Several Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been held in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, according to WikiLeaks documents obtained by Haaretz. The documents are published here exclusively.
The documents consist of personal dossiers of Palestinian prisoners held in Guantanamo on suspicion of belonging to al-Qaida or to radical Islamic organizations identified with al-Qaida. Some of them are diagnosed as suffering from depression and camp officials recommend supervising them closely for fear they would try to commit suicide.
The documents indicate the prisoners moved from Gaza or the West Bank to Jordan, on their way to Saudi Arabia. Some of them moved on from Saudi Arabia to Yemen and then to Pakistan and Afghanistan in search of work. At some point they came into contact with al-Qaida operatives who recruited them and persuaded them to come to Afghanistan, where they underwent military training.
This story "Haaretz: Palestinians With Alleged Terror Ties Held at Gitmo" was written by Yossi Melman (Haaretz).