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Abbas Zaki
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Abbas Zaki
Abbas Zaki is a senior official in Fatah. He is currently a member of the Fatah Central Committee and (since 2009) the Commissioner of Relations with Arab Countries and Relations with China. He was the PLO Ambassador in Lebanon until 2009 [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 10, 2009].
Click to see more details about Abbas Zaki's political career in report from the Washington Institute
 
He remains a close associate of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and has also been chosen on several occasions to deliver speeches in Chairman Abbas’ name.
Abbas and Zaki’s close working relationship is an indicator of Zaki’s seniority in PA government, thereby making his statements and positions on various issues all the more significant. Palestinian Media Watch has documented numerous statements by Abbas Zaki glorifying terror and denying Israel’s right to exist. For instance, Zaki stated in 2011 on Al-Jazeera TV that that the goal is for Israel to be “removed from existence.” He went on to say that “this is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.”

The following section documents relevant statements made by Abbas Zaki:
Fatah official: "The PA has many and unlimited options for coming out against [moving the US embassy]," including "cancelling the recognition of Israel" 
Source: Palestine Today, independent Palestinian news agency (Gaza), Jan. 24, 2017
Headline: “Zaki: The options that the PA will turn to if the American embassy is transferred”
     “Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki emphasized today, Tuesday [Jan. 24, 2017], that if the American embassy is transferred to Jerusalem, the PA has many and unlimited options for coming out against this step.
Zaki said in radio statements and in exclusive statements that the options the PA can turn to if the embassy is transferred are an escalation on the ground, stopping the relations in their entirety, cancelling the recognition of Israel, and taking international steps to isolate it vis-à-vis the world, in addition to a request to international organizations that the US has no control over such as [it has over] the UN, where it has always used the right to veto to cancel resolutions condemning ‘Israel.’”
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Fatah official implies violent response if US embassy is moved to Jerusalem 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 23, 2017
Headline: “Zaki: We do not see Palestine without Jerusalem and will not sit idly by if the American embassy is transferred to Jerusalem”
      “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that they will not sit idly by if the new American administration decides to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem, and predicted a new type of mobilization to save the city, in which those who understand the spiritual status it represents will participate.
Zaki said in press statements: ‘We do not see Palestine without Jerusalem and therefore if the American embassy is transferred to the city, we will be exempt from all of the obligations and will renounce all existing ties, and whoever knocks on the door will hear a reply.’ …
Zaki said: ‘The Palestinians are a people of power, and Allah chose them to protect His holiest site, and in the end we will win and the Zionist extremists will pay the price.”
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Fatah official: Terrorist who planned Munich massacre was a "name and symbol that imposed fear on the enemies" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 22, 2017
Headline: “Zaki on the anniversary of the death as a Martyr of Abu Hassan Salameh: He was great and imposed fear on the enemies of the revolution”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki said that commander Ali Hassan Salameh (i.e., commander of the Black September terror organization) was a name and symbol that imposed fear on the enemies of the Palestinian revolution.
Zaki added in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Sunday [Jan. 22, 2017]: ‘Commander Martyr (Shahid) Salameh had wisdom and a strong will. He was one of the pioneers of the [Fatah] Movement leadership. He accepted the responsibility of the leadership and carried out the special missions. He was most determined to learn everything possible in order to impose fear on the enemies of the revolution.’”

Ali Hassan Salameh (son of Hassan Salameh, born 1940, killed Jan. 22, 1979, also called Abu Hassan) - Commander of operations of the Black September terror organization. He planned many terror attacks, including the attack on the Israeli team at the Munich Olympics in 1972, in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered. (Deception p. 260)
PA and Fatah officials threaten consquences of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2017
Headline: “The West Bank rises up – no to the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem”
      “Thousands of citizens demonstrated yesterday [Jan. 19, 2017] in Ramallah, Nablus, and Hebron in protest of the decision to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem...  Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen said ... ‘Transferring the embassy will destroy the possibilities of peace, and the response to it if it is implemented will be confrontation with the occupation on the ground by all possible means’ ... District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid... noted that Jerusalem is ‘a symbol of the intifadas, the conflicts, and the wars, but also a symbol of stability, peace, and love. Whoever dares [to act] against it will burn in its fire, and it is the red line of everyone respectable in the world.’ ... Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki mentioned the danger of the decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem, and warned against the danger of the position and its consequences. He noted that the Fatah Central Committee has decided to oppose this decision using all means.’... Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul... added that the Palestinian people is prepared for any sacrifice for Jerusalem and the land of Palestine, and cannot agree to this step.”
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Fatah official: If US transfers its embassy to Jerusalem, PA will cancel recognition of Israel  
Source: Al-Bayan, United Arab Emirates newspaper, Jan. 17, 2017
Headline: “A senior Fatah official to Al-Bayan: We will cancel the recognition of Israel if the American embassy is transferred”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will cancel the recognition of Israel and will reexamine all of the agreements if the new American administration transfers the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…
The Fatah Central Committee member said in response to these American efforts that the Palestinian leadership will go all the way if the Trump administration transfers the embassy to Jerusalem, which includes a reexamination of all of the previous agreements and the cancellation of the recognition of Israel. He emphasized that the Palestinians cannot see their country without Jerusalem, and that they will defend it with all of the means at their disposal.”
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Fatah official: US embassy move will be "a sign of the end of the world" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
Headline: "Zaki: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will absolve us of all the agreements and turn Palestine into a war zone"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not allow the transfer of the American embassy, and will be absolved of the previous decisions and agreements. He also warned against turning Palestine into a war zone if the new American administration decides to transfer it.
Zaki said today, Wednesday [Jan. 11, 2017], in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'The transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem will be a sign of the end of the world.' He added: 'The attack against the place of [Prophet] Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven and Jesus' resurrection contradicts the religious and international understandings,' and he warned against the terrible dangers whose course cannot be predicted. Zaki emphasized that no power in the world can prevent the Palestinians, Muslims, and Christians as one from carrying out their national obligation to defend their occupied capital, and said: 'There is no Palestinian state without Jerusalem.'
Zaki said that he is convinced that the statements of US President-elect [Donald] Trump that were used during the election campaign cannot be implemented on the ground in Palestine and noted that this trend appeared in the 1960s when [former Israeli Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion proposed it in order to establish the occupation state in Jerusalem and to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to establish the alleged Temple."
 
Published in Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 11, 2017; and in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017.

 
Fatah official strongly condemns assassination of Russian ambassador as terrorism 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Dec. 21, 2016
Text and image of a letter posted on the official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki


Posted text:
“[Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki expresses condolences to Russian Federation Ambassador in the State of Palestine [Alexander Rudakov] over the death of Russian Ambassador in Turkey [Andrey Karlov] as a result of an act of terror (on Dec. 19, 2016, Karlov was shot and killed by an off duty Turkish police officer, who afterwards shouted that he acted in revenge over Russia’s role in Syria and Aleppo –Ed.).”

Text of the letter in the image:
“His Honor, the honorable brother Alexander Rudakov
Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the State of Palestine

Greetings, and to the point:

On my behalf and on behalf of my colleagues in the Fatah Movement Central Committee and Revolutionary Council, I send you - and through you to His Honor [Russian] President Vladimir Putin and the friend, the Russian people – the most warm and sincere condolences over the death of Russian Ambassador in Turkey [Andrey Karlov] as a result of a terrorist assassination act, which was carried out by a criminal terror gang devoid of all human and moral values.
This criminal act of terror targeted the role of friend Russia in the war against these dark Takfir (i.e., the act of accusing other Muslims of heresy) gangs, which are supported by several regional powers; this brave role, which is meant to protect the security and stability of the peoples of the region. We in Fatah sharply condemn and denounce the criminal assassination act and salute the brave Russian role..."

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Fatah official calls on Arab states to reexamine their relations with the US in light of US embassy move to Jerusalem 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 20, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is a scandalous violation of the international institutions’ resolutions”
     “Member of the Central Committee of the Fatah Movement and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki called on the international community to take the required steps against the new American administration, if the promise of US President[-elect] Donald Trump to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is indeed implemented.
He added that if the American administration transfers its embassy to Jerusalem, this will constitute a scandalous and blatant violation of the international resolutions, and a clear violation of the American foreign policy on the issue, as the previous administrations have not dared to do this since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967.
Zaki said this in an exclusive statement in response to the appointment of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel, and in response to his [Friedman’s] statements when he said that he eagerly anticipates traveling to Israel and working from within ‘Israel’s eternal capital,’ as he put it…
Zaki said that if the American administration does indeed do this, it will expose its true face – that it is completely biased in favor of the Israeli occupation, and is not interested at all in the peace process.
He added that Arab states that still rely on the American role in the region need to raise their voices and make their firm statements on the issue heard.
Likewise, Zaki called on the Arab and Islamic states to reexamine their relations with the US.”
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Fatah official praises Hamas: Fatah and Hamas are in one trench against Israel  
Source: Al-Jazeera, Dec. 17, 2016

Rally in the West Bank for the 29th anniversary of the founding of the Hamas terrorist organization, posted on the Al-Jazeera YouTube channel

Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki: "I say here on behalf of Fatah - at all its levels - how much we hope for cooperation [with Hamas] in events and true cooperation in policy, in order to be in one trench again against our common enemies, against Israel."
(Audience applauds) "O the Al-Qassam Brigades (i.e., Hamas’ military wing)"
Abbas Zaki: "Blessings to the Al-Qassam Brigades."
(Audience applauds)
Abbas Zaki: "Anyone who bore arms for Palestine is holy and important to us, as he bore arms while knowing that his soul and property are a sacrifice for the homeland whether he lives in prison or in Paradise... Blessings also to anyone who bore arms from the different factions."
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Fatah holds mourning event in honor of Fidel Castro: "We have lost a great leader, and we must follow in his footsteps" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 27, 2016
Headline: “A house of mourning in Ramallah for the late international leader Fidel Castro”
     “The Fatah Commission of International Relations and the Palestinian-Cuban Friendship Society held a house of mourning this evening, Sunday [Nov. 27, 2016], for the late international leader Fidel Castro at the Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah, in the presence of members of the PLO Executive Committee, the Fatah Central Committee, and representatives of the various national factions. The participants of the mourning event expressed their deep sorrow over the death of leader Castro and their solidarity with the friend, the Cuban people. Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that Castro always took care of the Palestinian people and also worked for the liberation of Palestine. He added: ‘We have lost a great leader, and we must follow in his footsteps and path in order to get rid of the occupation.’
He added that Fidel is the anthem of all the revolutionaries in the world, and he is the one who said ‘A homeland that we do not defend – we have no right to it,’ and he spoke a lot about Palestine and always supported the struggle of our people against the occupation.”
Fatah official sends letter of condolences to Cuban president over death of former dictator Fidel Castro  
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, Nov. 26, 2016

Posted text: “Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and People’s [Republic of] China Relations brother Abbas Zaki expresses condolences over the death of international revolutionary Fidel Castro”

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Abbas advisor: "The Palestinian search and rescue forces took part in putting out the fires in Israel out of ethical and humane motives" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 25, 2016
Official PA TV, Friday prayers at the PA’s presidential headquarters, sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Secretary-General of Abbas’ Presidential Office Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, and Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “In the last two days we have seen, and all the others have seen, the fires that have taken place (i.e., a wave of suspected Palestinian arson attacks in November 2016). We could have stood on the sidelines, and it is possible that no one would have blamed us. And it is even possible that some of the demagogues would have thought that this was the proper position to take. But our values, our religious values and our national cultural values, compel us to take part in putting out these fires. The Palestinian search and rescue forces took part in putting out the fires in Israel out of ethical and humane motives, because of the wonderful culture, and because of the most ethical direction of the Palestinian leadership. These are our values, and we will not deviate from them, even towards those who have done injustice to us and attacked us. Aggression is not a reason for aggression, or for renouncing values.”
Fatah official: "Israel has surpassed ISIS in its crimes," Israeli government permits "the burning of the mosques by the gangs of settlers" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 16, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: The decision to forbid [the sounding of] the Muezzin in Jerusalem will not pass”
     “Fatah Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki warned against the danger of the Israeli decision to legislate a law forbidding [the sounding of] the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) in places of worship in the territories that were occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel), and to legalize outposts (i.e., a bill legalizing Israeli towns in the West Bank)…
Zaki emphasized that Israel has surpassed ISIS in its crimes, and it is currently behaving like a gang of criminals. There is no difference between the destruction of the mosques by ISIS and the ban [on the sounding of] the Muezzin and the burning of the mosques by the gangs of settlers under the official and security cover of the occupation government.”

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.
Senior Fatah official: "The whole world knows that Jesus was Palestinian" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 15, 2016
Official PA TV program Going to the Conference, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Official PA TV host: "We need to begin to realize the dream of independence from here, and the whole people, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas [will do this]. 2017 needs to be a year of realizing our independence, and establishing a sovereign state and self-determination. People are asking: ‘When we talk about this important and wondrous matter, which every Palestinian hopes will be realized, on what facts are we depending?’"
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "There are two facts. The first fact is that we are depending on the justice of our cause, and its spiritual status. After all, the whole world knows that Jesus was Palestinian, and also, the Muslims know that Prophet Muhammad was led on the Night Journey from the Sacred Mosque [in Mecca] to the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Fatah official: “Treacherous hand” helped the US and Israel murder Arafat 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Nov. 10, 2016
Headline: "Abbas Zaki: A treacherous hand helped the US and Israel assassinate the symbol Arafat"
     "Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki revealed that there are a number of sources behind the assassination of the late [PA] President Yasser Arafat. Zaki, in a statement to the Hamas movement website 'Al-Risalah Net', said on Thursday evening [Nov. 10, 2016] that the US and Israel are the main suspects in the assassination of Arafat (this conspiracy theory has been refuted by international investigators, -Ed.), in addition to a 'treacherous' hand that is suspected in the crime, and they are trying to investigate it, according to him. He added: 'This matter is very complicated, particularly because the ones who stand behind it are Israel and the US who place great obstacles before the investigation in order to thwart reaching the truth and announcing it.' ...
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas declared today [Nov. 10, 2016] that he knows the murderer of the late [PA] President Yasser Arafat, and emphasized that the result will soon be exposed 'and the Palestinian people will be astonished when it discovers who the perpetrators are.'"
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Fatah official falsely claims that archaeologists have confirmed “no [Jewish] archaeological artifacts of any sort” in Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: Netanyahu’s participation in excavations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque is playing dirty”
     “Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s announcement of his participation in excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque (sic., Netanyahu’s actual statement appears in a note below) challenges the UN resolutions and is a violation of international law. He emphasized that the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution was a slap on the cheek for him [Netanyahu]…
In a radio interview that he [Zaki] gave yesterday [Oct. 25, 2016], he said that the UNESCO resolution was a shock for Netanyahu, who boasted that the land is Jewish and claimed that the world gave him permission to continue his crimes…
Zaki emphasized that archaeologists already confirmed in the past that there are no [Jewish] archaeological artifacts of any sort (sic., Jewish archaeological artifacts abound in Israel), which exist according to the Israelis' claim. He noted that no one, not even in the occupation state, will accept Netanyahu’s decision because this holy land is a historical site that appears in the UNESCO list.”

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Fatah official and others at Fatah event hold maps of “Palestine” erasing Israel  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 15, 2016

Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “On the first day of the political conference [held by Fatah’s Berlin branch] in Germany, [Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki met with members of the Palestinian community in Germany”

Abbas Zaki appears in the center of the picture and is, as the rest of the people posing, holding the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. On the map, copies of which are also held by those standing with Zaki, the key of return can be seen.
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Fatah official visits family of terrorist who murdered 5 
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, Sept. 30, 2016

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki
Posted Text: “A Fatah leadership delegation led by Fatah Central Committee member brother fighter Abbas Zaki visits the home and family of prisoner Bakr Al-Najjar, who was sentenced to [6] life sentences, in the city of Yatta (i.e., near Hebron).”

Bakr Al-Najjar – terrorist member of Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) who was involved in two shooting attacks, in which a total of 5 Israelis were murdered. In the first attack, on July 25, 2002, which took place at the Zif Junction, near Hebron, 3 civilians and 1 soldier were murdered, and 2 others were wounded. In the second attack, at Yatta bypass road, south of Hebron, on Oct. 8, 2002, 1 civilian was murdered, and 3 others were wounded. Al-Najjar is serving 6 life sentences.
Fatah official: Israel "wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 27, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: The date of the convening Fatah’s Seventh Conference will be determined today”
      “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki... emphasized that the [Seventh Fatah] Conference must focus on the national issue, and that we will not agree that the goal of the conference be to please the leaders. Likewise, he emphasized that Fatah and its leadership want to consolidate a worldview in regards to Israel, which wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites, and wants to carry out a [population] transfer…"
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Fatah official: Israel injects prisoners with muscular dystrophy, claims similar case happened to Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: An Israeli injection is what caused the disease of fighter Na’im Al-Shawamreh and his death as a Martyr”
      “Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki] said: ‘The battle with the occupation is open, and we must not let internal matters distract us from the struggle with it.’ He revealed that the occupation authorities caused the death of released prisoner Na’im Al-Shawamreh as a Martyr (Shahid), after giving him an injection in the mouth four years ago which caused muscular dystrophy and led to his death as a Martyr.
Zaki revealed yesterday in an interview with Radio Mawtini that medical reports have indicated that this injection is life threatening. Based on these reports, he clarified that receiving this injection causes muscular dystrophy, and then the lifespan is limited to a period of four years. Zaki emphasized that this is what happened to Martyr Al-Shawamreh, and noted that this case already happened in the past with Martyr President Yasser Arafat (the reference is to libel that Israel poisoned Arafat –Ed.).’”
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Na’im Al-Shawamreh - was sentenced to life in prison for planting a bomb that killed Israeli policeman Yossi Hayoun in 1993. He became sick with muscular dystrophy and was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. He died on Aug. 16, 2016.
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