The hikers were Palestine Solidarity Movement activists.
Now that they have been released, they will hate Israel more than ever.
In this photo released by the Islamic Republic News Agency, IRNA, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, US hikers Shane Bauer, right, and Josh Fattal, smile, at the Tehran’s Mehrabad airport before leaving Iran. (AP Photo/IRNA, Ehsan Nederipour)
The two Americans released Wednesday from an Iranian jail say they’re happy to be free, but one of them expressed a dim view of American justice in his first brief comments to the media.”Two years in prison is too long,” said Shane Bauer. “And we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in America and Iran.”Bauer didn’t say who he considers to be “unjustly imprisoned” in the United States.His friend Josh Fattal expressed his “deepest gratitude” to “His Majesty Sultan Qaboos of Oman for obtaining our release. We are sincerely grateful to the government of Oman for hosting our families,” he said.Neither man thanked the U.S. government, which has worked behind the scenes for many months to win their release.
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