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Since the Palestinian Authority was established it has systematically indoctrinated young and old to hate Israelis and Jews. Using media, education, and cultural structures that it controls, the PA has actively promoted religious hatred, demonization, conspiracy libels, etc. These are packaged to present Israelis and Jews as endangering Palestinians, Arabs, and all humanity. This ongoing campaign has so successfully instilled hatred that fighting, murder and even suicide terror against Israelis and Jews are seen by the majority of Palestinians as justified self-defense and as Allah’s will.


Throughout history bogus conspiracy accusations have been used to incite hatred, violence, and mass murder. The myriad conspiracy libels concerning Israel, Israelis and Jews are an integral part of the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing hate promotion. PA libels claim that Israel conspires to infect Palestinians with AIDS, spread drug addiction, conspired and successfully murdered Arafat, and more. The PA’s goal has been to inculcate hatred to the degree that fighting and murdering Jews and Israelis will be glorified as heroic self-defense.
Libel: Israel abuses prisoners
The PA is intensifying its longstanding libel campaign, falsely accusing Israel of conducting horrific Nazi-like medical experiments on prisoners. These lies include stories that prisoners are used as “guinea pigs for clinical testing of drugs and treatment-methods" and “inmates received injections … which caused their hair and facial hair to fall out permanently ... others lost their sanity… some are suffering from infertility." Israeli prisons are compared to Nazi camps, as expressed by PA Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: “The conditions of our Palestinian prisoners are worse than the Auschwitzes of the Nazis, where Jewish detainees were held.” [PA TV (Fatah), Oct. 6, 2011]
  
These libels are essential tools to demonize Israel using the highly sensitive subject of Palestinian prisoners.

The following are examples of the prisoner libel: 
Fatah official accuses Israel of refusing Palestinian prisoners shelter from rockets in plot "to wipe out and exterminate the ‎prisoners‎" - forgetting that rockets are fired by Palestinians 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2014
     ‎“Deputy [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Ziad Abu Ein emphasized during a ‎meeting with several foreign [news] ‎agencies that the vast majority of ‎‎[Palestinian] prisoners are held in the ‎Ketziot, Nafha, Eshel, Ohalei Keidar and ‎Shikma prisons, and that in view of the ‎current campaign (i.e., Operation ‎Protective Edge), they are now exposed to ‎great danger and death. ‎
Abu Ein noted that there are no suitable ‎shelters to guarantee the protection of the ‎Palestinian prisoners, and that they [the ‎shelters] are restricted, in a racist fashion, ‎solely for the [prison] administration and ‎prison guards, which constitutes a war ‎crime according to international law, for ‎which the Israeli government is ‎responsible, especially as the rockets are ‎falling in this region one after the other. ‎
Abu Ein disclosed that Israel may be ‎doing this intentionally in order to wipe out ‎and exterminate the prisoners, and ‎demanded that they be provided ‎protection quickly, either through their ‎transfer to safer areas or through their ‎immediate release.”‎

Note: This article was published as Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Prisoner's daughter on PA TV: Israel injected my father with a cancerous tumor 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 24, 2014
Official PA TV program In a Fighter’s ‎Home visited the family of Ahmad‎ ‎Abdallah Abu Haniyeh, who spent 20 ‎years in an Israeli prison, most of them in ‎administrative detention, and died of ‎cancer. ‎
Daughter of Ahmad ‎ Abdallah Abu ‎Haniyeh: “When he became sick as a ‎result of the substance they forced into his ‎head – we don’t know what substance – it ‎gave him a cancerous tumor.”‎
PA TV cartoon shows shackled prisoner carrying Israel on his back 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 8, 2014
Official PA TV cultural program Panorama of the Hour showed a cartoon of a shackled ‎Palestinian prisoner carrying a map including the area of all of Israel and the PA areas ‎on his back.‎
Text on image:
"Freight camel”‎
Israel injects prisoners with cancer 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 7, 2014
Official PA TV program Link in a Chain on prisoner Nassim Radwan Khattab
Radwan Khattab’s brother: “Israel added the disease of cancer to his wound. In addition [to it]. I’m sure they injected the cancer into Nassim with a needle.”

Radwan Khattab was sentenced to 12 years in prison, of which he has served 10. PMW has been unable to verify the details of his crime.
Official PA TV: Israel poisons prisoners and released prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 2, 2014
Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem hosted Ahmed Safadi, brother of Israeli-Arab lawyer Amjad Safadi.
Amjad Safadi – a lawyer from East Jerusalem who was arrested on March 6, 2014, on suspicions of transferring messages and money from Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners in Israeli jails to their families in the Gaza Strip. He committed suicide in his home on April 22, a few days after having been released from administrative detention, and a week before he was due to stand trial in court on charges of contact with a foreign agent, providing service to an unlawful association and performing property transaction for terrorist purposes.

Ahmed Safadi, brother of Israeli-Arab lawyer Amjad Safadi:
“I maintain that the occupation gave Amjad a few pills and a few medicaments that led to his death, led to the deterioration of his health and mental condition. That’s the claim and it will be proven soon, Allah willing. Therefore, this affair was planned by the occupation.”
PA TV Host: “Ahmed, there is a clear message here from the occupation state, including all its apparatuses, to the prisoners and the released prisoners and to all the lawyers working for the prisoners: ‘Beware – your fate will be like that of Amjad.’”
Official PA daily: "Prisoners’ bodies are becoming testing fields for the Israeli pharmaceutical and medical companies" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2014
     “In a report published yesterday [April 13, 2014] on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, the Ministry [of Prisoners’ Affairs] explained [that]… skin diseases, chest infections, ulcers, cancerous tumors, kidney failures, cartilage [erosion], blood clots, arthritis, spinal pain, stress, diabetes, impaired vision, tooth pain and mental diseases have been spreading [among the prisoners], and so the prisoners’ bodies are becoming testing fields for the Israeli pharmaceutical and medical companies.”
Israeli prison doctors "use the prisoners as guinea pigs" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2014
     “During the solidarity vigil organized by the Muhjat Alquds Foundation and the Doctors’ Forum (the medical organization of the Islamic Jihad Movement) as part of the events held in support of the prisoners… [Doctors’ Forum coordinator] Dr. Nihad Abed addressed the suffering of the prisoners, who are caught between the hammer of illness and the anvil of medical neglect…
He disclosed that the prison doctors, who are actually from the Israeli intelligence [services], use the prisoners as guinea pigs for medical [experiments]… with the aim of killing [them] slowly.”
Palestinian ambassador to Yemen: Prisoners “became Martyrs under the guillotine of intentional medical neglect by the Israelis” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 10, 2014
     “Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Yemen Diab Al-Louh announced the launch of the international campaign to free prisoner and [PA] Parliament (Legislative Council) and Fatah Central Committee Member Marwan Barghouti, who has been held in the prisons of the Israeli occupation since April 15, 2002, and who [is serving] five life sentences. This announcement came during the well-attended national rally, organized by the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Yemen in support of the prisoner [and] leader Marwan Barghouti, and of all the prisoners, male and female, [being held] in the prisons of the occupation…Al-Louh said: ‘…We commemorate the heroic Martyrs (Shahids) of the prisoner movement. We evoke the memory of 205 Martyrs from among the prisoners, including 52 Palestinian prisoners who became Martyrs under the guillotine of intentional medical neglect by the Israelis, 73 prisoners who became Martyrs as a result of barbaric, inhumane and illegal torture in the prisons and detention stations, and 72 prisoners who became Martyrs by [falling victim to] premeditated murder.’ Ambassador Al-Louh said the launch of the campaign [to free] prisoner [and] leader Marwan Barghouti and all the prisoners coincided with the anniversary of the deaths of the heroes of the Savoy operation as Martyrs in 1975.”

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.

For a description of the terrorist, click "full article.'"
Activists protest Israel’s “policy of medical neglect of the prisoners” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2014
     “Activists and prisoners’ family members held a sit-down strike in front of the offices of the Red Cross in the city of El-Bireh to protest the [Israel] Prison Service’s policy of medical neglect of the prisoners…
In a speech, Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Ziad Abu Ein emphasized that there must be a timetable for the release of all prisoners… He noted that resistance is still a valid option in the struggle to free the prisoners.”
Israeli medical interns conduct medical experiments on Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2014
Headline: “Medical mistakes are not coincidental, but intentional, and Israel’s doctors are training on prisoners.”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs called attention to the medical mistakes that are being made on prisoners in the occupation prisons. The ministry said in its report that what are referred to as ‘mistakes’ have over the years become deliberate, according to observations and prisoners’ testimonies. [This] demonstrates disregard for the lives and health of sick prisoners, and care for them lacks any medical or professional responsibility…
The report emphasized that most doctors working in the [Israel] Prison Service are interns who have not received [their] medical license but are sent after finishing university to train in the prisons without any supervision. These interns carry out their work in prison clinics and interrogation or holding center clinics. This leads to many medical mistakes made on prisoners by the interns, who have turned the prisoners’ bodies into a field experiment and tools for scientific research…
In addition, the report said that no distinction can be made between the increase in medical mistakes made on prisoners in the occupation prisons and between the medical experiments being performed on them, as exposed by [former] Israeli MP Dalia Itzik in 1997, and the [Israeli] Health Ministry’s testing various medications on prisoners, along with its authorizing Israeli pharmaceutical companies to do the same. At that time [1997], it was reported that thousands of such pharmaceutical tests were conducted secretly on prisoners’ bodies.”

Note: Click "full article" below to read more about the libelous claim that Israeli MP Dalia Itzik exposed that medical experiments were being conducted on Palestinian prisoners.
PA minister: 2013 is “year of medical crimes by Israel against prisoners – prisons are a guillotine for executions” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 29, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake said 2013 can clearly be considered the year of medical crimes systematically carried out by Israel against the prisoners in the Israeli prisons. This is evident from the rise in the total [number] of sick prisoners that year from 800 cases of illness to 1,400 and [from the fact that] 25 cancer cases and malignant tumors were identified.
Karake said four Martyrs (Shahids) died in prison in 2013… and that such a number of prisoners dying as Martyrs in a single year is a dangerous precedent, which serves as an indication that the prisons have turned into a guillotine for executions and that medical neglect has become a means of intentionally killing the prisoners.”
Israel practices “Nazi occupation policy” against prisoners 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2013
     “A delegation from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine [DFLP] in the Salfit district visited the district’s Ministry of Released Prisoners’ Affairs branch yesterday [Dec. 9, 2013] to congratulate new director, Nadhir Al-Salkhi, who stood at the head of the reception of the [Democratic] Front members, along with the office staff. The [Democratic] Front delegation included [Democratic] Front secretary in the district and central leadership member Hakam Qadri…
Qadri emphasized that it is important to show great interest in the prisoners and their cause, especially during this period, in which they face the Nazi occupation policy, whose purpose is to destroy and kill them.”

Note: The DFLP carried out many deadly terror attacks, including the taking of schoolchildren as hostages leading to the killing of 22 children and 4 adults in Ma’alot (May 15, 1974), an attack on a school bus killing 9 children and 3 adults (May 22, 1970), a bombing in Jerusalem killing 7 (Nov. 13, 1975), the killing of 4 hostages in an apartment building in Beit Shean (Nov. 11, 1974) and a suicide bombing near Tel Aviv killing 4 (Dec. 25, 2003). DFLP has participated in and claimed responsibility for dozens of other terror attacks.
PA minister: Israeli authorities "intentionally carry out a policy of not providing [medical] care for… prisoners suffering from cancer, heart problems, paralysis and disabilities" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake appealed to the Pope of the Vatican, Benedict XVI, to urgently interfere to save the lives of sick prisoners in the occupation prisons who are in extremely dangerous health conditions…
Karake emphasized [in the letter] that the occupation authorities intentionally carry out a policy of not providing [medical] care for sick [prisoners] and at every moment prisoners suffering from cancer, heart [problems], paralysis and disabilities die Martyrdom deaths.”
PA minister: Israel implements policy of slowly executing prisoners 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake said that the Israeli government is implementing a policy of slow execution against the sick prisoners, by delaying their release and the treatments they require.”
Official PA daily columnist: Israel kills prisoners slowly as part of a systematic policy 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2013
Op-ed by Columnist for official PA daily Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
     “The Martyr (Shahid), heroic prisoner Hassan Al-Turabi passed away yesterday [Nov. 5, 2013] in a hospital in Afula as a result of torture and medical neglect by Israeli occupation authorities. This is the third Martyr this year from among the prisoners, following prisoners Arafat Jaradat and Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh. He is the 208th prisoner [to die a] Martyr in the occupation prisons… The testimony given by Martyr Al-Turabi before his death as a Martyr, and the testimony of the doctor at the Israeli hospital clearly indicate the Israeli prison authorities’ intentional disregard of the lives of the prisoners of freedom in general and the sick prisoners specifically, because they try to kill the prisoners of freedom slowly as part of a systematic policy, with no moral or legal reservations and without considering any political aspect of the intentional assassination of prisoners… This new crime demands… [that we] work to bring the Israeli state leaders to trial before the International Criminal Court, especially as the number of Palestinian Martyrs in the occupation prisons has crossed all logical lines. The more their crimes are met with silence, the more they [shed] Palestinian blood.”

Note: Hassan Al-Turabi – was arrested by Israel for possession of weapons in January 2013. He had been diagnosed with cancer several years before. After his condition deteriorated he was transferred to an Israeli hospital and released from prison a day after being hospitalized. He died while receiving treatment in the Israeli hospital.
Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh - Hamas member who served life in prison 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.
Families of prisoners admit security checks during prison visits are fine 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2013
Interview with released murderer Osama Abu Hananeh’s family:
PA TV reporter: “Let’s talk about the [prison] visits - how you suffered... the difficulties you encountered during this long period of contacting [your brother] Osama. The permits and harassments to prisoners’ families are well known when they want to visit [relatives in prison]. What happened to you?”
Brother of released murderer Osama Abu Hananeh: “Of course, visiting was very difficult... The methods of inspection, the prison management’s behavior towards us. Of course all these things are hard. The visit was exhausting when we went through the [security] check. They would even pass our shoes through a machine.”

Interview with released prisoner Ahmad Abd Al-Aziz Qadura’s family:

PA TV reporter: “What difficulties did you encounter when you went to visit your sons? Were there any transportation problems in reaching the prisons?”
Mother of released murderer Ahmad Abd Al-Aziz Qadura: “No, by Allah, nothing. Thank Allah, we would visit them and go home.”
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Note: Osama Abu Hananeh and Ahmad Abd Al-Aziz Qadura – they and accomplices Osama Al-Silawi, and Muhammad Turkeman, murdered Motti Biton and wounded his wife Molly near Jenin in October 1992. They were sentenced to life in prison, but were released in October 2013 as part of 104 prisoners released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
PA Minister: Israeli prisons are places of “slow killing and death” 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 24, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake announced the launch of the International Campaign to Release the Sick Prisoners from the Israeli Occupation Prisons…
He [PA Minister Karake] said: ‘The policy of systematic medical neglect, the doctors who practice on prisoners’ bodies, the incorrect medications and the medical intervention [only] at the last moment, have turned the Israeli prisons into an area of slow killing and death.’”
Released prisoner says Israel conducts “drug experiments” on prisoners 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2013
     “Released prisoner Tawfiq Abu Na’im… described… the increase in the number of cancer cases and the drug experiments that are conducted on prisoners. He noted that this necessitates continuing to conduct negotiations in order to force Israel to fulfill its promises regarding prisoner releases, or to make use of the rifle which has demonstrated that it is the only solution for obtaining the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights.”

Note: In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Tawfiq Abu Na’im – convicted of kidnapping and murder and sentenced to on life sentence in May 1989. PMW has been unable to verify the specific circumstances of his crime. He was released in October 2011 in the Shalit exchange – in which the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
PA: Palestinian prisoners undergo torture, medical experiments, and neglect 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2013
Headline: “A popular conference calls on the international community and its leadership to intervene in order to save the sick prisoners and end their catastrophic condition”
     “At the end of discussions at a popular conference held yesterday [Oct. 9, 2013] in El-Bireh, [participants said that they] lay responsibility on the Israeli occupation government for the sick prisoners’ health and for any ramifications [resulting] from additional Martyrs (Shahids) falling among them…
The President [Rami Hamdallah]’s representative, Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul, and [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake spoke at the conference …
Al-Aloul noted that there are more than 150 prisoners sick with chronic and serious diseases due to the unhygienic conditions in which they live, over-crowding in cells that contributes to the spread of contagious diseases, the poor quality of food and drink, their exposure to torture and means of psychological pressure, and the use of prisoners as guinea pigs by prison doctors, [all] part of a systematic policy…
Karake blamed Israel of slowly killing the prisoners. He noted that most of the sick [prisoners] became sick inside the prisons, after being imprisoned, and [that they] did not receive medical examinations or treatment.
Karake said that Israel is a ‘criminal’ state that uses organized terror against the prisoners in its prisons.”
PA accuses Israel of “slow killing” and neglecting “scores of chronically ill prisoners” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 2, 2013
     “During its first meeting, convened yesterday [Oct. 1, 2013] in Ramallah [and] chaired by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the 16th [Palestinian] government declared… its support for non-violent popular resistance against the occupation, settlements and the [separation] wall, and the citizens’ right to protect their lands…
The government saluted the resolve of our brave prisoners in the occupation prisons. It demanded that all human rights organizations, humanitarian organizations, health organizations and UN organizations expose Israeli acts and [make] Israel commit to the Convention Against Torture, the Fourth Geneva Convention and all international treaties and conventions. This [demand was made] in view of the slow killing with which the prisoners in the occupation prisons must contend, as a result of intentional medical neglect and [in view of the fact that] scores of chronically ill prisoners and hunger strikers whose lives are in danger are not being provided with the necessary medical treatment.”
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