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Qadri Abu Bakr
Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners' Affairs Maj. Gen. Qadri Abu Bakr. He replaced Issa Karake as the director of the commission.

Abu Bakr is in all likelihood the uncle of Mohammed Salameh, one of the terrorists convicted for the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. Abu Bakr spent 18 years in an Israeli prison for an attempted terror attack before being released in 1986 and expelled to Iraq, where he was a senior PLO representative. See here for more information on this subject.
PLO Prisoners’ Affairs director emphasizes “the Palestinian leadership's adherence to its obligation to the prisoners… and to not conceding to the Israeli and American pressures calling to stop the Martyrs and prisoners' salaries”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2019
Headline: "Ramallah: Honoring the military financial staff that works on the prisoners' cause"
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr honored Head of the IT Department in the Military Financial Directorate Jihad Yusuf and Director-General of Military Salaries Anis Nayfeh on Thursday [Feb. 28, 2019] at his office in Ramallah as a sign of honor for the efforts they have invested in serving the prisoners' cause and supporting them.
During the meeting… Abu Bakr emphasized the Palestinian leadership's adherence to its obligation to the prisoners and their relatives and to not conceding to the Israeli and American pressures calling to stop the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners' salaries (rawatib) and allowances (mukhassasat) (referring to implementation of Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” law that deducts terror salaries; see note–Ed.)."

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Director of PLO prisoners’ commission: Israel’s cutting of PA tax transfers over terror salaries “will be tantamount to an actual bomb that will blow up in the face of the occupation”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2019
      "Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr said that the Israeli crime – the blatant theft of the money of the State of Palestine under the pretext of deducting the salaries that are paid to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners (referring to implementation of Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) – will be tantamount to an actual bomb that will blow up in the face of the occupation.  This was said during his meeting with a Fatah Movement delegation… Abu Bakr explained that the Palestinian leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, emphasizes that the salaries of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners must not be harmed, and that the last penny in the PA Ministry of Finance will be given with priority to this fighting group… Abu Bakr noted that this theft contradicts all of the international norms and conventions, and that silence over this crime of theft by broad daylight will open wide the gates of confrontation with the occupation. He added that the Palestinian people, its leadership, and its institutions will fight this racist extremism, and that the occupation and its leaders will pay a heavy price."
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Head of prisoners’ commission: "The salaries of the relatives of the Martyrs and prisoners remain firm and will not be harmed, and that is what the Palestinian leadership has emphasized"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 19, 2019
     "Released prisoners, Martyrs' (Shahids') families, and prisoners' relatives emphasized their absolute faith in [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas' in defense of their causes and rights, in response to the occupation government's decision to steal their allowances (mukhassasat) from the Palestinian tax money (refers to implementation of the Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.). They expressed appreciation in separate conversations with [the official PA news agency] WAFA for President Abbas’ firm positions in the face of the Israeli and American pressures, which reject all of the attempts at political extortion, and his emphasis that their allowances will not be harmed and will not stop regardless of the extent of these pressures… Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr said to WAFA that 'The salaries (rawatib) of the relatives of the Martyrs and prisoners remain firm and will not be harmed, and that is what the Palestinian leadership has emphasized and is emphasizing.'"
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PLO Prisoners’ Affairs director claims Israel wants to "criminalize the Palestinian people’s struggle... to present them as terrorists and to prevent their families from [receiving] salaries that will support them"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2019
Headline: “The Hebrew media is falsifying the facts in order to criminalize the Palestinian struggle”
     “Once again, in a scenario that repeats itself, the occupation government is trying to extort the Palestinians through the use of the returns from the tax money, which to them constitute a large part of the public income…
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr emphasized in a press statement that the commission will not concede to the [Israeli] law, and said: ‘As the Palestinian leadership has emphasized, the salaries (rawatib) will not be harmed.’ He added: ‘They want to criminalize the Palestinian people’s struggle before the world, to present them as terrorists and to prevent their families from [receiving] salaries that will support them, while the Israeli criminals receive three salaries (sic., Israeli criminals receive no money).”

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PA and Fatah honor imprisoned terrorist at rally “under the auspices” of Abbas
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2019
Headline: “Under the auspices of the [PA] president and with wide official and popular presence – Tulkarem honors prisoner Maher Younes on the completion of 37 (sic., 36) years of his imprisonment”
     “In cooperation with the family of prisoner Maher Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 together with an accomplice) and under the auspices of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, the Tulkarem district yesterday [Jan. 19, 2019] held a rally of solidarity with prisoner Younes on the completion of 37 (sic., 36) years of his imprisonment in the occupation’s prison. The event was held at the Prisoner Maher Younes Plaza in Tulkarem, with the participation of Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman and President [Abbas’] representative Mahmoud Al-Aloul; Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of Popular Organizations] Tawfiq Tirawi; prisoner Younes’ mother and his family from the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel); Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr; Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr; and [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club Chairman Qadura Fares.”
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PLO prisoners’ affairs head: "The prisons are full of honorable cases of prisoners that are completing their bachelor’s and master’s degree studies"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2019
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr said that the prisoners' will has overcome all of the occupation's steps to harm their determination and kill their aspirations through the punitive laws that it imposes on them that include all areas of their lives, and primarily the struggle against the prisoners' studies. This is by placing obstacles, confiscating books and writing implements, and banning the completion of their studies and registering at universities. Abu Bakr said this during a ceremony in which he and Vice [President] for Academic Affairs at An-Najah National University Dr. Muhammad Al-Amla presented a law degree to the relatives of prisoner Azmi Naffa (i.e., terrorist, wounded 4) from the Jenin district. Naffa – who has been imprisoned since 2015, is sentenced to 20 years, and is now in the Gilboa Prison – completed his legal studies behind bars. Abu Bakr said that there are dozens and hundreds of prisoners and released prisoners who have defeated the occupation through their studies and receiving their university degrees, and today the prisons are full of honorable cases of prisoners that are completing their bachelor’s and master’s degree studies from within their rooms and cells in the dark prisons."

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PLO and PA officials visit families of prisoners, convey Abbas’ blessings for Christmas to prisoners and their families; “We are proud of Jesus being Palestinian”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2019
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr, Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam, Ramallah Mayor Musa Hadid, and a delegation of Christian clergy… visited families of prisoners from the Christian communities yesterday [Jan. 2, 2019]… for Christmas. The delegation blessed the prisoners' families and their children. The delegation visited the family of prisoner Ibrahim Mas'ad Hani (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), sentenced to life… Abu Bakr said that the visit to the families from the Christian communities is a message for Christmas and of freedom, which the Palestinian people is conveying to the world so that justice, peace, love, and unity will prevail in the land of Palestine – which will be achieved when the occupation leaves and when our people is able to live in dignity, independence, and freedom. Abu Bakr conveyed the blessings of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] to the Christian families and to all of the male and female prisoners in the occupation's prison. District Governor Ghannam said: 'At this opportunity, we bless all of the members of the Palestinian people for the national holidays, which are not just Christian. We are proud of Jesus being Palestinian.'"

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PLO and PA officials visit mother of 6 terrorists: “The entire Palestinian people appreciates the sacrifice of this family, and the path of honorable struggle of its Martyr and prisoner sons is a crown of honor” to every person
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 13, 2018
     "The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and the Ramallah and El-Bireh district paid a solidarity visit yesterday morning (Wednesday) [Dec. 12, 2018] to the Abu Hmeid family (i.e., Um Nasser Abu Hmeid and her terrorist sons who are responsible for at least 10 murders; see note below), whose house the Israeli occupation decided to demolish after one of the family's sons, Islam Abu Hmeid, was accused of killing a soldier in the Al-Amari refugee camp several months ago.
The delegation from the commission and the district –led by Director of [PLO] Commission [of Prisoners' Affairs] Qadri Abu Bakr and District Governor [of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Laila Ghannam – met with Um Yusuf Abu Hmeid who is standing firm. They emphasized to her that the entire Palestinian people appreciates the sacrifice of this family, and that the path of honorable struggle of its Martyr (Shahid) and prisoner sons is a crown of honor to every free and respectable person. Abu Bakr and Ghannam emphasized that the occupation's crimes and its threats will not prevent the Palestinian leadership from fulfilling its obligations regarding the fighting and sacrificing families."
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PLO Prisoners Commission head: Israel is committing “medical crimes” against Palestinian prisoners and implants “illnesses and pains” into their bodies
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2018
Headline: “Abu Bakr: The occupation’s crimes against our prisoners are being committed before the eyes of the world”
    “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr yesterday [Nov. 22, 2018] criticized the international silence over the Israeli occupation’s medical crimes against the Palestinian prisoners that are being scandalously committed before the eyes and ears of the entire international community… Abu Bakr expressed his strong concern over the escalation of the scope of the crime and the ways it is committed against the prisoners, and particularly the medical crimes that truly threaten their lives, as there is a new large rate of released prisoners who are beginning to receive treatments and medicines immediately after their release so that they will be able to overcome the illnesses and pains that the occupation implanted in them.”
PLO head of Prisoners’ Affairs meets and glorifies terrorist who planted a bomb in an Israeli movie theater
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 18, 2018
 “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr began his visit in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, on Friday [Nov. 16, 2018] with a meeting with the first female prisoner of the Palestinian revolution, released prisoner Fatima Barnawi (i.e., terrorist, attempted to bomb a movie theater)… Abu Bakr emphasized that the fact that the program [of his visit to] Cairo… began with a visit to released prisoner Barnawi was meant to emphasize her position in the history of the Palestinian revolution, out of appreciation for her great sacrifice throughout her activity in the struggle, as she never hesitated to do everything she could for the homeland… Abu Bakr emphasized that he is proud of released prisoner Barnawi and of all of the Palestinian female prisoners… who were true partners alongside the Palestinian resistance members inside the prisons and outside of them, and whose acts of heroism had a central role in strengthening the unrelenting resolve for more than seven decades.”
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The picture accompanying the article shows Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr (on the right) with terrorist Fatima Barnawi.


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PLO director of prisoners assures terrorist salaries will continue
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2018

Official PA TV program "Topic of the Day"

Official PA TV host: “The Israeli Parliament’s decision will come into effect regarding deducting the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs from the taxes. How are you responding to this matter, and what are your steps
against it?” …
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr: “The prisoners, the released [prisoners], and their families can rest assured - as [PA] President [Abbas] has said: Even if we have only a penny left it will be spent on them. They are like all of the [public] employees. In other words, they will not be affected. What will be affected of course is the PA’s budget, because the salaries are approximately 1 billion [Israeli] shekels a year that we pay.”
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PLO Head of Prisoners’ Commission visits families of imprisoned murderers: “We will not abandon our prisoners and their families regardless of the price”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2018
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr emphasized that the issue of the prisoners in the occupation’s prisons is in a serious, complicated, and unprecedented state, which is expressed by the escalation of the extremist occupation government’s open attack against our prisoners and their families… Abu Bakr said this during his meeting with Jericho and Jordan Valley District Governor Jihad Abu Al-Asal and his visit to the families of the district’s most veteran prisoners…  Abu Bakr added that ‘The escalation of the attack against the prisoners and their families only strengthens our perseverance and insistence on being united around this fighting group, which has sacrificed everything for the freedom of this land and this people, and we will not abandon our prisoners and their families regardless of the price.’”

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Director of Prisoners’ Commission promises to continue salaries to terrorists and their families
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2018
      "In addition, [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri] Abu Bakr visited the Nablus and Tubas districts and met with representatives of institutions and released prisoners. He emphasized to them that the commitment to the prisoners and their families continues until they achieve their freedom, and that the leadership has many [options] in order to respond to Israel’s intent – with the support of the US – to harm the Palestinian tax money and deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners from it (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.).”

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Terrorist prisoner who planned murder teaches other prisoners international law and human rights
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 1, 2018
Headline: “Ramallah: A ceremony honoring the prisoners that passed a course in international law in Nafha and Hadarim”
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, in cooperation with The [International] Diplomatic Network of International Law and Human Rights and The Dream Academy, held a graduation ceremony yesterday [Sept. 30, 2018] for some students in the occupation’s Nafha Prison and Hadarim Prison. This was after they passed a training course in the field of international law and human rights, under the supervision of prisoners Ahed Abu Gholmeh (i.e., terrorist, planned murder of 1) and William Al-Rimawi (i.e., serving 30 years, PMW was unable to verify the nature of his crimes). Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam were present at the ceremony.”

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Head of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs praises PA Ministry of Education for “taking care to transfer the matriculation exams” to Palestinians in Israeli prisons
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 27, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] discussed the cooperation in the field of strengthening the prisoners’ right to education”

“Yesterday [Sept. 26, 2018] at the Ministry of Education building, [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam and Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr discussed ways of strengthening the cooperation to support the prisoners and released prisoners and strengthen their right to education building…
Abu Bakr praised the Ministry of Education’s efforts and its excellent role in supporting the prisoners’ cause, and for enabling them to complete their studies by taking care to transfer the matriculation exams to them inside the prisons.”
Newly appointed PLO Commissioner of Prisoners’ Affairs: We “will continue to support the resolve of the prisoners,” Israel and the US trying to “present them as terrorists”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2018
Headline: "Abu Bakr: The Israeli and American pressures will not prevent us from continuing [to fulfill] our obligation"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr emphasized that the leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, will continue to support the resolve of the prisoners and their families and will not succumb to the Israeli and American pressures calling to stop the Martyrs’ (Shahids) and prisoners' salaries (rawatib) and allowances (mukhassasat).
This was said during Abu Bakr’s meeting with families of Jerusalem prisoners and released prisoners at the municipality hall in the village of Al-Eizariya, in the presence of [Jerusalem] District Governor Adnan Ghaith…
Abu Bakr explained that the Israeli and American activity in the international arena is extensive and ongoing, and its goal is to create a stereotype of the Palestinian prisoners and to present them as terrorists. He noted that the US is attempting to use its international influence in order to realize the Israeli occupation’s goals.
Abu Bakr expressed his pride in the prisoners, who did not hesitate to sacrifice years of their lives for the freedom of the country and the people that has been suffering for seven decades from the worst occupation known to history."
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PLO official visits homes of terrorists, “emphasized the centrality of the interest in the cause of the prisoners”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 15, 2018
Headline: “Abu Bakr met with the relatives of the Bethlehem district prisoners and congratulated journalist Dar Ali on his release”

“[PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr met with dozens of released prisoners and relatives of prisoners from the city [of Bethlehem] yesterday [Sept. 14, 2018] at the Bethlehem District Hall, in the presence of Deputy District Governor Muhammad Taha Abu Ulya and Fatah’s Bethlehem Branch Secretary Muhammad Al-Masri, and emphasized the centrality of the interest in the cause of the prisoners and their relatives at all levels, the aid to them, and knowing their needs…
Slightly before the meeting, Abu Bakr visited the Commission’s directorate in Bethlehem and examined its needs in order to improve its activity and services in an ongoing manner. He also visited the home of the oldest of the district’s prisoners, Musa Nawawreh (PMW was unable to confirm the details of his crimes –Ed.), who was sentenced to life…
In addition, the delegation visited the home of prisoners Mahmoud Abu Sorour and Nasser Abu Sorour (i.e., terrorists, participated in murder of 1) – who were sentenced to life and arrested before the Oslo Accords – at the Aida refugee camp.”

Mahmoud and Nasser Abu Sorour – Palestinian terrorists who participated in planning and carrying out the assassination of Israeli security agent Haim Nachmani on Jan. 3, 1993, in Jerusalem. Each is serving 1 life sentence.
 
 
Head of PLO prisoners’ org says won’t give in to US and Israeli pressure on prisoners’ salaries, blesses prisoners, and visits mother of 6 terrorists
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Aug. 19, 2018
Posted text: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Maj. Gen. Qadri Abu Bakr emphasized that the Palestinian leadership – led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – will make every effort for the prisoners, the released prisoners, and their families. During a ceremony honoring some released prisoners in the Jenin district, Abu Bakr emphasized… that we must deal with the challenges, and that we must not give in to the American and Israeli pressure on everything connected to the salaries (rawatib) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners... He also blessed the prisoners within the prisons and their families for the blessed Eid Al-Adha… On the same matter, Director of Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr visited Khansa of Palestine Um Yusuf Abu Hmeid (i.e., mother of 6 terrorists) from the Al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah. She is the mother of a Martyr, 5 prisoners who were sentenced to life (sic., 4, the fifth is currently on trial), and an administrative [detainee].”

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PLO and PA officials express pride in Palestinian prisoners who carry out academic studies; Salaries to terrorists and their families “will not be harmed”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2018
Headline: “Completion of a course on international law and human rights for the prisoners of Nafha Prison”
       “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released [Prisoners’] Afairs Qadri Abu Bakr said that through all the years of the Palestinian struggle, the occupation has violated all of the international conventions and agreements that clearly discuss the rights of liberation movement prisoners, and the obligation of the state that holds them to provide them with all the necessities for sustenance and health and all of their humanitarian needs. Abu Bakr’s statements were made during the graduation ceremony of a course in international law and human rights for a group of 61 prisoners in the Nafha Prison… Abu Bakr expressed his pride in all the prisoners who have succeeded in turning the prisons into true schools, through the development of the study process with courses and classes and hundreds of them joining the Palestinian universities through distance learning…
District Governor Akram Al-Rajoub noted the ongoing achievements of the prisoners through the creation of new fields of victory every day that passes. He also added that regardless of how many pressures are exerted on the Palestinian leadership, the salaries (rawatib) of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and their families will not be harmed.”

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Head of prisoners’ org: Support of prisoners will continue until the prisons are empty; Israel has policy of “medical neglect” of adult prisoners and policy of “torture and abuse” of child prisoners
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2018
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Major General Qadri Abu Bakr said that the support for the prisoners is continuing until the occupation’s prisons are free of prisoners without exception, and that the commission will continue its work in order to provide its services to the released prisoners in accordance with the laws and regulations, and without prejudice… Abu Bakr added that the Israeli government is implementing a policy of medical neglect that is escalating to the point of imposing heavy punishments on the sick prisoners by not providing them with medical treatments and disregarding their health and lives… He also emphasized the graveness of what the child prisoners are being subjected to in the Israeli prisons: the policy of torture and abuse and the degrading treatment during their imprisonment...”

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