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Violence and terror
Glorifying terrorists and terror
Violence and terror
After demonizing Jews and Israelis, including citing Islamic sources that depict Jews negatively, and culminating with ongoing lies and libels that portray Jews as an immediate threat to Palestinian life and existence, the Palestinian Authority foment violence against Jews and Israelis, presenting it as legitimate and even heroic self-defense.

PA terror promotion takes many forms. Nationalistically, the PA actively elevates violence as a valid and heroic means to achieve political goals, while religiously, fighting and killing Jews has been presented repeatedly by PA religious and academic leaders as Allah’s will. On the social level, Palestinian leaders and society honor even the most loathsome of murderers portraying them as heroes and role models: Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 were killed, has schools, summer camps, and many other events and places baring her name to immortalize and glorify her and her terror attack.
 
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The success of the PA’s promotion of violence is readily evident: A majority of Palestinians support killing and suicide terror against civilian Jews and Israelis. A poll conducted after the murder of eight teenagers who were studying in a Jerusalem high school in 2008, found that 84% of Palestinians supported the murder [NY Times, March 19, 2008, citing the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research].


This violent image of a dagger being thrust into the Star of David has appeared hundreds of times in a video clip for children on PA TV, from 2001 – 2008.

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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Palestinian society’s habitual glorification of terrorists as heroes and role models is one of its most effective means of promoting terror. In honoring the worst killers, the PA is simultaneously giving approval to murder and enticing future terrorists with assurances of glory and honor if they succeed in killing. Terror and murder become the Palestinian’s ticket to fame, honor and glory.

The terrorists honored most highly amongst Palestinian society are those who have killed the greatest number. Abd Al-Baset Udeh, killer of 30 at the Passover Seder massacre, had a soccer tournament for 14-year-olds named for him. His brother was honored with distributing the trophies. Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist bus hijacker (led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children) has had summer camps, schools, graduation ceremonies and sporting events named for her, as well as many TV documentaries honoring her. Palestinian newspapers also frequently glorify Mughrabi, as in the Al-Ayyam article which described Mughrabi as writing "the most glorious page of heroism in the history of the Palestinian struggle. [Aug. 2, 2009]. Thaer Hammad, who as a lone gunman murdered 10 Israelis in 2002, was glorified by the official PA daily as “the hero of the Intifada."

This adulation of the worst terrorists and praise for their heroism reflects the policy of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. This video shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas,
issuing “greetings of honour and esteem” to mass murderers, whom he publicly names, one by one:
“I send greetings of honour and esteem to all prisoners...
Said 'Ataba (serving life sentence for murder in terror attack)…
Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences for planning murderous terror attacks)
Ahmad Sa'adat (serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP; honored on PA TV for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister Ze'evi in 2001, but never tried)
Aziz Dweik (Hamas leader, chairman of Palestinian parliament)
Jamal Huweil (life sentence for planning terror attacks)
Jamal Tirawi (life sentence for café suicide terror attack).
Greetings to you from our people.”
[PA TV (Fatah), April 17, 2008]
At least 8 streets in multiple Palestinian cities named after Abu Jihad 
Source: PMW, Aug. 1, 2015
Bethlehem:‎ The Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) Street
Ramallah:‎ The Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) Street, The Martyr Abu Jihad College Street, Beitunia (in the Ramallah Governorate)‎
Tulkarem:‎ The Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) Street, The Martyr Abu Jihad Street ‎
Hebron:‎ The Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) Street
Jenin:‎ The Martyr Abu Jihad Street
Bir Nabala (northeast of Jerusalem)‎: The Martyr Abu Jihad Street

Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Street in Bethlehem named after "Martyr" Hussein Abayat 
Source: PMW, Aug. 1, 2015
"The Martyr Hussein Abayat Street" in Bethlehem.

Note: Hussein Abayat - Commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in the West Bank. He was involved in ‎shooting attacks against civilians and military in the Bethlehem area, including the killing of Sgt. Max ‎Hazan and the injuring of border policeman Shimon Ohana. Abayat was killed in November 2000 when he ‎was hit by a rocket fired by an IDF helicopter.‎
Street and square in Qalqilya named after "Martyr" Abu Ali Iyad 
Source: PMW, Aug. 1, 2015
"The Martyr Abu Ali Iyad Street and Square" in Qalqilya

Note: Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966 and was ‎responsible for several terror attacks. The attacks included a bombing in the town of ‎Beit Yosef in northern Israel on April 25, 1966 (injuring 3 people), and placing bombs ‎in the town of Margaliot in northern Israel on July 19, 1966. He was killed in 1971 in ‎Jordan by the Jordanian army when it forced Fatah members out of the country.‎

Street in Tulkarem named after "Martyr" Raed Al-Karmi 
Source: PMW, Aug. 1, 2015
"The Martyr Raed Al-Karmi Street" in Tulkarem

Note: Raed Al-Karmi was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 ‎Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; ‎Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; ‎Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez ‎Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002‎
Street in Hebron named after "Martyr" Maysara Abu Hamdiya 
Source: PMW, Aug. 1, 2015
"The Martyr Maysara Abu Hamdiya Street" in Hebron.

Note: Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh - Hamas member who was serving a life term for recruiting ‎and training terrorists, preparing explosives for suicide bombings, attempted murder, ‎and possession of weapons. Died of cancer while being treated at the Israeli Soroka ‎Hospital in April 2013.‎

City square in Jenin named after "Martyr" Abu Ali Mustafa 
Source: PMW, Aug. 1, 2015
"The Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa Square" in Jenin.

Note: Abu Ali Mustafa - Secretary-General of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of ‎Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP, which rejected the Oslo Accords (1993), has planned and carried out ‎numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian ‎terror campaign between 2000-2005 (the Intifada).‎
PA District Governor Laila Ghannam lays wreaths at graves of terrorists responsible for Savoy terror attack  
Source: Facebook, "Friends of Dr. Laila Ghannam", July 17, 2015

Image and text posted on the Facebook page “Friends of [District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Laila Ghannam”
Text: “[District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Dr. Laila Ghannam and the [Ramallah] Security Authorit y began the holiday (Eid Al-Fitr) by laying wreaths, visiting the grave of Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat, the monument of the Martyrs of the Palestinian revolution in El-Bireh, the Al-Amari refugee camp and Beitunia, the grave of the Martyrs of the Jordanian army, and the grave of the Martyrs of the Savoy operation (i.e., terror attack at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv in 1975, 11 killed) in the cemetery of Ramallah, and reciting the [Quranic Sura of] Al-Fatiha for their pure souls.”
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Note: Savoy terror attack - In March 1975, eight terrorists traveled by boat from Lebanon to a Tel Aviv beach. They took over the Savoy Hotel and took guests as hostages. The next morning, Israeli forces attacked and killed seven of the terrorists. Eight hostages and three soldiers were killed by the terrorists during the attack.
Terrorist honored with monument in his name and televised visit to his mother's home 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, July 17, 2015


Camera pans in on monument in Nablus dedicated to terrorist Abu Sharakh.‎

Text on monument: "Martyr leader, Naif Abu Sharakh, commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ ‎Brigades, leader of the Martyrdom-seekers"‎
Fatah-run Awdah TV host: “Mother of Martyr Naif Abu Sharakh gave both her sons for the land ‎and the homeland. Let's meet her. We are very happy to meet you and very proud of you. A ‎Palestinian mother such as yourself, whom we are proud of, you have given two of your sons for ‎the homeland.”‎
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Note: Naif Abu Sharakh was the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military ‎wing) in Nablus. He was involved in many terror attacks against Israel, including a double ‎suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Jan. 5, 2003 in which 23 people were killed and dozens injured. ‎Abu Sharakh was killed by the Israeli army on June 26, 2004.‎
Murderer of 15 honored as "Martyr... an example of giving, resolve and heroism" by PA officials 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 16, 2015
Headline: "Laying wreaths on the grave of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Sukkar"
     "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, and Head of Turmus Ayya Town Council Ribhi Mahmoud, laid wreaths on the grave of Martyr (Shahid) and veteran prisoner Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar in Turmus Ayya, on the occasion of the first (sic., second) anniversary of Abu Sukkar's death... Ghannam stated: 'The spirit of Ahmad Abu Sukkar is the spirit of freedom burning in our souls and in our lives. We will remain loyal to the path of this great fighter, who sacrificed his life for the freedom and independence of Palestine.'
Karake stated: 'Ahmad Abu Sukkar was a real man, fighter and human being who left his mark on everyone. He set an example of giving, resolve and heroism. We are proud of him for being one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle and a symbol of the male and female prisoners' struggle for freedom and honor.'"
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Released terrorist who kidnapped and murdered Israeli civilian congratulated on birth of his son by PA Governor and PA minister 
Source: Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, July 16, 2015

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam
Text: “Her Honor District Governor [of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Laila Ghannam and His Honor Minister [and Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake visit released prisoner Ismat Mansour from the village of Dir Jarir and congratulate him on his newborn baby.”
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Note: Ismat Mansour – assisted in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli civilian Haim Mizrahi (Oct. 23, 1993). He was serving 22 years in prison, but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
PA daily glorifies terrorist who killed 5 in synagogue as “Martyr” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2015
Headline: “The occupation breaks into the home of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jamal in Jerusalem ahead of its demolition ”
      “The occupation army broke into the home of Martyr (Shahid) Ghassan Abu Jamal in the village of Jabel Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem yesterday [July 14, 2015], ahead of its demolition. The Abu Jamal family explained that the occupation army had broken into the family home and photographed it from outside, and that teams of experts measured and examined the house’s foundations and walls as a preliminary step to the decision to demolish it.”
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Note: Ghassan Abu Jamal – carried out the Jerusalem synagogue terror attack with his cousin Uday Abu Jamal. On Nov. 18, 2014, the two terrorists from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security Forces that arrived on the scene.
PA official: Terrorist prisoners who together killed 12 deserve pity on Ramadan because "the holiday is bitter and difficult" in the Israeli prisons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2015
Headline: "In the homes of the prisoners the atmosphere and joy of the holiday is missing"
     "After 33 years of imprisonment, Eid El-Fitr this year, 2015, will be the 65th holiday of the prisoners Karim Younes and his cousin Maher Younes from the village of Arah in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) while still behind the walls and bars of the occupation's prisons... Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake explained that... inside the prison, the holiday is bitter and difficult, as the [Israel] Prison Service does not honor the religious and social events of prisoners, forbids group holiday prayers in prison, and prevents bringing in sweets and special dishes for the holidays. Despite this, the prisoners try to overcome their difficult situation through simple ceremonies like holiday prayer, internal visits between rooms, blessing each other, and preparing simple, easy sweet baked goods, and thus send a message to the [Israeli] Prison Service, that they have the right to celebrate the holiday and have hope that their next celebration will be their freedom.
He added: 'The holiday is very difficult for many Palestinian homes, such as the home of the prisoner couple Ibrahim Agbaria and Muna Qa'adan, and the female prisoner released only two weeks ago, Samaher Zayn Al-Din, who left behind her husband Nader Zayn Al-Din and her three brothers, Nazih, Ahmad, and Abd Al-Rahman Othman. This is in addition to the Abu Hmeid family from the Al-Amari refugee camp, which includes four imprisoned brothers, three of them serving life sentences.'"
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PA TV host honors imprisoned terrorists, calling them “heroic” and “brave” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 8, 2015
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance, hosted Jihad Al-Shahatit, a released prisoner from Dura who served 13 years in prison and interviewed him about the atmosphere in prison during Ramadan, and the way the prison authorities treat prisoners during Ramadan.
Released terrorist Jihad Al-Shahatit: “Greetings to our heroic prisoners in the darkness of prison, to our brother and great Commander Abu Al-Qassam - Marwan Barghouti, to friend Ahmad Sa’adat, and to all the brothers who are members of the PA Parliament (Legislative Committee)...”
Mother of terrorist Ali Abd Al-Hadi Al-Bo: “I am the mother of prisoner Ali Abd Al-Hadi Al-Bo.”
Official PA TV reporter: “How long is his sentence?”
Mother of terrorist Ali Abd Al-Hadi Al-Bo: “My son was sentenced to 2 life sentences, 50 years, and [a fine of] 3,500,000 shekels...”
Official PA TV host: “The mother of the heroic prisoner [Ali Abd Al-Hadi Al-Bo] drew my attention [when she said]: ’Food has no taste when my son is in the occupation’s prison.’”
Young girl: “We greet heroic prisoner Bilal Abbas...”
Official PA TV host: “All blessings to our prisoner Bilal Abbas and all our brave prisoners.”

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Prisoner who participated in Ramallah lynch glorified as “heroic prisoner” on PA TV  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 7, 2015
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance about prisoner Raed Al-Sheikh, a Palestinian policeman who was involved in the lynch in Ramallah (lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered two Israeli reservists –Ed.) and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Official PA TV host
: “In this episode we will talk about heroic prisoner Raed Al-Sheikh from the Jabaliya refugee camp.”

Note: Raed Al-Sheikh – A Palestinian police officer from Gaza sentenced to life imprisonment for his leading role in the Ramallah lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered two Israeli reservists who had accidentally entered Ramallah, and mutilated their bodies.
PA daily glorifies terrorist murderers as “Martyrs”, claims terrorist who tried to murder Rabbi Yehuda Glick was “assassinated” by Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 7, 2015
Headline: “The occupation raided the homes of the Martyrs (Shahids) Mutaz Hijazi and Abu Jamal in Silwan”    
     “The occupation forces raided the homes of the Martyrs Mutaz Hijazi and Ghassan Abu Jamal in Jerusalem… It should be noted that the occupation assassinated the Martyr Hijazi on Oct. 30, 2014, after it surrounded him on the roof of his home, claiming he shot the extreme rabbi, Yehuda Glick… [Uday and Ghassan] Abu Jamal died as Martyrs in the middle of last November, after carrying out an operation in the Har Nof synagogue in West Jerusalem.”
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Notes: Mutaz Hijazi - Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner from Jerusalem who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, on Oct. 29, 2014. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force that was attempting to arrest him.

Jerusalem synagogue terror attack – On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security Forces that arrived on the scene.

PA TV and District Governor visit prisoner who murdered 11, send greetings to all serving life sentences 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 4, 2015
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance on a visit to home of prisoner Abd Al-Fattah Doleh’s family, with the participation of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam.
Fatah Secretary in Ramallah Muwaffaq Sahwil: “We were on a visit in Silwad, we visited our brother Thaer Hammad, to whom we send greetings as part of this meeting, to him and all the prisoners serving life sentences in the occupation’s prisons, we wish them a speedy release in the near future.”

Note: Abd Al-Fattah Doleh – Member of the Tanzim (Fatah’s military wing). He is serving a 12-year sentence for his participation in the kidnapping and murder of 16 year-old Ofir Rahum on Jan. 17, 2001. Amna Muna met Rahum in an Internet chat room and engaged him in an online romance that culminated in his agreeing to meet her. She drove him to Ramallah, where they were met by Doleh and another accomplice, Hassan Alkadi, who shot Rahum to death.

Thaer Hammad – is serving 11 life sentences for murdering 3 civilians and 7 Israeli soldiers in an ambush on March 3, 2002, when he shot them down one by one from a hilltop.
PLO official visits terrorist prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti, who planned attacks that killed 5 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2015
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] visited several prisons and met with a number of leaders of the prisoners’ movement.”
     “Director General of Legal Affairs in the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs  Luay Akkeh visited a number of prisons and met with a number of the leaders of the prisoners’ movement: Prisoner and leader Marwan Barghouti, female prisoner and [PA] Parliament Member Khalida Jarrar, most veteran prisoner of the occupation’s prisons Karim Younes, and prisoner  Ammar Mardi.”

Notes: Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.

Khalida Jarrar – PA MP arrested on April 12, 2015 for being a member of the terror organization PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), for inciting to kidnap Israeli soldiers and inciting to terror. Jarrar’s case is still pending as of this writing (Aug. 13, 2015).

Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Ammar Mardi – serving one life sentence for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli youth Yuri Gushchin from Pisgat Ze’ev on July 24, 2001.

Murderer of 5 in synagogue honored as “Martyr” who carried out “operation” by official PA news agency 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 1, 2015
Headline: “Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jamal’s home in occupied Jerusalem was closed”
     “Our reporter reported that large and reinforced occupation army forces invaded Jabel Mukaber today [July 1, 2015] after 3 a.m., and evacuated the home of Martyr (Shahid) Uday Abu Jamal (one of those who carried out the synagogue operation in November last year) [parenthesis in source] where the Martyr’s father, mother, three brothers and sister reside.”
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Note: Jerusalem synagogue terror attack – On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in
Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security Forces that arrived on the scene.

Praise for Palestinian mother whose 4 sons are imprisoned for terror-related crimes 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 30, 2015
Ma’an TV reports on the fast-breaking meal for prisoners’ relatives and foreign diplomats:
Ma’an TV host: “For the last 30 years, Latifa Abu Hmeid from the Al-Amari [refugee] camp hasn’t gathered around one table with her sons for Ramadan, because her sons were wanted, and afterward imprisoned, and sentenced to life, and so Al-Khansa of Palestine spends another Ramadan without her children.”
Mother of four prisoners Latifa Abu Hmeid: “I am a mother whose four sons were sentenced to life, and at the moment, each son is in a different prison, only I visit them now, and I can’t always visit them. As far as I’m concerned, Ramadan or not, it’s a regular day. I don’t have a Ramadan table to serve, with my children gathered around it.”
Ma’an TV host: “The suffering of the Abu Hmeid family from the Al-Amari [refugee] camp and the story of five of its sons, four of them serving life sentences, and the fifth who died as a Martyr, this suffering was felt at the fast-breaking meal of consuls and ambassadors to Palestine.”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake: “This is a political message, especially in the presence of ambassadors, consuls, and guests, a political message in which we assert that the issue of the imprisoned Palestinians is a central issue for us in every just peace [agreement] in the region.”

Caption: Issa Karake (standing) and Abu Hmeid (sitting, center back)

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Fatah officials wish for freedom for prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti and other terrorists 
Source: Ahmad Al-Barahmeh YouTube channel, June 29, 2015
Fatah Central Committee and PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat: “I, [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member] brother Issa Karake, [Chairman of the Prisoners' Club] brother Qadura Fares, and the [PLO] Negotiation Department staff are honored to welcome the esteemed ambassadors, representatives, and consuls of friendly Arab and foreign countries, and the Arab and foreign press, to a mass Ramadan fast-breaking meal in honor of families of our heroic prisoners. I welcome each one of you, and we ask of Allah that when we have our Ramadan fast-breaking meal next year, the prisons will be empty…  At this moment there are 22 [imprisoned] Palestinian parliament members and political leaders, among them: [PA Parliament Member] Marwan Barghouti, [Former head of PFLP] Ahmad Sa’adat, [PA Parliament Member] Sister Khalida Jarrar, and others…
Glory and eternity to our strong-hearted Martyrs (Shahids), freedom for our prisoners, recovery to our wounded. Long live Palestine, long live Palestine, long live Palestine!”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake: “Here sit families with all their children in prison, Samer Al-Issawi, his sister, and also his brother -three children in prison. Um Nasser [Abu] Hmeid, also three (sic, she has four sons in prison, -Ed.) children in prison, and mother of a Martyr.”

 Latifa Abu Hmeid, mother of four prisoners,
is shown sitting (center) at a table with Issa Karake (left) and others

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