Robert Mueller and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to put Palestinians released from prison in a swap for an Israeli soldier on the terrorist watch list.

In a letter this week to Mueller and Clinton, the lawmakers said the Palestinians who were convicted on various terrorism charges should not be allowed to enter the United States.

In the swap this month, Israel released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for tank crewman Sgt. Gilad Schalit, who had been held by Hamas militants for more than five years.

Signing the letter were 36 House Republicans and Democrats, led by Rep. Howard Berman, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.