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Abbas representative: "Ask for death!"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013


Moderator at Fatah ceremony:‎ ‎ "Mahmoud Abbas' speech, as delivered by his representative ‎Abbas Zaki"‎
Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: “If Jan. 1, 1965 became a national holiday ‎‎(i.e., attempted terror attack on Israel’s National Water Carrier), then the battle of Karameh ‎‎(1968) is the true date of birth [of Fatah] who wanted to fight against this enemy (the Israeli ‎army) that retreated. People asked Moshe Dayan (then Israel's Minister of Defense): What ‎happened to you, you with all the power at your disposal? He said: "What can I do if those ‎facing me have decided to die? If they had done the opposite, the matter would have been ‎determined." So ask for death, and life will be given to you.”‎
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Abbas honors arch-terrorists on Fatah anniversary
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 31, 2012
The following is the excerpt of Abbas’ speech honoring terrorists: 
     Abbas: “Dear brothers. Today, we remember our Martyrs (Shahids). We remember the Sheikh of our Martyrs, Yasser Arafat. We remember Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Abu Said, Abu Ali Iyad, Abu Sabri, Omar Al-Qassem, Abu Ali Mustafa and Ahmed Yassin. We recall all these Martyrs.”
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Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - Founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - Founder of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats, as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Abu Ali Iyad - He was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks.
To view descriptions of the other terrorists, click "full article" below.
Abbas inaugurates housing project for families of terrorist prisoners
Source: Al-Ayyam, Dec. 26, 2012
     “In the Al-Ubeidiya village east of Bethlehem a cornerstone was laid for the ‘Hamlet of Hope’ housing project for prisoners serving life sentences.
The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Presidential Office Hussein Al-A'araj who represented President Mahmoud Abbas and by the Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake…
Al-A'araj added that the Palestinian leadership and relevant institutions will endeavor to supply all means needed to complete this pioneering project as soon as possible.
Karake, on his part, said that the ‘Hamlet of Hope’ neighborhood instills hope among the prisoners, whose dreams the occupation thinks it has shattered through life sentences...
Najlaa Al-Hajj who thought of the idea for the project, and is the wife of prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Miqdad who was given 21 life sentences plus 15 years, said that it was according to President Mahmoud Abbas’ directives that the ‘Hamlet of Hope’ housing project was inaugurated for families of prisoners serving life sentences…
[The project] serves 73 prisoners from the Bethlehem district who have been sentenced to life in prison.”

The cornerstone inscription, pictured in a photograph that appeared in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Dec. 26, 2012, reads:
“In the name of Allah the All Merciful
Sponsored and Supported by
The President of the State of Palestine
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
May Allah Protect Him
The Inauguration of the “Housing of Hope” Hamlet
For Bethlehem District Prisoners Serving Life Sentences

Note: Abd Al-Rahman Miqdad, a Palestinian Authority official, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in suicide bombings on two public buses in Jerusalem that killed 19 people.
Abbas advisor glorifies Hamas terrorist leader Al-Jabari, killed in Israeli airstrike
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2012
On Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip called Operation Pillar of Defense and killed the head of Hamas' military wing, Ahmed Al-Ja'abari. PA TV interviews Abbas advisor Al-Aloul about Al-Ja'abari's death:
PA TV host: “Ahmed Al-Ja’abari was the commander of the Hamas movement. Condolences to all of the Palestinian people on his death as a Martyr (Shahid).”
Abbas’ advisor Al-Aloul: “Condolences to all of us. He [Al-Ja’abari] is our Martyr and the Martyr of the entire Palestinian people.”
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Abbas advisor: Every Palestinian child must remember terrorist Abu Iyad
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 25, 2012
 PA TV program Palestine This Morning. Studio guest: Dr. Sabri Saidam, advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on technological issues .
     Saidam: "These [school] curricula are what embed [the memory of the past] in the [younger] generation, in the imagination and minds of our children. They always buttress this memory. There must be preparation in our schools, our institutions, our streets, our neighborhoods, our books, our curricula. They must implant and support Palestinian memory and sustain [our] collective ideology… However, there are Martyrs who have no children; Martyrs who have no [physical] presence. Abu Ali Iyad exists in our conscience and in our history and in our future, but he has no children. Does Abu Ali Iyad need children – his own children – in order to be remembered? No. Every young lion cub (i.e., Palestinian child) must [know Abu Ali Iyad's heritage]. Today, [through] social networks, [for example]."

Note: Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks. In a filler, official PA TV wrote the following:
"He was appointed [by Fatah] to set up military operations on the occupied lands [Israel] in 1966. He led the attack on the Beit Yosef colony [Israeli town], one of the fiercest [attacks] on Israeli colonies until then. He also led a number of operations, including the attacks on the colonies [Israeli towns] Margaliot, Manara and Kfar Giladi. When in Jordan, he carried out various military operations against the occupation’s army camps and colonies [in Israel]. He died as a Shahid (Martyr) in 1971."
Abbas defends his visit with released Palestinian terrorist in Turkey
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 8, 2012
“President Mahmoud Abbas stressed once again the need to freeze Israeli settlement on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, in an interview broadcast last night by Israel TV Channel 2… The Israeli interviewer pulled out a photograph of the President with released prisoner Amna Muna, [taken] during his meeting [with her] in Turkey. [The interviewer] showed it on the screen, and said accusingly, ‘You met with Amna Muna, a terrorist who killed a Jewish boy.’
However, the President’s response was proud and strong. He held the photograph and said: ‘Amna Muna is a Palestinian citizen, she belongs to the Fatah movement, she resisted the occupation, and Israel released her after punishing her. She remains a woman, a Palestinian woman, and a human being, and I am her president. You pardon her, but I can’t meet with her?’ The President emphasized that there are many Israelis who committed crimes against his closest friends, pointing out that peace involves forgetting the past, and an effort to make peace actually happen.
[Concerning Amna Muna] he said: ‘Yes, I did meet with her, and I will meet with her. She is a Palestinian woman, from the Fatah movement, who carried out an operation (i.e., terrorist attack) against you, and you pardoned her in the Shalit [prisoners] exchange. How can you want me not to meet with her? Yes, I will certainly meet with her, and I will meet with any prisoner who is released. I am the President of the Palestinian people, and these are Palestinians.’
The interviewer did not like the President’s response, and he said: ‘But she killed a young boy.’
President Abbas replied: ‘In war, terrible things happen. You have leaders who killed Palestinian people, and who killed my closest friends, and you send them to sit with me and negotiate. How do you view that?’”
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Official speaking in Abbas’ name lauds mothers who gave birth to fighters, Martyrs, and prisoners
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 21, 2012
Headline: "Tulkarem: Fatah honors mothers of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) on Mothers' Day"
     "The Tulkarem branch of Fatah honored the mothers of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) yesterday during a large rally which it held on the occasion of Mothers' Day…
Present at the ceremony were District Governor Talal Dweikat, and Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake…
Dweikat conveyed greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas to the mothers of the prisoners and Martyrs. On the occasion of Mothers' Day he congratulated the mothers who have given birth to fighters, Martyrs and prisoners, and who themselves have fought and participated along with the men in all forms of the struggle. He said, 'Our people will remain loyal to the sacrifices of the Martyrs, the prisoners, and those injured, and will continue to preserve the honor of their families.'"
Fatah official representing Abbas makes solidarity visit to families of two terrorists
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2012
On March 8, 2012, two Palestinian terrorists attacked an Israeli soldier in Hebron and stabbed him with a knife. Despite his wounds, the soldier managed to shoot both terrorists, one of whom was killed while the other was injured. In the following PA daily article, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki honors the terrorists in Abbas' name:
     "[Fatah] Central Committee member Abbas Zaki yesterday conveyed condolences in the name of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah Central Committee to the family of the Martyr Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram from the town of Yatta in Hebron, who died as a Martyr after being shot by the occupation forces when he tried to prevent the arrest of the prisoner freed in the [Gilad] Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal. Zaki expressed the solidarity of the President and the leadership of Fatah with the family of the Martyr... He pointed out that the cold-blooded murder of Abu Aram is organized crime of the extremist Israeli government... Zaki also visited the family of the injured prisoner Mahmoud Omar Rashid who was also injured in town of Yatta (in the same incident)... He expressed the pride of the Palestinian leadership in this generation and in this heroism."
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Abbas honors terrorists that attacked and stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 11, 2012
On March 8, 2012, two Palestinian terrorists attacked an Israeli soldier in Hebron and stabbed him with a knife. Despite his wounds, the soldier managed to shoot both terrorists, one of whom was killed while the other was injured. In the following PA daily article, Abbas honors the terrorist that was killed in the attack: 
     "President Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram of condolence to the Abu Aram family in Yatta, in Hebron, for the death of their courageous son, Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram.
In his telegram, the President said: 'I was greatly saddened by the announcement of Martyrdom death of your courageous son Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram, who was assassinated by the occupation army. His pure soul has ascended to the heights of glory in defense of the pure land of Palestine and the matters that are holy to our pure nation.'
The President denounced this loathsome crime, which was carried out as part of a string of crimes by the occupation army against our defenseless people, with the aim of striking fear into it and dissuading it from continuing in its legitimate struggle for freedom and the establishment of our independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital.'"
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Fatah member in Abbas’ name: “All rifles… must be aimed at the occupation [Israel]”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2012
Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee, delivers a speech on behalf of Chairman Abbas at a ceremony in Ramallah, marking the 43rd anniversary of the DFLP.
Ceremony host: "And now for the greetings of President Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State (Arabic: dawla) of Palestine, President of the PLO Executive Council, President of the Palestinian Authority, to be delivered on his behalf by fighter comrade Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Abu Jihad, member of the Fatah Central Committee – if you please."
Al-Aloul: "I greet you all, and I am honored, on behalf of President Abbas, to be participating with you in this ceremony marking the anniversary of the establishment of the DFLP [Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine]… The DFLP has also always contributed to this organization [the PLO] in clarifying contradictory theories and anchoring [the idea] that every marginal conflict, or difference of opinion, of ideology, of position, is a secondary conflict which can be solved through communication and dialogue. The fundamental conflict is always with the occupation, and all rifles and all efforts must be aimed towards the occupation."
Speech in Abbas’ name honors female terrorists
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2012
     "Secretary General of the presidential office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim… during a speech he delivered on behalf of President Abbas at the opening of the fourth conference of the Governing Council of the General Union of Palestinian Women… noted the huge sacrifice of Palestinian women, and said: 'Palestinian women have sacrificed in the realms of sacrifice and defense of the homeland – thousands of Shahidas (Martyrs) and women prisoners, from the first Shahida, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, via the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi, to the Shahida Jawaher Abu Rahma, and an infinite row of male and female Martyrs who went to Paradise turning their blood into a bridge which we cross on the way to liberty and independence… [Palestinian women] still stand proudly and stubbornly, to prove their determination to continue with the struggle against the occupation and its oppression and settlement measures. Greetings of true respect to our mothers, the mothers of the Shahids and the prisoners, who have been a role model in the struggle, in giving, in resolve, and in sacrifice. Greetings of loyalty and admiration to all the prisoner sisters who are sitting behind bars in the occupation's prisons. We say to them, and to all our heroic prisoners: your freedom is inevitable; the day will come when you will enjoy liberation from the yoke of the prison guard.'"

Note: Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization and was involved in many attacks against Israel. While preparing a bomb for an attack in Tel Aviv in 1968, it accidentally detonated and killed her.
Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Jawaher Abu Rahma died after a demonstration against the security fen
Secretary of Abbas' office honors released Palestinian prisoners in Abbas' name
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2011
     "The prisoners released as part of the second stage of the [prisoner] exchange deal for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit arrived at the presidential residence in Ramallah late last night… In a speech he delivered on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Secretary General of the Presidential Office [Abd Al-Rahim] greeted the released prisoners and said: 'We welcome you among your people; you were in our hearts, in our conscience, and at the top of our list of priorities.' Abd Al-Rahim said: 'I convey to you the greetings of the President [Abbas], who gave me the honor of welcoming you. He wanted very much to be here, but he has important commitments outside of the homeland.' He added, 'You have always proved that you are stronger than the prison guards and the efforts to break [your] willpower; all of Palestine opens its arms to embrace you.'… Abd Al-Rahim noted that the sacrifice of the prisoners will not be in vain, since the sacrifice of the Shahids (Martyrs) and the prisoners touched the conscience of all free people in the world, and made Palestine a permanent feature on the political map."
Abbas honors Arafat for “his struggle, his Jihad”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 12, 2011
PA TV News broadcast:
Abbas speaks during visit to Tunisia about anniversary of Arafat's death:
     "[On] the anniversary of the Martyr death of President Yasser Arafat, 7 years after his death as a Shahid (Martyr), I express my feelings of compassion for him. We recall his struggle, recall his Jihad, and what he gave and did throughout his life for the sake of the Palestinian cause."

Note: On Nov. 11, PA TV reported on Abbas’ full statement in Tunisia about Arafat. Abbas added, “Allah willing we will try to follow his path in order to arrive at a permanent solution for the Palestinian cause.”
Abbas honors Arafat for his “Jihad” and says “we will try to follow his path”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2011
PA TV News broadcast of PA Chairman Abbas:
     "On the anniversary of the Martyr death of commander brother Yasser Arafat, we feel his absence, we remember his Jihad and his struggle; we remember his life, which he devoted to the Palestinian cause, and Allah willing we will try to follow his path in order to arrive at a permanent solution for the Palestinian cause."
Abbas and Erekat kiss and shake hands with released prisoners
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 6, 2011
PA TV News broadcast:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Member of the Fatah Central Committee, PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake in meeting with prisoners: Othman Musleh, Abd Al-Latif Shuqeir, Hassan Salama, Mahmoud Al-Ubeidi Jaradat, and two other prisoners.
Abbas and Erekat shake their hands and kiss them.
At the bottom of the screen: "His Honor the President decides to build houses for the released prisoners."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.

Othman Musleh Abu Naji was serving a life sentence for placing a bomb and throwing a grenade in 1982. In October 2011, Musleh was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.

Hassan Salama was serving a life sentence for preparing and placing explosives in 1982. In October 2011, Salama was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
PA daily: Abbas to build houses for prisoners released in Shalit deal
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 6, 2011
      "President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to build houses for the released prisoners, through the Palestine Investment Fund. This [announcement was made] during a reception held yesterday afternoon at the presidential headquarters for some of the released prisoners who had served many years in the occupation's prisons. The President emphasized that the Palestinian leadership gives priority to the prisoners' cause and that it is raised in all meetings with all world leaders. He saluted the awe-inspiring resolve demonstrated by the Palestinian prisoners in the face of the arrogance and oppression of the prison guards, thereby emphasizing the right of this people to achieve its independence and to achieve its independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the 1967 borders."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Jibril Rajoub representing PA Chairman Abbas: We salute those who captured Shalit
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2011
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.
Ceremony honoring released Palestinian prisoners following the prisoner exchange deal:
Ceremony moderator:
"We shall now hear the address by the representative of the President [Abbas], to be delivered by Jibril Rajoub, member of the [Fatah] Central Committee."
Jibril Rajoub, representing President Abbas: "I say in the name of the Fatah movement -- we salute those who dug the tunnel [to capture the Israeli soldier]; we salute those who captured the captive (Gilad Shalit), and salute those who guarded the captive until this deal was completed [Applause] ... I salute our courageous prisoners and I say to you -- [I cannot] describe you, neither as heroes, nor as courageous, nor anything else. There are no words in the Arab dictionary, nor in any other dictionary, to describe you, but this modest reception is [our] utmost honor to you, your history, and your families."
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Note: Jibril Rajoub was himself sentenced to life in prison in 1970 for throwing a grenade at an Israeli army truck. He was released in the "Jibril-Agreement" in 1985, when the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine succeeded in releasing 1,150 prisoners in exchange for three Israeli hostages.
Abbas after Shalit deal: "We will not rest" until all prisoners are released
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2011
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.
Following the prisoner exchange, the Fatah Revolutionary Council dedicated one of their regular meetings to the released prisoners to honor them. PA daily article on the event:
     "Yesterday, in a ceremony that took place in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at the President's headquarters in Ramallah, the Fatah Revolutionary Council honored the prisoners released from the occupation's prisons... He [Abbas] said, 'We will not rest until all of our sons and daughters are released from the occupation's prisons, as well as the [imprisoned] leaders like Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa'adat. Every prisoner from every faction is holy to us and we must exalt them.'"
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Note: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. 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.
Ahmad Sa'adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.
Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses. Thousands of the remaining prisoners are also serving time on charges of murder and terror offenses.
PA Chairman Abbas: "Hamas kidnapped a soldier... That's a good thing," but also: We don't want military resistance
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2011
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.
Interview with Mahmoud Abbas following the exchange:

Interviewer: "Don't you think that it was the resistance which succeeded in freeing 1,000 prisoners? Negotiations must always be accompanied by a measure of force; there is no negotiation without resistance - that's the
experience of the nations, of Ireland and all countries."
Abbas: "Correct, but for us the conditions are different. Military resistance - we are unable. Hamas kidnapped a soldier, or captured a soldier, and managed to keep him for 5 years - that's a good thing, we don't deny it. On the contrary, it's good. Because in that small strip of 40 x 7 km [Gaza], they managed to guard him and hide him - that's a good thing. But that's not called resistance. In the end, a soldier was captured and we paid a heavy price: the invasion of Gaza, 1,500 casualties. We paid, but let's put that aside. If we're talking about [freeing] prisoners then it succeeded. There is no military resistance - neither we nor, by the way, Hamas - neither we nor Hamas want military resistance. They say this and we also say this."
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Note: The interview was carried out by Egyptian TV, but was broadcast on PA TV.
Abbas allocates $5 million for Palestinian prisoners released in Shalit deal
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 23, 2011
     PA TV program about the fate of the female prisoners remaining in Israeli prisons after the Shalit deal and the ramifications of the deal (i.e., prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas in Oct. 2011, in which Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit).
Abu Ein, Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs:
     "We, as the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, have begun – and there is a gesture on the part of the honorable President [Abbas], approved by the Palestinian government, and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad hurried to implement it: There is a grant, a 'release grant', a grant from the President [Abbas] to all the released prisoners, whether they are in the Gaza Strip, in Turkey, in Egypt, or in Syria. Starting yesterday [Oct. 21, 2011] we began distributing [the grants] to the released prisoners in order to help meet their expenses. This grant is around $5 million, disbursed by his honor, the President [Abbas], to be distributed to the [released] Palestinian prisoners inside [the PA] and outside of it."
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Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
 
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