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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: 
PLO official: Appointing imprisoned terrorist to Fatah Central Committee is response to Israel which is carrying out "abuse and torture" against prisoners 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 27, 2017
Headline: “Most veteran prisoner Karim Younes was appointed as a member of the [Fatah] Central Committee”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the decision of the Fatah Movement’s Revolutionary Council to approve the appointment of veteran Palestinian prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) as a member of the Fatah Central Committee is an important step and of great significance, at a time when our prisoners have won after 41 days of hunger striking (see note below –Ed.). Karake added: ‘This decision is a clear response to the occupation, which is trying to isolate our prisoners and is implementing all types of abuse and torture against them. It constitutes a message to anyone that tries to apply pressure by making this cause controversial.’”
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PLO official: Israel has "official and planned method" of killing Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Al-Quds, May 25, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, published on the website of the PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs, on May 24, 2017
and in
Al-Quds on May 25, 2017:
       "After 39 days in which the prisoners are waging an unlimited hunger strike, and with the month of Ramadan (i.e., Muslim month of fasting) imminent, do not make us receive the bodies [of the prisoners] who are liable to die in the occupation's prisons...
They are being murdered in silence [by Israel], through an official and planned method. They are melting, bleeding, and dissipating... Enough, we have received 10 Martyrs [from the prisons] (Shahids) since 2013, and we held the occupation responsible a thousand times and demanded to put it on trial, to demand an accounting from it, and to convict it over the crimes against humanity that it is committing in the prisons. [But] nothing has happened. The prisoners continue to come out of the prison gates inanimate and strangled. Enough, let every one of us look for a gun and bullets..."
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Official PA daily presents convicted terrorist as ‘victim’ of Israeli prison system 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 25, 2017
Headline: “Muhammad Daoud, the oldest of the Qalqilya prisoners”

“Muhammad Adel Hassan Daoud (i.e., terrorist, murdered pregnant woman and her 5-year-old son) is known as ‘Abu Ghazi.’ He was arrested on Dec. 8, 1987, and was sentenced to a life sentence on charges of belonging to the Fatah Movement and throwing a Molotov cocktail at a car of settlers and killing 2 of them on the bypass road south of Qalqilya. One of the killed was the head of the settlement council (sic., this statement is false). After his arrest, the occupation authorities destroyed his family’s home.
Muhammad suffers from tooth pains, and some of his teeth have fallen out. He also suffers from ongoing stomach problems and strong joint pains, particularly in the knees. In addition, his psoriasis has gotten worse and he suffers from great sensitivity in his skin that causes cracks in the skin, and sometimes bleeding as well.
He lost his father and mother while behind bars, and the occupation refused to release him as part of the release actions carried out following the Oslo Accords and in the ‘Loyalty to the Free’ deal (Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal) [parentheses in source]. Wael Daoud, Muhammad’s brother, said: ‘A day before the visit, my father put several things, including pictures of us, in his pocket so as not to forget them, and they also included pictures of the new family members. In the middle of the night, before he went to the bus for the visits, my father had a heart attack, was rushed to the hospital, and died five days later. My mother also died while waiting longingly to embrace my prisoner brother when he is released to freedom. Even now his visits are greatly limited to one visit a year for several people from the family.’”

Muhammad Adel Daoud is serving a life sentence for murdering Ofra Moses, who was pregnant, and her 5-year-old son, Tal Moses, by throwing a Moloto
Convicted Palestinian terrorist finishes BA while in Israeli prison 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2017
Headline: "Jum'a Ibrahim [Adam], the prisons have known him since 1988"
     "Jum'a Adam (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 5) was born in 1969 in Jericho, and was arrested in 1988 at the age of 19 and sentenced to life together with his friends Ahmad Takrouri and Mahmoud Kharabish (i.e., terrorists, also involved in murder of 5). During the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) he threw Molotov cocktails at the occupation’s military vehicles. The occupation imposed a closure on all of the areas of the West Bank, tightened the closure on Jericho, searched nearly every house, and made collective arrests during the search for the three young people who threw the Molotov cocktails…
Jum'a completed his high school studies within the prison, completed his university studies, and has obtained a bachelor's degree. He is studying for a master's degree in Israel Studies at Al-Quds University, despite suffering from several illnesses, and together with the prisoners he led all of the unlimited hunger strikes to improve the humanitarian living conditions in the prisons."
PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Karake alleges Israel of “state terror” against hunger striking Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The prisoners are being subjected to a Nakba whose goal is to destroy their humanity”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the [hunger] striking prisoners are being subjected to a Nakba (i.e., catastrophe,” see note below) that is meant to destroy their humanity, and a deliberate policy of slow death is being implemented against them as part of an official Israeli decision…
Karake noted that our people is in a state of emergency in light of the dangers and threats placed before the [hunger] striking prisoners. He accused the occupation government of carrying out organized state terror against the prisoners and their legal and just rights.”

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Contrary to PA libel that Israel abuses and experiments on prisoners, mother of prisoner says son’s “health is stable” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 10, 2017
Headline: “Fatima – The tent of solidarity is her dwelling place”

“For the last 23 days, Fatima Salim, 60, has made the tent of solidarity with the prisoners that was established in the center of Salfit her dwelling place, in order to be with her son prisoner Ahmed Salim (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 2) and with the prisoners’ families who have turned the tent into a home that unites their sighs, shouts, tears, and consolations.
Sixteen years ago, the occupation’s soldiers injured young Ahmed Salim, 36, with five bullets throughout his body while he was in his yard. Afterwards, they arrested him, and later on he was given a harsh sentence – 2 life sentences and an additional 25 years.
In the tent, which is decorated with pictures of prisoners, Fatima decorates her chest with a picture of Ahmed, alongside mothers bearing pictures of their sons and holding them close to their chests, while asking the Creator to release them and return them healthy and whole to their arms.

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Official PA daily claims Israel "relishes torture" of prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2017
     "Students of the [traffic] safety patrols in Qalqilya organized a procession and rally of solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners yesterday [May 7, 2017].
The participants waved Palestinian flags and pictures of prisoners, and sounded calls of support for their legitimate demands and their strike until the achievement of victory over the occupation, which relishes torture in a variety of ways."
PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs about Israel: “They are the Nazis and terrorists in this region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 7, 2017
Headline: "Jericho: Muslim and Christian clergy prayed for the brave prisoners"

"The Jericho and Jordan Valley district called on the sheikhs and priests to hold a prayer in solidarity with the prisoners who have been hunger striking these 20 days. [PA] Mufti of Palestine and the Islamic territories Muhammad Hussein, [Greek Orthodox] Archbishop of Sebastia and the Holy Territories Atallah Hanna, Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki, [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam, and Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake were present at the prayer…
Karake said: 'I do not like the [divisive] words Christian and Muslim, and the occupying invaders are the expellers and lawbreakers; they are the Nazis and terrorists in this region that are waging a war against our prisoners and refusing to implement the international conventions and laws’…
Karake explained: 'They defiled the holy plaza when they stormed the Church of the Nativity (see note below –Ed.). O world, prevent the occupation state from crucifying Jesus again. All we want is to live in dignity.’"

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PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs warns Israel might “assassinate” convicted terrorist Barghouti 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2017
Headline: "Karake: Barghouti lives in a prison cell that is similar to a grave, and Israel targets his life"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake warned in a statement yesterday [May 5, 2017] against harm to the life of prisoner leadership member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), who has been in solitary confinement in the Al-Jalameh Prison since the beginning of the unlimited hunger strike on April 17, 2017. Karake revealed that the incitement campaign against Barghouti in the Israeli political echelon is rousing a fear that the occupation government will assassinate him directly or indirectly."

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Fatah official: Israel treats Palestinians and Palestinian prisoners worse than the Nazis treated the Jews, threatens "violent response" 
Source: Radio Voice of Palestine (Fatah), Apr. 30, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, interview with Fatah Central Committee member, Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen

Fatah Central Committee member, Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen:
“(Muhaisen talks about the prisoner hunger strike that began on April 17, 2017 –Ed.) There will be a violent response against the Israeli occupation if one of our heroes dies as a Martyr (Shahid) in prison… This is a fascist leadership that enjoys the suffering of the Palestinian people, attempts to imitate the Nazis in their behavior towards the Jews in World War II, and also sometimes surpasses [the Nazis’] behavior towards our people and our prisoners.”
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PA PM falsely claims Israeli leaders call to murder Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 26, 2017
Headline: “The government: The unity of the prisoners calls to us to complete the reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas] and thwart the occupation’s plans”
       “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emphasized during the weekly government meeting held in Ramallah under his leadership… that the fact that Israel continues to hold thousands of prisoners, in addition to the racist incitement campaign and the criminal, racist, direct, and explicit calls of the occupation leaders to kill the prisoners (PMW has found no such calls, see below for more details –Ed.) necessitate the urgent intervention of the international community…
He emphasized that we will not forget our prisoners and will not forget our land, and that the time has come to establish their status as prisoners of war in a way that will allow us to work with international institutions in order to enlist more support for their release...”
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Deputy governor of Ramallah: "The occupation is practicing Nazism against our prisoners" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2017
Headline: “The Prisoner’s Day events in Beit Rima and Deir Ghassaneh were completed”
     “Deputy District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Hamdan Barghouti said: ‘The prisoners have sacrificed years of their lives so that we will live in dignity. The solidarity events must continue in order to support the prisoners, especially in their campaign against the Israeli policy against them, and especially in light of the fact that their demands are legitimate.’
He noted that the Israeli ministers are inciting against the prisoners and demanding to execute them (see note –Ed.), and emphasized that the occupation is practicing Nazism against our prisoners.”
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PMW could find no call by any Israeli minister to execute terrorist prisoners. This claim apparently refers to statements by Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Transportation Yisrael Katz on March 6 and 7, 2017, when he said that terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered, should have been sentenced to the death penalty rather than life imprisonment.
PLO official: "The Palestinian people declares its intifada against the worst occupation in modern history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2017
Headline: “Ramallah: Main events of support for the prisoners’ battle”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake warned the occupation’s [Israeli] Prison Service not to oppress the hunger striking prisoners and treat them violently, and said that all options will be open if something bad happens to one of the prisoners.
He referred to the masses that went out [into the streets] of the homeland and the diaspora, and said: ‘Our people wherever it is declares that the cause of freedom is holy to it and it is thirsty to be liberated of the occupation, and also that the occupation government will not achieve peace, security, and stability as long as it commits terror and organized crime against our people and its prisoners.’
He added: ‘The Palestinian people declares its intifada against the worst occupation in modern history and supports its prisoners who are waging a battle for dignity through [a] hunger [strike] in the most difficult place of confrontation.’ He called on the international community and the UN Security Council to stand by their legal and moral responsibility in light of what is happening to the prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, to provide them with international protection, and to put the Israeli war criminals on trial for their ongoing crimes.”
PA Minister of Foreign Affairs claims imprisoned terrorists who attacked civilians are "prisoners of war" who suffer from "inhumane conditions" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2017
Headline: "Popular, Arab, and international support among the prisoners, and a warning to the occupation against oppression"
     "[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Riyad Al-Malki said that the ministry has called on its diplomats worldwide to defend the prisoners' rights and monitor with great interest the developments of the unlimited hunger strike together with the relevant states and bodies and human rights organizations around the world…
He added that the humanitarian demands of the prisoners are justified, as they are humanitarian demands and not political ones, as the prisoners are demanding their rights as prisoners of war according to international law.
Al-Malki emphasized that the strike is meant to shine a spotlight on the tragic state of the Palestinian prisoners of war imprisoned in the Israeli prisons and the inhumane conditions of their imprisonment."
PLO official: Israeli MPs' statements against terrorist Marwan Barghouti are "monstrous," "similar to the claims of Nazi leaders," and "from them wafts a smell of hate, racism, and corruption" 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Apr. 17, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs
Posted text: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the Israeli ministers’ statements against prisoner Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), the demand to execute him (see note below –Ed.), and the incitement against the prisoners (PMW could find no basis for claims of incitement –Ed.) are monstrous statements that are similar to the statements of the Nazi leaders , and from them wafts a smell of hate, racism, and corruption.
Karake noted that these statements, which were accompanied by arbitrary steps of oppression against the [hunger] strikers… point to an official Israeli political decision to suppress the strike and break the willpower of the strikers, which will lead to an explosion of the situation and an escalation within and outside of the prisons.
Karake held the occupation fully responsible for the consequences of the strike and its likely results. He said that the incitement by Israel against the prisoners reminds us of Germany in 1933, and that the present government in Israel has begun to constitute a danger to security and peace in the region, in that it has opened a third front against the defenseless prisoners and against their legitimate humanitarian demands.
He also mentioned the series of extremist inciting statements against the prisoners, who have been described as poisonous insects, and the calls to spray them with gas, throw them in to the Dead Sea, and establish extermination camps for the prisoners." (PMW has found no basis for these claims –Ed.)

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Prisoners' demands for April 2017 hunger strike 
Source: Ynet, Israeli news agency, Apr. 4, 2017
The following is a list of demands delivered ahead of a hunger strike by terrorist prisoners set to begin on Prisoner’s Day, April 17, 2017, which is being led by Marwan Barghouti – a terrorist prisoner who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered. Barghouti has been elected PA Parliament member and Fatah Central Committee member while in prison. The original list of demands was published in Arabic by the Israeli news agency Ynet on April 4, 2017, after the agency received it from the Israeli Prison Service management. It was noted that two of the demands are deemed critical by the prisoners: the demand to install public telephones, and the demand to bring back the second monthly family visits organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which the ICRC decided to cut in May 2016.

“The prisoners’ demands
1- Installing a public telephone for the prisoners in all of the prisons and all of the departments for the purpose of human contact with relatives
2- Visits:
A- Bringing back the second [monthly] visit that was stopped by the Red Cross..."

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Op-ed by PLO official glorifies imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti, demonizes Israel  
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 30, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

Headline: “Prisoner Marwan Barghouti: I hope [to achieve] Martyrdom-death (Shahada) twice for this great people”
       “Prisoner Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) has decided to lead the hunger strike that is not limited in time on April 17, 2017, in conjunction with the start of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day activities. He called this step The Battle of Freedom and Dignity. In a statement he presented a series of humanitarian demands connected to improving the living conditions of all the male and female prisoners who are in the prisons.
Fifteen years after he was kidnapped and arrested by the occupation forces, Barghouti has understood that the occupation government is trying to decide the battle against the prisoners in the prisons by controlling them and turning them into mere ghosts and numbers, and by negating their symbolism as legal fighters and freedom prisoners who have fought and sacrificed for freedom, dignity, and independence…"

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Fatah student movement threatens day of terror and killing against "Nazi" Israel for "heroic" prisoners 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 29, 2017


The image shows a statement by the Fatah student movement Shabiba regarding a planned hunger strike by Fatah prisoners starting on Prisoner’s Day, April 17, 2017.


Text on image: “On April 17, [2017,] prisoners of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah... will launch a new heroic campaign, whose fuel is their empty stomachs…
Our brave prisoners in all of the Nazi occupation’s prisons and detention camps are declaring a hunger strike with no time limit to defend the dignity of our people and its right to freedom and independence, and in resistance to the humiliation and the Nazi policy that the racist [Israeli] Prison Service is trying to impose on our prisoners…
We in the [Fatah] student [movement] Shabiba in Palestine declare the following:
  • Let us turn April 17, 2017, into a fire that will burn the occupiers and burn the land like an inferno under the feet of the tyrants, and let’s escalate the popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians that includes use of violence -Ed.) everywhere. Therefore, we call on our brave students and the masses of our people to escalate the confrontation with the occupier at all the places of confrontation. We also call to intensify the campaigns of support for them and their families, because our prisoners are not alone in the campaign for freedom and dignity...”
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PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs accuses Israeli Prison Service's doctors of torturing and performing medical experiments on prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 5, 2017
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: The [Israeli] Prison Service’s doctors are partners in the torture and medical neglect”
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs accused the Israeli Prison Service’s doctors who are working in the prisons and the Israeli doctors who are working in the security forces and at the army bases of torturing the prisoners, exerting psychological pressure on them, medically neglecting them, abandoning them as prey to all of the diseases that are worsening in their bodies, and not respecting the medical professional ethics and the international and humanitarian conventions.
In a report from the commission it was stated that numerous testimonies of prisoners have proven the involvement of the doctors and interrogators in conducting torture, and that they did not express opposition to the torture of the prisoners when they submitted reports according to which the prisoners could withstand torture and physical and mental fatigue. [The report also stated] that they avoid providing treatment to the wounded prisoners who are interrogated in the interrogation rooms, and that the doctors did not express opposition to how the interrogators are bargaining over giving treatment in exchange for a confession, which proves that the doctors are partners in the torture…
In the report it is explained that the doctors hide the results of the autopsies of the prisoner Martyrs (Shahids) and do not give them to the official Palestinian authorities, and that in addition to this, information on mistakes and medical experiments that were conducted on the prisoners during their treatment is being hidden.”
PLO official: Israel treats prisoners as if they are not human beings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The government of Israel treats the prisoners in a beastly fashion”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the occupation’s government, with all of its legal, parliamentary, and political systems and institutions is treating the prisoners in the prisons as if they are not human beings. This is [being done] through shocking steps, degrading treatment, and turning them into spoils in order to break them nationally and humanly.
Karake said that Israel has turned into a beastly state in its conduct towards the prisoners, due to its racist laws that harm the dignity and rights of the prisoner, and oppose international law and all of the humanitarian laws and laws of morality.”
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