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Issa Karake
Issa Karake - Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs and former PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs.
In 2014, Abbas changed the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PA government, into the Supreme National Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO. This was done to evade pressure from international donors over the PA's payment of salaries to terrorist prisoners. Instead of paying terrorist salaries out of the PA general budget, to which international donors send their funding, the new PLO institution pays the salaries and is responsible for prisoners' affairs. Karake was appointed head of the new Authority of Prisoners' Affairs.
Karake remains a member of the PA Parliament.
PLO official: Balfour Declaration “laid the foundations for the brutal system of oppression and Jewish settler colonialism in Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2017
Headline: “During his visit to a number of prisoners and released prisoners’ families in Hebron – Karake: The Balfour Promise laid the foundations for the occupation’s brutal system of oppression”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)… laid the foundations for the brutal system of oppression and Jewish settler colonialism in Palestine, and that Britain bequeathed all of the means of oppression and violence against our people to the Zionist colonialism…
Karake said: ‘It is not enough that Britain apologize to the Palestinian people, rather it must pay compensation to our people following the disasters and victims that were caused to [our people] due to its policy supporting Zionism… and it also must recognize a free and independent Palestinian state, instead of degrading our people’s right to self-definition and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the colonialist Balfour Promise.’”
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Lebanese Fatah official calls child terrorist Ahmad Manasrah who stabbed two a “hero” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Sept. 7, 2017
Headline: "Karake participated in a solidarity meeting with the prisoners in Tripoli"
       "At the invitation of the National Committee to Protect Prisoners and Detainees in the Zionist Occupation's Prisons, a meeting of solidarity with the prisoners in the Israeli occupation's prisons was organized in Dar Al-Nadwa Al-Shamaliya in the [Lebanese] city of Tripoli on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, with the participation of Director of [PLO] Commission of Palestinian Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake…
Secretary of the Fatah Movement in north [Lebanon] Abu Jihad Fayyad spoke… and noted that the occupation government is still carrying out arbitrary administrative detentions, as the number of administrative detainees has reached 500 detainees, among them child minors, and first among them the hero Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., terrorist, participated in stabbing of 2)."

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PLO official: Prisoners' and Martyrs' allowances will not be stopped 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 5, 2017
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake participated today, Tuesday [Sept. 5, 2017], in a conference regarding the cause of the prisoners in the Israeli occupation's prisons, which the Fatah Movement held in the Martyrs' (Shahids') Hall in the Burj Al-Barajneh refugee camp [in Lebanon].
Karake praised [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ positions supporting the prisoners’ resolve and his rejection of all of the acts of extortion, and emphasized that the prisoners and Martyrs' allowances (mukhassasat ) will not be stopped."
PLO official visits families of terrorists, claims that Israel deliberately kills young Palestinians 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 4, 2017
Headline: "Karake: Martyr Al-Salehi was abandoned to bleed for more than an hour and a half when he was arrested"
     "Director of (PLO) Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that Martyr (Shahid) Raed Al-Salehi (21) from Bethlehem, who fell as a Martyr yesterday [Sept. 3, 2017] at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, was abandoned to bleed for an hour and a half after he was shot by the occupation soldiers when he was arrested at his home on Aug. 7, 2017. As a result of this, his state of health deteriorated and he lost a lot of blood… [Karake] noted that what happened to Martyr Al-Salehi is a recurring crime that the occupation soldiers perpetrate in order to kill young Palestinians, and not arrest them. He also demanded to open the files of the occupation's crimes and the policy of assassinations and executions against Palestinians…
Karake said these things during a visit to families of prisoners and Martyrs in the Bethlehem district for the blessed Eid Al-Adha (i.e., Muslim “Sacrifice Feast” holiday)."

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PLO Prisoners' Affairs Director visits family of terrorist who murdered 3 Israelis, rejects "incitement" against terrorist prisoners who were carrying out a "legal struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 31, 2017
Headline: “During his visit with families of prisoners and released prisoners on the eve of Eid Al-Adha – Karake: 6,500 prisoners are sitting in the prisons, the [number of] arrests since the beginning of the year is unprecedented”
      “[Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake said this during visits he paid to several families of prisoners and released prisoners in the Ramallah district and Bethlehem district for the blessed Eid Al-Adha…
The visits included… the mother of wounded prisoner Omar Al-Abd (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3), a resident of Kubar in the Ramallah district... Karake rejected the pressures and racist incitement against the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) from the occupation government. He said that they are victims of the occupation, and that their struggle is a legal struggle that has been approved by all of the international conventions and agreements. He added that the occupation is an illegal entity that perpetrates organized crime against the Palestinian people.”
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PLO official: Israel is deliberately targeting Palestinian children 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 26, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The occupation is intentionally targeting children"
       "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that the Israeli occupation forces are intentionally targeting children, whether by shooting them with live [bullets] during arrest operations in order to kill them, or through the widespread policy of arrests being implemented against them."
PLO official visits family of terrorist who murdered 3 Israelis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2017
     "[Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa] Karake mentioned the situation of the family members of wounded prisoner Omar Al-Abd (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3), residents of the village of Kubar in the Ramallah sub-district. In a visit he paid to the family, together with a delegation from the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs and the [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club, he said that [the family] constitutes a prominent example of the collective and arbitrary punishment by the occupation authorities.
It should be noted that after Omar was arrested and wounded, the occupation forces destroyed the house and expropriated the land that it was built on. They also arrested his three brothers, Khaled, Munir, and Omar (sic), his mother Ibtisam, his father Abd Al-Jalil, and their uncle Ibrahim (the terrorist's relatives were arrested based on information that they knew of the attack in advance and did not stop it, and for incitement in celebrating it afterwards -Ed.)."
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Director of Prisoners' Affairs: Abbas decided to renew prisoners` salaries that had been previously cut 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Aug. 14, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The [PA] president has decided to return the salaries of the released prisoners in the West Bank”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released [Prisoners’] Affairs Issa Karake this evening, Monday [Aug. 14, 2017], emphasized that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to return the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and released [prisoners] in the West Bank and of the prisoners in the Israeli prisons.
The released [prisoners] whose salaries were stopped and who waged a sit-in strike in the center of Ramallah in the West Bank announced an agreement today that guarantees the return of their salaries by the PA, after they were stopped for three consecutive months. The released [prisoners] said at a press conference held opposite the protest camp in the center of the city that ‘It was agreed to return the salaries of all of the released [prisoners] in the West Bank without exception, and to return the salaries of the prisoners in the prisons as a goodwill initiative.’
They emphasized that the PA gave them positive promises regarding dealing with the salaries of the released [prisoners] in the West Bank and others later on… It should be noted that the [PA] unity government stopped paying the salaries of 277 released prisoners from the West Bank and Gaza three months ago.”
Two Palestinian prisoners receive BA degrees while imprisoned 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2017
Headline: “Kadoorie celebrates the graduation of prisoners Khalayle and Hamayel in the framework of the prisoners’ study program”
      “Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs celebrated the graduation of the prisoners sitting in the occupation’s prisons, Yusuf Khalayle (PMW was unable to verify the details of his crimes –Ed.) from the Jenin district who received a diploma in industrial automation, and Muhtasib Hamayel (i.e., Fatah terrorist who planned a terror attack, according to Arab sources) from the Nablus district who received a diploma in physical education, and they are among the first students who completed Kadoorie University’s program, which is meant to provide an education to the prisoners.
The ceremony was held in the university’s central building in Tulkarem in the presence of the prisoners’ family, and under the auspices and in the presence of Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake…"

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Director of Prisoners' Affairs: Palestinian prisoners aren't terrorists, they're "legal fighters who fought against the Israeli occupation and terror" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2017
   “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake]… emphasized that the Palestinian prisoners are freedom prisoners, resistance members, and legal fighters who fought against the Israeli occupation and terror.”
PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Director: Terrorists are “legal resistance to occupiers and settlers” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The issue of the prisoners is a black box filled with the occupation’s crimes”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the Palestinian leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, continues to protect the legal right of our prisoners to freedom, release, and the protection of their dignity and human rights, and that the prisoners’ issue is a basic principle regarding which it is not possible to negotiate or to succumb to the Israeli conditions and extortion …
He said that the issue of the prisoners is a black box full of the occupation state’s crimes and atrocities, and we will open this box and prosecute the occupiers who are attempting to steal from the Palestinians their humanity and the legality of their resistance to the occupiers and settlers.”
PA official’s false claim: Israel “legitimizes” Jewish terror, pays salaries to Israelis convicted of terror acts 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2017
Headline: “The perpetrator of the Oyoun Kara massacre receives 11,000 shekels a month from the occupation government”

As a justification for their glorification of terror, Palestinian leaders often falsely claim that Israel honors Jews who murder Palestinians – Ed.

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the occupation government pays regular monthly salaries (rawatib) to Israeli prisoners and criminals who committed massacres and acts of killing against Palestinian citizens (sic., Israel does not pay Israeli prisoners, see note below –Ed.). This is in addition to supplying social aid to their families and legal follow-up for them. Karake said that the government of Israel pays a regular monthly salary to Israeli murderer terrorist Ami Popper , who committed a bloody massacre against 7 Palestinian workers on May 20, 1990, in the area of Oyoun Kara, which is called ‘Rishon LeZion,’ next to Tel Aviv. All of the worker Martyrs (Shahids) were from the Gaza Strip, and they were executed by criminal Ami Popper while they were waiting for the arrival of their Israeli employers. Popper was wearing an Israeli army uniform when he shot them.
Popper receives 11,000 [Israeli] shekels a month from the Israeli government; he was given a life sentence that was reduced afterwards, and he will be released next month [August 2017] (sic., Popper’s sentence, which was reduced to 40 years, will not end until 2030 ). He is living a life of luxury in prison, and he has married and had children [while] in prison. Likewise, he has also been allowed to visit his home a number of times.
Karake said that the occupation government is funding the Jewish terrorists and the extremist organizations in terms of financial, social, and legal [aid] through associations that have received licensing from the Israeli government, such as t
Head of PLO Prisoners’ Commission defends terrorist prisoners – not criminals and terrorists, Israel is “attacking” them by withholding taxes equivalent of salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2017
Headline: "Karake: An unprecedented Israeli legal attack against the prisoners' rights"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake warned against the consequences of the unprecedented legal and diplomatic attack that the Israeli occupation government is carrying out against the prisoners' rights…
Karake said that the occupation is attacking the prisoners in a different way than in the past, as it no longer is satisfied with harassing prisoners inside the prison by using means of oppression and harming their rights and dignity, but rather is also attempting to deny the prisoners their political and legal aspect as a cause of national liberation…
Karake mentioned the nature of the Israeli attack against the prisoners through arbitrary laws that the Israeli Parliament legislates, the widespread incitement against the prisoners, and considering them as criminals and terrorists…
Karake said these things during visits to families of prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and released prisoners in the Hebron, Bethlehem, and Ramallah districts for the blessed Eid Al-Fitr (i.e., Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan)…
The delegation visited [the families of] prisoners sitting in prison Nidal and Muhammad Abu Akr, Muhammad Zawahreh, Nasser Abu Sorour, Riyad Al-Amour, Shadi Shalaldeh, and Yusuf and Alaa Skafi (see notes below –Ed.)."

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PLO Prisoner Commissioner: Support for prisoners and Martyrs’ families is a constitutional obligation 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 21, 2017
Headline: “Karake: Taking care of the families of the prisoners, Martyrs, and injured is part of the Palestinian constitution”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that taking care of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, wounded, and disabled is anchored in clause 22 of the Palestinian basic laws, which have constituted the constitution of the Palestinian state since the establishment of the PA. This is so because according to the basic laws, the law needs to regulate the social and health insurance services and the disability and old age allowances, and to take care of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners as well as the wounded and disabled. This is an obligation regulated by law, and under its framework the PA is obligated to provide them with education services and medical and social insurance.
Karake explained that taking care of the families who were harmed by the occupation is one of the lawful, legal, and administrative components of the Palestinian political system, and based on this the [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs was established, which afterwards became the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.”
PLO official: Commission of Prisoners' Affairs will not be closed 
Source: Al-Quds website, June 20, 2017
Headline: “Karake: There is no decision to dismantle the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake today [June 20, 2017] emphasized that he is continuing to work as usual at the commission and has not been told about any decision to dismantle the commission, as has been announced in the Israeli media outlets. He said that these are rumors that have no basis in truth.”
PLO official: Body in charge of prisoners` salaries won't be merged with PA ministry 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 18, 2017
Headline: "Karake: We were not informed of the closure of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs"
       "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake denied knowing about the intention of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to close the commission and merge it with one of the main branches or offices of the [PA] Ministry of Interior.
Karake said to [the independent Palestinian news] agency Ma'an: 'We were not informed about the intention of President Mahmoud Abbas and the leadership to freeze the activity of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs.'
The [Hamas] Al-Risalah Net website noted that according to Palestinian sources, which it described as 'reliable,' the president is inclined to close the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs and merge it with one of the main branches or offices of the [PA] Ministry of Interior in the occupied West Bank."
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PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Abbas and PA leadership won’t give in to pressure, but will continue terrorist salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The incitement against the aid to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs is aggression against the Palestinian entity"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] said that the Israeli incitement against the aid that the PA gives to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) is open aggression against the Palestinian entity and its national, humanitarian, and social values and an attempt to undercut the PA and spur a difficult internal situation in Palestinian society…
Karake said: 'The world and the US should intervene to end the occupation that has caused the suffering of thousands of prisoners, the deaths of thousands of Martyrs, and the creation of an inhumane and tragic situation in the Palestinian society.'
Karake emphasized that the concern for the families of the prisoners and Martyrs, the aid to them, and the strengthening of their resolve will not stop, but rather continue. He also emphasized that the Palestinian leadership, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Palestinian people will not submit to these pressures, which should have been turned against Israel as an occupying authority that is committing ongoing war crimes against the Palestinian people.
Karake explained: 'We oppose the criminalization of our people's struggles and the negation our prisoners and Martyrs’ national and fighting status and identity. Our people has a legal and lawful right to protect itself, its rights, and its right to self-determination.'"
PA official on terrorist prisoners: They are “freedom fighters”, should be released “unconditionally” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2017
Headline: "Erekat: The Netanyahu government wants to divert the world's gaze from the continuation of the occupation"

"Yesterday evening [June 15, 2017] the PLO Department for Negotiations held a feast to break the [Ramadan] fast for families of the prisoners in the occupation's prisons in the presence of consuls, ambassadors, and the representatives to Palestine of various states. Present at the meeting were Secretary of the PLO [Executive Committee, PLO Chief Negotiator, and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, Minister (sic., Director) of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, and Chairman of the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares…
Erekat said: 'The meal to break the fast has become an annual tradition that brings together the families of the prisoners and members of the Arab and foreign diplomatic corps in Palestine.'

He added: 'We are working to end the occupation, to realize the sovereignty of the State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem, and to release all of the prisoners unconditionally, as they are fighters for freedom.' …He also noted that the government of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu wants to divert the world’s gaze from the fact that the occupation has continued for 50 years by persecuting institutions of the Palestinian people and talking about the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids)…

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Palestinian officials: PA will not change salaries for terrorists policy, despite US pressure 
Source: Al-Quds, June 15, 2017
Headline: “Senior Palestinian sources to Al-Quds: The PA has not changed its position on the allowances of the Martyrs and prisoners, and it will not stop paying them; Commentators: Most of the Martyrs are civilians, and thousands of prisoners did not carry out acts of murder”
     “Al-Quds learned yesterday [June 14, 2017] from senior Palestinian sources that the PA has not changed its position regarding paying the allowances (mukhassasat) to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families and to the prisoners, and that the statements attributed to American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the PA’s intent to stop paying these allowances are incorrect, and constitute part of the tendentious incitement campaign that [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli media outlets are leading against the Palestinian leadership and the PA. The sources emphasized… that the Israeli incitement campaign… is behind these demands to which the Palestinian side – which has emphasized time after time that the issue of the Martyrs and prisoners is a public national issue – cannot agree… In the meantime, Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Minister Issa Karake yesterday [June 14, 2017] emphasized that there is no truth in what was ascribed to Tillerson. He said that these news items are incorrect, and emphasized our people’s responsibility towards the families of its Martyrs and towards its prisoners, who have made all of these sacrifices for the freedom of our people and its independence.”
PLO Prisoners’ Affairs’ director about terrorist salaries: “A national, moral, and human responsibility,” some salaries to released prisoners stopped in Gaza due to Fatah-Hamas rift, not US pressure  
Source: Sawa, independent Palestinian news agency, June 14, 2017
Headline: “Karake revealed to Sawa the reasons for stopping the salaries of some of the released prisoners”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that stopping the released prisoners’ salaries (rawatib) is a political decision that is connected to the issue of the [Fatah-Hamas] rift and the Palestinian conflict that has been waged for many years.
Karake said in a special statement to the [independent Palestinian] news agency Sawa this morning, Wednesday [June 14, 2017], that the decision concerns the connection between Gaza and the rest of the homeland, and is not connected to the American and Israeli pressures.
In response to American Secretary of State [Rex Tillerson's] statements about stopping the allowances (mukhassasat), Karake said that this is part of the aggression, war, and pressures against the Palestinians to stop helping the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids)…
Karake emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not submit to any pressure, and that the aid to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs is a national, moral, and human responsibility. He also rejected all the terms and concepts that define the prisoners and Martyrs as ‘terrorists.’”
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