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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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Director of Prisoners Affairs: Female Palestinian prisoners are suffering from “severe mistreatment,” “intentional medical neglect,” and “a lack of appropriate TV channels” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 25, 2017
    “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that 56 Palestinian female prisoners who are in Hasharon Prison and Damon Prison are suffering from severe mistreatment, and are being denied their most basic rights. He also explained that 10 female prisoner minors under the age of 18 are in the prisons.
Karake noted that the female prisoners are suffering from intentional medical neglect, the absence of schoolbooks and cultural books, the suffering of their families whose permits are ripped up during the visits, a lack of appropriate TV channels – particularly for the female prisoner minors, and also from a lack of the basic goods that the female prisoners need in the canteens and the exhaustion and humiliation during their transportation to the court.”
PLO official: Imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “freedom prisoners,” not terrorists or criminals  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The occupation is striving to delegitimize the prisoners’ legal rights”
       “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] said that the arbitrary and severe Israeli steps against the prisoners – who are covered by a series of Israeli legislation and laws that violate the prisoners’ rights – are official and systematic Israeli attempts to delegitimize the prisoners’ status, their legal and humanitarian definition, and their legal struggle against the occupation for freedom and independence.
Karake called to act to strengthen the prisoners’ legal status according to the Geneva Convention, international law, international humanitarian law, and the UN resolutions, as they are freedom prisoners and legal fighters against the occupation. This is so as to act against the crazy Israeli efforts to define the prisoners' entire struggle as terror and crime, and to incite for this on the political and diplomatic level.”
Op-ed by PLO Prisoners' official: Israel keeps Palestinian “Martyrs” (i.e., killed terrorists) in freezers in fear of a “Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) legend” about their souls remaining alive  
Source: Palestine News Network (PNN, independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 11, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

      “Six Palestinian Martyrs (Shahids) are still being held in the State of Israel’s morgue refrigerators, and the number was higher than this, but several of them were buried in what is called the military numbered cemeteries (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers). According to the Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) legend, the souls of the Palestinians remain alive, and the Israelis are concerned about their existence and return, and that is what causes them to freeze their bodies or leave them at the mercies of predatory animals in the numbered cemeteries… The Israeli Supreme Court and prosecution are still delaying in releasing the six Martyrs who are in the Israeli [morgue] refrigerators due to the concern over the Martyrs’ awakening from their popular funerals, and over the intifada of the freely spilled blood, and also due to the fear of the symbolism and great esteem for the Palestinian Martyr who resisted the occupation, and also [fear] of the legitimacy of this resistance in response to Israel’s attempts to turn everyone who resisted the occupation into a criminal, whether he is a Martyr or a prisoner.”

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PLO official: Abbas has stated that “the allowances (to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists and their families) will not stop as long as the heart beats” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Oct. 3, 2017
         “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake... mentioned the American and Zionist administrations’ attack now against the prisoners and their failed attempts to pressure the Palestinian leadership to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and praised the position that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has taken against this extortion and his declaration that ‘the allowances will not stop as long as the heart beats.’ He explained that the main motive behind these acts of extortion by the occupation government is to present the Palestinian national struggle as a criminal matter.
Karake revealed that there are currently 6,000 prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, including prisoners who have served 35 years, such as Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with accomplice) and Nael Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with accomplice), 19 who have served over a quarter century, and nine who have served over 20 years [and under 25 years] of imprisonment. He expressed his pride in these prisoners ‘who have sacrificed the years of their lives for the homeland’s freedom and dignity.’”

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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.’”
PLO official: “We are continuing to pay the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, June 13, 2017
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Official PA TV newsreader: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake explained that there is an intention to continue paying the allowances of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners’ families. He described the Israeli occupation government’s attempt to legislate a law that will steal the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families from the tax money [that Israel collects for the PA] as robbery. Karake emphasized that it is necessary to urgently sue the occupation government over this step and turn to international law and the international legal institutions, and noted that our Palestinian people will not submit to the occupation government’s laws.”

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake is seen giving a speech but there is no sound, and in the background the following text appears: “Karake: We are continuing to pay the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families.”
Head of PLO Prisoners’ Commission: Prisoners’ salaries will continue, Israel withholding taxes is “robbery” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 13, 2017
Headline: “Karake: We’re continuing to transfer the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the transfer of the allowances to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families and prisoners will continue. He described the occupation government’s attempt to authorize the theft of the allowances of the Palestinian prisoners and Martyrs’ families from the PA’s tax revenues as robbery (refers to a new bill to deduct PA salaries to terrorists from taxes Israel collects for the PA –Ed.), and emphasized that there will be a petition to the international legal system to sue the occupation government over this crime.
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It’s “a declaration of war” says PLO Prisoners’ Commission director, if Israel withholds from PA taxes the amount PA pays in terrorist salaries  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2017
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said yesterday [June 12, 2017], during his meeting with families of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), that Israel as an occupying power can exploit its power to stop the Palestinian tax money to exert pressure and commit extortion. However, it cannot stop our national honor and our sacred right to freedom and defense of our people's rights…
Karake said that the decision of the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Israeli Parliament (sic., government) on June 11, 2017, to approve a bill (sic., the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation under the Israeli government. The bill has not yet been approved by the Israeli Parliament) to deduct [from the Palestinian tax revenues Israel collects for the PA] the allowances of the families of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded is a declaration of war against our people's rights and the humanity of the Palestinians. He added that the strategic purpose of the decision is to delegitimize the Palestinian national struggle for the right to self-determination, and to consider the Palestinian resistance to the occupation, which is represented by the prisoners and Martyrs, as a crime and terror. This is while the longest occupation in modern history is the cruelest, most violent, and severest type of terror, and is the reason for terror and instability in the region."

PA leadership won’t be blackmailed into ceasing salaries for prisoners, will ask Arab states to pay, says PLO Prisoners’ Commission head 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 11, 2017
Headline: "Karake: We will not agree to blackmail and will continue to support the prisoners and Martyrs"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not agree to blackmail and bargaining over everything regarding the matter of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and the financial support that the leadership provides to them. He also emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will continue to support the prisoners and the [families of] the Martyrs.
Karake said to [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the Palestinian leadership will not agree to surrender to the Israeli pressure and its racist laws that are attempting to delegitimize the struggle of the prisoners and Martyrs. He noted that the Israeli occupation is striving to present their struggle as 'crime and terror.'

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PA will continue paying terrorist salaries, even if Israel deducts money from PA taxes, says Director of PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Commission 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, June 11, 2017
Headline: "Karake to Wattan: The response to the confiscation of the tax money is to continue supporting the prisoners and Martyrs' families"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake responded to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan this evening, Sunday [June 11, 2017] about the fact that the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill (sic., the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation under the Israeli government. The bill has not yet been approved by the Israeli Parliament) to deduct the money that the PA pays as allowances (mukhassasat) to the prisoners, Martyrs' (Shahids') families, and wounded from the tax money that Israel collects for the PA. He said that they will continue to support them and will not submit to the Israeli pressure and blackmail.
Karake explained that the decision to transfer the allowances of the prisoners and Martyrs' families is in the PA's hands, and not in Israel's hands. However, if Israel will deduct large amounts from the tax money that it collects for the PA, that will influence the budget. He also noted that it is not only a financial matter, but also a legal [matter]."
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs exposes the PA’s lie that only the PLO and not the PA pays terrorist salaries, demanding explanation from PA treasury why some salaries stopped 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 6, 2017
Headline: "Karake demands that the [PA] government explain the reasons for stopping the payment of the prisoners' salaries"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake demanded that the [PA] Ministry of Finance publish an explanation regarding the reasons for stopping the payment of the salaries of more than 200 prisoners, some of them released [prisoners].
Karake said in a press statement that the Commission [of Prisoners' Affairs] has received many inquiries and complaints on the matter, without knowing what the reasons are that led to stopping the payment of the salaries, and also without an official response on the matter from any official party.
He added that [the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs], as a concerned party, was surprised by the step that was taken without its knowledge, and that many of the complaints it receives require an official explanation from the Ministry of Finance and the [PA] government regarding the reasons for this step."
PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director reaffirms PA support for salaries of convicted terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The prisoners’ statement supports the leadership and its orientation”
     “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… viewed the appointment of Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) as a member of the Fatah Central Committee as a response from the Fatah leadership to the occupation, and as an expression of its adherence to the prisoners’ issue and of its firm opposition to the pressures that are being exerted on the Palestinian leadership to stop paying the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids).”

Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
PLO official: Imprisoned terrorist was appointed to the Fatah Central Committee in a response to Israel calling Palestinian prisoners “terrorists”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 30, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The [hunger] strike returned the prisoners' cause to the forefront"
    "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said… during a press conference held yesterday [May 29, 2017] at the government information center… that the appointment of veteran prisoner Karim Younes to the Fatah Movement Central Committee constitutes a political achievement, particularly since this is the most senior leadership body in the movement. He said that this step comes in response to the occupation, which is spreading [the rumor] that the prisoners are 'terrorists.'"

Hunger strike (April-May 2017) -  Palestinian terrorist prisoners launched a hunger strike on April 17, 2017, which ended on May 27, 2017, after an agreement was reached. While the prisoners had issued a list of demands, reportedly only the demand to have the Red Cross reinstate a second monthly family visit for prisoners was agreed to. Nevertheless, the PA has claimed the development as a victory.

Karim Younes - Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee.
PLO Director of Prisoner's Affairs sees appointment of murderer to Fatah Central Committee as proof that "our prisoners are not terrorists" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 28, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the end of the terrorist prisoners’ hunger strike, hosting Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “I want to note an additional achievement, which was a political response by the Palestinian leadership when the Fatah Revolutionary Council made a decision to appoint prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), the most veteran of the prisoners, as a member of the Fatah Movement Central Committee. I think that this is a very great and significant political response, [which says] that our prisoners are not terrorists and are not criminals. They are freedom prisoners and fighters who enjoy an important national, human, and legal status among their leadership and among their Palestinian people.”
Official PA TV host: “This is a response to all of the rumors that the PA may be susceptible to certain pressures to stop the prisoners’ allowances (i.e., salaries).”
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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 claims imprisoned terrorists are “freedom heroes” and “prisoners of freedom” 
Source: Al-Quds, May 27, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The battle of ‘freedom and dignity’ ended in victory"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that the battle of freedom and dignity will yet be declared a victory, because the occupation authorities and [Israeli] Prison Service will not succeed in harming the freedom heroes, who will not retreat until obtaining their full rights…
Karake said to Al-Quds: 'The Israeli occupation government is committing organized and official state terror against more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners who have been waging a hunger strike for the past 41 days in order to obtain humanitarian, just, and legitimate demands.' He added: 'The occupation government’s strategic goal is to deny the legitimacy and legal status of the prisoners, who are prisoners of freedom and fighters who are protected by the fourth Geneva Convention.’"

Hunger strike (April-May 2017) Palestinian terrorist prisoners launched a hunger strike on April 17, 2017, which ended on May 27, 2017, after an agreement was reached. While the prisoners had issued a list of demands, reportedly only the demand to have the Red Cross reinstate a second monthly family visit for prisoners was agreed to. Nevertheless, the PA has claimed the development as a victory.
PLO leader calls for violence: "Let every one of us look for a gun and bullets"  
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
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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... Do not make us receive bodies from the occupation's prisons. There's nothing left to say, and there is no need for journalism, media, analyses, and speculations. The prisoners are currently struggling for their lives. Break the pens, look for a gun and bullets. Do not look at your watches, the time is up... 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... [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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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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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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PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs confirms payments to terrorists will continue 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 4, 2017
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake denied reports in the social media regarding stopping the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation's prisons.
Karake emphasized in an exclusive statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the prisoners will receive their allowances regularly each month."
Main street in Jenin to be named after kidnapper-murderer 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 3, 2017
Headline: "A main street in Jenin is named after Karim Younes"
     "Jenin District Governor Ibrahim Ramadan and Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake announced that one of the main streets in the city [of Jenin] will be named after veteran prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1). This was during a central mass rally organized across from the solidarity tent that was put up as a sign of support for the prisoners waging the battle of dignity and freedom (i.e., a hunger strike by terrorist prisoners that began on April 17, 2017)."
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Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
PLO official: Abbas “emphasized his absolute refusal” to Israeli demands to stop PA salaries to terrorists 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 29, 2017
Headline: “Karake demanded urgent international intervention and confirmed that an additional group of prisoners has joined the [hunger] strike of freedom and dignity”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… explained in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Saturday [April 29, 2017]… that ‘[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized his absolute refusal of the Israeli demands to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and emphasized his absolute support for them (i.e., for the payments).’”
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Director of Prisoners’ Affairs: Prisoners are not terrorists, they’re “fighter heroes,” Israel is source of terror 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 27, 2017
Headline: “Karake warned against the deaths as Martyrs in the ranks of the striking prisoners”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake today, Thursday [April 27, 2017], warned against the deaths as Martyrs (Shahids) in the ranks of the prisoners who are hunger striking for the 11th consecutive day.
In a speech that he gave during the mass rally that passed through the streets of Ramallah and El-Bireh as a sign of solidarity with the prisoners’ movement, he added that ‘the world must listen to the prisoners’ voices and the Palestinian people’s voice - we are a people that only wants its freedom. Our prisoners are not terrorists, but rather fighter heroes and prisoners of honor and freedom.’
Karake explained that the occupation state is the one that creates terror, and the prisoners are determined to continue the strike until achieving their legal demands or Martyrdom-death (Shahada).”
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PLO official: PA cuts to salaries of government workers will not affect salaries of prisoners or released prisoners 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 26, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The cuts in the Gaza salaries will not harm the released prisoners”
    “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… said in an exclusive statement to [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the cuts approved by the [PA] Palestinian government to the salaries of the state employees in Gaza will not harm the released prisoners or the prisoners in the Israeli occupation’s prisons, and noted that the cuts in the employees’ salaries are related to the existing situation in the Gaza Strip. Karake explained that the government has approved these cuts because there is money that is going to the Gaza Strip and taxes that are collected in the Gaza Strip [by Hamas], but which do not reach the [PA] government coffers. He noted that this problem – for which Hamas bears the responsibility – is not related to the matter of the released prisoners.”
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PA will continue to pay salaries to terrorists, says PLO official 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 23, 2017
Headline: “Karake: New prisoners will join the [hunger] strike”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… said today, Sunday [April 23, 2017], in an interview with Radio Mawtini… that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s statements about stopping the salaries of the prisoners’ and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families are rejected outright. He noted that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has emphasized that he will not shake off the prisoners’ and Martyrs’ families, as they are part of the fundamental national principles for which the Palestinian revolution broke out. He also said that Netanyahu’s statements are unacceptable and illogical as they define the Palestinian national struggle as terror, and he noted that the Israeli occupation is an absolute terrorist in its inhumane behavior against the Palestinian people.”

In a governmental meeting on April 23, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “The Palestinian Authority needs to stop funding the terrorists sitting in prison and stop funding the families of terrorists who were killed while committing their crimes. This is a simple and clear test of the Palestinians’ desire for peace. You cannot be in favor of peace with Israel, and at the same time glorify and fund the murderers of Israelis and the murderers of other innocents.” The statement came after Netanyahu, in an interview with Fox News on April 21, 2017, called on the PA to “stop paying terrorists.”
PLO official claims that Palestinian prisoners who murdered civilians are not terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2017
Headline: “Karake warns against force feeding the prisoners”
     “Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake warned lest the [Israeli] Prison Service force feed the hunger striking prisoners and threaten their lives as part of its effort to break the strike. These warnings were made during a press conference held by the PLO Department for Negotiations yesterday [April 19, 2017]…
Karake said that the statements of [Israeli] occupation Minister of War (sic., Defense) Avigdor Liberman, who called to execute the prisoners by letting them starve to death, as Britain did with the Irish captives, are essentially a declaration of war (see note -Ed.). He added that they (the statements) are escalating the tension in the Palestinian street, and emphasized that these threats must be stopped…
Karake condemned the occupation's attempts to harm the prisoners’ image and accuse them of being 'terrorists' and 'criminals.' He said that the occupation is terror and that our prisoners are protected by international law, which Israel is obligated to honor…
On the same matter, Karake expressed opposition to the bill recently raised in the Israeli Parliament, which determines that 250 million [Israeli shekels] of the tax revenues [that Israel collects for the PA] will be frozen, on the pretext that salaries are paid to the prisoners' and Martyrs' (Shahids') families."

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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.”
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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PLO official rejects term "terrorist," claiming Palestinian prisoners are "prisoners of war who are defending the cause and dignity of a people" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2017
Headline: “With the start today of the hunger strike that is unlimited in time – Palestinian and Arab figures demand to support the prisoners and internationalize their affairs”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake confirmed that over 1,500 prisoners will participate in the prisoners’ [hunger] strike. He said that this is a rebellion against the Israeli hangman’s injustice, actions, and laws…
Karake demanded that the local, Arab, and international human rights organizations act in the international sphere to support the prisoners and give them legal protection, in light of the fact that the occupation authorities are targeting the prisoners’ humanity. He said: ‘They are prisoners of war who are defending the cause and dignity of a people .’
Karake noted that the occupation authorities are acting to define the Palestinian national struggle as a crime, and to place it on the terror list. He warned against the consequences of this path, and described it as dangerous.”
PA Prisoners’ Affairs Director: Terrorism is justified by the occupation, Palestinian prisoners are ‘freedom fighters’ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 5, 2017

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: "Why are there thousands in prison? Because of the presence of the occupation. They resisted the occupation – and that is a legitimate right of every people that is subjected to occupation – they resisted the occupation and were imprisoned. Israel wants to label them with terror. In other words, the Palestinian people is prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), or injured."

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Speaking at university event, PLO official warns of impending "popular intifada" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2017
Headline: “Karake visited a prisoners’ exhibition at An-Najah [University] and participated in a meeting of the national [and Islamic] forces in Nablus”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that, in the shadow of the battle of freedom and dignity that the prisoners are waging by launching an unlimited hunger strike, the Prisoner’s Day events this year will be extraordinary and comprehensive. These events are a message from the Palestinian people to the world that we are a people that is interested only in its freedom and having the occupation leave our lives so we will be able to live in dignity.
Karake said that the Prisoner’s Day events will turn into a popular intifada, the breaking of the chains, and the release of the prisoners. He added that these events are a response to the ongoing steps of oppression against the prisoners’ rights and the taking of their fighting and national identity, in light of the ongoing official incitement against them and the arbitrary laws that the occupation government is legislating that harm the prisoners’ dignity and violate international law.
Karake’s statements came after his meeting with acting President of An-Najah [National] University Dr. Maher Al-Natsheh and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Muhammad Al-Amleh.”
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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Released terrorist murderer speaks at conference organized by PA Ministry of Culture 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The cultural and intellectual experience of the prisoners is one of the greatest human experiences in the world"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said during a conference at the Ein Al-Sultan refugee camp in Jericho that the prisoners have amazed [people] by preserving their cultural and national identity through their resolve, unity, and their challenging of the policy of erasing the culture and the human targeting that they have experienced throughout the years of their imprisonment. Karake said that the cultural and intellectual experience of the prisoners is one of the greatest human experiences in the world. He also said that the cultural, literary, and artistic products of the prisoners hold a high position in the literature of resistance, constitute an important part of the history of the Palestinian struggle, and are worthy of review, documentation, study, and publication at all levels and in all languages, until the world becomes aware of the prisoners’ suffering and their struggle to maintain their humanity, and also to expose the arbitrary steps taken against them through what they have written and documented within the prisons. Author and released prisoner Ismat Mansour (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) reviewed his cultural experience within the prison. He published three literary works, including The Wire and The Prison, and revealed the human and fighter aspect of these stories through the everyday life in prison and displaying the broad interest of the prisoners in culture and their struggles to obtain pens and books and turn the prisons into schools and universities. Mansour said that the culture inside the prisons has shaped the personalities of the prisoners from a consciousness and fighter standpoint, and has played a large role in the prisoners' resolve. This conference was organized by the [PA] Ministry of Cultu
Palestinian leaders honor mothers of prisoners serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2017
Headline: "Ramallah: A tribute to the prisoners' mothers"
The picture in the article shows Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam shaking hands with a prisoner's mother.


     "The [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs yesterday, on occasion of Mother's Day and under the auspices of the Ramallah and El-Bireh District and the Fatah branch, honored a number of the mothers of prisoners in the occupation's prisons, who have been sentenced to many years and life sentences.
Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam said during the tribute held in Ramallah: 'We bow before the sacrifice of the prisoners, their mothers, and their families.' She noted that there are 19 mothers who are at this moment within the occupation's prisons. She also emphasized that all of the top officials and members of our people must always stand beside the prisoners' families and the mothers, and not only at special events, as they suffer much and need someone to ease their [suffering over] the absence of their sons.
Ghannam conveyed the greetings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and emphasized that the prisoners' cause is on the Palestinian leadership's list of priorities, as there will be no freedom or independence without the release of all of the prisoners…
Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake praised the Palestinian woman who with her steely sacrifice has demonstrated all of the significance of partnership in the struggle and standing against the occupation’s barbarity... He expressed his appreciation for the female prisoners..."

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PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs: terror against Israel “legitimized by UN and international law,” convicted terrorists are “prisoners of war” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 19, 2017
Headline: “Karake: Liberman’s decision to outlaw the [Palestinian] National Fund is meant to define the Palestinian struggle as a crime and the prisoners as criminals”


“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the occupation’s [Israeli] Minister of War (sic., Defense) Avigdor Liberman’s statements, which considered the [PLO] Palestinian National Fund as a ‘terror organization,’ are meant to define the national struggle for freedom and independence as a crime… and that they were said as part of targeting the struggle of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), who have sacrificed for freedom, honor, and the right to self-determination.

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Imprisoned terrorists, including killer of Israeli minister, receive university BA, against Israeli law 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: "Al-Quds Open University celebrates the graduation of two prisoners"
     "Al-Quds Open University and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs yesterday [March 13, 2017] celebrated the graduation of prisoners Majdi Hussein Yusuf Al-Rimawi (i.e., terrorist, participated in murder of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi) and Abd Al-Karim Al-Dayem Fayyad 'Khader' (PMW could not verify the nature of his crimes -Ed.), who are among the first students to graduate the university's program that is meant to provide an education to the prisoners.
The ceremony was held at the university's presidential building in Ramallah, in the presence of the prisoners' families and Director of Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake...
Prisoner Al-Rimawi is serving a life sentence, while prisoner Fayyad is serving an 18-year sentence. The two of them have been in the occupation's prisons since 2002."
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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 claims Israel implements a "slow death policy" against Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2017
Headline: "Karake: Al-Jalad is a victim of the occupation's terror…"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of prisoner Muhammad Al-Jalad is a crime that is comprised of several crimes, which joins the list of crimes perpetrated by the occupation authorities, and the slow death policy being implemented against the prisoners. He warned against the deaths as Martyrs of additional prisoners, and especially injured and sick, due to the disregard for their lives and not granting the treatment they need.
Karake explained in an interview with Radio Mawtini that Martyr prisoner Muhammad Al-Jalad fell victim to the Israeli organized crime and terror against the prisoners.”

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.
PLO official claims in official PA daily: There are "210 Martyrs who were murdered by torture and medical neglect" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 14, 2017
Headline: “The prisoners are under attack”
Excerpt of an op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake
     “With the fall of Martyr (Shahid) injured prisoner Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist) on Feb. 8, 2017, the number of Martyr prisoners since 1967 rises to 210 Martyrs who were murdered by torture and medical neglect, and who were arbitrarily executed within the prison or during their arrest . The organized crime is repeating itself and intensifying in an unprecedented manner, to the point that in the past seven years 10 Martyrs have fallen within the occupation’s prisons – a record time that indicates that the prisons and the arbitrary actions against the prisoners have become a tool of death, with which prisoners are intentionally murdered…
The occupation government is still attempting to deprive the prisoners of their legal status and to delegitimize their national struggle against the occupation. It is deepening their treatment as criminals and terrorists on the legal, media, and political level in order to delegitimize them and the legitimate Palestinian national struggle.”

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.
PLO official accuses Israel of "deliberate medical neglect" of Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The Commission of Prisoners' Affairs demanded an investigation of the circumstances of the death as a Martyr of prisoner Al-Jalad"
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the commission has demanded the opening of an investigation of the circumstances of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of prisoner Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist), and the reasons for the delay in declaring his death. He noted that the [Israeli] Beilinson Hospital administration conspired with what is known as the [Israeli] Prison Service.
Karake added that this is a recurring crime, which the occupation government has perpetrated against the prisoners and the wounded who are being held in the Israeli detention camps. He also noted that since 2010, 10 prisoners have died as Martyrs in the Israeli detention camps as a result of deliberate medical neglect. He said: 'These are deliberate crimes against the prisoners in the detention camps.'"

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.
Released prisoner claims Israel tortures prisoners, who are turned into “medical guinea pigs” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2017
     “Dozens of family members of prisoners and released prisoners, representatives of official and popular institutions, and representatives of the national activity factions in the Jenin district participated in a solidarity rally in Silat Al-Harithiya for sick prisoner Anas Jaradat, who was sentenced to 35 life sentences and another 35 years…
[Released prisoner] Muhannad Jaradat said in a speech he gave on behalf of Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] that the occupation tortures the prisoners in many mental and physical ways, while ignoring all of the international humanitarian norms and conventions. He held the occupation authorities fully responsible for the life of prisoner Jaradat and the rest of the prisoners, ‘who have become the medical guinea pigs of the occupation authorities.’”

Anas Jaradat was the leader of the Islamic Jihad terror organization in Jenin. He was assistant to the Islamic Jihad leader Iyad Sawalha who was head of the Islamic Jihad in the West Bank. Jaradat planned and organized 3 car bombings in Israel (bus no. 830 from Tel Aviv to Tiberias, June 5, 2002, 17 killed. Karkour junction, Oct. 21, 2002, 14 killed. An attempted attack thwarted when a car loaded with hundreds of kilograms of explosives was seized near Haifa, Sept. 5, 2002). Jaradat was arrested by Israeli soldiers on May 11, 2003 and sentenced to 35 life sentences and 35 years.

Muhannad Jaradat was serving a 20-year sentence. Israel released him in July 2007 as a gesture to the PA after he had served 18 years in prison. PMW has been unable to verify the specific nature of his crimes.

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs visits father of terrorists serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2017
     “[Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake and his entourage visited Abd Al-Rahim Al-Skafi, the father of prisoners Alaa (i.e., terrorist) who was sentenced to 30 years (sic., 1 life sentence), and Yusuf Al-Skafi (i.e., terrorist) who was sentenced to one life sentence (sic., 4 life sentences) and recently suffers from several illnesses.”

Alaa Al-Skafi
- member of the terrorist organization the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah military wing). He was involved in a shooting attack and in recruiting suicide terrorists. He is serving 1 life sentence.

Yusuf Al-Skafi - member of the terrorist organization the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah military wing). He was involved in recruiting suicide terrorists and is serving 4 life sentences.
PLO official: Archbishop who abetted terror died as a Shahid, "his glorious path that was checkered with his noble national positions" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: "Karake: Released prisoner Archbishop Hilarion Capucci died in Rome with his eyes towards Palestine and the prisoners"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake praised the late released prisoner, [Greek Catholic] Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who died yesterday, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Rome, the capital of Italy, at nearly 94 years old, after a path of struggle and giving, in which he took care that Palestine would remain present in his heart despite being expelled from it by force by a decision of the occupation.
Karake clarified that Archbishop Capucci was a released prisoner who served 4 years in the occupation’s prisons. He was arrested in 1974 for his support of the Palestinian revolution, his aid to the [Palestinian] resistance, and his objection to the criminal Israeli occupation. He was sentenced at the time to 12 years, and after serving 4 years, the decision to expel him to Italy was published.
The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs, represented by Commission Director Issa Karake, the prisoners' movement, and all of the institutions that are active in the field of prisoners, expressed their sorrow and sincere condolences to the family of Archbishop Capucci and all of his friends and loved ones. Likewise, they expressed the pride of the Palestinian people and its leadership for this fighter and his glorious path that was checkered with his noble national positions, and emphasized that he died as a Martyr (Shahid) on the path of freedom and struggle."

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention.
PLO official accuses Israel of trying to kill hunger-striking prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 18, 2016
Headline: "Karake: The next few hours are critical if [prisoners] Abu Fara and Shadid continue to refrain from drinking water"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the next few hours will be critical and decisive if prisoners Ahmed Abu Fara and Anas Shadid (i.e., prisoners held in administrative detention) continue to refrain from drinking water. He added that yesterday [Dec. 17, 2016] Palestinian Doctor Muhammad Jadallah examined the two prisoners - who have been hunger-striking for 85 days and have not been drinking for four days – at the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital. In a phone conversation with [the official PA news agency] WAFA, he noted that Dr. Jadallah said that the lower extremities of the two of them have lost their vitality, and that not passing urine for several days indicates kidney failure, which is liable to be irreversible…
He [Karake] noted that the occupation is trying to kill the two prisoners through procrastination, stubbornness, and by rejecting their demands."

Note: The deputy director of the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital sent a letter to the court, including pictures, stating that Abu Shara and Fadid are actually secretly eating and drinking.
Director of Commission of Prisoners' Affairs reaffirms PA's commitment to support terrorists and their families 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 7, 2016
Headline: “Karake: The leadership continues to support the families of the prisoners and Martyrs and provide for them”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake denied the reports of several media outlets about a cutback in the allowances of the prisoners’ families. He emphasized that this news item is completely unfounded, and that the PA and the Palestinian leadership continue to support the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners, to provide for them, and to express loyalty to them in accordance with the customary regulations and laws.
Karake said that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, in his historic speech before the Seventh Fatah Conference, emphasized the continuation of the support for the prisoners’ families, for the prisoners in prison, and for the released prisoners, and continuation of the efforts to release the prisoners.”
PA officials visit families of terrorists serving life sentences for planning and carrying out the murder of civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2016
Headline: "Karake: 470 prisoners have been sentenced to life sentences and 42 prisoners have served more than 20 years"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that 470 prisoners in the occupation's prisons have been sentenced to 1 life sentence or more. He noted that 42 prisoners have served more than 20 years, among them 16 prisoners who have served more than 25 years…
Karake said this during his visit to the family of prisoner Muhammad Al-Tous, who has begun his 32nd year in the occupation's prisons. He is one of the prisoners who was not released in the fourth group (of prisoners arrested before the Oslo Accords who were set to be released during the 2013-2014 peace talks –Ed.). Prisoner Al-Tous was arrested on Oct. 6, 1985 and was sentenced to a life sentence…
Karake and a delegation from the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs visited the family of prisoner Jamal Rajoub in Dura in Hebron, who has begun his 19th year in the occupation’s prisons, and who was sentenced to a life sentence. Fatah Central Committee [Deputy Secretary and] member Jibril Rajoub and Governor of the Hebron District Kamel Hamid participated in this visit.”

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PLO Head of Prisoners’ Commission: Israel is carrying out “incitement” campaign against imprisoned Palestinian terrorists to isolate them, prisoners are freedom fighters 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 16, 2016
Headline: "Karake: The prisoners must be legally protected from the Israeli targeted attack against their standing as freedom prisoners"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that Israel and its right-wing government are striving to eradicate the prisoners' movement and its national, humanitarian, and legal standing, and to make the prisoners nothing more than numbers and security cases that do not enjoy the rights determined for them in humanitarian and international resolutions and conventions…

Karake continued: 'Israel does not recognize the application of the Geneva Conventions to the prisoners and their legal description as national freedom movement prisoners, applies racist and military laws to them, and is managing an international propaganda campaign of incitement against the prisoners in order to isolate them and keep any assistance or support away from them. Therefore, it is necessary to hurry to provide legal protection to the prisoners and to force it (i.e., Israel) to recognize them as freedom prisoners and legitimate fighters.'"
PLO prisoners’ commission director: Israel spreads diseases among Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 27, 2016
     Headline: “Karake: The deliberate death (sic) of prisoners [taking place] in the occupation’s prisons must be stopped”
“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake held the occupation state responsible for the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of prisoner Yasser Hamdouni, and considered him to be one of the victims of their deliberate policy of medical negligence. Likewise, he demanded the opening of an international investigation regarding the occupation’s violations and crimes against the prisoners in the prisons in order to stop the deliberate death (sic) [of prisoners] in the occupation state’s prisons.
Karake said yesterday [Sept. 26, 2016] in a radio interview: ‘The occupation’s prisons have turned into a death site after diseases were spread among the prisoners, and they were not given the appropriate medical examinations.’ He noted that the prisoners are suffering from serious diseases, and said that what happened to prisoner Hamdouni is liable to happen to other prisoners as well.”

Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni – was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June, 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016, after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.
PLO official: Israel has “barbaric and racist” policy toward Palestinian prisoners, carries out “arbitrary summary executions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 22, 2016
     Headline: “Karake demands that the UN send an investigative committee for the occupation’s crimes against the prisoners”
“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that one of the reasons for the tension and anger on the Palestinian street and the renewal of the popular uprising is the barbaric and racist Israeli policy against the prisoners in the prisons and the prisoners’ protests against the injustice and oppression being carried out against them, and particularly the arbitrary administrative detentions.
Karake held Israel responsible for the bloody deterioration in the recent period (- a rise in attacks against Israelis by Palestinians –Ed.) and particularly the arbitrary summary executions and the ascent of eight Martyrs (Shahids) [to Heaven] in one week, alongside dozens of wounded, hundreds arrested, and ongoing invasions.”

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Senior PLO official lays wreath on grave of terrorist bomber 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 14, 2016
Headline: “Karake and released prisoners laid a wreath of flowers on a prisoner’s grave”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, together with released prisoners Rizq Salah, Ibrahim Al-Zir, Nasser Mahadiya, Hassan Abd Rabbo, and Ibrahim Najajreh , and Fatah Movement Secretary in Dura in Hebron Yasser Doudin, laid a wreath of flowers on the grave of prisoner Martyr (Shahid) Na’im Al-Shawamreh at his birthplace Dura, after a visit to the Martyr’s family for Eid Al-Adha (i.e., Muslim “Sacrifice Feast” holiday).
Prisoner Na’im Al-Shawamreh fell as a Martyr on Aug. 16, 2016, after he served 27 years in prison and fell ill with muscular dystrophy.”

Na’im Al-Shawamreh was sentenced to life in prison for planting a bomb that killed Israeli policeman Yossi Hayoun in 1993. He became sick with muscular dystrophy in prison and was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. He died on Aug. 16, 2016.
Senior PLO official calls Israeli soldiers "murderers," justifies Palestinian terror 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 18, 2016
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake speaks at length about the difficulty in paying the fines and damages levied by the Israeli courts against terrorists and their families. Karake also says that the PA government has been forced to stop paying the fines due to the financial pressures on it to pay not only the fines but compensation as well.
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “In other words, if I want to go and hit an [Israeli] soldier and I injure him, I [have to] go and pay him damages? He is an occupier. He comes to murder me-”
Official PA TV host: “The message has been conveyed, Abu Khaled (i.e., Karake). The program’s time is up.”
Issa Karake: “He comes to murder me. In other words, they want to define the Palestinian struggle as a crime, as if [the fact] that we are struggling and defending ourselves and our honor has become a crime.”
PA Prime Minister meets with families of terrorists whose bodies are being held by Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2016
Headline: “Hamdallah: We will not let Israel use the bodies of the Martyrs as a bargaining chip”

“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘We will not let Israel use the bodies of the Martyrs (Shahids) as a bargaining chip or to pressure the [PA] leadership, the government, and our people, over the activities to achieve our legal rights, to end the occupation, and to establish an independent Palestinian state in the 1967 borders.’
These statements were made during a reception held yesterday [July 28, 2016] at his office in Ramallah for relatives of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held by Israel, in the presence of Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake.”

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PA daily cites PLO minister: "Wage war" using "all forms of resistance" to release prisoners from Israel's "oppression and abuse" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2016
Headline: “Ramallah: Sit-in strike and rally as a sign of support for [Bilal] Kayed and the [hunger] striking prisoners”
     “Dozens of activists and family members of prisoners, led by officials and leaders, yesterday [July 26, 2016] held a sit-in strike at the tent in Martyr Yasser Arafat Square in the center of Ramallah. This was as a sign of support for the struggle and the demands of [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine] member Bilal Kayed (i.e., being held in Israeli administrative detention), who is [hunger] striking, and for the prisoners who are hunger striking in protest of the administrative detention…
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] warned of the severity of prisoner Bilal Kayed’s health condition…
Karake emphasized the determination of the prisoners to wage the war (i.e., hunger strike) until victory, despite the oppression and abuse from the occupation.
He called on the national, popular, and official sectors to continue to support the prisoners by all the forms of resistance (i.e., including violence), until the last Palestinian prisoner in the occupation’s prisons is released.”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Murderer of 15 was “great fighter,” monument in his honor is “sign of loyalty and love” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 18, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the unveiling of a monument for Palestinian terrorist Abu Sukkar in Turmus Ayya, hosting Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “On the third anniversary of the Martyrdom (Istish’had) of the great fighter Ahmad Abu Sukkar (i.e., terrorist, murdered 15), indeed, a monument to Abu Sukkar was built at the place of his birth in Turmus Ayya. This is an expression of the loyalty and love of the Palestinian people for all the prisoners, both the Martyr prisoners who died after a long struggle like fighter prisoner Abu Sukkar, as well as the prisoners living in the prisons, Abu Sukkar’s comrades, some of whom have been in the occupation’s prisons for more than 35 years, like Nael (likely Nael Salhab, terrorist serving 30 years for his part in a murder –Ed.), Karim [Younes], Maher [Younes] (murdered one –Ed.), Lina [Al-Jarbouni] (aided terror organization –Ed.), and dozens of other veteran prisoners.
This is also a response to the attempts of Israel and of theIsraeli government to define the struggle of the Palestinian people as a crime, and to charge the prisoners as terrorists and criminals. By establishing this monument we are saying in this mass ceremony that the prisoners are freedom prisoners. These are prisoners who struggled and sacrificed for the dignity and the freedom of this land. They are legitimate fighters and not criminals and terrorists. The occupation government is the mistress of terror in this region, and it is the criminal that violates the rights of our Palestinian people and uses murder and all forms of oppression against the Palestinian people.”

PA leaders honor killer of 15 at dedication of monument in his name: Terrorist was "a real man, a fighter... We are proud of him as one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2016
    “Top officials yesterday [July 17, 2016] unveiled the monument in memory of Martyr (Shahid) Ahmad Jabarah ‘Abu Sukkar,’ (i.e., Palestinian terrorist who murdered 15 Israelis) one of the most veteran Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, at the entrance to the town of Turmus Ayya in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district...
Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh District] Dr. Ghannam said that the death of Ahmad Jabarah ‘Abu Sukkar’ was a loss for everyone who protects human rights and every freedom fighter. She noted that the deceased fighter left behind a legendary history… [Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura] Fares added in his speech: ‘This man was not a regular man, but rather an epic of a struggle that will be written by the history of the Palestinian victory in large letters due to the greatness of our resolute prisoners… [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake emphasized in his speech that this monument is intended to implant in the minds of our sons and daughters that we are continuing to be loyal to the path of the Martyrs… Karake added: ‘Ahmad Abu Sukkar is a real man, a fighter, and a man who left his impression on everyone and who was a school for giving, resolve, and courage. We are proud of him as one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle…”
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PA officials participate in dedication of monument to terrorist who killed 15 
Source: Official Facebook page of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, July 18, 2016
 

The picture shows the monument erected to Palestinian terrorist Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar in the town of Turmus Ayya on July 17, 2016. In the picture Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake is to the left of the monument, Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh District Laila Ghannam is standing to the right of the monument, and Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and PA Parliament Member Qais Abd Al-Karim is seen to the right of Ghannam.

Text on monument:
“Monument of the heroic Martyr
Prisoner Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar
1936-2013
This monument was erected under the auspices of:
Ramallah and El-Bireh District
The Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club
The Turmus Ayya municipality
Arrested in 1976
Sentenced to life
Released in 2003”
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Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar (“Abu Sukkar”) - planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA.
PLO and PA officials participate dedication of monument for “heroic” terrorist who killed 15 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, July 17, 2016

Text and photo posted on the official Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs

The photo shows the monument erected to Palestinian terrorist Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar in the town of Turmus Ayya on July 17, 2016. In the picture Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh District Laila Ghannam is to the left of the monument, wearing a yellow head covering, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake is between Ghannam and the monument, Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares is furthest to the left, Chairman of the PA Committee Against the Wall and Settlements Walid Assaf is second from the right, and Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and PA Parliament Member Qais Abd Al-Karim is directly to the right of the monument.

Text on monument:
“Monument of the heroic Martyr
Prisoner Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar
1936-2013
This monument was erected under the auspices of:
Ramallah and El-Bireh District
The Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club
The Turmus Ayya municipality
Arrested in 1976
Sentenced to life
Released in 2003”

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PLO Head of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israeli anti-terror law is “racist,” imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “freedom fighters” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 11, 2016
Headline: “[PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa] Karake: We submitted a legal plan to the leadership to respond to what is called the Israeli ‘terror law’”

“[PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake said that the commission, in cooperation with human rights organizations, submitted a legal plan to the [Palestinian] leadership based on a petition to the International [Criminal] Court (ICC) in The Hague.
This [petition] is for the purpose of receiving a legal opinion regarding the legal status of the prisoners and detainees in the occupation’s prisons, and Israel’s responsibility towards them as an occupying state…
He said that this comes as a response to a series of racist and arbitrary laws that the government of Israel has legislated against the rights of the prisoners, the last of which is called the Israeli ‘terror law.’
[Karake noted that this law] is meant to define the national struggle of the Palestinian people as a crime, to delegitimize the Palestinian resistance to the occupation, to take the title of ‘freedom fighters’ from the prisoners, and to negate their legal status as legal fighters and prisoners protected by four Geneva conventions…
For Eid Al-Fitr (i.e., Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan), Karake and a delegation from the Commission [of Prisoners’ Affairs] visited…the family of prisoner Jamal Rajoub, who was given a life sentence.”

Israeli anti-terror law – ratified on June 15, 2016 - legislates significantly stiffer penalties for acts related to terror – involvement in a terror attack, aiding terrorists in carrying out an attack, public support of or identification with acts of terror, heading a terrorist organization, working for a terrorist organization, acts/business deals involving weapons used for terror, training
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “fighters for freedom”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2016
Headline: “[Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake: The defense of the prisoners’ issue and their rights constitutes the defense of human justice”

“Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that ‘The defense of the prisoners is defense of human justice, human values, and human culture, and it is necessary to come out against the Israeli attack of the prisoners’ issue in political, legal, and humanitarian ways.’

Karake noted that there is an Israeli campaign in the international arena, whose goal is to deny prisoners their humanity and status as fighters for freedom and for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.”
PA and Fatah officials celebrate release of terrorist who participated in the murder of Israeli teen  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 2, 2016

Terrorist Abd Al-Fattah Doleh making the victory sign

Headline
: “Beitunia welcomed released [prisoner Abd Al-Fattah] Doleh after 12 years in jail”
     “Figures from the city of Beitunia, from the [Ramallah] district, and from the Fatah Movement welcomed released [prisoner] Abd Al-Fattah Doleh, who served 12 years in the occupation’s (i.e., Israel’s) prisons... First everyone faced the grave of Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat, where the released prisoner placed a wreath of flowers on the grave in the presence of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Beitunia Mayor Ribhi Dawla, and a group of official figures, public figures, and members of the Fatah branch in the district… The Beitunia municipality and Fatah held a mass rally, which was attended by [Fatah] Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Prisoners’ Club Chairman Qadura Fares, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, and a large gathering of Beitunia residents and friends of the prisoner... Doleh thanked all those who welcomed him at this national rally, and emphasized the continuation of the path of struggle until achieving all of our rights and basic principles... Beitunia Mayor Ribhi Dawla emphasized that the prisoners are the symbol of liberation and getting rid of the occupation, and noted that the city of Beitunia, the city of Martyrs and prisoners, will remain loyal to the path of the Martyrs.”
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“Mass reception" for released terrorist who helped murder Israeli teen 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 1, 2016
Pictures and text printed in the the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
 
 

Text: "Mass reception for released prisoner Abd Al-Fattah Doleh from Beitunia after his release from the occupation's (i.e., Israel's) prisons."
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Note: In the picture on the right, terrorist Doleh is seen shaking hands with Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake.

Abd Al-Fattah Doleh – Member of the Tanzim (Fatah’s military wing). He served a 12-year sentence for his participation in the kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Ofir Rahum on Jan. 17, 2001. A woman, Amna Muna, met Rahum in an internet chat room and engaged him in an online romance that culminated in his agreeing to meet her. She drove him to Ramallah, where they were met by Doleh and another accomplice, Hassan Alkadi, who shot Rahum to death.
PLO Head of Prisoners’ Affairs visits families of imprisoned terrorists, accuses Israel of “medical neglect” of Palestinian prisoners  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 20, 2016
Headline: “[Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake visits several families of prisoners from Bethlehem”
     “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and a delegation of released prisoners visited several families of prisoners in the Bethlehem district yesterday [June 19, 2016]. They visited the family of wounded prisoner Riyad Al-Amour who suffers from a heart disease, the family of sick and wounded prisoner Muhammad Al-Badan, and the family of prisoner Muhammad Hmeid.
Karake said during the visit: ‘We are trying to turn attention to the suffering of the sick prisoners sitting in the jails, for there is no end to their suffering and pain until death, as a result of medical neglect and lack of treatment for hundreds of prisoners who suffer from dangerous diseases.’”

Riyad Al-Amour – a Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) terrorist who is serving 11 life sentences. He belonged to a Tanzim cell that was responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis - 5 soldiers and 4 civilians - in shooting attacks between October 2000 and March 2003 and for the murder of 3 Palestinians they suspected of collaborating with Israel.

Muhammad Al-Badan - Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem on Oct. 23, 2008, murdering 86-year-old Avraham Ozeri and injuring a police officer. Al-Badan is serving 1 life sentence and an additional 14 years.

Muhammad Hmeid – PMW has been unable to find any information on this prisoner at this time.
PLO Head of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israeli new anti-terror legislation is “racist,” Palestinian “resistance” is legal and legitimate 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2016
Headline: “The Israeli ‘terror law’ strives to steal the legitimacy of our people’s and prisoners’ struggle against the occupation.

“Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake called to increase the Palestinian diplomatic and legal activity in order to deal with racist and aggressive laws that the Israeli parliament is eager to legislate in recent years, the last of which was called the ‘terror law,’ which strives to turn the struggle of the Palestinian people into something criminal, to include it in the framework of terror, and legally prosecute the Palestinian resistance and its legal struggle against the occupation for the right to self-definition, freedom, and honor.”

Israeli anti-terror law – ratified on June 15, 2016 - legislates significantly stiffer penalties for acts related to terror – involvement in a terror attack, aiding terrorists in carrying out an attack, public support of or identification with acts of terror, heading a terrorist organization, working for a terrorist organization, acts/business deals involving weapons used for terror, training of terrorists, threatening to carry out a terror attack, etc., and allows the government or Minister of Defense to define an organization as a terrorist organization at the request of the Head of the Israeli Secret Service, after receiving the opinion of the attorney general.
Senior PLO official to South American delegation: Israel is "fascist… carries out ethnic cleansing against prisoners" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, May 25, 2016
Headline: “Karake: Israel is a fascist state”
     “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said yesterday, Wednesday [May 25, 2016], during a meeting with a delegation including 20 parliament members and jurists from South American countries (Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia) [parentheses in source] that Israel is a fascist state that legally allows torture, behaves in a racist manner, and carries out ethnic cleansing against prisoners, while violating all the international laws, conventions and agreements… Karake concluded the meeting, held in the Addameer Association in Ramallah, with a call to the international community to put an end to the Israeli actions against the prisoners and force them to implement international and humanitarian law and the international conventions and agreements, primarily the Geneva agreements, and to relate to the prisoners as prisoners of a freedom movement, and not as criminals.”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: “Israel and a number of Western countries [are] trying to revoke the prisoners’ financial rights on the pretext that they engaged in ‘terror’... in order to negate their being fighters” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2016
Headline: “In its new conference – the Prisoners’ Club demands to unite the national discourse regarding the prisoners’ cause”
PMW note: Palestinian Media Watch has presented in US Congress and in many European parliaments its findings on PA rewarding imprisoned terrorists with salaries.
      “During its fifth conference, titled The Late Released Prisoner and Leader Rabiha Dhiab (i.e., former PA Minister of Women’s Affairs who recently died) Session, the Prisoners’ Club emphasized that the national discourse on everything regarding the prisoners’ cause must be united… Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake discussed a number of matters regarding the prisoners, including… the offense being led by Israel and a number of Western countries, who are trying to revoke the prisoners’ financial rights on the pretext that they engaged in ‘terror,’ as they call it, in order to negate their being fighters, in addition to the importance of tendering prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize and the significance inherent in doing so, which can legitimize the Palestinian struggle.”

Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
PLO official twists Israeli general’s words to say that Israeli is carrying out a “holocaust” against the Palestinians 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 11, 2016
Headline: “How will I say all of this to those I love?”

Op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

“[At the moment] it is the 68th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), and after all these years it looks like what happened to the Palestinian people in 1948 became a curse on the future of the State of Israel. The Israelis are still afraid of the spirits moving under the ground of the villages that were destroyed and of their residents who were exiled and massacred, and that is what one of the central figures in this war, [Israeli] Deputy Chief of General Staff and Major General Yair Golan, said when he compared the behavior of the Israeli army toward the Palestinians to the behavior of the Nazis [and said] that the buds of hatred and intolerance in Israeli society torment the human conscience and are leading to moral deterioration, there was a Holocaust there, and a holocaust is taking place here (sic., he actually said that we must be careful not to act like the Nazis and uproot any signs of intolerance and violence).”

Yair Golan’s speech on May 4, 2016:
“The Holocaust, as I see it, must enable us to deeply reflect on the nature of man. It must bring us to deeply reflect on the responsibility of leadership and the nature of society, and it must enable us to think fundamentally about how we, here and now, are conducting ourselves toward orphans, widows and their like. Indeed, there is nothing easier than to simply hate the other, there is nothing easier than to provoke fears and strike terror; there is nothing easier than barbaric behavior, moral corruption and hypocrisy. On Holocaust Remembrance day, it is appropriate to discuss our abilities to extricate from among us signs of intolerance and violence, signs that we're heading towards self-destruction and
PA Ministry of Finance owes released prisoners 9 million dollars, but isn’t paying them despite Abbas’ decision 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 10, 2016
     Headline: "Karake: The sum of the unpaid release grants is 9 million dollars"
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the sum of the release grants due the released prisoners is 9 million dollars, and that the [PA] Ministry of Finance has not paid them in many years, 'which has created a situation of bitterness and anger among the prisoners released from the occupation's prisons.' (Released terrorists who have been imprisoned in Israel more than 5 years continue to receive a salary from the PA upon their release. Terrorists who have served less than five years receive a lump sum upon release. –Ed.)
Karake noted that there are instructions from the president [Mahmoud Abbas], the prime minister [Rami Hamdallah], and the head of the Palestinian National Fund [Ramzi Khoury] to pay the release grants according to the law, but that this has not been done until now.
He explained that about 3,000 male and female prisoners that have been released in recent years – some of whom served more than 15 years – need this grant in order to begin civilized and human lives after long years in prison.
Karake demanded that the relevant bodies regarding this matter 'solve this problem, which has created a negative atmosphere among the released [prisoners].'
Karake spoke of this during a meeting with released prisoners in the Nablus district and visits he made to a number of released prisoners in the Tulkarem district."
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israel’s “crimes” against Palestinian prisoners “are considered war crimes and crimes against humanity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 3, 2016
Headline: “Karake met with a delegation of Palestinians from Chile”
      “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners Affairs Issa Karake briefed a delegation of Palestinians from Chile regarding the prisoners’ cause, and gave them a detailed explanation of all the crimes and attacks against them [the prisoners], which are considered war crimes and crimes against humanity… At the end of the meeting, the delegation gave the head of the commission a symbolic gift in the form of a sports uniform on which a map of Palestine is printed.”

Photo caption: “Karake during his meeting with the Chilean delegation”

The picture shows the delegation holding a shirt with the PA map of “Palestine” printed twice. The PA map includes the PA areas and all of Israel.
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: If Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldiers, the Commission would be willing to cooperate with Hamas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2016
Headline: “Karake: Willing to cooperate with Hamas in order to close a [prisoner] exchange deal, if it is true that it has captured Israeli soldiers”
      “On the eve of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, the number of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s prisons has reached 7,000, including 70 women and more than 400 children… Regarding Hamas’ announcement, according to which it has captured 5 Israeli soldiers, and in response to the question as to whether [prisoner] exchange deals are expected in the near future, [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake said that the commission is willing to cooperate with the [Hamas] movement in order to close a [prisoner] exchange deal, if it is true that the Israeli soldiers were captured. He added: ‘Activity in this framework will assist the release of thousands of prisoners, and we are ready to save the prisoners who were given heavy prison sentences, and all of the sick prisoners and the political leaders, in every future [prisoner] exchange deal.”
PA seeks Nobel Peace Prize for imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti as "a call to recognize the legitimacy of the prisoners' struggle" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 14, 2016
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners [and Released Prisoners'] Affairs published a report on the occasion of the prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) entering his 15th year of imprisonment in the occupation’s prisons, as he was abducted (he was arrested –Ed.) on April 15, 2002, and sentenced to five life sentences and an additional 40 years [of imprisonment].
The report says that the anniversary of Marwan Barghouti’s arrest coincides this year with the launch of the campaign in support of Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize…
The Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs said that Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize has several symbolic meanings and political, humanitarian, and legal messages expressed as follows:
1. The prisoners have the greatest right to enjoy a just and true peace, and they have fought and sacrificed for freedom, peace, and honor and an end to the injustice and the occupation.
2. No just peace in the region can occur without the prisoners’ release, as they are a basic part of any arrangement or agreement with Israel.
3. The candidacy [of Marwan Barghouti] is essentially a call to recognize the legitimacy of the prisoners’ struggle and their legal standing as prisoners of freedom and prisoners protected by Geneva conventions and international law, and also a response to the claims and Israeli terms that do not recognize the legitimacy of their struggle, and treat them as ‘terrorists and criminals,’ and not as prisoners of a national liberation movement.”
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PA officials: Arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize shows that imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are freedom fighters  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2016
Headline: “Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize and the ‘will for freedom’”

“Many commentators and people who deal with prisoners’ affairs consider the submission of prisoner [PA Parliament Member] Marwan Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Argentinian leader Adolfo Perez Esquivel, recipient of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize, an important step, that will positively affect the affairs of about 5,600 prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons, and legitimize the Palestinian national struggle.
In order to support the candidacy, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs launched a national campaign yesterday [April 13, 2016], in cooperation with the PA Parliament (i.e., Legislative Council), the Prisoners' Club, and social and national institutions and activists. Attorney Fadwa Barghouti, prisoner Barghouti's wife… emphasized that this step is ‘significant in terms of legitimizing the Palestinian national struggle, establishing an international alliance between all the people of the world’s nations who believe in peace and freedom that will stand with the Palestinian cause, and in conveying a message to the whole world, that the prisoners are fighters who sacrificed their lives and their liberty for freedom, and not terrorists, as Israel claims.’…
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam stated that the candidacy for the prize ‘may… convey the message to the whole world that the last, most despicable occupation on the face of the earth is taking our young people captive, who are guilty of being free Palestinians who want to live in freedom and in peace on the land of Palestine…
Chairman of the Higher Follow-up Commission for Prisoner Affairs Amin Shuman clarified that the fact that the candidacy of a Palestinian prisoner is submitted for the first time, ‘means that the Palestinian nati
PA and PLO launch campaign to nominate terrorist imprisoned for 5 life sentences for Nobel Peace Prize 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: "National campaign for the candidacy of the prisoner Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize"
     "At the press conference, Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam, head of the Fatah parliamentary faction Azzam Al-Ahmad, Coordinator of the National and Islamic Forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh District and Secretary of Foreign Relations of the Supreme Council for Monitoring Prisoners' Affairs Issam Bakr, and Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein spoke one after the other, while Secretary-General of the People's Party and head of the Al-Badil list Bassam Al-Salhi gave a speech in the name of the national forces... Al-Salhi called to increase the efforts and widen the scope of the campaign through the launch of a popular campaign to gather as many signatures as possible in support of Marwan Barghouti's candidacy for the prize, out of an understanding of its significance in refuting the false Israeli version which attempts to define Barghouti and the prisoners as criminals."
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Campaign to give Nobel Peace Prize to Marwan Barghouti is attempt to show that imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are not “terrorists and criminals” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 12, 2016
Official PA TV News on the launch of the campaign in support of Marwan Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize

Official PA TV reporter: "The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affair, together with local and international institutions, has launched a campaign to enlist support for the candidacy of [PA] Parliament Member Marwan Barghouti, who is languishing in the occupation's prison, for the Nobel Peace Prize."
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: "This is support of the presentation of his candidacy, initiated by the Argentinian international activist [Adolfo Perez] Esquivel, who has submitted the candidacy of Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize. We, the Palestinian people, support this initiative, and we think this initiative carries several messages. A humanitarian message, meant to focus attention on the issue of the Palestinian prisoners in the occupation's prisons, and Israel's treatment of them. Likewise, a judicial message, which is a response to the Israeli claims accusing the prisoners of being terrorists and criminals."
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Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
PA officials, District Governor of Ramallah and Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, visit mother of 4 killers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 10, 2016


Headline
: "District Governor of Ramallah [and El-Bireh] and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs honored her – Um Nasser Abu Hmeid is prevented from visiting her sons in prison, on the pretext that they are not blood relatives"
     "The Palestinian Khansa, Um Nasser Abu Hmeid, sorrowfully said that the occupation prevents her from visiting her sons, under the pretext that she and her sons are not blood relatives. She said that [International] Women's Day, Mother's Day, and Palestinian holidays are difficult for her and her family… due to the distance from her sons, who are sitting in the same fascist solitary confinement [cells] and serving life sentences… Um Nasser Abu Hmeid said these things during a visit by District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam and Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake to honor her."

Note: The report said nothing about why Israel claimed Abu Hmeid is not blood related and did not attempt to explain why this matter would have been raised.

Um Yousuf Abu Hmeid (Latifa Abu Hmeid) - The mother of four prisoners serving multiple life sentences. She is also called Khansa of Palestine (referring to a woman in the earliest period of Islam who sent her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs), honored in 2010 and in 2015 by the PA, and was chosen in 2011 to launch the PA’s statehood campaign with the UN.

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PLO Prisoners' Affairs director announces campaign to give terrorist Marwan Barghouti the Nobel Peace Prize in order to legitimize the prisoners' “struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs is beginning to enlist support for the nomination of Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake stated yesterday [March 7, 2016] that the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs has launched a campaign in cooperation with many local and international institutions to enlist support for the nomination of PA Parliament member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) for the Nobel Peace Prize...
The Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs added: 'The nomination of Barghouti for the prize means support for the just rights of the Palestinian people in its struggle for freedom and independence, and support for the prisoners' cause, as well as their legitimate struggle for freedom and honor, as prisoners of freedom who sacrificed and fought for their land and in order to end the injustice the occupation is causing to our people'
Karake stated that this campaign is a response to the wave of Israeli measures and acts against the prisoners, to deny their legal status as fighters, and the non-recognition of the legitimacy of their struggle against the occupation."
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: “Torch of Freedom” for Palestinian prisoners will be lit by family of 13-year-old child terrorist 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2016
     Headline: “Karake: This year the torch of freedom will be lit out of loyalty to the child prisoners of the Jerusalem district”
“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake announced that this year, in honor of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day which will take place on April 17, the torch of freedom will be lit out of loyalty to the child prisoners sitting in the occupation’s prisons. He noted that preparations for the freedom torch lighting ceremony have begun in the town of Abu Dis in the Jerusalem governorate. Karake made these statements while visiting released prisoners and prisoners’ families…
Karake said that the family of the child prisoner Ahmad Manasrah, the family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and families of child prisoners will light the torch of 2016. He added that this message is intended to focus attention on the fact that the occupation is targeting children for arrest and murder.”

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners Affairs: Israel decided to kill every prisoner who hunger strikes 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 2, 2016
Headline: “Karake to Al-Quds: There was a decision to assassinate prisoner Al-Qiq, and it was the prisoners’ movement that settled his [hunger] strike”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake revealed that Israel decided to kill every prisoner who carries out a [hunger] strike against it, and it will not give in to his demands, even if it leads to his death. He emphasized that [administrative detainee Muhammad] Al-Qiq broke all predictions, and the desire for life and freedom overcame the death plot. Likewise, he clarified that there were a number of additional factors to his resolve and willpower that contributed to the realization of his victory, and he emphasized that the prisoners’ cause needs to remain a red line in every arrangement or agreement with the Israelis, and we must permanently raise the slogan that there is no reconciliation, agreement, or peace without the release of the prisoners. Following is the text of the interview:

Q: ‘[We will move on] from the condition of the prisoners’ cause and Israel’s actions, what is your message for 2016?’
A: ‘My message is a blessing of love and loyalty to prisoner Karim Younes, who has embodied a symbol of justice and the right of the Palestinian to carry out his legal struggle for freedom and independence in the 34 years he has spent in the [Israeli] prisons. Likewise, a message of assurance that we will not desert the prisoners and will not concede, rather we will continue to knock on the prison doors until their release.’”

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs awards lawyer employees with plaques with maps of “Palestine” erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Mar. 1, 2016

Photo posted on the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’ Facebook page on March 1, 2016

The photo shows Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake with the commission’s lawyers. The lawyers are holding plaques of honor awarded them by Karake in appreciation of their work. The plaques show the PA map of “Palestine” that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel.
Israel is “the main and only reason for violence in the region”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2016
Headline: “Karake: The occupation is the reason for the violence in the region and its targeting of children is racist and criminal”

“Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and [PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake stated that the Israeli occupation is the main and only reason for violence in the region, and that its daily actions, including killing, arrests, demolition of homes, and the tightening of the noose around the people’s necks, along with targeting Palestinian children in a racist, criminal, and legalized (by Israel –Ed.) manner, have made people lose hope for a future arrangement [with Israel], and created a situation of tension and continuous conflict. This was stated during a meeting he held with a delegation of European parliament members yesterday morning [Feb. 10, 2016] in Ramallah.”
PA daily reports on international campaign to free child terrorist who stabbed 2, under PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’ umbrella 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2016
Headline: “75 countries throughout the world marked the birthday of the boy prisoner Ahmad Manasrah”
      “About 75 countries and websites throughout the world participated two nights ago (Friday-Saturday) in activities and events that demanded the release of the boy prisoner Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., terrorist who stabbed and injured two Israelis severely, one of them a 13-year-old boy), on the event of his birthday, and also the release of the children, minors, from the occupation’s prisons. This was part of the worldwide campaign ‘We will continue beating’ launched by the ‘Ibda’a’ institution in the Deheisheh refugee camp, under the patronage of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.... The Ibda’a institution in the Deheisheh refugee camp, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, and the activists and national institutions in the Bethlehem district held an event of solidarity with the detained children of Palestine on Thursday evening, Jan. 22, 2016, with the participation of child prisoner Ahmad Manasrah’s family, and Martyr (Shahid) Hassan Manasrah’s family. Likewise, Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Secretary of Fatah’s Bethlehem branch Muhammad Al-Masri, representatives of the national institutes and human rights organizations, families of prisoners and released prisoners, and a large audience of children were also present..”

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Exhibit sponsored by Bethlehem municipality honored 52 murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 31, 2015

Headline: “We will open an exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the prisoners sentenced to life”
     “Yesterday [Dec. 30, 2015] was the unveiling of the exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the district’s 52 prisoners sentenced to life, sponsored and supervised by the Bethlehem municipality and the union of released prisoners. Present at the event were Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Governor of Bethlehem district Jabrin Al-Bakri, Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun, and [Greek-Orthodox] Archbishop [of Sebastia] Atallah Hanna… The speakers emphasized in their speeches that this exhibit is a salute of loyalty and commitment to the prisoners serving time in the occupation’s prisons.”
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PLO Director of Prisoner’s Affairs and Ramallah District Governor visit families of imprisoned terrorists  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2015
Headline: “Karake and Ghannam: Our holidays will only be complete when our prisoners are released from the deep darkness of the prisons”
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh district Laila Ghannam visited the families of a number of Christian prisoners of our people who are sitting in the occupation’s prisons, in order to bring them greetings for the holidays… Ghannam said that the Christian and Muslim holidays are national holidays… She added: “We bless all Palestinians for the national holidays, and they are not only Christian holidays. We are proud because Jesus is a Palestinian.”
Collection of items honoring Samir Kuntar, "heroic" murderer of 4  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2015
Samir Kuntar was a Lebanese terrorist who in 1969 infiltrated Israel and murdered four Israelis. Kuntar murdered his youngest victim, four-year-old Einat Haran, by repeatedly smashing her head with his rifle butt. After being released from Israeli prison in 2006, Kuntar joined Hezbollah and was planning terror attacks against Israel when he was killed in an explosion in Syria on Dec. 19, 2015. He was glorified by various PA and Fatah and media outlets as "heroic", a "Martyr" (Shahid), and a "great fighter." 
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs' office has two maps showing Israel and PA areas as "Palestine" 
Source: Facebook page of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’, Dec. 23, 2015


Photo and text posted on the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’ Facebook page on Dec. 23, 2015.
The text posted with the photo states that the meeting took place in the office of Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake.
The photo shows two maps of “Palestine” that include the PA areas as well as all of Israel hanging in Karake’s office. One on the wall to the right, and one in the center of the photo.
PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israeli occupation is “the main root of terror in the region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2015
Headline: “ Karake: I long to hear a voice within Israel calling to silence the racist incitement”
       “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member [Issa Karake]… warned that the [Israeli] religious extremism’s take-over of the political, military, and security establishments in Israel poses a threat, not only to the Palestinians, but to the entire region, and its continuation, deepening, and expansion, will constitute an Israeli ISIS-like phenomenon.
Likewise, Karake said: ‘The continuation of the occupation of our people is the main root of terror in the region.’”
Director of PLO Prisoners’ Affairs says prisoners aren’t terrorists, they “fought for their honor and freedom” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners announced the names of the winners of the 2015 Freedom Prize Competition”
      “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs held a large ceremony yesterday [Nov. 16, 2015] in the Russian Palace Theater for Culture and Science in Bethlehem, during which they presented prizes to the winners of the 2015 Freedom Competition... [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake said: ‘ The Freedom Prize is a cultural humanitarian campaign in response to the misleading and skewed Israeli discourse, which describes the prisoners as terrorists,’ and emphasized that our prisoners are freedom fighters and people who fought for their honor and the freedom of their homeland

Note: There are 6,000 Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons (as of September 2015, some of whom murdered or planned the murders of Israeli civilians. All of these prisoners were imprisoned for security offenses and terror related crimes.
PLO director of Prisoners’ Affairs urges PA to pay grants to released prisoners and announces that Abbas issued order to pay them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: "Karake demands that the government pay the accumulated release grants to released prisoners"
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake reiterated his demand that the government and treasury pay the release grants of thousands of released prisoners, who have been released in recent years, and were not paid these grants as determined by law… He said that it is important that every prisoner who is released receive aid, however minimal, in order to begin his life after his stay in prison, and because it is the law. However, unfortunately, these grants have accumulated over the years, and reached more than 6 million dollars, which has created a serious crisis and raised doubts among the released [prisoners]. Likewise, Karake said that President Mahmoud Abbas issued orders to pay these grants and set a timetable for them, according to financial abilities, because every prisoner needs money after being released. Karake noted that many of the released served more than 10 years, some of them need treatment, and others wish to marry, and they urgently need the grants. Karake clarified that among the released there is an atmosphere of bitterness and stress, and that the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs has turned to all relevant bodies in order to speed up their payment, but has received no response."
PLO official glorifies murderer of 2 who won literature prize 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Oct. 27, 2015

Picture and text posted on the official Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs

The picture shows PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake sitting with released terrorist Aisha Odeh at her home in Ramallah.

Posted text: “The prisoners are creative energies that paint the skies of freedom above the prison bars

[PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake and a delegation from his office congratulated released prisoner and author Aisha Odeh on winning the Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought Prize, which designated some of [its prizes] for prison literature.
Karake said during his visit to Aisha Odeh’s home in Ramallah that the Palestinian prisoners are extraordinary creative energies from a national and literary standpoint, and their creativity burst forth within the prisons of the occupation (i.e., Israel) through the confrontation, the challenging [of the prison guards], and the refusal to submit to the prison guards and their unjust laws.
He said that Aisha Odeh, who spent 20 years of her life [writing] her books about her imprisonment experience, Dreams of Freedom and The Price of the Sun, painted the skies of freedom for the Palestinian people above the walls and bars of the prisons.
Likewise, he said: ‘The prisoners, through their great works, were freer than the hangmen. And they documented the pain and acts of heroism over the course of years, and they let them burst forth in their books, which expressed the humanity of the Palestinian and his right to a humane life and to a dignified life, without chains and without occupiers.’
It should be noted that Aisha Odeh was arrested in 1969 and given a life sentence (sic, two life senten
Head of Prisoners’ Affairs says goal is to release of thousands of prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 27, 2015
Headline: “1,000 Palestinian prisoners have served 15 or more years in [Israeli] prisons”
     “Head of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake stated that there are 1,000 Palestinian prisoners who have served over 15 years in the occupation’s prisons, among them 30 prisoners who have served more than 20 years. The most veteran prisoners are Karim Younes and Maher Younes, and the female prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni, and the total number of prisoners is 6,000. Karake emphasized in a statement yesterday [Aug. 26, 2015] that any return to negotiations or political arrangements must be dependent on the release of thousands of prisoners from the prisons, especially those who have served over 15 years in prison, and the Palestinian leaders, headed by [PA Parliament Member] Marwan Barghouti, [former head of PFLP] Ahmad Sa’adat, [senior PA official Fuad] Al-Shubaki, in addition to the sick [prisoners] who are in very serious condition. He said that President Mahmoud Abbas stopped the negotiation process because of Israel’s non-commitment to the release of the prisoners, and because the Palestinian position is based on the release of thousands of prisoners, and not just the fourth stage. (See below.) This is especially so in light of previous commitments regarding this matter which were not carried out by the Netanyahu government. Karake called on the US not to release Israeli spy [Jonathan] Pollard, unless [Israel] releases thousands of Palestinian prisoners, if it [the US] wants to be an unchallenged and impartial factor in any future political arrangement regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

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Map erasing Israel shown in PA office for military intelligence 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Aug. 24, 2015
A map that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel, labelled “Palestine,” can be seen on a wall in the Military Intelligence Administration headquarters in Ramallah.


Posted text:  “Karake and a delegation from the [PLO] Commission [of Prisoners’ Affairs] honored Zakariya Musleh, Aug. 24, 2015.
Head of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and a delegation from the Commission visited the Military Intelligence Administration in Ramallah today [Aug. 24, 2015], in order to congratulate the head of the institution Zakariya Musleh on the great confidence President Mahmoud Abbas has in him, appointing him head of the intelligence agency.”
Murderer of 15 honored as "Martyr... an example of giving, resolve and heroism" by PA officials 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 16, 2015
Headline: "Laying wreaths on the grave of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Sukkar"
     "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, and Head of Turmus Ayya Town Council Ribhi Mahmoud, laid wreaths on the grave of Martyr (Shahid) and veteran prisoner Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar in Turmus Ayya, on the occasion of the first (sic., second) anniversary of Abu Sukkar's death... Ghannam stated: 'The spirit of Ahmad Abu Sukkar is the spirit of freedom burning in our souls and in our lives. We will remain loyal to the path of this great fighter, who sacrificed his life for the freedom and independence of Palestine.'
Karake stated: 'Ahmad Abu Sukkar was a real man, fighter and human being who left his mark on everyone. He set an example of giving, resolve and heroism. We are proud of him for being one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle and a symbol of the male and female prisoners' struggle for freedom and honor.'"
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Released terrorist who kidnapped and murdered Israeli civilian congratulated on birth of his son by PA Governor and PA minister 
Source: Facebook page of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, July 16, 2015

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam
Text: “Her Honor District Governor [of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Laila Ghannam and His Honor Minister [and Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake visit released prisoner Ismat Mansour from the village of Dir Jarir and congratulate him on his newborn baby.”
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Note: Ismat Mansour – assisted in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli civilian Haim Mizrahi (Oct. 23, 1993). He was serving 22 years in prison, but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
PA official: Terrorist prisoners who together killed 12 deserve pity on Ramadan because "the holiday is bitter and difficult" in the Israeli prisons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2015
Headline: "In the homes of the prisoners the atmosphere and joy of the holiday is missing"
     "After 33 years of imprisonment, Eid El-Fitr this year, 2015, will be the 65th holiday of the prisoners Karim Younes and his cousin Maher Younes from the village of Arah in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) while still behind the walls and bars of the occupation's prisons... Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake explained that... inside the prison, the holiday is bitter and difficult, as the [Israel] Prison Service does not honor the religious and social events of prisoners, forbids group holiday prayers in prison, and prevents bringing in sweets and special dishes for the holidays. Despite this, the prisoners try to overcome their difficult situation through simple ceremonies like holiday prayer, internal visits between rooms, blessing each other, and preparing simple, easy sweet baked goods, and thus send a message to the [Israeli] Prison Service, that they have the right to celebrate the holiday and have hope that their next celebration will be their freedom.
He added: 'The holiday is very difficult for many Palestinian homes, such as the home of the prisoner couple Ibrahim Agbaria and Muna Qa'adan, and the female prisoner released only two weeks ago, Samaher Zayn Al-Din, who left behind her husband Nader Zayn Al-Din and her three brothers, Nazih, Ahmad, and Abd Al-Rahman Othman. This is in addition to the Abu Hmeid family from the Al-Amari refugee camp, which includes four imprisoned brothers, three of them serving life sentences.'"
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Praise for Palestinian mother whose 4 sons are imprisoned for terror-related crimes 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 30, 2015
Ma’an TV reports on the fast-breaking meal for prisoners’ relatives and foreign diplomats:
Ma’an TV host: “For the last 30 years, Latifa Abu Hmeid from the Al-Amari [refugee] camp hasn’t gathered around one table with her sons for Ramadan, because her sons were wanted, and afterward imprisoned, and sentenced to life, and so Al-Khansa of Palestine spends another Ramadan without her children.”
Mother of four prisoners Latifa Abu Hmeid: “I am a mother whose four sons were sentenced to life, and at the moment, each son is in a different prison, only I visit them now, and I can’t always visit them. As far as I’m concerned, Ramadan or not, it’s a regular day. I don’t have a Ramadan table to serve, with my children gathered around it.”
Ma’an TV host: “The suffering of the Abu Hmeid family from the Al-Amari [refugee] camp and the story of five of its sons, four of them serving life sentences, and the fifth who died as a Martyr, this suffering was felt at the fast-breaking meal of consuls and ambassadors to Palestine.”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake: “This is a political message, especially in the presence of ambassadors, consuls, and guests, a political message in which we assert that the issue of the imprisoned Palestinians is a central issue for us in every just peace [agreement] in the region.”

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

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

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

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PA officials celebrate the life of a prisoner who planned the kidnapping and killing of an Israeli soldier 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, June 17, 2015
 


Text and images posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Text: “In cooperation with the Prisoners’ Club and the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) Council in Jerusalem, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs held a meeting of mourning in honor of the most veteran prisoner of the interior (i.e., Israel), fighter Sami Younes.
... The meeting of mourning in honor of the deceased was held yesterday evening [June 16, 2015] in the Al Zahra Towers hall from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the family of the deceased, Director of the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Chairman of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares, [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam were present... Karake delivered an emotional eulogy in honor of the deceased, in which he spoke about the national and human virtues of the released fighter Younes. He said: ‘He was an amiable person and was loved by all. He was a heroic fighter and an exceptional self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i), who we in Palestine are proud of. We are having this meeting of mourning to honor the soul of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Nader.’”

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Karake: Prisoners and released prisoners should be given priority in available PA government positions 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2015
Headline: “Karake calls for governmental and civil institutions to absorb the released prisoners as workers”
     “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake called for the government and civil institutions to give priority to prisoners and released prisoners in available positions, in order to allow them to integrate into society and overcome the difficulties of life after release. Karake referred to the government decision and the President Mahmoud Abbas’ orders to give released [prisoners] priority in public positions. This is part of the preparation for their struggle and their victims, and an attempt to overcome the high level of unemployment in their ranks.”
PA honors 3 terrorists who lynched two Israeli reservists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2015
     "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake... [visited the] families of prisoners sentenced to life, together with a delegation of the commission... The visit began at the home of prisoner Muhammad Hashem Nawarah, 31 years old, who has been imprisoned since 2001... Karake also visited the family of prisoner Jawad Abu Qara, 42 years old,who has been imprisoned since 2001 and is now in Rimon prison. Abu Kara is married and has four sons, who grew and came of age without him being able to raise them and show them fatherly feelings because of the occupation. The visit ended at the home of the family of prisoner Habes Bayyoud, 42 years old, who has been imprisoned since 2002... Karake awarded plaques of honor to the prisoners' families."
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Note: Muhammad Nawarah, Habbes Bayyoud and Jawad Abu Qara - serving prison sentences for participating in the Ramallah lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered two Israeli reserve soldiers, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, who had accidentally entered Ramallah. Nawarah is serving one life sentence, Bayyoud is serving two life sentences, and Abu Qara is serving 25 years.
PLO official: "We are proud" to honor terrorists' families 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 27, 2015
Headline: “The imprisonment of leaders and parliament members by Israel will bring it shame and disgrace”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that honoring the prisoners’ families is an honoring of the freedom project of which we are proud. Likewise, he clarified that Israel has nothing to be proud of, because it is a state of checkpoints, detention centers, and prisons…
Karake spoke during a ceremony held by the Supreme Council for Marking Prisoner’s Day Events in Tulkarem in order to honor the families of the prisoners and detainees in the occupation’s prisons, under the auspices of and attended by Governor of Tulkarem District Issam Abu Bakr.”
PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs says Palestinian prisoners are not terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 16, 2015
Headline: “Solidarity vigil for Parliament Member prisoner Marwan Barghouti”
     “[Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa] Karake stressed that there would be no comprehensive and just peace unless it makes the prisoners its first priority. He said that these prisoners are prisoners of freedom and of war, not terrorists, as Israel tries to present them to the world, for they have fought so that our people may live in dignity and freedom on its land, and everything will be incomplete until they return to their families.”

Note: There are 6,500 Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons (as of December 2014), some of whom murdered or planned the murders of Israeli civilians. All of these prisoners were imprisoned for security offenses and terror related crimes. According to the PA Prisoner's Law, the word "prisoner" is defined as "anyone imprisoned in the occupation's [Israel's] prisons as a result of his participation in the struggle against the occupation." (Ch. 1 of Law of Prisoners, 2004/19, www.alasra.ps, accessed May 9, 2011)
PA official visits home of prisoner who supplied weapons to terrorists who killed 2 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Apr. 16, 2015


Posted text
: “A photo from the visit of the Minister of Prisoners (i.e., Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake) to the home of heroic prisoner Sa’id Shtayyeh on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.”
Photo shows Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake, among other visitors, at the home of prisoner Sa’id Shtayyeh. The prisoner’s mother holds a plaque of honor in the shape of a map that includes Israel and the PA areas.

Note: Sa’id Musa Shtayyeh – a Fatah terrorist who is serving 2 life sentences and 17 years for providing the arms to the terrorists who murdered Mordechai and Shlomo Odesser on July 30, 2002 in the West Bank.
PA minister honors family of terrorist responsible for deaths of 46 Israelis with "plaque of loyalty" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 16, 2015
Headline: “Karake received news on the situation of the sick Gaza prisoners”
     “A delegation of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs in the southern Districts (i.e., the Gaza Strip) visited [the families of] sick prisoners in the occupation prisons yesterday [April 15, 2015]. During the meeting, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake phoned the family of… prisoner Hassan Salameh. The commission’s delegation, which included the committee in charge of managing the commission’s affairs in the Gaza Strip and other colleagues, visited the family of sick prisoner Hassan Salameh, born in 1971 in Khan Yunis, imprisoned since May 17, 1996 and sentenced to 48 life sentences and 20 years (sic., Salameh is serving 46 life sentences)…
The commission’s delegation awarded plaques of loyalty to the families of the sick prisoners, and promised to continue the team work and the coordination with human rights organizations and institutions in order to pressure the occupation until they [the prisoners] are released and taken care of outside [prison].”

Note: Hassan Salameh is serving 46 life sentences for heading the terror infrastructure that carried out 2 suicide bombings on no. 18 buses in Jerusalem (first attack on Feb. 25, 1996, second attack on March 3, 1996), and the suicide bombing at the Ashkelon Junction hitchhike point (Feb. 25, 1996). 46 people were killed in the attacks and around 100 were wounded.
PLO official calls on international court to recognize Palestinian attackers as "prisoners of freedom and a legitimate national struggle," not terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2015
Headline: “Karake and Fares call to transfer the matter of the prisoners to the International Criminal Court and for as many as possible to participate in Prisoner’s Day”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Chairman of the Prisoner’s Club Qadura Fares called on the political echelon to transfer the matter of prisoners to the International Criminal Court (ICC)…
This was during a press conference held in the government media center yesterday, Monday afternoon [April 13, 2015], for the announcement of the beginning of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day events in all the districts of the homeland and in the Interior areas of ’48 (i.e., PA term for Israel).
Karake said that our current effort focuses on transferring the matter of the Palestinian prisoners to the ICC, and on a petition to the international court in The Hague to give an opinion recognizing the Palestinian prisoners as prisoners of freedom and a legitimate national struggle, and to deny the Israeli narrative, which claims that our prisoners are ‘terrorists and murderers.’ He demanded that the international community obligate Israel to implement the Geneva Convention in the Palestinian territories, especially in everything regarding the prisoners.”
PA official: Israel has a policy "of medical negligence and medical experiments" against Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 13, 2015
Official PA TV program Panorama of the Hour hosted the director of the PLO’s Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake:
Director of the PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Commission and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake: “Prisoner Jaafar Awad came out of prison sick and suffering from several dangerous diseases introduced into his body in prison.”
PA TV host: “Why did the Israeli hospitals refuse to hospitalize Martyr (Shahid) Jaafar Awad and treat him?”
Issa Karake: “Israeli hospitals not admitting Palestinian patients is nothing new, hence the Palestinian patient, that is, the Palestinian prisoner, suffers while trying to get treatment… it seems that a deadly virus was introduced into Awad’s body in prison… Prisons have become the source of an epidemic, a source of death and a source of dissemination of diseases in the bodies of the prisoners. There is a policy of medical negligence and medical experiments: In the 1990s, the Israeli Minister of Science (see note) admitted having given licenses to more than a thousand Israeli drug companies to test medications on Palestinian detainees.”
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Fatah holds ceremony honoring families of prisoners, whose crimes included targeting and murdering civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2015
     “The Fatah movement and all public figures from the Askar refugee camp and the Al-Masakin Al-Sha'biyya [neighborhood] in Nablus District held a mass rally on the opening of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day events, in the presence of Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake, Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub, Nablus Mayor Ghassan Shaka'a and Chairman of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares… At the end of the rally, [a ceremony] was held in honor of the families of the veteran prisoners who were not released as part of the Oslo Accords or the fourth group (see note), and of prisoners from the Askar refugee camp and the Al-Masakin Al-Sha'biyya [neighborhood]. The rally was attended by families of prisoners from Palestine that was occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israeli Arabs).”

Notes: The fourth group – In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.

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PLO official: Palestinian "resistance" and "struggle" are recognized by the UN  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2015
Headline: “We oppose the criminalization of the Palestinian struggle”
      “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs said that the decision of the so-called ‘Head of Central Command’ to apply the principles of the Israeli penal law (amendment 39) to the Palestinians facing trial in the occupied territories, will have dangerous political and legal consequences for the Palestinian national struggle and the prisoners’ issue. The Commission stated in a released report, that the Israeli government strives through its system of military laws… to criminalize the struggle of the Palestinians, to deny the legitimacy of [their] resistance to the occupation, which is recognized by all international laws and in UN resolutions, and to deny them [the Palestinians] their definition as ‘prisoners of war’ and ‘prisoners of freedom.’"

Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
Prisoners’ Affairs director announces upcoming payment of salaries to prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2015
Headline: “Salaries to prisoners on Sunday”
     “Prisoners’ Affairs Commission director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said that the prisoners’ salaries would be paid this coming Sunday [April 5, 2015].”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA official gives mother of imprisoned terrorist murderer “plaque of loyalty” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2015
Headline: “Karake phoned mothers of prisoners in the Gaza Strip”
     “A delegation of the Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs in the southern districts (i.e., the Gaza Strip) visited the home of the most veteran of the prisoners in the Gaza Strip, prisoner Diya Zakariya Shaker Al-Agha, held for 23 years in the occupation’s prisons and serving a 99 years sentence… During the meeting, [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs director and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake phoned mother of prisoners Diya and Muhammad Al-Agha, and heard her speak of the suffering of veteran prisoners’ mothers, and promised her that he would not rest until all the prisoners are released from the prisons. The staff, which included Director of Prisoners' and Released [Prisoners'] Affairs and head of the Gaza office Administrative council Bassem Al-Majdalawi, Director of Information and Public Relations Atef Mar'i, Director of the Commission’s Statistics Department and Head of the Internal Audit Department Abd Al-Nasser Farwaneh, and Head of the International Law department in the Commission Raafat Hamdouna, awarded the mother of the prisoners the plaque of loyalty.”
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Notes: Diya Zakariya Shaker Al-Agha "Al-Faluji" - serving a life sentence for beating Israeli citizen Amatzia Ben Haim to death with a shovel in the Gaza Strip (Oct. 11, 1992).
Muhammad Zakariya Al-Agha – PMW has not been able to obtain precise information about the crime and sentence of this prisoner.
PA official says prisoners are not criminals, “they are defending their land” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 1, 2015
Headline: “Honoring the mothers and wives of prisoners serving life sentences”
     “On the occasion of Mother’s Day, the Prisoners’ Affairs Authority and Prisoners’ Club honored the mothers and wives of prisoners serving life sentences in the occupation’s prisons. During a ceremony in their honor, held in Ramallah with the participation of Fatah’s Ramallah and El-Bireh Branch, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam greeted the prisoners in the occupation’s prisons… [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs director Issa Karake… clarified that Israel treats the prisoners as criminals, and forces them through its laws to pay high compensation to settlers and soldiers. He expressed his disapproval of treating prisoners as criminals, as they are defending their land. In addition, he called to make this year the year of the prisoners, to make their voices heard and convey their message to the whole world.”

Note: There are 6,500 Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons (as of December 2014), some of whom murdered or planned the murders of Israeli civilians. All of these prisoners were imprisoned for security offenses and terror related crimes.

PA official and released prisoners, some of whom committed murders, visit imprisoned murderer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2015
Headline: “Karake and released prisoners visit released prisoner Na'im Al-Shawamreh”
     “Director of the [PLO] Prisoners’ Affairs Commission [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake and a delegation of released prisoners visited the released sick prisoner Na'im Al-Shawamreh in the town of Dura, Hebron [Governorate]. Al-Shawamreh suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, a disease he caught while in prison, and his health has recently deteriorated to the point that he is [now] unable to speak or move. Together with Karake, the following people participated in the visit: Rizq Salah, Parliament member (Legislative Council) Abu Ali Yata, Khaled Al-Azraq, Adnan Al-Afandi, Issa Abd Rabbo, Khaled Asakra and Muhammad Darwish… Karake said that Shawamreh and other sick prisoners are victims of severe crimes committed against prisoners in prisons, which expose them to deadly, chronic diseases resulting from secret medical experiments on their bodies, and their deliberate negligence.”

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PA official: Prisoners are exposed to “deadly, chronic diseases resulting from secret ‎medical experiments”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2015
     ‎“Director of the [PLO] Prisoners’ Affairs Commission [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake ‎and a delegation of released prisoners visited the released sick prisoner Na'im Al-Shawamreh in ‎the town of Dura, Hebron [Governorate]. Al-Shawamreh suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, a ‎disease he caught while in prison, and his health has recently deteriorated to the point that he is ‎‎[now] unable to speak or move.‎ Together with Karake, the following people participated in the visit: Rizq Salah, Parliament ‎member (Legislative Council) Abu Ali Yata, Khaled Al-Azraq, Adnan Al-Afandi, Issa Abd Rabbo, ‎Khaled Asakra and Muhammad Darwish...‎ Karake said that Shawamreh and other sick prisoners are victims of severe crimes committed ‎against prisoners in prisons, which expose them to deadly, chronic diseases resulting from secret ‎medical experiments on their bodies, and their deliberate negligence.”‎
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Mother of 4 terrorist murderers honored as role model for Palestinian women by top PA officials 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 11, 2015
PA officials honor Abu Hmeid, who has four sons in prison for terror-related crimes. The PA also honored Abu Hmeid in 2011 by choosing her to launch the Palestinian statehood campaign:
     "On the occasion of International Women's Day... Director of Prisoners' Affairs Commission [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake and Chairman of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares honored the female employees of the authority and the club and a number of released female prisoners on the occasion of the International Women's day, today [March 10, 2015]... The event was attended by Rashida Mughrabi (i.e., sister of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi); Chairwoman of the Women's [Arab] Union Muntaha Jarrar; Um Nasser Abu Hmeid, mother of four prisoners sentenced to life in the occupation's prisons; the released girl Malak Al-Khatib and a number of [other] released female prisoners... At the end of the ceremony, Karake and Fares honored Mughrabi, Jarrar, the mother of prisoners Abu Hmeid, the released girl Malak Al-Khatib and a number of [other] released female prisoners, and distributed roses and gifts to each of the female employees and participants at the ceremony.”  
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Karake proves that PA still responsible for terrorists' salaries 
Source: , Mar. 6, 2015
 A statement from Issa Karake, the former PA Minister of Prisoners who became the Director of the PLO Commission on Prisoners, provides further evidence that the creation of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs was a superficial change in name only that did not reflect any true change in its sources of funding. According to Karake’s statement, the employees of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs are also paid their salaries directly from the PA government: 
    “[PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director Issa Karake called on the [PA] government to pay the salaries of the Commission’s employees - in Gaza. Karake directed his appeal to [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, stressing that the Commission’s employees in Gaza had not been paid their salaries this month. The government announced last Wednesday that it would pay [each employee] at least 2,000 shekels from the employees’ salaries, because of the continued freezing of [PA] tax money for the third consecutive month by the occupation government.” 
Palestinian prisoners in Israel may do PA matriculation exams 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 6, 2015
Headline: “Karake: The prisoners’ matriculation exams will take place on July 15”
     “Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said that the matriculation exams of the prisoners in the prisons where the rules of acceptance apply will begin on July 15, 2015 and continue until July 30, 2015, according to an agreement between the Commission [of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs] and the [PA] Ministry of Higher Education. In a statement made yesterday [March 5, 2015], Karake thanked [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Khawla Shakhshir and the staff of the Ministry of Education for their cooperation, their interest in the prisoners’ [issue] and for making it possible for them to take the exams for the second consecutive year. [Karake added that] this constitutes an important step, a great achievement and a challenge to the prison authorities, who had stopped [offering] matriculation exams and university studies in 2009.”
PA MP defends Palestinian use of violence against Israel as “legitimate” self-defense 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 3, 2015
     “Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said today, Tuesday [March 3, 2015] that the Commission and all the institutions working [to aid] the detainees have decided not to cooperate with the compensation policy the Israeli military courts have begun implementing against the prisoners…
Karake called this policy ‘dangerous,’ stating that its purpose was to define the legitimate Palestinian national struggle against the occupation as a crime, to extort money and harm the legitimacy of the Palestinian people’s right to defend itself from the mounting Israeli aggression against our Palestinian nation. He [Karake] said: ‘The occupation’s courts and the Israeli legal system are instruments for the deepening of the occupation and its preservation, under the cover of a so-called “law.” The victim must not pay the price for protecting our legal rights, and it is the occupation that must pay for the continuation of its occupation and aggression.’”
PA MP Karake: US court ruling that PA must pay terror victims “sets a dangerous precedent and contradicts international law”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2015
On Feb. 23, 2015, the US Federal District Court in New York ruled that the Palestinian Authority is financially liable for $655 million in damages to victims of terror attacks. 10 American families who are all victims or related to victims of Palestinian terror, sued the PA for damages, saying that the PA was responsible for the terror attacks in which they were personally injured or their relatives were killed during the years of the PA terror campaign (Intifada, 2000-2005).
     ‎"Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director Issa Karake said that the ‎recent ruling of the American court in New York, according to which the PA must pay 218 million ‎dollars in compensation to [the families of] those killed, who were US citizens and served in the ‎Israeli army, sets a dangerous precedent that contradicts international law. In addition, he called [the ‎case] a political lawsuit against the legitimate Palestinian national struggle, which is sanctioned by ‎international law and UN resolutions.‎
Karake said it was forbidden to deal with or appear before these courts, since their objective is to ‎harm the PLO's standing and to define the Palestinian people's resistance to the occupation as a ‎criminal act.‎
‎Karake said that these Americans had oppressed and killed the Palestinian people in the ranks of ‎the occupation forces, and that they are the ones who should appear before the international courts ‎and pay compensation to the Palestinian victims. Karake noted that Palestine is now a country under ‎occupation, and UN resolutions have established that resisting occupation in order to achieve self-‎determination and independence is a legitimate right...‎"‎ ‎
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Israel is controlled by leaders whose mouths "are full of blood and death" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Feb. 17, 2015
     “Commission of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said today, Tuesday [Feb. 17, 2015] that the Israeli government is being controlled by leaders like [Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor] Liberman, who suffer from the madness of racism, are bloodthirsty and are leading Israel to the level of the racist countries in the region and inciting to wars of hatred and revenge. He added: ‘There are mouths in Israel that are full of blood and death, and they are led by Liberman, who is replete with hostility toward the just peace and coexistence. He represents a mark of Cain for Israeli society and all supporters of peace and stability in the region.”
PA daily: “A Martyr and three prisoners are the harvest of this Jihadist mother, who stood firm and fought” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2015
     “With hidden grief concealed by her strength and resolve, Um Adel recounted the story of her children, saying: ‘My son Musa is a Martyr (Shahid) from the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ military wing). At the time, he was an engineer of explosive belts, and he died a Martyr in 1991 at the age of 23, while an explosive belt exploded during production.’
... ‘Nasser is 36. The occupation arrested him in 2003 after he was [declared] wanted, and he received four life sentences and twenty years... Muhammad is 25, and he was wanted for his activity in the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades (Fatah’s military wing). The occupation forces arrested him in 2005, after he had been besieged in the Muqata’a (PA Presidential Headquarters) in Jericho, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.” ... 'My son Khaled is another story. He is 37 and is partially paralyzed. He received 10 life sentences, and is in severe medical condition. He was a commander in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and he was arrested in 2007 by undercover soldiers.’ A Martyr and three prisoners are the harvest of this Jihadist mother, who stood firm and fought despite her sickness and old age… ‘I thank Commission of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake for his visit to our home, for his help and his interest in our condition, and I call on all Palestinian officials from the [various] factions to take responsibility for the release of the prisoners and reveal the occupation’s crimes against them.’”

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PA official says Israel has policy of “medical ‎crimes” against Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2015
Headline: “Karake: Sick prisoners are ‎potential Martyrs (Shahids)”‎
     ‎“Commission of Prisoners’ and Released ‎Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA ‎Parliament Member] Issa Karake said that ‎the sick prisoners were now potential ‎Martyrs (Shahids), considering their great ‎suffering and the fact that the occupation ‎prison services show contempt for their ‎lives and health and does not provide ‎them with treatment.‎
In addition, he said that the sick prisoners ‎were victims of a dangerous policy of ‎medical crimes committed in the prisons, ‎that their lives were now in danger, and ‎that action must be taken for their ‎immediate release…‎
Karake made his statements as part of the ‎‎‘Think of your Neighbor’ campaign, ‎initiated by the Commission of Prisoners’ ‎and Released Prisoners' Affairs as a sign ‎of solidarity with the sick prisoners. During ‎his visit to the family of wounded prisoner ‎Amal Takatka, who lives in Beit Fajjar and ‎was severely wounded by occupation ‎soldiers near the Etzion Junction in the ‎Bethlehem [district].”‎

Note: Gush Etzion stabbing attack – On Jan. 1, ‎‎2014, Amal Takatka, 22, from Beit Fajjar near ‎Bethlehem, attacked an Israeli at a bus stop at ‎the Gush Etzion junction with a knife, wounding ‎him lightly. Takatka was shot and severely ‎wounded by Israeli soldiers while attempting to ‎escape.‎

PA official visits mother of imprisoned terrorists, one of whom killed 7 civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 18, 2015


This article describes Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake’s visit to the mother of imprisoned terrorists Nasser, Muhammad, Sharif and Nasr Abu Hmeid. Karake also
visited this woman in 2010, and the PA honored her in 2011 by choosing her to launch the Palestinian statehood campaign:
     "During a visit [from Commission of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director Issa Karake] at the Al-Amari refugee camp to the mother of prisoners Nasser, Muhammad, Sharif and Nasr Abu Hmeid, who are serving life sentences at the Ashkelon prison, Karake said the prisoners’ defense must be constructed according to a legal plan whose arena is the international community, where our nation’s legal battle is being waged for freedom, a state and the end of the occupation. Karake disclosed that preparations for international measures have begun with the cooperation of human rights organizations, and that files are being prepared on the issue of the severe violations and war crimes committed by the occupation authorities against the prisoners.”
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Imprisoned kidnapper and killer praised by Director of Prisoners’ Commission 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 11, 2015
Op-ed by Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs director and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake:
     “Brother Karim [Younes], it is hard for you now, after 33 years, to vomit up anything other than darkness, after everything has been reduced to waiting on a clock that has stopped ticking, ever since these foreign occupiers crushed our day… Brother Karim, for 33 years now, these prisons have been flooding your pure soul. Not long ago, you were to have been released, in the fourth phase [of prisoner releases], and soon after that, you were moved to an unknown phase. I heard you say to the Israeli government: ‘I will stay on my horse, on the ground. I will not fall into the gap between freedom and compromise. Let them build their prisons over my body. My milk is white, my water flows through the gravel, and the waves will not cease to resist. O Israelis, will you not learn from the prisoners that this mother and land is nourished by the bodies of its sons alone; will you not learn that you must believe it is us who are searching for life in your dust and chains, so you may leave us and go to your false illusions?’

Thirty-three years in jail –
Hear what I say:
The blood is on the ground, not in books…
The prisoners are waves beating against the shore
Hear what I say:
There is a storm behind the bars.”

Note: Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
PA minister: 3.5 million shekel fine imposed on murderer of an infant and father is “delegitimizing the national resistance” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 16, 2014
     "In a statement published today [Dec. 16, 2014], Prisoners' Affairs Authority Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said that the Palestinian government had, in accordance with the new prisoners' regulations, stopped paying the fines continuously imposed on the prisoners by the occupation courts. He clarified that the occupation courts collect large sums from the prisoners, and that 95% of the verdicts pronounced by these courts involve fines, some of which are exceedingly high...
Karake noted the existence of an even more severe policy, which the occupation courts have been adopting, and which involves the passing of sentences on prisoners that force them to pay large sums in financial compensation to Israelis who have been exposed to resistance by Palestinians (i.e., terror attacks). He noted that [a fine of] 3.5 million shekels had been imposed on prisoner Ali Sa'ada, as compensation for the families of the killed settlers, with the aim of delegitimizing the [Palestinian] national resistance against the occupation."
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Note: Ali Sa’ada and Wa’al Al-Araja were members of a Palestinian gang of stone-throwers and were convicted of the murder of Asher Palmer, 25, and his baby son Yonatan near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on Sept. 23, 2011. Al-Araja threw two stones at Palmer’s car from a vehicle driven by Sa’ada, hitting Yonatan in the head and causing Palmer to lose control of his vehicle, which ran into a gulley, killing both of them instantly.
The PA stopped paying fines imposed by Israel on Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 16, 2014
Official PA TV News:
Newsreader: “Prisoners’ Affairs Commission director [and PA Parliament member] Issa Karake announced that the [PA] government has stopped paying the fines continually imposed on the prisoners by the occupation courts. Karake clarified that the occupation courts demand high sums from the prisoners, and that 95% of the sentences are accompanied by fines, some of which are exceedingly high, and which are never repaid (i.e., as opposed to bail).”
Prisoners’ Affairs director: Israeli prisons intentionally withhold medical treatment from Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2014
     “Prisoners’ Affairs Commission director Issa Karake revealed that local and international preparations… for the international congress on sick prisoners and their medical condition in the occupation prisons have begun. Karake said that the congress would be held under the heading ‘Stop medical crimes against our prisoners’, in view of the severity of the prisoners’ medical condition… Karake accused the [Israel] Prison Services and its doctors of medical neglect and deliberate negligence in providing necessary treatment to the prisoners. He noted the contempt and indifference of the occupation government toward everything regarding the treatment of sick [prisoners].”
Prisoners’ Affairs Commission Director confirms Palestinian prisoners get degrees in prison 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 26, 2014
     “Prisoners and Released [Prisoners’] Affairs Commission director Issa Karake said today, Wednesday [Nov. 26, 2014], that the results of the matriculation exams taken by the prisoners, who are subject to the regulations of the matriculation exams for 2014, were ready, and would be announced next Sunday. In a statement to the press, Karake said that 631 prisoners had taken the exams, of whom 407 had passed, while the number of prisoners who had failed to complete certain materials came to 224… In addition, he noted that, for the first time since 2009, the prisoners were able to take the matriculation exams, after the occupation had stopped the prisoners’ high-school and university studies in the prisons. Karake said that special study committees trained by the prisoners had supervised the exams, according to the curriculum and guidelines established by the Ministry of Education, and that this was greatly appreciated by the prisoners.”
PA official visits family of Palestinian police officer who led lynching of two Israeli reservists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2014
     “Prisoners’ Affairs Authority Director and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake said the situation in the occupation prisons has become unbearable as a result of the severe measures Israel is vindictively and intentionally implementing against the prisoners according to official decisions... Karake made his statements during his visit to the family of prisoner Raed Al-Sheikh from the Gaza Strip, whose family lives in the village of Aqab in the Ramallah district, who was sentenced to life and has been in jail for 15 years.”

Note: Raed Al-Sheikh – A Palestinian police officer from Gaza sentenced to life imprisonment for his leading role in the Ramallah lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered two Israeli reservists who had accidentally entered Ramallah, and mutilated their bodies.
PA Parliament Member glorifies terrorist who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Glick 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 5, 2014
Op-ed by Prisoners’ Affairs Commission director and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake:
     “The prisoner-Martyr (Shahid) Mutaz Hijazi spent ten years of his life as punishment in the occupation prisons. He lived in solitary confinement, and was moved from cell to cell, isolated from himself and the world… He felt Jerusalem bursting in his veins. Mutaz could not endure what he saw happening in his capital and refused to become a slave under the tribe of extremist settlers and the occupation authorities. He refused to go back to his time in prison, when the worst punishments were inflicted on him in an effort to efface and break him in terms of humanity and nationalism. He refused [to accept] that Jerusalem be imprisoned in the cages of the occupation state, and that it should become a pillar of salt under the rule of the myths, hymns and history forgers… Mutaz opened the door of his iron cell, and walked the streets of Jerusalem in search of its fragrance, its musk and angels in his blood, which flowed bountifully onto the earth and into the heavens…

Behold Mutaz Hijazi,
the man of the promise;
tell him: thank you
as his blood flows over the ground
decipher his hints
and ask yourselves
in what person will your bodies now speak?”

Note: Mutaz Hijazi – Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner from Jerusalem who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, on Oct. 29, 2014. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force that was attempting to arrest him.
Fatah officials honor murderers who killed 5 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2014
     “The Prisoners’ Affairs Authority and Prisoners’ Club held a ‘Freedom and Loyalty Rally’ for veteran prisoners [and] prisoners from the fourth phase [of prisoner releases] who were never released, to mark the beginning of the 27th year in the occupation prisons of prisoners Jum’a Adam and Mahmoud Abu Kharabish from Jericho. The rally was attended by Fatah Central Committee members Mahmoud Al-Aloul and Dr. Jamal Muhaisen, District Governor of Jericho Majed Al-Fatiani, Prisoners’ Affairs Authority director Issa Karake, Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares, Israeli Arab MP Muhammad Barakeh, dozens of relatives of prisoners and released prisoners, and representatives of the [PA] Security Forces in the district.
[District Governor] Al-Fatiani gave a speech in which he welcomed the guests and the prisoners’ families, and sent greetings of honor and appreciation for the sacrifice of prisoners Adam and Abu Kharabish, and to all the prisoners in the occupation prisons… At the end of the rally, the relatives of the 30 veteran prisoners and the family of the most senior female prisoner, Lina Al-Jarbouni, were honored. They received plaques of honor in recognition of their sacrifice and legendary forbearance in face of the injustice of the jailors.”

Notes: Jum’a Adam and Mahmoud Abu Kharabish received life sentences for throwing a firebomb at an Israeli passenger bus in Jericho in 1988, killing a mother, her three children, and an Israeli soldier who was attempting to rescue them.
Lina Al-Jarbouni - An Israeli Arab woman serving a sentence of 17 years, convicted March 9, 2004 of maintaining contact with and helping Islamic Jihad terrorists, of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks and of aiding an enemy during war.
PLO official: Rabbi Glick's shooter was "one of the heroes of the Palestinian prisoner movement" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 30, 2014
Headline: “Updated: A released prisoner died as a Martyr and three residents of Jerusalem were injured by the occupation’s gunfire in Jerusalem”
     “Released prisoner from Jerusalem Mutaz Hijazi (i.e., shot Yehuda Glick in an assassination attempt) died as a Martyr (Shahid), and three additional people were injured by gunfire of the occupation’s soldiers this morning, Thursday [Oct. 29, 2014]…
It should be noted that Martyr Hijazi served about 11 and a half years in the occupation’s prisons, ten of them in isolation. He was released in 2012…
Martyr Hijazi is the second released prisoner that the occupation authorities have assassinated within two weeks, after the death as a Martyr of released prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi (i.e., murdered 2, one of them a baby).
Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake eulogized released prisoner Martyr Mutaz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi. He said that he was one of the heroes of the Palestinian prisoner movement and one of the defenders of freedom and honor, and that he withstood the policy of slow killing in the occupation’s prisons…
Karake accused the occupation authorities of persecuting released prisoners, whether by re-arresting or by cold-blooded murder, as part of incessant war crimes.”

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PA Ministry of Finance works to ease paperwork for prisoners released before 1995 to receive salaries and benefits 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2014
Headline: "Karake: The problem of obtaining indictments of veteran released [prisoners] has been solved"
     "Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that the problem of obtaining indictments of prisoners released before 1995, needed to complete their files and for the payment of their salaries and benefits, will soon be resolved together with the [PA] Ministry of Finance. He added: 'The Ministry of Finance understood and is cooperating. The easements [that will be determined] according to objective criteria will be published before the end of this month [October 2014]. Our mission is to ease the process and not to complicate it.' Prisoners released 30 or 40 years ago run into difficulties in obtaining their indictments and verdicts, because of all the time that has passed and the non-existence of these documents in the Israeli courts' archives. This leads them to appoint a lawyer and pay exorbitant legal fees in order to obtain them.
Karake said: 'The lawyers take advantage of the fact that the released [prisoners] need these documents, request exorbitant amounts from them, and play with them. It is disgraceful to trade in the needs of released [prisoners].'
He continued: 'Many complaints have reached us recently regarding the fact that Palestinian lawyers, some of them with Israeli identity cards (i.e., Israeli Arabs), have requested and collected fees of between 3,000 and 7,000 Israeli shekels for each prisoner, without obtaining the necessary indictments and verdicts."
Karake appointed head of the Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO not the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2014
     "Following the publication of the presidential decree transforming the [PA] Ministry of Prisoners' [Affairs] into an authority, an official ceremony was held yesterday [Sept. 2, 2014] to transfer [the ministry portfolio] from former Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Shawqi Issa to the [new] head of the [Supreme National] Authority [of Prisoners' Affairs], Minister Issa Karake, who was appointed by the President [Mahmoud Abbas]. [Former Minister Shawqi] Issa emphasized the need for extensive cooperation under all circumstances and [at all] times, because the prisoners' issue is on the leadership's agenda. He also emphasized that all efforts must be concentrated in this direction.
The head of the authority, Issa Karake, thanked Minister Issa for the efforts he has invested and continues to invest, and expressed his hope that things would progress smoothly, given that the authority must become established and organized - [a process] which will take some time."
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Note: In an interview on Ajyal radio (independent Palestinian radio station), Karake confirmed that the PA Ministry of Prisoners Affairs was transformed into the Supreme National Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO, in an attempt to deflect international pressure on the PA on the issue of Palestinian terrorist prisoners who receive PA salaries. To view the interview, click here.
Karake appointed head of the Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, which belongs to the PLO, not the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2014
     "In its meeting yesterday [Sept. 2, 2014], the [PA] government appointed former [PA] Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake head of the Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, and revoked Minister Shawqi Issa's appointment to this position... (When the Fatah-Hamas unity government was formed in June 2014, Shawqi Issa became Minister of Prisoners' Affairs instead of Issa Karake -Ed.)
[Subheadline] Karake Appointed Head of [Authority] for Prisoners' Affairs:
The government has approved the revoking of its decision to appoint Minister Shawqi Issa supervisor of the Ministry of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, based on the presidential decree published on the matter, which states that it [the Ministry] is to be transformed from a ministry subordinate to the Palestinian government into a Supreme National Authority of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO and supervised by it and by the Palestinian presidency. The decree also states that Issa Karake, the former Minister of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, is to be appointed head of this authority."
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Karake congratulated for his new positions as head of Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, a PLO body 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 31, 2014
     "Congratulations to the Head of the Authority of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, Minister Issa Karake
Journalist Hakam Jum'a Al-Kharraz and the Al-Kharraz family in Tubas and Nablus congratulate Minister Issa Karake on the great faith President Abbas, may Allah protect him, has placed in him by appointing him head of the Authority of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs.
May Allah grant you success in serving the people of your homeland in supporting the prisoners' and released prisoners' issue. We wish our brave prisoners a swift release from the occupation prisons and [we wish] for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."
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Note: In an interview on Ajyal radio (independent Palestinian radio station), Karake confirmed that the PA Ministry of Prisoners Affairs was transformed into the Supreme National Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO, in an attempt to deflect international pressure on the PA on the issue of Palestinian terrorist prisoners who receive PA salaries. To view the interview, click here.
Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs now subordinate to the PLO, in ploy to deflect donor pressure on prisoner issue  
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 29, 2014
Headline: "Presidential decree turned Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs into National Commission and appointed Karake Minister of [the Commission]"
     "Palestine News Network [PNN] has learned that President Mahmoud Abbas has published a presidential decree which will turn the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs from a ministry that is subordinate to the Palestinian government into a Supreme National Commission of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, which will be subordinate to the PLO and supervised by it and by the Palestinian presidency.
In addition, the decree appointed Issa Karake to head this authority, in the rank of minister.
Minister Karake will receive the responsibility of managing this commission, which will supervise and take care of the prisoners' issues in the various districts of the homeland."
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Note: In an interview on Ajyal radio (independent Palestinian radio station), Karake confirmed that the PA Ministry of Prisoners Affairs was transformed into the Supreme National Commission of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO, in an attempt to deflect international pressure on the PA on the issue of Palestinian terrorist prisoners who receive PA salaries. To view the interview, click here.
PA Parliament member calls Israeli army "robotic soldiers from hell‎... more evil and horrible than what happened ‎in the Nazi crematoria" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 25, 2014
Op-ed by PA Parliament Member and ‎former PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Issa Karake
     ‎“‘Scum.’ This is the word with which the ‎American CNN reporter managed to ‎describe the Israeli barbarity and savagery, ‎and the war crimes [committed] against the ‎residents of the Gaza Strip…‎
Robotic soldiers from hell, burning with ‎extremism‎ like fiery devils, possessed ‎ by the culture of murder and death. ‎Scum is what this Hebrew state is, which ‎tears to shreds the body parts of women ‎and children and commits genocide... ‎Scum is what these [people] are, who ‎brought blood and swords to this land, after ‎having deceived the world as victims of the ‎Holocaust, but who did more ‎evil and more horrifying [things] than what happened in ‎the Nazi crematoria… Scum is what this ‎Hebrew state is, which has become a ‎Holocaust state... It is morally and ‎legally corrupt, and is rapidly advancing ‎toward fascism. It sanctifies death more ‎than life.”‎
Member of PA Parliament: Israel murdered more children than were ‎murdered in the Holocaust 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014
Headline: “Karake: ‘The occupation has ‎murdered more children than were ‎murdered in the Holocaust’”‎
     ‎“[PA] Parliament (Legislative Council) ‎Member Issa Karake described Israel as a ‎Holocaust state that sanctifies death, ‎loathes peace and coexistence, and is ‎turning into a racist and fascist state in the ‎region… He said that since 1948, Israel ‎has murdered over two million Palestinian ‎children... ‎while the number of Jewish children ‎murdered in the Nazi Holocaust, ‎according to Israel, did not exceed a ‎million and a quarter… In addition, he said ‎that the scenes of massacre in the ‎neighborhood of Shuja’iya reminded the ‎world of the residents of Hiroshima and ‎Nagasaki in World War II, after the atom ‎bombs had been dropped on them.”‎
PA Minister Karake: Israel’s bill forbidding prisoner releases encourages PA to “liberate prisoners – not through peace and negotiations” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 13, 2014
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake called the Israeli bill forbidding the release of prisoners a political injustice on the part of Israel, saying that it reflects the control of the racist, extremist right-wing trend in Israel... Karake noted that the Israeli government has tied its own [hands] and posed obstacles to the very possibility of securing the release of Israeli soldiers in the event that they are captured – especially since Israel is an occupying state embroiled in conflict in the region, and whose soldiers are at risk of being kidnapped. Through this bill, it is as if it [Israel] were asking the Palestinian people to turn to other means of liberating its prisoners – not through peace and negotiations.”
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Karake: It is "impossible to negotiate... unless all the prisoners are released" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 7, 2014
     “[Palestinian] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah participated in the weekly sit-down strike held by the prisoners’ families in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Tulkarem yesterday [May 6, 2014].
Hamdallah asserted that President Mahmoud Abbas will not resume negotiations unless all prisoners are released from the occupation prisons. He emphasized that peace will never be established with the occupation entity unless the prisons are emptied, and unless Israel fully withdraws from the 1967 borders…
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… emphasized that the prisoners’ issue is not a small and insignificant issue subject to Israel’s mood and racism, but a central and fundamental issue for the Palestinian people. Therefore, it would be impossible to negotiate with the occupation entity unless this matter is dealt with in a serious manner and unless all the prisoners are released.”
PA minister honors murderers' families with plaques of honor 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 11, 2014
     “Yesterday, [April 10, 2014] as part of [Palestinian] Prisoner’s Day events, [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake and District Governor of Salfit Issam Abu Bakr visited the homes of prisoners from Salfit [who are serving] life sentences and long prison terms exceeding ten years.
[The two] were accompanied by the Secretary of Fatah’s Salfit branch, Abd Al-Sattar Awwad, the Director of the Prisoners’ Administration in Salfit, Nadhir Al-Salkhi and a delegation from the [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] in the district…
The visits included the homes of prisoners Ahmad Hussein Madi, Ahmad Al-Qader Salim, Bilal Abbas Abd Al-Fattah, Husam Abd Al-Qader Halabi and Sa’id Musa Shtayyeh, who are all serving life sentences…
During the visits, the District Governor of Salfit, the Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and the Secretary of Fatah’s Salfit branch awarded the prisoners’ families plaques of honor, in appreciation of their resolve against the wrong done to them by the occupation, and Minister Karake promised to take care of all the needs of the prisoners and their relatives in the Salfit district.”
In the photo: “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake during his visit in Salfit with families of prisoners serving life sentences.”
[The plaques of honor include a map of “Palestine” that includes all of Israel and the PA areas.]

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PA minister: The "Netanyahu government is the last link in ‎the completion of an apartheid regime" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa ‎Karake said that at present, no one in ‎Israel or its government is really trying to ‎save the peace process – on the contrary, ‎racism and blind hate rule, and the Israeli ‎arena has been abandoned to the ‎extremists. In addition, he explained that ‎the Netanyahu government is the last link ‎in the completion of an apartheid regime ‎in the region.”‎
PA funds fertility treatments for released prisoners, who are “victims of the occupation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake disclosed that the Palestinian government has allocated 150,000 shekels for fertility treatments to help prisoners who are having difficulties having children…
In an exclusive interview with Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Karake said: ‘We believed there were only a small number of prisoners in need of financial aid to have children through fertilization, but to our surprise, since the government announced it intends to assist prisoners in this matter, we have received requests from 60 prisoners in two months. This means we are dealing with a phenomenon worthy of attention, and scientific research must be conducted to discover the true reasons behind prisoner infertility…’
[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs] Karake and Health Minister Jawad Awad signed an agreement to purchase an IVF service for the wives of released male prisoners and for released female prisoners who are unable to conceive naturally. The National Fund for Aiding and Supporting Released Palestinian Prisoners and their Families will cover the financial costs…
He [Karake] explained that the government assigns special importance to the prisoners’ issue... because caring for the prisoners is a national, pan-Arab and human duty and is part of defying the occupation…
Karake expressed his opposition to all the Zionist attempts to pressure the PA and place it under financial siege for caring for the prisoners and their families. He said: ‘The prisoners are prisoners of freedom and warrior prisoners, as established by the four Geneva Conventions, which we submitted requests to join. The prisoners are victims of the occupation and the world must act to make this occupation vanish.'”

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PA minister refers to Israel as "Palestinian territories occupied in 1948" and Israeli gov. as "occupation authorities" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2014
     “Dozens of angry citizens demonstrated yesterday evening [March 29, 2014] in front of the gate of the Ofer military camp near Ramallah to protest Israel’s delay in releasing the fourth group of prisoners [arrested] before [the] Oslo [Accords]…
[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] said: ‘We have come to welcome our heroic prisoners included in the fourth phase [of prisoner releases], who should have been released today, but the gate of the Ofer prison has not opened because of the Israeli cancellation.’
He added: ‘We demand from the occupation authorities the release of all the veteran prisoners in the fourth phase, who number 30 [in all], 14 of whom are from the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel). We hold them [Israel] fully responsible for the ramifications of the delay in releasing [the prisoners] in accordance with the agreement [between Israel and the PA].’”
PA minister of Prisoners’ Affairs calculates prisoner statistics 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 21, 2014
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake set the number of prisoners in the occupation prisons at 5,000, divided between 17 [different] prisons and including 187 children, 183 administrative detainees, 11 members of parliament – of whom the most veteran is MP Marwan Barghouti – 20 female Palestinian prisoners and 30 veteran prisoners expected to be released at the end of this month [March 2014].”

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.

PA minister speaks at ceremony honoring murderers 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the main ceremony for solidarity with the prisoners and released prisoners, held in Beit Fajar. PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake spoke at the ceremony.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: “Our nation deserves freedom – our nation that gave and gave. Many have died. It [our nation] has given much, and has sacrificed many of its youth and best sons. This great nation, this nation which includes [the likes of] Fakhri Barghouti, Khaled Al-Azraq, Issa Abd Rabbo, Rizq Salah, Khaled Asakra, Abu Mahmoud and many of the prisoners sitting here – [such as] Adnan Al-Afandi – who have spent over twenty years in the occupation’s prisons; this nation, whose youth have spent their lives in prison; a nation that deserves life; a nation that deserves victory; a nation that deserves freedom.”
At the ceremony plaques of honor were given to the veteran Beit Fajar prisoners – those who have served over ten years and those still in prison.
The plaques were presented by Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki, PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Director of the Educational Administration for the Bethlehem District Nasrin Amr, and released prisoner Fakhri Barghouti, the representative of the released prisoners.


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PA allocates an additional $46 million for terrorists in 2014 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 6, 2014
     "[PA] Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that it has been decided that the budget for the fifth regulation [of the Prisoners' Law] approved by the government will be set this coming April [2014]. [The fifth regulation] completes the remaining implementing regulations of the Prisoners' Law, and is concerned with improving conditions for released [prisoners]. This will be done as an appendix to the [general] budget, so its implementation will begin this year and [apply] retroactively.
Karake noted that the government has acknowledged the importance of the regulation and the need to implement it according to the rules. However, due to the large budget deficit and the PA's financial situation, establishing the budget, which has been estimated at 160 million shekels a year, has been postponed until April. [He added that] a ministerial committee has been appointed to prepare the appendix to the budget.
Karake emphasized that this regulation will contribute considerably to solving many problems that prisoners face after their release... Likewise, he noted that the government has made the prisoners' issue one of its priorities and is investing all its efforts in easing their suffering given what is available (i.e., availability of funds).
Karake thanked the President [Abbas] and the Prime Minister [Hamdallah] for their great efforts and for their [accepting] responsibility for the prisoners' cause, whether at a political or social level, or at the livelihood level. On another matter, Karake said that the government has approved a regulation for exempting released prisoners who have served more than 20 years in occupation prisons from paying customs duty, as well as a regulation for covering the costs of fertility [treatments] for released prisoners who are suffering from fertility problems."
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PA minister of Religious Affairs glorifies murderers of Israeli hiker 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 2, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast an event honoring released prisoners in the Salfit District.
The event was attended by PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen and Salfit District Governor Issam Abu Bakr.
Released prisoners Fahim Sarhan, Mustafa Al-Haj and Bilal Damra were honored at the event.

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Brothers, honored ones, who we are proud to be honored by today by honoring you, peace be upon you. All words are dwarfed when standing in the presence of such people. Those who, one day, voluntarily gave up part of their lives. And it is possible that while they were waging the battles of honor, resistance and struggle, they were prepared to give up their whole life for Palestine.”

Note: Mustafa Al-Haj murdered Frederick Rosenfeld while he was hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). He was released in August 2013 as one of 104 prisoners released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Bilal Damra was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Frederick Rosenfeld, who was killed while he was hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). Damra was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Fahim Sarhan was serving a life sentence for committing an act of terrorism against Israel. PMW has been unable to verify the details of his crime. He was released in October 2011 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 Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs explains prisoners’ salaries and benefits to French Consul 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake brought Consul General of France Herve Magro up to date about the prisoners’ and detainees’ suffering, which is caused by the occupation’s policy…
Regarding Ministry services provided to the prisoners, Karake added that the Ministry is working on developing the services to the detainees, which begin with legal defense in the Israeli occupation courts, continue with providing canteen [money] and salaries and with providing medical services to prisoners in prison and after their release, in addition to training and employing them.”
Karake gives plaque of honor to terrorist who stabbed Israeli to death 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 12, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast of the 49th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution in Tulkarem.
Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares: “This year and last year there has been an important breakthrough. True, 104 [released] prisoners out of 5,000 is a small number. However, we know, and you all know, that for 20 years, the occupation state imposed its immoral and discriminating criteria, when it said [it would not release] ‘those with blood on their hands, those who killed Jews, prisoners from the1948 [areas] (i.e., Israel), prisoners from Jerusalem, prisoners from Hamas and prisoners from the Islamic Jihad.’ All criteria have been shattered with these groups we are welcoming with joy, and a new precedent has been set for future negotiations. This is the significance of this achievement. And I’m certain that, Allah willing, there will be additional breakthroughs, on all levels – the sick prisoners, the heroic leaders Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa’adat, and the members of the Palestinian Parliament (Legislative Council).” …

PA TV host recites a poem in honor of released prisoner Nasser Barham. Later, District Governor of Tulkarem Jamal Sa’id, PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Secretary-General of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council Amin Maqbul each gives Barham a plaque of honor.

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PA minister accuses Israel of "exploiting the prisoners financially"‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa ‎Karake said that the Israeli government ‎has been carrying out organized crimes ‎against the prisoners and is using them as ‎a means to take revenge on the ‎Palestinian people and its leadership, and ‎as a tool of provocation…‎
Karake said the Israeli government has ‎been exploiting the prisoners financially, ‎carrying out political provocation and ‎putting pressure on the [Palestinian] ‎leadership by revoking the prisoners’ ‎rights and increasing the severity of the ‎‎[disciplinary] measures used against them ‎‎– all of which necessitates strict ‎enforcement of what goes on behind the ‎bars. Karake made his statements while ‎visiting the prisoners released in the third ‎phase [of prisoner releases], Mahmoud ‎Da'ajneh and Ahmed ‎ Khalaf, who ‎served over 20 years in prison in the ‎Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem.”‎
Photo: [PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Issa] Karake during the tribute given to ‎released prisoner Mahmoud Da’ajneh.‎

Mahmoud Da'ajneh participated in the ‎murder of Sarah Sharon, who was stabbed ‎to death in Holon on Jan. 20, 1993. He was ‎serving a life sentence, but was released in ‎Dec. 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom ‎Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's ‎precondition for renewing negotiations.‎

Ahmed Khalaf was serving a sentence of ‎‎21 years for aggravated assault, but was ‎released in Dec. 2013 as one of 104 ‎terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to ‎fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing ‎negotiations.‎
PA minister honors released prisoners, promises to negotiate for release of the rest 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa ‎Karake said that the prisoner issue would ‎be a central part of any agreement with the ‎Israeli side – whether it be a framework ‎agreement, [a document of] principles, or ‎an extension of the negotiations – in a way ‎that will require the inclusion of a fixed ‎timetable for the release of all prisoners in ‎the prisons and for the cessation of the ‎policy of arrests [being carried out] in all the ‎cities and villages of Palestine… ‎
Karake made his statements during the ‎ceremonies held in the Ramallah and ‎Jenin districts to celebrate the 49th ‎anniversary of Fatah’s Intilaqa (i.e., the ‎‎“launch” of Fatah; refers to the day of ‎Fatah's first terror attack against Israel in ‎‎1965 when it tried to blow up Israel's ‎National Water Carrier) and to welcome the ‎prisoners released in the third phase [of ‎prisoner releases], in the presence of ‎Fatah members and leaders, members of ‎the Fatah Central and Revolutionary ‎Councils, members of the [PA] Parliament ‎‎(Legislative Council) , the district governors ‎and a large audience comprising the ‎families of the prisoners and the released ‎prisoners [themselves].” ‎

Photo: [PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Issa] Karake during the ceremony in honor ‎of the released prisoners in Ramallah.‎

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PA minister gives presents to released terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2014
‎     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] ‎Karake’s statements came during visits he ‎made to congratulate the released ‎prisoners in the districts of Ramallah, ‎Nablus, Bethlehem, Tubas, Jenin and ‎Salfit, accompanied by a delegation from ‎the Ministry of Prisoners’ and Released ‎‎[Prisoners’ Affairs]… Karake awarded them ‎gifts in honor of their struggles and ‎sacrifices in prison.”‎
Photo: “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Issa] Karake during his visit with released ‎prisoner Ahmad Kmeil ‘Abu ‎ Al-Awad’ in ‎Qabatiya”:‎

Ahmad Kmeil
was the commander of the ‎terrorist cell that murdered soldier Yoram ‎Cohen and 15 Palestinians whom they ‎suspected of collaborating with Israel. He ‎was serving 16 life sentences, but was ‎released in December 2013 as one of the ‎‎104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release ‎to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing ‎negotiations.‎
Thousands attend ceremony where PA officials honor bomber 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2014
     ‎“Fatah’s South Hebron [district] branch ‎continued its celebrations marking the ‎release of the most veteran prisoner of the ‎southern [prisoners], Na’im Al-Shawamreh, ‎and the 49th anniversary of the launch of ‎the Palestinian Revolution. ‎
Maher ‎ Al-Namura, the official [Fatah] ‎spokesman [of the South Hebron region], ‎reported that the lighting of the Intilaqa ‎‎(launch of the revolution) torch in ‎downtown Dura took place yesterday [Jan. 2, ‎‎2014] in honor of the veteran prisoner ‎from the south, Na’im Al-Shawamreh, in ‎the presence of [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ ‎‎[Affairs] Issa Karake... [The ceremony was ‎attended by] a large crowd of ‎Fatah supporters and masked men who ‎bore the Intilaqa torch while cheering the ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners.‎
Al-Shawamreh lit the torch among the ‎crowd, which asserted its support of ‎President Mahmoud Abbas and the ‎Palestinian leadership, and expressed its ‎appreciation of this great achievement. ‎The thousands of well-wishers continued ‎to arrive, one after the other, at the house ‎of prisoner Al-Shawamreh, at the site set ‎up by Fatah’s Southern Branch in his ‎native village, Khallat ‎ Al-Aqd, in ‎southern Dura…‎
Present at the ceremony were Fatah ‎Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub, ‎‎[PA] Minster of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa ‎Karake, Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares, District Governor of Hebron ‎Kamel Hamid, District Governor of ‎Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, ‎‎[PA] Health Minister Jawad Awad and a ‎large delegation representing all the ‎Security Forces at the Hebron District ‎headquarters.”‎

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PA minister sings song misrepresenting Israeli cities Safed, Tiberias, Haifa and Jaffa as "Palestine"  
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 2, 2014
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PA Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Karake joined in singing the following song misrepresenting Israeli cities as "Palestine":
     "By Allah, oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy.
My country Palestine is beautiful.
Go to Jenin and bring me from its valley greetings to Nablus,
Tulkarem and their soil.
Drink the water of Jaffa's port,
don't forget Ramle and Ramallah.
Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberias,
and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa.
Don't forget Nazareth, the Arab fortress,
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return."
PA Minister: The release of imprisoned terrorists is Abbas’ greatest achievement 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 31, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the release of the veteran prisoners who were arrested before the Oslo Accords and who spent long years in prison is one of President Mahmoud Abbas’ and the Palestinian leadership’s greatest national and humanitarian achievements of 2013…
Karake spoke during his visit to… the family of (32 year-old) [parenthesis in source] prisoner Mutaz Al-Haimouni who was sentenced to six life sentences and another twenty years.”

Note: Mutaz Al-Haimouni – a Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) terrorist who planned a suicide attack in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda outdoor market in which 6 people were killed (April 12, 2002).
Karake is referring to Israel’s release of 104 Palestinian terrorists, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages.The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013.
PA minister falsely asserts the existence of Israeli "plans for killing the prisoners‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2013
Headline: “The occupation prisons have ‎become the final ward before death”‎
     ‎“Two days ago, [Dec. 26, 2013], the [PA] ‎Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and the ‎‎[Palestinian] Prisoners’ Club, in ‎cooperation with the [PA] Ministry of ‎Information in the Nablus district, held a ‎press conference at the district ‎‎[government] seat, to discuss the ‎prisoners, the suffering of the sick among ‎them, and the third phase [of pre-Oslo ‎prisoners] to be released in a few days…‎
‎[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa ‎Karake] stated that the purpose of the ‎press conference was to discuss the sick ‎prisoners and their medical situation, ‎which the Palestinian people find ‎distressing and frightening, especially ‎given the existence of plans for killing ‎the prisoners in the occupation prisons. ‎He also added that some [of the prisoners] ‎might die at any moment in the coming ‎days or weeks, as the diseases have ‎grown markedly worse in recent years – a ‎fact which confirms that the occupation ‎prisons have become a source of ‎epidemics and chronic and cancerous ‎diseases.”‎

Note:‎ In August 2013, Israel agreed to release ‎‎104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, ‎which was the PA's precondition for ‎renewing peace talks. The terrorists were ‎released in stages. The first group of 26 ‎was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The ‎second group of 26 was released on Oct. ‎‎30, 2013. The third group of 26 was ‎released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth ‎group was scheduled to be released on ‎March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their ‎release while negotiating the terms for ‎continuation of the peace talks. When the ‎PA submitted requests for admission as a ‎state to several internation
PA minister of Prisoners' Affairs glorifies terrorist 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2013
Photo: [PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa] Karake during his visit with prisoner Ahmad Sa'adat's family.
Headline
: "Karake: 'Ahmad Sa'adat is a symbol of freedom and a conscience for all humanity'"
     "[PA] Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that prisoner Ahmad Sa'adat, the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP], is a symbol, a freedom fighter and a conscience for all humanity, who spent his life in the service of his people's freedom and independence, and... represents all free men, honorable people and fighters..."

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PA Minister Karake visits family of planner of suicide bombings 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 26, 2013
PA TV program For You visited the home of prisoner Ahmad Mughrabi from the Deheisheh refugee camp on the occasion of the birth of his two daughters. The program also reported that PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake visited the home of prisoner Ahmad Mughrabi.
Ahmad Mughrabi’s son: “Always at school I’m proud of my father and tell the kids about my father and immediately when they hear, they want to hear more and more.”

Note: Ahmad Mughrabi – serving 18 life sentences for preparing bombs and sending suicide bombers to carry out attacks, including the suicide bombing on March 2, 2002 in Jerusalem’s Beit Israel neighborhood (11 killed) and the suicide bombing on March 29, 2002 in Jerusalem's Kiryat HaYovel neighborhood (2 killed).
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: Official PA daily, 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 visits imprisoned murderers to honor them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2013
Headline: “Karake: We are striving to set fair regulations for [the benefit of] released prisoners and the prisoners in prison”
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake disclosed that the compilation of regulations approved by the government over the last four years (the most recent being a regulation concerning released prisoners)... were completed according to legal principles and procedures and will be implemented according to the financial capabilities of the [Palestinian] Authority. Karake noted that caring for prisoners and their families is a top priority in the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and in the government, in spite of the financial and economic difficulties they face. He added that in spite of the present challenges, important interest in the prisoners' situation has been developing, and he referred to a proposal to be presented to the government regarding [the establishment of] a fund aimed at obtaining assistance for prisoners and their families…
Karake was speaking during his visit with a number of families of veteran prisoners in the village of Qatanna, in the Jerusalem district…
Karake and his delegation visited the family of brother prisoners 53-year-old Abd Al-Jawad Yusuf Shamasneh and 47-year-old Muhammad Yusuf Shamasneh, who in 1993 were sentenced to three life sentences plus twenty years and are imprisoned in the Nafha prison. They are both among the prisoners who are to be released in the next phases.”

Note: In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. For descriptions of the terrorists, click "full article" below.
PA pays unemployed prisoners a salary of 7.5 million shekels a month 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "[Unemployment] is a problem for thousands of male and female prisoners... The law approved by the Palestinian Parliament in 2004 determined that a male prisoner who spends more than 5 years and a female prisoner who spends more than 3 years [in prison] - in case they cannot find a job - can receive the fixed monetary allowance until they find a job. This applies of course to thousands of released prisoners... The maximum amount of the allowance is around 2,000 shekels... The fixed salary is not a loan... This is a salary. True, it's low, but I'll give you a number: 7.5 million shekels (~ $2.1 M.) a month is what we will pay to unemployed released prisoners. 7.5 million shekels every month."
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Note: PA minimum wage is 1,450 shekels ($414) a month. The 2,000 shekels ($571) for released prisoners is 38% higher than the minimum wage.
PA minister: Israel implements policy of slowly executing prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, 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.”
PA Minister Karake honors released murderer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2013
Caption: “Karake honors prisoner Ismat Mansour during the presentation of his novel.”
     “The Deir Jarir Youth Council in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district presented ‘The Barbed Wire Fence,’ a novel by released prisoner Ismat Mansour who sat in the occupation prisons for 20 years and was released in the first phase [of 104 released pre-Oslo prisoners].
To discuss the novel and present it, the council hosted [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs Issa Karake], [and] released male and female prisoners attended [the event]… Karake said that the novel, which was written in prison, is an innovative and unique literary work that sheds light on the prisoners’ cultural and philosophical experience… at the end of the conference, Karake honored prisoner Ismat Mansour.”

Note: Ismat Mansour – assisted in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli civilian Haim Mizrahi (Oct. 23, 1993). He was serving 22 years in prison, but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

PA minister visits released terrorists, conveys to them greetings from Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake
visiting released prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Al-Haj
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake announced that the prisoners’ issue is constantly and continuously on the government’s table, due to the great interest in this issue and to the search for every possibility to assist them as fighters who sacrificed for their homeland and country… Karake noted that in recent years the Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs], in cooperation with all institutions, enacted four implementing regulations of the prisoners’ law, and that the fifth regulation relating to the released prisoners is in the final stages of discussion by the Palestinian government... Karake related to a number of other proposals for regulations, which he hopes will be duly approved. They relate to university education in prisons, fertility services for released prisoners, salary completion and the establishment of a national fund to support prisoners and their families, alongside a regulation for deceased released prisoners. Karake spoke during his visits to a number of released prisoners, during which he delivered President [Abbas]’s Grant to them following their release as part of the second phase, and he also conveyed President Mahmoud Abbas’ and Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah’s greetings.”

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Song educating children to carry weapons performed at PA ceremony honoring released terrorists 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
During the event, a singer sang songs praising the prisoners, including “Mother, marry me off,” which promotes educating children to carry weapons, while the audience danced and lifted the released prisoners up on their shoulders:

Lyrics of “Mother, marry me off:
"My country is Arab, filled with freedom,
Oh mother, marry me off to a Palestinian girl.
Mother, a daughter of the land, with a happy nature,
who will raise my children on carrying the rifle."

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored.
PA Minister defends PA giving money to terrorists, they are "heroes" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, at a rally under the auspices of Mahmoud Abbas in honor of released terrorists from Jenin:
     "The Europeans want their money that comes to us to remain clean -- not to go to families of those they claim to be terrorists. [They] need to renounce this occupation mentality. These [prisoners] are heroes, fedayyeen (self-sacrificing fighters), and fighters who fought so that we could live in dignity... These heroes, whom you are applauding, must live in dignity, so that we will continue to hold our heads high. We appreciate the people of the revolution and are proud of them."
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Senior PA official celebrates “magnificent” terrorist “heroes returning from captivity” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally in Surif, Hebron in honor of released prisoners Ziyad Ghneimat, Mustafa Ghneimat, and Najeh Muqbil.
Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity. How great are these men of great stature, for you sieged the prison guard. How great are you, for you knew that you are potential Martyrs (Shahids), yet your will was stronger than any [Israeli] decision and any outcome... We are the ones who planted the spirit of defiance in this nation, and we have been the school [to teach] the culture of resistance... We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop… I congratulate the Hebron District on [the return] of this group of select men. And when I mention Mustafa, Ziyad, and Najeh, I add also the great eagle Fakhri Barghouti –33 years in prison, and here he is with us! …
I would like now to recall the commander of the operation, [Muhammad] Abu Shadi Al-Tous, whom we look up to with respect. The reason they are postponing [the release of] this commander is that he angered them more by having been the commander of the operation. We also salute [his wife] Um Shadi, and every front, and [we salute] all those beloved heroes, the pioneers, the free men, the fighters, like these heroes (points to the three released prisoners)… We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!”

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Abbas welcomes 21 murderers released from prison 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2013
In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The following is the PA celebrating the release of 21 of them, all of whom were convicted murderers.
[Abbas is shown embracing murderer Issa Abd Rabbo and all 21 murderers]
PA TV announcer: "Here they are embracing President Mahmoud Abbas after long years behind the bars of the occupation... Here are President Mahmoud Abbas and the released prisoners waving to the audience..."
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "Even though the prisoners were released in the middle of the night, each one of you, the prisoners, is a sun lighting up Palestine's sky..."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We welcome our heroic brothers who come from behind bars to the world of freedom. We congratulate ourselves and we congratulate all of you in this great celebration that unifies and returns our sons to us... There will be no agreement [with Israel] as long as there is one prisoner behind bars."
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Note: Issa Abd Rabbo - serving two life sentences for killing two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Release of prisoners by Israel is a national achievement that strengthens the peace process 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 23, 2013
In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in stages, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. PA TV program Topic of the Day discusses the second group of prisoners to be released by Israel, all 26 of whom were serving life sentences for murder:
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “I hope this phase will be a quality phase and that it will indeed take place, because I’m still worried. I don’t trust the Israelis. Everyday there’s incitement against the releases, everyday there are despicable racist voices. I hope it will take place, and that the remaining phases will be completed, because I think this is a great achievement, a national achievement and an achievement for the Palestinian leadership and for President Mahmoud Abbas. Furthermore, he shattered all of the terminology and criteria [for who should be released] used by Israel, who, from the occupation’s beginning, used the term ‘blood on their hands,’ and handed down life sentences to these fighters who are in prison. This gives the Palestinian people hope, and it also sends a message to the international community, to the Israelis and the Americans – that the detainees’ freedom enhances and strengthens the peace process, if they truly want a true and genuine peace with our Palestinian people.”
PA Minister honors imprisoned Fatah terrorist with visit to his family 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2013
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake visited the family of prisoner Najeh Muqbil, one the veteran prisoners, in the Al-Aroub refugee camp. He has been in prison for 24 years and is sentenced to a life sentence.”

Note: Najeh Muqbil - Fatah terrorist. He and an accomplice murdered one in 1990. The article mistakenly writes that Muqbil was sentenced life in prison, when in fact he was sentenced to 38 years.
Fatah: Family of murderer “has great national credit” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake declared yesterday evening [Oct. 10, 2013] that the [national] leadership and the PA are sparing no efforts to gain the release of all our prisoners from occupation prisons. Minister Karake spoke by telephone during a solidarity vigil organized by the central branch of Fatah in Khan Yunis, with the mother of brave prisoners Diya and Muhammad Zakariya Al-Agha, [who lives] in Khan Yunis in the Southern Gaza Strip. [The vigil was held] to mark the beginning of Diya’s 22nd year behind bars in Israeli detention centers. Minister Karake said he is very impressed whenever the brave prisoners’ mother, fighter Um Diya Al-Agha, speaks. We consider [her] to be the mother of all prisoners because she is always present at solidarity events for our prisoners... Secretary of the central Khan Yunis [Fatah] branch, Dr. Haidar Al-Qudra said in his speech: ‘It is a great honor for us all to meet today in a home that, as everyone has witnessed, has contributed a great deal and continues to contribute, [to be] in the lion’s den of a fighter-family that has great national credit by virtue of Martyrs (Shahids), wounded and fighter-prisoners.’ [...] At the end of the solidarity vigil [Fatah’s] central Khan Yunis branch bestowed the family of the two prisoners honorary gifts: a picture of the two brave prisoners, Diya and Muhammad Al-Agha and a plaque of ‘resolve’ for the fighter-sister, mother of two prisoners.”

Note: Diya Zakariya Shaker Al-Agha "Al-Faluji" - serving a life sentence for beating Israeli citizen Amatzia Ben Haim to death with a shovel in the Gaza Strip (Oct. 11, 1992).
Muhammad Zakariya Al-Agha – PMW has not been able to obtain precise information about the crime and sentence of this prisoner.

PA: Palestinian prisoners undergo torture, medical experiments, and neglect 
Source: Official PA daily, 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 Minister of Prisoners' Affairs honors released prisoner, killer of 1  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2013
     “The Fatah movement’s Salfit branch, in cooperation with the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Prisoners’ Club and the Bruqin municipality, held a large rally in the town of Bruqin to honor the [Salfit] District’s released prisoners… Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake noted that President Mahmoud Abbas ascribes great importance to the prisoner issue …
At the end of the rally… the released prisoners received plaques as a token.”

Text beneath the photo: “Karake while honoring prisoner Mustafa Al-Haj at the rally.”

Note: Mustafa Al-Haj murdered Frederick Rosenfeld while he was hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). He was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
PA Minister visits family of terrorist involved in multiple shooting attacks 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 7, 2013
     “[Among] the families visited by [Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake was the family of prisoner Ahmad Barghouti who is sentenced to 13 life sentences and another 50 years.”

Note: Ahmad Barghouti – was commander of Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, in the Ramallah region. He is serving 13 life sentences and another 50 years for sending terrorists to shooting attacks in which 12 people were killed. Among these attacks was the terror attack in the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March, 5, 2002) in which 3 people were killed.
Israeli legislation allowing prisoners to be force-fed is “intentional murder” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2013
Headline: “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake: ‘A silent crime is being committed inside the occupation’s prisons against the eight striking prisoners’”
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake warned of Israel’s attempts to legislate a law allowing the use of force towards prisoners, forcing them to break their [hunger] strike and forcing them to eat, which constitutes an intentional crime of murder.”
PA Minister Karake visits released terrorist prisoner Al-Natsheh 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2013
     "[PA] Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that the [Palestinian] leadership is paying a great deal of attention [to the prisoners' issue] and actively dealing with the Israeli side, for the urgent release of the sick prisoners... During his visit to released prisoners Khaled Asakra from Bethlehem, who was released recently and sat in [different] prisons for 22 years, and Jamil Al-Natsheh from Hebron, who sat in [different] prisons for 21 years, Karake said that the release of the sick [prisoners] has become a priority, especially in light of the fact that there are sick [prisoners] in the prisons whose lives are in danger: [Prisoners] sick with cancer, malignant tumors, heart diseases, paralysis and disabilities."
Caption under photo (which did not show the released terrorist): "Karake greets released prisoner Khaled Asakra and prisoner Al-Taj."
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Note: Jamil Al-Natsheh - member of Hamas' military wing, arrested in 1992 for involvement in terror attacks carried out in Hebron. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison and released in 2013.
Muhammad Al-Taj - was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was released due to medical reasons after serving two thirds of his prison term. It has not been possible to verify the crime for which Al-Taj was imprisoned.
PA Minister presents gifts to released prisoners who were involved in terror attacks 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2013
Headline: “Karake: ‘We look forward to the release of all prisoners, with no exceptions, as a political, national, and legal right’”
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake spoke while on a trip in the Nabus, Jenin, and Ramallah districts to greet the 26 released prisoners, during which reception ceremonies and celebrations [for the prisoners] were held. Accompanying Karake were Head of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares, [released] veteran prisoners and a delegation from the Ministry [of Prisoners’ Affairs] and the Prisoners’ Club, as well as Jenin District Governor Talal Dweikat, Fatah Secretary in Jenin Ata Abu Rmeileh, Member of Palestinian Parliament Jamal Hweil, Nablus District Deputy Governor Anan Al-Atireh and [released] veteran prisoners Othman Musleh, Mustafa Qar'ush, Sa’id Al-Ataba, Hassan Salameh, Muhannad Jaradat, and others... Karake and the accompanying delegation presented gifts to the released prisoners in appreciation.”

Caption beneath the photo: “Karake yesterday with one of the released prisoners in Jenin and Nablus.”
The man with Minister Karake in the photo is Mustafa Al-Haj, who murdered Frederick Rosenfeld while he was hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). Al-Haj was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

Note: For descriptions of the released prisoners who were honored by the PA, click "full article" below.
PA Minister: Israel “kills anyone” who expresses “solidarity” with Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2013
In Turkey, senior political officials attended a communal meal to break the Ramadan fast with senior PA officials. Among the PA officials were: PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, PA Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Palestinian Ambassador to Turkey Nabil Ma’arouf, Israeli Arab MP Muhammad Barakeh, and Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares. Released Palestinian prisoners who were deported to Turkey also attended. The following are excerpts of the conversation at the meal, reported in the official PA daily:
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] praised the sacrifice of the Marmara ship Martyrs (Shahids) who fell defending Palestine, and he wished the wounded a speedy recovery. In addition, he noted that the Israeli occupation kills anyone who tries to express solidarity with our Palestinian people. He also referred to the suffering of the prisoners in the occupation’s prisons and noted that there is no prisoner in the world who serves a 30 year prison term, except for the Palestinian prisoner…
[PA] Ambassador [to Turkey Nabil] Ma’arouf noted that one of the main issues that concerns us is the prisoners’ issue, because 4,700 prisoners are still wasting away in the Israeli occupation’s prisons, and most spend over half of their lives inside a detention center. That doubles their families’ suffering.” From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Marmara refers to the Turkish ship “MV Mavi Marmara” that tried to break the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip in May 2010 – The “Gaza Freedom Flotilla.” On board the ship were activists and among them terrorists who attacked Israeli soldiers with weapons when they boarded the ship. During the ensuing fight nine of the terrorists on board were killed.
PA Minister on prisoner release: It “opens a door of hope” that other prisoners will be released 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2013
In July 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry made efforts to renew peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinian negotiators demanded that Israel release Palestinian prisoners as a precondition for renewing peace talks, and Israel agreed to release 104 prisoners. PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake responds to Israel’s decision to release Palestinian prisoners:
Headline: “Karake: ‘The release of the veteran prisoners is a great achievement that will strengthen peace’”
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake considered Israel’s agreeing to release prisoners imprisoned since before [the] Oslo [Accords were signed], most of whom are accused by Israel of involvement in the murder of Israelis, as breaking the Israeli habit that always prevented the release of prisoners accused of murdering Israelis. He added: ‘If the Israeli government will not [try some kind of] manipulation, the release of these prisoners could be considered a step forward and a wonderful thing, which will open a door of hope to the additional prisoners with regard to their release.”
PA Minister places convicted terrorist at top of list on PA TV program 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 29, 2013
PA TV program In a Fighter’s Home:
PA TV host: “Our question, Mr. Minister [of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake], is: ‘What does fighter Muhammad Lutfi Abu Lutfi symbolize for you, seeing that you put his name at the top of our program’s list in this important month (i.e., Ramadan)?'”

Note: Muhammad Lutfi Abu Lutfi was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1968 for terrorist activity.
PMW has been unable to verify the specific nature his crimes.
PA Minister visits family of terrorist who murdered 2 people 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2013
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake demanded from the European Union that it freeze commercial and economical agreements with Israel because it [Israel] continues to violate the rights of prisoners in the prisons and breaks international humanitarian laws…
Karake noted that many violations against prisoners contradict international conventions, like the fact that detention of children, administrative detentions, detention of envoys, medical neglect, visitation and education prevention etc. are all continued.
Karake said this during a visit he made in honor of Ramadan to several families of prisoners from the Jenin district. These [visits] are part of a program developed by the Ministry [of Prisoners’ Affairs] for the month of Ramadan, under the heading ‘We will not forget you’…
In the village of Bir Al-Basha, Karake and his entourage visited the family of sick prisoner Muhammad Ghawadreh, who is sentenced to three life sentences and 30 years. He is suffering from vision problems… and is in danger of losing his eyesight after receiving an accidental injection five years ago.”

Note: Muhammad Ghawadreh is serving three life sentences for the murder of 2 Israelis (June, 2003), and other offenses.
PA TV broadcasts PA Ministers' "visit of loyalty and love" to terrorist killer 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 15, 2013
PA TV newsreader: “Minister of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake visited a few homes of prisoners from the Qalqilya District. The most prominent home was the home of prisoner Muhammad Daoud (‘Abu Ghazi’) who has been behind the occupation’s bars for over 26 years.”
PA TV News reporter: “’A visit of loyalty and love’ is how the Minister of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners’ Affairs called the Ministry’s round of visits to prisoners’ homes during Ramadan…”
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake: “The prisoners’ issue is an issue that belongs to all of us, an issue of Palestinian existence…”
PA Minister of Agriculture, Walid Assaf: “This man who sacrificed the most precious thing he had for us, for our people, for our cause and for Palestine, we must stand by him.”
PA TV News reporter: “These visits started at the home of prisoner Muhammad Adel Daoud who has entered the 27th year of his life sentence.”
The camera focuses on a poster of Muhammed Adel Daoud, with the PA and Palestinian Prisoners’ Club symbols and with the inscription: “The State of Palestine, the Ministry of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, the brave prisoner, Muhammad Adel Daoud.”

Note: 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 Molotov cocktail at their car (April 11, 1987).
PA officials lobby for released prisoner to ‎get medical treatment abroad 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 8, 2013
     ‎“Released prisoner Muhammad Al-Taj has ‎postponed the beginning of his indefinite ‎hunger strike. This [decision was made] ‎after he received the Palestinian ‎Presidency’s guarantees and [was told] ‎that he will be sent for treatment abroad if ‎he receives the consent of one of the ‎European hospitals specializing in lung ‎transplants.‎ Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake ‎said… The subject of prisoner Al-Taj’s ‎treatment had been raised a few months ‎ago and a written request had been sent ‎to several countries in order to provide him ‎with the necessary treatment. However, ‎his trip has been delayed due to the ‎medical procedures adopted by these ‎countries…‎ ‎[Minister] Karake noted that President ‎Mahmoud Abbas is dealing with Al-Taj’s ‎issue and said that he has instructed that ‎the prisoner be treated whatever the price ‎may be and in the place and time of his ‎choosing. He made it clear that this ‎depends on procedures in countries that ‎perform such operations, contrary to talk ‎about incompetence with regard to ‎prisoner Al-Taj’s matter.‎ On her part, District Governor of Ramallah ‎and El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam, said that ‎treating released prisoner Muhammad Al-‎Taj is a national duty that cannot be ‎neglected.”‎

Note: Muhammad Al-Taj was sentenced to 14 ‎years in prison. He was released for ‎medical reasons after serving two thirds of his ‎prison term. PMW has been unable to verify ‎the crime for which Al-Taj was imprisoned.
PA Minister glorifies imprisoned terrorists as the “pride” and “bravery” of Palestinians 
Source: Official PA TV Live, June 19, 2013
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake at an event at the Cultural Palace in Ramallah: 
     “An interrogator asked one of the prisoners: ‘Why do you keep silent and endure torture while you, the Palestinian people no longer hold anything? You’re weak and we’re stronger than you.’ …
The prisoner answered: ‘No we’re stronger than you… We have the bravery of Marwan Barghouti, the pride of Ahmad Sa’adat and the resolve of Karim Younes and Lina Al-Jarbouni.’
The prisoner described how the interrogator frowned and left in a hurry, [then] suddenly returned and asked: ‘What’s the difference between you and us?’ The prisoner answered: ‘The difference is that you Israelis build an army to establish a state for yourselves on the ruins of others, while we Palestinians build a song for a homeland that has always existed in our souls.’”

Notes: 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. Song at 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.
Karim Younes - serving a life sentence for planning and carrying out a kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and killing him in 1981.
Lina Al-Jarbouni - An Israeli Arab woman serving a sentence of 17 years, convicted March 9, 2004 of maintaining contact with and helping Islamic Jihad terrorists, of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks and of aiding an enemy during war.
PA Minister Karake visits homes of two convicted murders 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 9, 2013
     “[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake said that the Israeli government is responsible for the [hunger] striking [prisoners’] health and lives, especially following the transfer of prisoner Abdallah Al-Barghouti to a hospital in Afula (city in Northern Israel) as a result of his deteriorating health. Karake’s words were said during his visit to the families of prisoners Muhammad Al-Rimawi and Tamer Al-Rimawi in the village of Beit Rima in the Ramallah District. He also visited the family of prisoner Tamer Rasem Salim Al-Rimawi (32) who is serving three life sentences and who had been wounded before his arrest. (Tamer Al-Rimawi’s name is repeated here, apparently mistakenly. Ed.).”

Notes: Tamer Al-Rimawi – serving 3 life sentences for murdering an American-Israeli woman in 2002.
Muhammad Al-Rimawi – serving a life sentence for his role in the murder of Israeli minister Rehavam Zeevi “Ghandi” in 2001.
Abdallah Barghouti - serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks in which 66 Israelis were murdered - Sbarro restaurant (15 killed, Aug. 9, 2001), Moment Café (11 killed, March 9, 2002), and the triple attack at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (11 killed, Dec. 1, 2001).
PA minister honors terrorist Barghouti with "solidarity visit" to his family 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 28, 2013
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam, paid a solidarity visit to the family of hunger striking prisoner, Abdallah Barghouti... Ghannam saluted all the prisoners in the prisons and prisoner Abdallah Barghouti's family and children."
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Note: Abdallah Barghouti - serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks in which 67 people were murdered: Sbarro restaurant (15 killed, Aug. 9, 2001), Sheffield Club (15 killed, May 7, 2002), Moment Café (11 killed, March 9, 2002), triple attack at Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (11 killed, Dec. 1, 2001), Hebrew University (9 killed, July 1, 2002), and Bus 4 in Tel Aviv (6 killed, Sept. 19, 2002).
PA Minister Karake: “Israel is the worst human rights violator” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2013
Headline: “Karake: ‘Israel is the worst human rights violator and it exists in a state of isolation and frustration’”
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the world has begun to understand that the state of Israel is among the worst human rights violators, carrying out many arbitrary and dangerous acts against the prisoners… Karake said these words during a visit to the family of prisoner Muhammad Barrash from the Al-Amari refugee camp, who is sentenced to three life sentences and an additional 35 years in prison. He is sick and disabled, has lost sight on one eye, his left leg has been amputated and he suffers from severe hearing problems and from numbness in his left hand.”

Note: Muhammad Barrash participated in a shooting attack at the British Police Junction in 2000. 2 soldiers and 1 civilian were killed in the attack.
PA Minister Karake calls terrorist Abu Jihad a “hero” on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 30, 2013
PA TV broadcast of an assembly commemorating Prisoners’ Day and the anniversary of Abu Jihad’s death:
Moderator: “Prisoners’ mothers, sisters and wives, welcome to Azzoun, sisters of Wafa Idris, Andalib, and Dalal, welcome, you are the honored fighters.”
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake: “Greetings everyone, you wave the Martyrs’ (Shahids) flag and the prisoners’ flag. These days, we don’t celebrate only our anniversaries and pain but we also step forward so that the Martyrs’ dreams and wishes will be fulfilled – the wishes of our Martyr, the hero commander Abu Jihad and Yasser Arafat and all the other Martyrs.”

Note: Wafa Idris – the first Palestinian female suicide bomber. She killed one and injured over 100 in her attack in central Jerusalem in 2002.
Andalib Khalil Muhammad Suleiman or Andalib Takatka – female suicide bomber who killed six and wounded more than 80 in her attack on Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda outdoor market in April 2002.
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.
Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) – A 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 worst in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA Minister denounces Israel for stealing organs from Palestinian "Martyrs" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 30, 2013
     “Speakers agreed that the struggle to end our prisoners’ suffering in the occupation’s prisons and free them all must continue. They denounced the occupation’s policy of stealing Martyr (Shahid) prisoners’ organs and using their bodies for medical purposes.
This was said during the inauguration event of the Prisoner Martyr Anis Dawla Square, which took place under the auspices of Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, District Governor of Qalqilya, Rabih Al-Khandaqji, and district leaders, in the city of Qalqilya…
Karake said that it is important that the memory remain alive and burning. He said that the fact that Israel has hidden the Martyr’s body for over 33 years proves its arrogance, which is conveyed by its refusal to return it [the body] and by this it has opened up the story of a criminal state that still holds over 250 [bodies of] prisoners and insists that his (i.e., the prisoner’s) body does not exist.
He called on all human rights organizations to work to discover what happened to those missing and he denounced Israel’s Martyrs’ organ trade and the medical experiments conducted on their organs…
He thanked Anis, the Martyr who lives on in his people’s hearts and said that he is a symbol of the struggle’s significance and of humanism.”

Note: Anis Dawla was sentenced to life in prison in 1968 for his membership in a PLO cell that crossed the border into Israel.
Children’s play attended by PA officials: Haifa, Jaffa, Rosh HaNikra are “our beautiful country Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 28, 2013
Official PA TV program Pulse of the Land

PA TV host: “We’ll stay in El-Bireh, specifically in its town hall, where a full day of fun for the prisoners’ children took place, attended by District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam, and [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake… The day included poetry and a children’s play, performed by the Tantura Shadow Puppet Theater.”

Segment from the play:
Man: "What’s a sea?"
Woman: "Poor thing, you don’t know what a sea is. It’s a wide place, there’s water [and] fish in it. You swim in it and there’s sand next to it."
Man: "Do we have an ocean in Palestine?"
Woman: "In our beautiful country Palestine there are three seas."
Man: "First of all:"
Woman: "First of all, the Mediterranean Sea, in Haifa, Jaffa, Rosh HaNikra and Gaza.”
PA Minister: Israel is increasingly killing prisoners through “medical neglect” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 17, 2013
PA TV program Palestine this Morning interviews Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake:
     “Since 2012 I have received [the bodies] of 12 Martyrs (Shahids) from among the prisoners, most of them [died] because of medical neglect. This is organized crime, this is terrorism. The prisons have become cemeteries, they have become a plague. Israel doesn’t respect international law. Israel wants to kill the prisoners. It sows diseases in their bodies. The rate of illnesses among the prisoners is increasing more and more. We have started finding strange and malignant diseases. The prisoners have started complaining greatly about the illnesses with which they have become sick. This demonstrates that Israel wants to turn the prisons into a means of prisoner execution.”
Israel has "policy of systematic killing" of prisoners, especially those who are sick 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2013
Headline: “Following the deferral of a hearing about sick prisoner Muhammad Al -Taj – Karake: ‘Israel is intentionally killing the prisoners and is not responding to any form of pressure”
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake said yesterday [April 7, 2013] that the occupation’s authorities are adopting a policy of systematic killing against the prisoners, especially against the sick among them and that it is not taking prisoner Muhammad Al-Taj’s serious condition into consideration, while ignoring all international laws and consensuses.”
PA Minister of Prisoners Affairs: PA will no longer pay prisoners’ fines to Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2013
Headline: “Karake: We have decided to stop paying the occupation’s fines and to reassess the canteen agreement”
     “Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the Ministry for Prisoners’ Affairs has decided to stop paying monetary fines imposed by Israeli military courts on most prisoners, and to reassess the discriminatory canteen agreement…
Karake said: ‘This money, that military courts order to be paid, is used to finance the occupation’s administrative and military organizations. It is not repaid and it constitutes a severe economic burden on the citizens, on the family and on the PA.’
He said that imposing fines has become systematic and [a regular] part of Israeli legal policy. He added that collecting money like this from the Palestinian people is illegal, and noted that fines are imposed on 90% of the prisoners who are tried.”
PA Minister: “Israel is carrying out a new massacre of prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2013
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake said: ‘Israel is carrying out a new massacre of prisoners.’ He noted the increase in the number of cancer patients (25 prisoners) [parentheses in source], according to the [Israel] Prison Service, but estimated that the number of cancer patients is higher than was made public.”

Note: Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh was a Hamas member who served life in prison for recruiting and training terrorists, preparing explosives for suicide bombings, attempted murder, and possession of weapons. He died of cancer while being treated at the Israeli Soroka Hospital in April 2013.
PA Minister visits home of imprisoned murderer 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 27, 2013
     “[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake’s words were said during his tour in the Jenin district and visit to a number of [families of] released and veteran prisoners. Karake was accompanied by a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, Secretary of the Farah branch in Jenin, Ata Abu Ramila, a number of the movement’s staff members and a number of released prisoners, headed by prisoner Ahmad Abu Sukkar.
Karake and the accompanying delegation visited the home of veteran prisoner Osama Al-Silawi, who served 23 years in the occupation’s prisons and Muhammad Turkeman, who served 24 years in the occupation’s prisons.”

Note: Osama Al-Silawi was sentenced to four life sentences and an additional 55 years for murdering an Israeli and three Palestinians who according to him were collaborating with Israel.
Muhammad Turkeman was sentenced to one life sentence and an additional 50 years.
Ahmad Abu Sukkar planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA.


PA official sends greetings to “heroic” imprisoned terrorists at ceremony  
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 4, 2013
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights. The ceremony was attended by District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, [former] PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, PA Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Ziad Abu Ein and Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares.

PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “On behalf of this institute that we [all] know, this beacon…I send greetings to all our male and female prisoners in the occupation prisons. I send greetings to our brothers on [hunger] strike, the heroes standing firm…  Greetings, on behalf of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Al-Dameer Association, to Samer Al-Issawi and Ayman Sharawna, to the fighter prisoner Maher Younes, and to all our heroic prisoners. On this occasion and on this anniversary we cannot avoid sending greetings to our brother, the great commander Ahmad Sa’adat, to our brother, the heroic fighter and commander Marwan Barghouti, to all the young leaders and delegates, and to the female prisoners, foremost among them the veteran prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni.”

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PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: All prisoners must be released before negotiations can resume 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2013
Headline: “While visiting released prisoner Bassam Al-Sa’adi, Karake: The President [Abbas] has stressed that any renewal of negotiations will begin with releasing the prisoners.”
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that President Mahmoud Abbas sees releasing the prisoners as a basis for resuming negotiations or meetings with the Israeli side, and that releasing the prisoners is one of the central demands of the Palestinian leadership, as a precursor to resuming negotiations based on the international recognition and a halt to settlements.”
PA Minister: Israel “wants to kill the prisoners” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: "The situation of the prisoners who are hunger-striking is grave, and at any moment some prisoner could die a Martyr (Shahid). Israel is about to commit a crime. It wants to commit a crime, and it wants to kill the prisoners in the prisons."
PA Minister of Prisoners accuses Israel of killing a prisoner by "planting" diseases in his body 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2013
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "Our people don't want to receive our [released] prisoners in coffins. It was [bad] enough that a few days ago we received prisoner Ashraf Abu Dhrei, may he rest in peace, as a Martyr of the prisoners, the most recent Martyr to fall among the prisoners caused by diseases planted in his body."

Note: Ashraf Abu Dhrei - prisoner who died after his release.
PA minister honors families of murderers with visit 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2013
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake was accompanied on these visits [to families of prisoners in Israel] by a delegation from the Ministry [of Prisoners' Affairs]. He visited… the family of prisoner Ibrahim Mas’ad who was sentenced to life in prison in 2006; the family of prisoner Ibrahim Alqam who was sentenced to life in prison in 2000.” (One of the two dates is apparently incorrect, since the two were arrested together, - ed.) 
 
Note: Ibrahim Mas’ad and Ibrahim Alqam murdered an Israeli woman and her 12-year-old son in 1996.
PA Minister admits that transferred prisoners were treated well by Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2013
Headline: "103 prisoners were transferred to Rimon after Shatah was flooded"
     "103 prisoners from the Shatah prison arrived at the Israeli Rimon prison after rainwater flooded their cells. Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake told [official PA news agency] Wafa yesterday that the prisoners were in good condition when they arrived at the Rimon prison, after rains had flooded their cells in the Shatah prison."
Singer at Fatah event calls Saddam Hussein “the glorious Martyr leader” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2012
PA TV broadcast parts of a celebration of Fatah’s 48th anniversary that took place Dec. 31, 2012. The crowd reacted enthusiastically to singer Adnan Balawnah’s introduction to his band Al-Asifa’s song, when he recalled the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein:
     “We will not forget the Martyr (Shahid) of the Islamic Ummah (Nation) and the Arab nation, the glorious Martyr leader, Field Marshal Saddam Hussein. [Crowd cheers.] As you know, today is the anniversary of his Martyrdom death.

Note: Senior PA and Fatah leaders were in the audience: PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Governor of Bethlehem Abd Al-Fattah Hamael, Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid.
PA Minister: Terrorist prisoners continue to receive salaries after being released from prison 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), Dec. 29, 2012
Palestinian terrorist prisoners who served more than 5 years in prison continue to get salaries after being released from prison. TV interview with PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake:
TV host: "You speak of a permanent salary for every [released] prisoner who was in prison for more than five years, and he gets his salary while he sits at home. Some of them are in the prime of their lives and could get a job and work. Why not use him in the workforce and give him a salary?"
Minister Karake: "That's right. I presented it to the government and we decided to give preference to employ these prisoners... in order to make the prisoner into a productive person..."
Host: "Do we have the number of prisoners who get full monthly salaries?"
Karake: "About 4,000."
Host: "That's an army."
Karake: "Yes, that's a big number, and it's growing."
Host: "They don't work. They just collect a salary."
Karake: "Some work."
Host: "A small number."
Karake: "Some volunteer and work in different institutions."
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PA Minister: Prisoners get salaries, not welfare, "out of esteem for their sacrifice and struggle" 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 27, 2012
PMW released two reports in 2012 documenting that foreign aid to the PA pays salaries for thousands of terrorist prisoners. In response, the Norwegian and British governments defended their continued aid to the PA, stating that the PA does not pay "salaries" to terrorists in Israeli prisons, but social "assistance" payments to the prisoners' families. The following statement by PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake in WAFA, the official PA news service, directly contradicts this claim:
Headline: "Karake denies rumors about changing salaries into social welfare."
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake denied the stories and rumors that the [Palestinian] prisoners' (i.e., in Israeli prisons for terror related crimes) salaries would be changed to social welfare payments.
In a press release Karake clarified that prisoners receive their stipends in accordance with regulations and the law, and their rights are protected so that it is impossible to hurt them. He noted that the government headed by Salam Fayyad considers the prisoners' cause central, and has authorized regulations to support and protect them out of esteem for their sacrifice and struggle.
He added that recent years have seen strong government support for regulations and laws that protect the rights of prisoners and their families, as [they protect] the rights of Martyred fighters.
Karake said that people should be careful regarding rumors, and not use the prisoners to promote narrow, personal aims, which caused confusion among the prisoners."
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PA Minister Karake: Israel intentionally kills sick prisoners 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 17, 2012
PA Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake:
     “Israel is a state above the law. A state that kills – whether directly or indirectly – the sick prisoners. It could well be that the death of many released prisoners after their release and the discovery of malignant diseases in their bodies signify that prison yards have been made into real graveyards by doctors who are not doctors, doctors dressed like executioners who do not carry out their professional and ethical duties as required by international accords and law.”
PA Minister Karake: Israel performs medical experiments on prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2012
PA TV News broadcast from speech by PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake at the “International Conference in Solidarity with Palestinian and Arab Prisoners and Detainees in the Prisons of the Israeli Occupation” in Baghdad.
     “Male and female prisoners, who committed no crime other than struggling for a free Palestine and for Jerusalem, you will work with us to restrain the occupation state that behaves towards our prisoners as if they were not human, not belonging to the human race, having their most fundamental human rights denied them, like family visits, and [academic] studies, and a fair trial, and their families being detained at check posts, and their (the prisoners’) being subjected to medical experiments.”
PA minister praises Bir Zeit University for its many students who became "fighters," including terrorist Marwan Barghouti 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 6, 2012
PA TV Live channel broadcasts a recording of the ceremony of the Freedom Award event under the auspices of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
PA Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake:

     “I want to thank Bir Zeit University, its President and Board of Directors for hosting our annual cultural event this year. This is nothing new for a university whose campus, instruction, and lectures have graduated commanders and fighters, and from whose classrooms Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners have set forth, first among them Marwan Barghouti.

Note: Marwan Barghouti is 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.
PA Minister Karake: Israel deliberately neglects sick prisoners and has adopted a “policy of slow death” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 21, 2012
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visited the home of released prisoner Alaa A-Din Hassouneh (32), a resident of Hebron who served eight years in the occupation's (i.e., Israel’s) prisons. He served his time in the Ramle prison hospital, since he suffered from a heart disease… [Minister] Karake said… that the situation of ill prisoners has become unbearable, because of the deterioration of their physical conditions and the policy of deliberate medical negligence adopted by the [Israeli] Prison Service. Karake said that a policy of slow death is being implemented against the prisoners. He demanded their immediate release and the dispatch of international commissions of inquiry to look into the deterioration of the medical conditions in the prisons.”
PA Minister sends greeting to terrorist Abd Rabbo and wishes for his release 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 20, 2012
PA TV’s prisoner program For You visits the home of terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo, who is sentenced to a life sentence for the murder of two Israeli students.
Terrorist Abd Rabbo’s cousin: “Really, Issa [Abd Rabbo] is a respectable man and a hero too, praise Allah.”
Another cousin: “Issa is the hero of the whole. Issa made us proud …”
Camera focuses on a certificate of appreciation with the inscription: “Said the Messenger of Allah [Muhammad]: ‘Paradise is under the feet of the mothers.’”
In handwriting: “Wishing you health and happiness.”
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “I salute brother Issa and ask Allah that he return to the Dheisheh refugee camp, to his sick mother, to his family and the residents of the camp, many of whom have come to this home today.”
PA TV host: “To our brother the prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo thousands of blessings and greetings, and Allah willing, you will live a life in freedom soon.”
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Note: Issa Abd Rabbo killed two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem in 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He is serving two life sentences in an Israeli prison.
PA Minister calls for release of terrorist murderer in prison 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 7, 2012
Headline: "Nablus: Karake visits families of prisoners in Asira Al-Shamalia"
     "Karake demanded the speedy release of the sick, handicapped, paralyzed, and seriously ill prisoners, who are incarcerated in the Israeli Ramle prison hospital, and especially of prisoners Riyad Al-Amour… and others whose medical and physical condition makes it impossible for them to remain in prison.
Karake's statements came during a meeting with the prisoners' families in the village of Asira Al-Shamalia, in Nablus, held at the Fatah district headquarters. [Also] present were Secretary Amar Yassin, district residents, and a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, headed by veteran [released] prisoner, Sa'id Al-Ataba. Karake and the delegation that accompanied him visited the families of the most veteran prisoner from Asira Al-Shamalia, prisoner Zaid Younes Ahmed Younes, who has been serving a life sentence plus 25 years since 2002."

Note: Zaid Younes - a Palestinian terrorist of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) who drove suicide bomber Safwat Khalil (17) to carry out an attack in Tel Aviv on Jan. 25, 2002 in which 25 people were injured. Younes also aided the escape of a terrorist involved in the murder of Binyamin and Talia Kahane on Dec. 31, 2000, in a shooting attack in which 5 of their daughters were also wounded. Younes is serving a life sentence and 25 additional years.
Riyad Al-Amour was responsible for the murders of 9 Israelis, as well as 3 Palestinians who were considered collaborators.
Sa'id Al-Ataba was serving a life sentence for being the commander of the military unit that planted explosives in a market in Petah Tikva (July 6, 1977). One person was killed and 33 were wounded. He was released in August 2008 as a gesture to the PA after serving 31 years in prison.
PA Minister honors murderer of two by attending his daughter's wedding 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 7, 2012
PA TV News broadcast:
Newsreader: "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, said that President Mahmoud Abbas is interested in all the prisoners, and especially in the long-term prisoners. This was during his visit to the homes of the long-term prisoners' families in Jericho."
Reporter: "From the home of prisoner Jum'a Adam, who is serving a life sentence, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, and district governor of the Jericho Valley district, Majed Al-Fatiani, started out on their tour of the homes of the district's veteran prisoners… At the home of prisoner Mahmoud Abu Kharbish, who has served a quarter of a century behind bars in the occupation's prisons, the conversation ranged from the mothers' wishes for a speedy release of their sons, to the initiatives in the Ministry [of Prisoners' Affairs] and its auxiliary departments on the national and popular levels, to intensify the campaign of solidarity with prisoners, until they are released…
Not far from the sights of the pain raging in the hearts of the prisoners' families, the family of the prisoner Ahmed Ka'abna, who was sentenced to a life sentence, of which he has served 16 years, [celebrated] the wedding of one of his daughters. This event illustrated the notion of joy mixed with sadness."
[Footage shows PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake attending the wedding.]
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Note: Ahmed Ka'abna is serving 2 life sentences for murdering two young Israeli women whom he stabbed in Wadi Kelt in 1997.
PA Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs calls murderer in prison "an outstanding example" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 4, 2012
     "The Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs has focused attention on prisoner Issam Mahmoud Muhammad Al-Faroukh. [Al-Faroukh], 39, detained since July 12, 2003, and serving a life sentence, is currently the representative of the prisoners at the Israeli Eshel prison that holds 288 prisoners.
A Ministry report said that prisoner Issam is an outstanding example, especially considering his having been given a life sentence, and having been active in the field from a young age, moving from one district to the next, and accompanying prisoners’ families at their demonstrations, sit-down strikes, and demands to release their children. … During the Israeli incursions in the West Bank and the massacres that the occupation forces perpetrated against our people, and during the tragic siege on President Yasser Arafat and the criminal killings in the Jenin refugee camp, Nablus, and the Church of the Nativity, Issam joined the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades to defend his people and to oppose the occupation forces. Consequently, he was chased from one place to another for three years, during which his humanitarian attitude blended with his resistant stand, while he drew strength from the souls of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the resolve of the prisoners in their new war that continued and broadened until he fell into captivity."

Note: Issam Mahmoud Muhammad Al-Faroukh was sentenced to life in prison after murdering Marek Gavrielov who had come to Ramallah in October 2000 to sell his car.
PA Minister honors female suicide bomber Wafa Idris with visit to her family 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 30, 2012
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, said: 'The statements in recent days by Israeli Foreign Minister [Avigdor] Lieberman, against President Mahmoud Abbas and the [Palestinian] inmates in [Israeli] prisons, are proof that Israel is a full-grown racist state in the region, threatening the security of the region, its culture and its humanitarian and international principles.'
Karake's statement was made during a visit to the family of prisoner Ahmed Muhammad Ka'abna, who has been serving a life sentence since April 26, 1997… Karake and a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs… also visited the family of Martyr (Shahida) Wafa Idris, in the Al-Amari refugee camp, on the occasion of the National Day for Returning the Bodies of the Martyrs, on Aug. 27, 2012. Martyr Idris died a Martyr's death on Jan. 17, 2002, and her body is still held in the Israeli numbered cemeteries (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers). She was a volunteer for the Red Crescent. During the meeting with her siblings and her family, Karake called for international action to close the numbered cemeteries and return the bodies of all the Martyrs. He said that a numbered cemetery in Israel is a mark of shame upon humanity, since it is a terrible violation of human norms and an offense to man's dignity and the religious and moral values he holds dear."

Note: Wafa Idris was the first female suicide bomber. She killed one and injured over 100 in an attack in central Jerusalem in 2002. Ka'abna is serving 2 life sentences for stabbing two young women to death in Wadi Kelt in 1997.
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PA Minister visits families of prisoners and glorifies prisoners as "heroes of freedom" 
Source: Al-Quds, Aug. 28, 2012
Headline: "Karake: the aim of the Israeli attacks is to turn our people into prisoners and slaves, in order to destroy [our] national identity"
     "In Hebron, Karake visited the families of two prisoners who live in the Old City – the family of Ali Salhab, who is serving a life sentence… and the family of prisoner Yusuf Al-Zard, who was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Karake emphasized that the resolve of the prisoners and the struggle of their families will bring about the dream and the hope of breaking the bars and releasing the heroes of freedom."

Note: PMW has not been able to verify for what crimes Ali Salhab and Yusuf Al-Zard are imprisoned.
PA Minister visits family of prisoner serving life sentence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 27, 2012
Headline: "Karake visits families of prisoners Ali Salhab and Yusuf Al-Zard..."
     "Karake and the delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs visited the family of prisoner Ali Salhab, a resident of the Old City of Hebron, who is serving a life sentence. He was shot and wounded, and is incarcerated at the Israeli Rimonim Prison. Karake and his entourage also visited the family of prisoner Yusuf Al-Zard in the Old City of Hebron; he was sentenced to 8 years."

Note: PMW has not been able to verify for what crime Ali Salhab and Yusuf Al-Zard is imprisoned.
PA Minister visits families of terrorist prisoners who planned suicide bombings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2012
Headline: "Demanding international protection for prisoners – Karake visits families of the victims of the attack by settlers, and the homes of prisoners in Nahalin, Husan and Battir"
     "In the village of Batir, Karake visited the families of prisoners Mahmoud Muammar, who is serving two life sentences plus 20 years, and Iyad Abu Fanoun, who was re-arrested after his release in the Shalit exchange, four months ago.
In the village of Husan, Karake visited the families of prisoners Izz A-Din Hamamrah, serving 10 life sentences; Rasem Hamamrah, who was sentenced to 30 years; and Jamal Hamamrah, who is serving a life sentence."

Note: Izz A-Din Hamamrah – recruited a suicide bomber for an attack on a bus in Jerusalem.
Jamal Hamamrah – suspected of unsuccessful attempts at dispatching suicide bombers.
PA Minister visits families of prisoners serving life sentences and calls for their release 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 23, 2012
Headline: "The situation in the occupation's prisons remains tense – Karake: the President [Abbas] insists on release for veteran prisoners without exception"
     "Karake's words were spoken during his visits over the course of the holiday to a number of families of veteran prisoners in the Aida and Deheisheh refugee camps, and in the village of Al-Khader, in the Bethlehem district. The mothers of the veteran prisoners praised the efforts of the President and the leadership to bring about the release of their children detained in the occupation's prisons, and expressed their hope that by the next holiday they would be released from prison."

Note: The women included the mother of prisoner Nasser Abu Surour, from the Aida refugee camp, who has been serving a life sentence since 1993; the mother of prisoner Mahmoud Abu Surour, likewise serving a life sentence; and the mother of prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo, the most veteran prisoner from the Bethlehem district, sentenced to 28 years' imprisonment.
Nasser Abu Surour and Mahmoud Abu Surour participated in the murder of an Israeli intelligence officer in 1993.
PA Minister visits prisoners’ families and calls for Israel to release all “veteran prisoners” 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 22, 2012
Headline: "Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs arranges visits to families of veteran prisoners in Bethlehem"
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, yesterday visited families of veteran prisoners in the Aida and Deheisheh refugee camps, and in the town of Al-Khader, marking the Eid El-Fitr holiday. The Minister of Prisoners' Affairs said, on this occasion: 'President Abbas views the release of the prisoners arrested prior to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, as the basis for any future meeting with the Israeli side. He opposed the Israeli haggling and blackmail in this regard, insisting on the release of all veteran prisoners, without discrimination and with no exception."
PA Minister: Israel steals Martyrs’ organs 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 13, 2012
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, stressed at a press conference held yesterday at the governmental media center in Ramallah, that the national campaign to bring back the bodies of the missing Martyrs (Shahids) (i.e., terrorists) is playing an important role in ending the [practice of] holding of bodies as a punishment for them (i.e., the terrorists) and their family members. He also disclosed facts pertaining to Israeli theft of organs of the Martyrs in order to trade in them… Director of the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, Issam Al-Arouri… said that the transfer of the Martyrs' bodies proves that Israel has vulnerable points, and that we can hurt it and seize rights by force, if we work systematically."
PA Minister: Israel carries out experiments on prisoners that cause them to contract "malignant diseases" 
Source: Al-Quds, Aug. 13, 2012
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, [Issa] Karake… said that a number of released prisoners have died a Martyrs' death from malignant diseases following their release, indicating that they had fallen victim to medical experiments carried out by doctors of the [Israeli] prison service."
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs seeks support for recognition of prisoners as "legitimate fighters" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 12, 2012
Headline: "To be held in Iraq under auspices of the Arab League, Karake: The International Conference for Prisoners will focus on recognition of Palestinian detainees as prisoners of war"
     "Karake said that the conference to be held under the auspices of the Arab League on Dec. 10-11, 2012, will focus on the request for support and pressure towards securing recognition of prisoners in the occupation's prisons as prisoners of war and as legitimate fighters."
PA Minister visits families of prisoners serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2012
     "As part of the Ramadan tour… Karake and the delegation met with the family of prisoner Ammar Al-Zaban from the village of Meithalun, who was sentenced to 27 life sentences…
Together with the chairman of the Prisoners' Club, Qadura Fares, Karake honored the families of the prisoners Hazza' Al-Sa'adi (serving a life sentence) and Othman Bani Hassan (serving two life sentences), who have begun their 28th year of imprisonment. This was at a mass gathering held by the Marj Bin Amer municipality, honoring students who had excelled in their matriculation examinations."
PA Minister visits family of “Martyr” and sings song promoting violence 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 1, 2012
PA TV program In a Fighter's Home interviews Salah Abu Laban, brother of Martyr ‎‎(Shahid) Muhammad Abu Laban, a poet, who was imprisoned in 1970 following a ‎military operation against Israelis.‎
Abu Laban: "Our forefathers told us that there are three keys to Paradise, and they are ‎the keys of Palestine. The first key is the armed struggle; the second key is knowledge; ‎and the third key is the memory that does not end among us. And they gave us the ‎copper key, the symbol of the return."‎

A song called "The Negev" written by Muhammad Abu Laban and performed by the ‎Askalan band. Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, is with the family of the Martyr ‎Abu Laban and sings the song together with them:
‎"Oh Negev, be the will, be the glory,‎
Be a sword, be one of the lessons of the Intifada."‎

Another song by the Askalan band, performed in Karake's presence:‎
‎"I believed in the lost people, their hands bound,‎
And I carried my machine gun, so that the [coming] generations would carry it after us."‎
PA Ministry of Prisoners Affairs: Each prisoner to receive a clothing allowance in addition to their salary 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 11, 2012
Headline: "Karake: 400 shekels paid to prisoners, and canteen allowance to be increased"
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, said that the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs had paid every prisoner 400 shekels, in addition to his salary (Arabic: ratib), as clothing expenses. He added yesterday, in a press release, that [his ministry] is working to increase [the prisoners'] canteen allowance (Arabic: mukhassas) for the month of Ramadan, and noted that the financial grant for released prisoners who had served long sentences will be regulated by law and in accordance with available financial resources.
He thanked the President [Abbas] and the Prime Minister [Fayyad] for their constant interest in providing a dignified and worthy life for every male and female prisoner released from the occupation's prisons. Karake noted that the Palestinian Authority is in unfortunate financial straits, and therefore this grant will be regulated according to a table to be approved by the government and fair criteria to be set by the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. [Karake added that] this would become a regular service, along with the other services provided by the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs."
PA Minister: The PA gives monthly salaries and canteen money to prisoners (including terrorists) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 8, 2012
Headline: “[PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake] emphasized that the PA is one of the major employers of released prisoners – Karake calls upon the private sector and civil institutions to cooperate in employing released prisoners”
     “Karake said that the [Palestinian] government pays salaries to the prisoners in prison, in an amount averaging 17,500,000 shekels (approximately US$ 4,730,000) per month, as well as millions of shekels in canteen money each month, for prisoners in prison.
Karake stated that the government offers release grants to released prisoners in an amount exceeding 5 million shekels (approximately US $1,350,000) annually.”
PA TV and PA minister honor prisoner Riyad Al-Amour, killer of 11, with visit to his family home 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 24, 2012
PA TV News broadcast:
     Newsreader: "With the aim of focusing attention on the issue of the sick prisoners in the occupation's prisons, the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs in the Bethlehem district arranged a solidarity visit to the family of sick prisoner Riyad Al-Amour, who was given 11 life sentences [to be served] in the occupation's prisons."
Footage of Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visiting the home of Al-Amour, who was sentenced for murdering 9 Israelis as well as 3 Palestinians suspected of collaboration with Israel.

Note: Karake has visited Riyad Al-Amour’s home previously: http://palwatch.org/pages/news_archive.aspx?doc_id=5785
PA TV: PA Minister honors and visits family of prisoner responsible for three suicide bombings 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 8, 2012
PA TV News broadcast PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visiting the homes of hunger-striking prisoners, including Nasser Al-Shawish, who is serving 4 life sentences for his responsibility for 3 suicide bombing attacks. Karake is shown sitting with Al-Shawish's mother.
PA TV Newsreader: "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visited the homes of prisoners Muhammad Al-Taj, Khaled Fakhri Daraghmeh, and Nasser Al-Shawish."
PA Minister visits families of prisoners to honor them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2012
     "[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake and his entourage also visited the families of prisoners Wael Al-Jaghoub from the village of Bita in the Nablus district, detained since May 1, 2001 and sentenced to life in prison, and the family of the Samaritan prisoner, Nader Sedaka… who has been serving 6 life sentences since 2004. Karake met with the families of both prisoners, who participated in the hunger strike along with all other prisoners, for 28 days."
PA Minister of Prisoners: Jesus was the first Palestinian and the first Islamic Martyr in history 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 4, 2012
Issa Karake, PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: 
     "We are standing at Jesus' Plaza, in front of the Church of the Nativity, [to convey] to those who uphold human rights: Take action before it is too late, take action to save [the Palestinian prisoners] the sons of Nativity, the sons of Jerusalem, and the sons of Jesus, the Palestinian, and the sons of Jesus, the Palestinian, the first prisoner and the first Martyr (Shahid) in history."
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PA TV: PA inaugurates plaza honoring terrorist prisoners serving life-sentences 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 30, 2012
PA TV News broadcast includes report on activities in Qalqilya expressing solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli prisons. Report shows Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake; Chairman of the Prisoners' Club, Qadura Fares; and Qalqilya District Governor, Rabih Al-Khandaqji, inaugurating a plaza in honor of the "prisoners of freedom" – prisoners from Qalqilya who are serving life-sentences. The monument in the middle of the plaza displays their photographs, with PA logo and logo of the Prisoners' Club.
     PA TV reporter: "Out of support for the potential Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners of freedom, whose unlimited hunger strike has now entered its 14th day, the city of Qalqilya held activities showing solidarity with them, at the request of the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs; the Prisoners' Club; and the Open Al-Quds University in the Qalqilya district. These activities included the inauguration of the Prisoners of Freedom Square, at the eastern entrance to Qalqilya. Upon [the monument] are the names and photographs of prisoners who are serving life sentences."

Note: One such prisoner from Qalqilya is Raed Houtri who is serving 22 life sentences for involvement in recruiting the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the night club the Dolphinarium in June 2001 in which 21 people were killed and 120 wounded.
PA Minister sends greetings to terrorists prisoners on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 22, 2012
PA TV program For You interviews Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, in the studio.
     Karake: "Greetings to all the commanders, to my colleagues, to the veteran prisoners, foremost among them Karim Younes, Marwan Barghouti, and dear comrade Ahmad Sa'adat, and there are many of them. Greetings to all."

Note: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. 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.
Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab prisoner who killed an Israeli soldier in 1981 and was given a life sentence in prison.
PA Minister Karake presents gift to mother of imprisoned murderer, Issa Abd Rabbo 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 22, 2012
Headline: "Karake honors mothers of prisoners Hattab and Abd Rabbo"
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake visited the Tulkarem home of Palestinian prisoner Kifah Hattab, who has been on a hunger strike for 22 days, and the Deheisheh refugee camp home of prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo, the Bethlehem District's most veteran prisoner, having been in the occupation's prisons for 27 years.
Karake was accompanied by a delegation from the Ministry, the Independent Council for Human Rights, the National Union of Martyrs' and Released Prisoners' Families, and secretaries from the Fatah movement. Karake delivered a symbolic gift to prisoner Kifah Hattab's mother on the occasion of Mother's Day.
Karake also presented a symbolic gift to the mother of Issa Abd Rabbo in the Deheisheh refugee camp... Karake saluted the Palestinian mother, who is considered a symbol of resolve, endurance, and adhering to [the idea of] freedom and the future... Kifah Hattab's mother said: 'All prisoners are my sons, and they are like Kifah. I am proud of them, their endurance, and their resolve...'"
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Note: Issa Abd Rabbo killed two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem in 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He is serving two life sentences in an Israeli prison.
Kifah Hattab was a commander of Tanzim, a terror branch of Fatah, and is serving two life sentences for the murder of Rabbi Aharon Obadian in 2001, and the murder of a Palestinian whom he accused of collaborating with Israel.
PA Minister honors mother of prisoners, who calls her sons “heroes” on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 20, 2012
PA TV News broadcast:
In honor of Mothers' Day, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake visits the mother of four prisoners and presents her with a plaque of honor.

Mother: "You are heroes; lift up your heads; I am proud of you, I am very proud of you. I am the mother of the heroes. On the 19th of this month is my birthday, and now it is Mothers' Day. All four of you have brought me the two most beautiful gifts in the world, and I am very, very, very proud of you."
Plaque reads:
"The Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs
Since the Palestinian mother is the womb of the land and Heaven's mercies
A gift to the Palestinian mother
Alexandra Halabi
Mother of the heroic prisoners in the occupation's prisons
On the occasion of Mothers' Day
With esteem for the struggle and the continuing resolve."

Note: PMW has not been able to verify the crimes or the terms the prisoners are serving.
PA Minister chooses to visit families of prisoners who recruited and sent out suicide terrorists, on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 27, 2012
PA TV News broadcast from visit by Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, to the homes of the families of prisoners Othman Younis and Nidal Inaya in Qalqilya.

Note: Nidal Inaya – serving 25 years for involvement in recruiting terror cells and dispatching suicide bombers.
Othman Younis - serving 4 life sentences. He was responsible for sending the terrorist who carried out a terror attack in the town of Itamar in the northern West Bank in which 3 Israeli civilians were killed in 2002.
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israeli prisons have a “policy of slow death” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2012
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visited the home of the family of prisoner Ahed Abu Ghulma, in Ramallah… Karake said that the visit to Ahed's home was intended to draw attention to the policy of solitary confinement, considered one of the most oppressive and severe punishments against prisoners, and representing a policy of slow death, as the prisoners refer to it…
It should be noted that the prisoner Abu Ghulma has been in the Ashkelon prison for two years. He was arrested in March, 2006, when occupation forces raided the Jericho prison and arrested him together with Ahmad Sa'adat and Fuad Al-Shubaki. He was given a life sentence. Since his imprisonment he has been placed in solitary confinement, and has been deprived of family visits, canteen, books, and newspapers."

Note: Ahed Abu Ghulma – involved in planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi.
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.
Fuad Al-Shubaki – serving 20 years in prison for involvement in the Karine A affair, in which 50 tons of illegal weapons were found aboard a Palestinian ship in 2002.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs curses Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2011
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs:
     "I'm very happy to be in the home of Ahmad Sa'adat. To me, he represents a very great value and he is a leader and a teacher and a school. I was raised on the name Ahmad Sa'adat from a very young age. He represents something symbolic; he represents a human value and a cultural value, and he is a role model for us. When I am in the home of Ahmad Sa'adat I draw strength, I draw new spirit, I want to send him greetings. I want to tell you that I love you very much; take care of your health and take care of the guys; may Allah curse the father of the occupation, and curse the father of the father of Israel, who came to this land which forced us to pay this price. But the future is ours, and victory is ours, Allah willing."
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Note: Ahmad Sa’adat is 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.
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Released Palestinian prisoners are "war captives" and "lawful captives" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2011
Headline: "[Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa] Karake sends letter of protest to American Consul over Congress incitement against released prisoner"
     “Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake met with the American vice consul, Rick Waters… [and] expressed his denunciation of the call of some Congress Members to add the prisoners released in the latest [prisoner] exchange deal to the so-called terror list. … In the letter, Karake wrote: 'The incitement by members of the American Congress is contrary to international humanitarian law, UN resolutions, and all human principles and values, which view Palestinian prisoners as war captives and as lawful fighters who resisted occupation in a legitimate manner, for the sake of freedom, justice and independence…
The released prisoners were nothing but a force supporting a just peace and the building of stability and security in the region. They contributed greatly in this area, in everything related to the building of society and supporting peace, because they are victims of the occupation and they are the ones who understand best the importance of peace, the cessation of hatred, and an end to the war and pain and suffering that it causes.'"

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
PA Minister: Shalit deal should have released prisoners with longer sentences and given preference to sick prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 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.
     "Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs… said: The [Shalit prisoner exchange] deal was factional, party-based, overflowed with sadness, improvised, painful and full of mistakes. For the past five years they've been negotiating just to achieve the result of releasing prisoners who have just a few months left, and criminal prisoners, instead of prisoners who have been behind bars for more than a quarter of a century. Furthermore, this deal gave no preference to prisoners who are sick, in addition to the fact that they don't know the real number of female prisoners because they dealt with them separately. This deal should have been superior and symbolic, so that it could have become a historical agreement, but the expectations were inconsistent with the reality."
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs calls terrorist prisoners serving life sentences for murder “heroes” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 17, 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.
Broadcast from prisoners' protest tent in Bethlehem following the prisoner release. Interview with Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs:
Karake:
"Of course there is a situation of much questioning among the prisoners following the release, following the [prisoner] exchange deal, and especially the non-inclusion of Palestinian Authority symbols and prisoner symbols, such as Marwan Barghouti, Ahmad Sa'adat, Abdallah Barghouti, Abbas Al-Sayid, and others… and Sami Younes and Karim Younes, and other heroes and fighters."
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Note: Click "full article" below to view descriptions of Marwan Barghouti, Ahmad Sa'adat, Abdallah Barghouti, Abbas Al-Sayid, Sami Younes and Karim Younes.
Fatah and PA officials “applaud” the Shalit deal and the release of Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 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.
Headline:
"Forces, leaders and institutions applaud achievement of agreement for prisoner release"
     "Factions, forces, public figures, national leaders and non-governmental institutions applauded the conclusion of an agreement for the release of prisoners and committed themselves to continue the struggle to liberate the thousands of prisoners who were not included in the deal.
Dr. Nabil Shaath, member of the Fatah Central Committee and Commissioner of International Relations, regarded the agreement as a great national achievement. He emphasized the commitment of the Fatah movement and the leadership to continue the struggle and to act for the release of all our heroic prisoners…
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, applauded the conclusion of the agreement since this shortens the duration of the suffering and pain of the prisoners, their families and their children, and because this agreement joins the national achievements of the Palestinian people which fights and acts for the liberation of its sons and daughters from the occupation's prisons.
He said that the conclusion of the agreement does not mean an end to action and activity to liberate the rest of the prisoners, numbering more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs accuses Israel of launching a “campaign of oppression and punishments” against prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2011
Headline: "During his visit to family of prisoners Akram Mansour in Qalqilya and Du'a Al-Jiyousi in Tulkarem - Karake: A campaign of oppression and punishments in order to break the spirit of the [hunger] striking prisoners in the occupation's prisons"
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, said that [there is] a crazed campaign of oppression and that the [Israeli] Prison Service has started imposing unfair punishments on prisoners who are holding a hunger strike in all the prisons… Karake's words were said during a visit with a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs in the city of Qalqilya to the family of prisoner Akram Mansour Al-Wahsh, who is serving 33 years in the occupation prisons and is holding a hunger strike with the other veteran prisoners in the Ashkelon prison… Karake and a delegation from the Ministry likewise visited the mother of female prisoner Du'a Al-Jiyousi, in the presence of Tulkarem District Governor, Talal Dweikat, and released prisoner Ahmad Abu Sukkar."

Note: Du'a Al-jayousi – transported a suicide terrorist to the site of an attack in Netanya in 2002. Serving 3 life sentences.
Akram Mansour – serving a life sentence for killing a reserve soldier in 1979.
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs visits home of terrorist Al-Amour, "the heroic fighter" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 29, 2011
PA TV program In a Fighter's Home visits the home of terrorist prisoner Riyad Al-Amour: 
     PA TV host: "Dear viewers, welcome to this program, from the village of Taqua, about the heroic fighter prisoner, Riyad Al-Amour."
Mother of terrorist: "Riyad, praise to Allah, Master of the world, has been a hero since the first year of his life. From the beginning of his life, praise to Allah, Master of the world. Since the first Intifada, he devoted himself completely to Palestine. No matter how much we forbade him, he just devoted himself completely. Praise to Allah, he did nothing but to please Allah."
Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: "We are in the home of the heroic fighter prisoner, Riyad Al-Amour."

Note: Riyad Al-Amour is serving 11 life sentences for murder of 9 Israelis and 3 Palestinians suspected of collaboration with Israel. This clip was originally aired on August 13, 2011 and was rebroadcast September 29, 2011.
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Palestinian prisoners are “war captives” and should be released 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2011
Headline: "Karake: Recognition of the independent State of Palestine on the 1967 borders will be beneficial for the legal status of the Palestinian prisoners"
     "[Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa] Karake said: 'The leadership's appeal to the UN will be beneficial for the prisoners' cause.' He noted that the anchoring of the legal status of the Palestinian people in its independent state would mean that all the prisoners and detainees become state prisoners who cannot be held hostage in another country, and who must therefore be released…
The Minister of Prisoners' Affairs added: 'Our prisoners are war captives and not criminal prisoners.'"
International community legitimizes Palestinian terror if it recognizes a Palestinian state 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2011
     "[PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa] Karake while visiting prisoners' families at Qalandiya refugee camp... explained that the international recognition of the Palestinian State changes all the imprisoned Palestinians into prisoners of a state, prisoners of war held hostage in another state... He noted that the recognition of the state means recognition of the legitimacy of the Palestinian struggle that the Palestinian nation fought, in the search for freedom and independence. In addition, it [recognition of a state] indicates that the struggles (Arabic- Nidalat) of the prisoners are legitimized and legal according to UN Resolutions, international laws and the third and fourth Geneva Conventions."
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Note: The Palestinian Authority uses the word nidal - literally 'struggle' - as a general term that includes all acts against Israel - including violence against civilians.
PA Minister honors prisoner who stabbed a security guard, calling her a “self-sacrificing, heroic mother” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2011
Headline: "'Open the Door' campaign knocks on door of the home of Jerusalemite prisoner Ibtissam Al-Issawi"
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, and a delegation from the Ministry [of Prisoners' Affairs]… visited the home of [female] Jerusalemite prisoner Ibtissam Al-Issawi (42), a resident of Jabel Mukaber [neighborhood] in Jerusalem, who was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment. She was arrested on Oct. 24, 2001, and is incarcerated in the Israeli Damon prison… Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, said: 'This exemplary Palestinian family ruined all the plans of the occupiers, who bet on destroying Palestinian families and breaking them apart through the war of arrests against women, men and children. However Ibtissam Al-Issawi gave birth to sons imbued with the spirit and the light of the city of Jerusalem. They were nourished by a self-sacrificing, heroic mother who crowned the skies over the capital with her struggle, her resolve, and her children, who declare: 'We are alive and surviving; our dream has a continuation which will be complete when our mother returns and our male and female prisoners are released from the occupation's prisons."

Note: Ibtissam Al-Issawi stabbed a security guard and was sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder.
PA minister and PATV honor terrorist prisoner  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 16, 2011
PA TV program In a Fighter's Home honored terrorist prisoner Rima Daraghmeh by visiting her family together with the PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake.
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Note: Rima Daraghmeh intended to carry out a suicide bombing and was caught with the explosives at home. She was also involved in enlisting the woman who carried out a suicide bombing in Afula in 2003.
PA Minister honors 2 terrorists serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 12, 2011
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, Greek-Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia [Theodosios Hanna] and a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, led by [released] prisoner Ahmad Abu Sukkar and MP Jihad Tamalia, visited the home of prisoners Muhmamad Khamis Barash (32)… who was arrested on Feb. 17, 2003 and given a life sentence… and his brother Ramzi (33), who is incarcerated together with him in the same prison, also serving a life sentence. He was arrested on June 10, 2004.”

Note: Ramzi Barash was a member of Tanzim (Fatah terror group). He participated in an attack in Jerusalem in 2002 in which one person was killed. He is serving a life sentence. Muhammad Barash is serving three life sentences and a further 35 years.
Ahmad Abu Sukkar planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs.
He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA. ‎
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs honors terrorist prisoner 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2011
Headline: " District Governor of Hebron presents presidential gift to family of prisoner Al-Sharabati and visits released prisoners"
     "District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid presented a presidential gift to the Al-Sharabati family, four of whom are prisoners in the occupation's prisons. This was during [Hamid's] participation in a fast-breaking meal with the family of prisoner Yasser Al-Sharabati, in the presence of Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake… During his meeting with the prisoner's family, the district governor emphasized that the issue of the prisoners is a central one, and one of the fundamental principles, and that the Palestinian leadership gives it priority. He conveyed to them greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas. Also, the district governor and the Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visited released prisoners Amjad Abu Ramuz, Imran Abu Sbeih, Raed Qfeisha, Ammar Al-Hashlamoun and Basel Al-Ja'abari, who were released two days ago from the occupation's prisons, to congratulate them. They noted that their joy will not be complete until all the prisoners are released from the occupation's prisons, and that there will be no peace, security and stability without the release of all the prisoners."

Note: Al-Sharabati - was a senior member of the Tanzim and was involved in planning a suicide terror attack in Jerusalem. He was given two life sentences.
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israel has policy of medical negligence against prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2011
     “The Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs announced yesterday the launch of the National Campaign for the Release of Sick Prisoners, under the name ‘Open the Door’, on the anniversary of the imprisonment of sick prisoner Akram Mansour, on Aug. 2, 2011.
The campaign was announced during a press conference held in Ramallah, in the presence of Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake; the Ministry’s attorney, Yamen Zidan, and the family of prisoner Akram Mansour. Karake said: 'This campaign is meant to focus attention on the sick prisoners, who are suffering from a policy of medical negligence, and some are in an acute state of health. In addition, they are not being given the necessary treatment, and there are no specialist clinics.'
He stated that more than 1,500 prisoners are suffering from various illnesses, among them 75 prisoners with motor and psychological handicaps and 18 prisoners who are sick with cancer and malignant growths… He emphasized that there is a brutal assault on prisoners on the part of the [Israeli] Prison Service, expressed in its refusal to introduce the necessary medical machinery, and withholding visits, especially from sick prisoners…
Zidan… noted that the Prison Service views the sick prisoners as guinea pigs for medicines, to the point of making the provision of necessary treatment to a prisoner conditional on his isolation."
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israel tortures Palestinian minors in prison and carries out premeditated murder 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2011
Headline: "Reviewed situation of prisoners in the occupation's prisons – Karake demands that Israel's legal and international legitimacy be revoked and that the tragic situation of the detainees be investigated"
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, called for the occupation state's legal and international legitimacy to be revoked, since it is not implementing international conventions and laws with regard to treatment of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation's prisons. Karake's statement came as part of his testimony to the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in Amman, capital of Jordan… Karake said that the Israeli government is not implementing international humanitarian law in the way in which it treats the prisoners, since there are tortures, detention and abuse of minors, a policy of medical neglect, isolation with no time limit, and the prisoners' fundamental rights are withheld from them… Karake noted the instances of premeditated murder in the prisons and the interrogation rooms, and the punishment of family members and children through removal from their homes, or the imposition of house arrest. He demanded that the Committee declare Israel a state [behaving as if] above the law, and that its international and legal legitimacy be revoked, and that it not be dealt with as a member state of the UN since it does not honor the UN Charter or humanitarian and international principles."
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israel steals and trades organs of Palestinian Martyrs 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2011
      “[Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs] said: ‘We are meeting today while hundreds of bodies of Shahids (Martyrs) of our people are imprisoned by the occupation government in the cemeteries with secret numbers. He noted that Israel is punishing the mothers. It holds the bodies as though it is afraid of their souls. It does not wish for them to have names, graves, or funerals worthy of their sacrifice. He emphasized that the occupation state fears discovery of its crime of stealing organs of the Shahids and trading in them, as acknowledged by its senior personnel.”

Note: The only case in Israel’s history is not current. An Israeli investigative journalist exposed in 2001 that from the years 1988 to 2000, doctors under chief pathologist at the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine at times took body parts without permission from relatives, for research and transplants of skin and corneas. Most body parts were taken from Israeli Jews, but the theft also included body parts from Israeli Arabs, Israeli soldiers and Palestinian terrorists. There has been no documented case since then.
PA Minister of Prisoner’s Affairs attends wedding of son of released terrorist, honoring him and other terrorists 
Source: Al-Quds website, July 20, 2011
Headline: "Karake attends wedding of the son of prisoner Abd Al-Latif Shqeir on the 26th anniversary of his arrest"
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visited the family of Palestinian prisoner Abd Al-Latif Shqeir in the village of Al-Zawiya in the Salfit region, on the 26th anniversary of his arrest, together with his fellow prisoners Al-Afu Shqeir and Ahmad Abu Jaber, and attended the wedding of his son Iyad, who chose to marry on this day. Karake accompanied a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, including Ahmad Abu Sukkar, Sa'id Al-Ataba… The delegation met with the Abd Al-Latif family, his mother, father, and children, and a huge wedding and celebration were held in honor of the occasion, the marriage of his son, Iyad, who was three months old when his father was arrested.
Present at the celebrations of the anniversary and wedding were representatives of institutions and may national figures, foremost among them the Governor of the Salfit district, Issam Abu Bakr; Qadura Fares – Chairman of the Prisoners' Club; and Fahd Al-Hajj, director of the Abu Jihad Center for Prisoners' Affairs; secretaries of [Fatah] branches, and families of prisoners and released prisoners.
At the end of the celebration token gifts were awarded to the families of the three prisoners Abd Al-Latif Shqeir, Ahmad Abu Jaber, and Al-Afu Shqeir."

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PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israel is “a fascist state, a terror state, a hostile state, a despicable state from a moral point of view” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 5, 2011
PA TV live broadcast from the National Conference for Support of Sick Prisoners in Israeli Prisons
Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs:
"It [Israel] is a fascist state, a terror state, a hostile state, a despicable state from a moral point of view, a despicable state, corrupt, corrupt, a corrupt state… It is a corrupt state, a state which has no life and has no future so long as it behaves in this racist manner and with this inferior treatment of Palestinian people within the occupation's prisons."
Minister of Prisoners` Affairs with embroidered map erasing Israel in his office 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 28, 2011
An embroidered map erasing Israel between portraits of Yasser Arafat and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, in the office of PA Minister of Religious Affairs Issa Karake.

Note: This embroidered map has appeared on PA TV multiple times in the offices of different PA officials. The map is always shown hanging between portraits of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas.
PA Minister of Prisoner's Affairs visits home of terrorist prisoners  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 19, 2011
PA Minister of Prisoner's Affairs Karake visits home of prisoners Muhammad and Ramzi Barash.

Note: Ramzi Barash was a member of Tanzim (Fatah terror group). He participated in an attack in Jerusalem in 2002 in which one person was killed. He is serving a life sentence. Muhammad Barash is serving three life sentences and a further 35 years.
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs calls released prisoners “heroes” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 14, 2011
Headline: “Karake meets released prisoners in Jenin and hears about the projects benefiting them”
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said: ‘In truth, viewing the prisoners as heroes after their release is not sufficient; they need someone to help them to integrate into society and to create real work places that will allow them to support themselves and their families.’
In an exclusive statement to WAFA while examining projects for released prisoners… who had benefited from the loans service of the rehabilitation plan for released prisoners, Karake added that the purpose of this plan was to integrate the released prisoners into the local labor market and to help them become an influential force in the Palestinian economy during this important period.”
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israel is "one of the largest centers of organ trafficking" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2011
Headline: “Hebron: Honoring families of Shahids (Martyrs) whose bodies are being held by the occupation”
     “The national campaign to return the bodies of Palestinian and Arab Shahids, in cooperation with the Prisoners’ Club and the Friends of the Shahid Association, honored the families of the missing Shahids whose bodies are being held by the occupation authorities. The ceremony of honor was held in the presence of Hebron District Governor Kamel Hamid; Chairman of the Parliament (Legislative Council) Aziz Al-Dweik; Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake; and member of the Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki…
Karake said that the occupation’s purpose in holding the bodies of the Shahids was for revenge and to punish their families and relatives. He called upon the human rights organizations and the humanitarian organizations to act and to exert pressure on Israel to release these bodies. He noted that Israel is considered one of the largest centers of organ trafficking and emphasized the importance of implementing the [Palestinian] national unity agreement because this offered the opportunity to take on the burden of the Palestinian cause. He added that the Shahids are a lighthouse for all of our people.”
Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs gives grants and salaries to prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2011
Headline: “Payment of grants to released prisoners from the various districts of the homeland”
     “Yesterday, the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs began paying release grants to 1,212 released prisoners from the various districts of the homeland.
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, said that the Ministry had paid $1,200,000 in grants to prisoners released during 2007, 2008 and part of 2009.
He said that the process of updating data on prisoners in the prisons is still continuing, in order to conclude the process of paying the addition to the salaries of the prisoners, which began in early April…
Karake emphasized that the addition to the salaries, as well as all of the Ministry’s services, are provided for all male and female prisoners with no discrimination based on place of residence or political affiliation.”
PA Minister Karake delivers speech at event honoring terrorists serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2011
Headline: “Ceremony in Bethlehem, attended by Hamael and Karake, honoring the prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment”
     “The Bethlehem Committee of Families of Prisoners Sentenced to Life Imprisonment, [the Bethlehem prisoners] numbering 73 in total, held a ceremony yesterday in their honor, as part of the events marking Prisoners’ Day. [The ceremony] was attended by Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, and Bethlehem District Governor, Abd Al-Fatah Hamael…
Speakers at the ceremony of honor included Minister Karake, District Governor Hamael, and district deputy governor, Abu Ulia. They emphasized the importance of unifying the efforts on behalf of the prisoners, and at the same time stressing that the prisoners’ cause – with its national, moral, and humanitarian dimensions – is one of the most important matters on the agenda of the Palestinian Authority, which emphasizes that there will be no peace and no solution without the release of all prisoners and detainees. At the same time, [the Palestinian Authority] is making great efforts to provide the best services to the prisoners and to their families, since they are the most important national group in Palestinian society…
At the end of the ceremony, the Tree of Freedom for Prisoners was unveiled, with photographs of prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment hanging from its branches, in a glass case. It was agreed that it would be placed in a prominent location in the city of Bethlehem, as befitting the prisoners and their sacrifice.”
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Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: Palestinian prisoners are not terrorists or criminals 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2011
     “[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa] Karake said: ‘We will go to the International Court of Justice in The Hague in order to extract recognition that that the Palestinian prisoners are prisoners of war, not criminals or terrorists, and their rights must be respected. We shall appeal to the [UN] General Assembly for a legal opinion, which will be binding on the International Court of Justice in The Hague, to protect the Palestinian prisoners and to call for the imposition of a legal siege on Israel.”

Note: 5,500 Palestinian prisoners are currently serving time in Israeli prisons for terror-related offenses. According to a report from the PA Ministry of Prisoner's Affairs, 792 prisoners are currently serving life sentences in Israeli prisons.
PA Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs holds ceremony glorifying terrorist prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2011
Headline: “During ceremony honoring prisoners Nael and Fakhri Barghouti, that was held in their home, the sister of the most veteran prisoner…”
     “’He has lived longer inside the occupation’s prisons than outside of them’ – thus Hanan Barghouti described the situation of her brother, prisoner Nael Barghouti, who is now in his 34th year of captivity…
Hanan conveyed her brother Nael’s letter during a ceremony held yesterday by the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and the Ramallah and El-Bireh district, honoring prisoners Nael Barghouti and Fakhri Barghouti, on the occasion of their commencement of their 34th year of imprisonment…
The ceremony was held in the presence of Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake; Ramallah and El-Bireh district governor, Laila Ghannam; chairman of the Prisoners’ Club, Qadura Fares…
Karake said: ‘True peace is that which is forged with the prisoners and with their families.’…
He added, ‘For the past 35 years our prisoners have been rotting in the prisons so that we could live as a free people…’
He also emphasized that peace has been distanced because our prisoners have not been released, but are dying slowly…
[Ramallah and El-Bireh district governor Laila Ghannam] noted that the district [municipality] participates in these activities on the instructions of President Mahmoud Abbas, who emphasizes that we must all volunteer and devote ourselves for the sake of the freedom of our prisoners and their release from the occupation’s prisons.”

Note: Nael and Fakhri Barghouti were part of a Fatah squad who killed an Israeli officer in 1978.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: Israel has a policy of "deliberate neglect" against sick prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2011
Headline: “During visit to families of sick prisoners Akram Mansour and Iyad Nasser, Karake: Israel is maliciously carrying out a crime against sick prisoners”
     “Yesterday, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, visited the Qalqilya home of prisoner Akram Abd Al-Aziz Mansour, who has served 33 years in the occupation’s (i.e., Israel’s) prisons… and his health situation is grave… Prisoner Akram is suffering from a tumor in his head, and his health situation has been deteriorating for the past 10 years. He has not received the necessary treatment, nor has he undergone medical examinations…
Karake and a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and of the Tulkarem district visited the home of prisoner Iyad Nasser, whose health situation has recently deteriorated, to the point where he has almost lost sight in both eyes. During the visit, Karake said that the [Israeli] prison administration was adopting a policy of deliberate neglect against prisoner Iyad and the other sick prisoners.”

Note: Akram Mansour was given a life sentence for the murder of a reserve soldier in 1979. Iyad Nasser was a Fatah operative who was involved in terror attacks.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs visits family of terrorist who planned bombing that killed 30 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2011
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, and a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs visited the home of [the family of] prisoner Abbas Al-Sayid in Tulkarem. Al-Sayid has maintained an unlimited hunger strike for the past 21 days, and has been transferred from solitary confinement at the Ramon prison to solitary confinement at the Israeli hospital in Ramle. Karake warned of the severity of prisoner Al-Sayid's condition, following a deterioration of his health in the wake of the strike. He placed the responsibility for [Sayid's] life and health upon the Israeli government and the prison administration, and called for a response to the demands for an end to his solitary confinement, which has continued for over six months, in difficult conditions."
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Note: Terrorist Abbas Al-Sayid planned the Passover suicide bombing in 2002, in which thirty Israelis were killed. Al-Sayid is serving 30 life sentences for planning this attack. The photo in the PA daily shows the PA minister handing the family an honorary plaque from the PA. Terrorist Al-Sayid's name and the PA logo are visible on the plaque. 
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs glorifies Dalal Mughrabi and suicide bombers on International Women's day 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 21, 2011
    "[PA] Minister of Prisoners' Affairs [Issa Karake]... spoke at a ceremony honoring female prisoners in the occupation's (i.e., Israel’s) prisons, held by the Ministry [of Prisoners' Affairs] to mark International Women's Day and Mothers' Day...
[Karake] stated: 'This is the month of heroism and action on behalf of the male and female prisoners, and we must act so that their cause will be the most pre-eminent, like their predecessors, such as Dalal Mughrabi, Darin Abu Aisheh (i.e., suicide bomber whose attack in 2002, injured 2), Wafa Idris (i.e., first Palestinian female suicide bomber whose attack in 2002 in Jerusalem, killed one and injured more than 150), and all the female Shahids (Martyrs) and prisoners."
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Minister of Religious Affairs at tree-planting event honoring prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2011
A young girl plants a tree in honor of Nael Barghouti, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing an Israeli officer in 1978
     “The Al-Quds Open University and [Fatah’s] Shabiba Student Movement, in cooperation with the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, held a ceremony yesterday morning during which a tree was planted for each of the prisoners from the Jericho and [Jordan] Valley district in the occupation’s [Israel’s] prisons.
Present at the tree-planting ceremony were the Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake; Jericho and [Jordan] Valley District Governor Majed Al-Fetyani; and member of the Fatah Central Committee, Tawfiq Al-Tirawi…
In his speech, Minister Karake said: ‘Our prisoners are a symbol of the cause, and there will be no peace until all the Palestinian prisoners are freed without differentiation, because it is they who have illuminated our path to freedom, like our Shahids (Martyrs), who have watered the land of Palestine with their pure blood for our sake and for the sake of its liberation.’ …
In his speech Al-Tirawi said: ‘The release of our prisoners and the establishment of our independent state will be achieved only through resistance (i.e., violence), for Allah loves those who are strong… The US meddles in our region, and we of the Palestinian leadership pin great hopes on the consciousness of our fighting nation, which consistently prevents all the plots which are devised against it.’
And regarding the same matter, the Mayor of Jericho, Lawyer Hassan Saleh, met
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs comes "from the land of resoluteness and Ribat" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2011
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake participated in the “International Conference for Palestinian Prisoners” in Morocco in January 2011. The official PA daily reported on the minister’s speech at the event: 
     “Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said: ‘We have come from the land of resoluteness and Ribat to the people of Rabat [the Moroccan capital], and we all have hope and faith in the Arab nation and its ongoing support of our nation…’”
Minister of Prisoners` Affairs with map erasing Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2010
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs holds up a map erasing Israel. This picture appeared as part of an article in the PA daily. The article referred to Israel as "'48 Interior Palestine" and called Israeli-Arabs "our people in the Interior" and "'48 Arabs."

Caption: "Minister Karake during the reception for the Druze Contact Committee"
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs honors prisoners who killed Israelis and aided terrorists 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Dec. 10, 2010
     “Marking the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs yesterday at the El-Bireh municipality honored the oldest prisoner in the occupation’s prisons, Sami Younes (Abu Nader) from Arah, inside the Green Line (i.e., inside Israel), who is over 80, and the [youngest] female prisoner Hadil Abu Turki of Hebron, 15 years old. … [Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa] Karake emphasized: ‘'In the Palestinian Authority, our position is that the prisoners of Jerusalem and of Palestine occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israeli-Arabs) must be a basic and fundamental part of any political solution, and they must not remain outside of any agreement, as Israel wishes [them to], claiming that it regards them as Israeli citizens, while it denies them elementary civil rights.’ Karake called on the Palestinian side in the Shalit prisoner exchange (i.e., Gilad Shalit, Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas in 2006 and still held captive) not to submit to the Israeli wishes, and to insist on including the prisoners of Jerusalem and Palestine occupied in 1948 in this deal.”
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PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs presents award of honor in shape of "Palestine" to family of a terrorist 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 15, 2010
The award of honor presented by PA Minister of Prisoners Issa Karake to the family of prisoner Othman Musleh Abu Naji, serving his 29th year in prison, displayed a map of “Palestine” including all of Israel.

Note: 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.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs honors terrorist murderer with visit to his family 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 18, 2010
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, and a delegation representing his ministry and released prisoners, yesterday visited the families of prisoner Ikram Abd Al-Aziz Mansour, who has remained in the occupation’s prisons for the past 32 years, and of the Shahid (Martyr) prisoner Anis Mahmoud Dawla… The delegation arrived at the home of prisoner Ikram Mansour, considered the third most veteran prisoner in the occupation prisons.”

Note: In 1979 the Palestinian terrorist Ikram Mansour murdered, a reservist soldier, Yitzhak Yosef Trumpeldor. He is serving a life sentence in Israeli jail.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs honors six terrorist murderers with visits to their families 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 15, 2010
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, visited some families of prisoners in the Bethlehem district to mark [the Muslim holiday] Id El-Fitr. Karake visited the families of prisoners Irena Sarahneh, who was sentenced with her husband to life imprisonment, from the Deheishe refugee camp; Khalil Baraq’a, sentenced to life imprisonment, from the Aida refugee camp; Rizq Salah, who was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been in jail for 23 years, from Al-Khader; Fadi Salah, sentenced to life imprisonment, from Al-Khader; and the Shahid prisoner Ali Al-Ja’afari from the Deheishe refugee camp.”

Note: Irena Sarahneh drove a Hamas suicide terrorist to the Israeli city of Rishon Lezion in 2002. 15 people were killed.
Khalil Baraq’a was involved a in bombing in Jerusalem in June 2002. 19 people were killed.
Rizq Salah killed Israeli soldier Guy Friedman and injured two others with a bomb in Bethlehem in 1990. He was arrested in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison, but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs honors home of convicted murderer with visit and award 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 9, 2010
Headline: “He [Minister Karake] emphasized that the cause of the prisoners is a central issue on the path to an agreement and peace – Karake joins the feast ending the [Ramadan] fast at the home of handicapped prisoner Mansour Muqada, in Salfit.”
     “Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, along with a delegation from the Ministry, visited the family of prisoner Mansour Muqada in the village of Al-Zawiyeh… This took place as part of the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs’ Ramadan program of visits to prisoners’ families in the various districts during the month of Ramadan, to show solidarity with the prisoners and to emphasize the importance of their release and the ending of their suffering. Karake said, during his meeting with the family of prisoner Mansour, that he is a ‘living Shahid (Martyr)’,and demanded his immediate release due to the deterioration of his medical condition and because he is not receiving the necessary [medical] treatment… At the end of the visit, Karake presented the ‘Loyalty to Prisoners Award’ to prisoner Muqada’s wife and family.”
 
Note: Mansour Muqada was convicted of murdering Dr. Mordechai Sheffer in Moshav Hagor, and was given a life sentence + 4 years.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: "Our prisoners are freedom fighters" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2010
     "[PA Minister Issa Karake said:] 'Our prisoners are freedom fighters... the PA will not allow Israel to treat our prisoners as criminals...' Karake's statement came in response to the words of the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, who regarded Karake's visits to the prisoners' families as incitement to violence and terror against Israel, and demanded an apology from Abbas."
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Note: Ahmad Al-Takrouri set fire to an Israeli bus, killing and injuring a number of Israelis in 1988.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs visits home of suicide terrorist 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2010
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake… visited the home of the Palestinian Shahida (Martyr) Ayyat Muhammad Lutfi Al-Akhras, who died a Martyrs’ death on March 29th, 2004 [the correct date was March 29, 2002 when Ayyat Al-Akhras carried out a suicide terror attack in a Jerusalem supermarket, killing two Israelis, -Ed.], in the Dehaishe refugee camp. Her body is still being held in the numbered military cemetery [reference to Israeli cemetery for enemy casualties, -Ed.] within ’48 occupied land. Karake’s visit marked the National Day for Returning the Bodies of Palestinian and Arab Shahids and MIA’s… He [Karake] condemned the Israeli policy of punishing the dead along with the living, contrary to international agreements…
He said that 317 Shahids are still prisoners in the so-called numbered cemeteries and in cemeteries, lacking the minimum moral, religious and humanitarian foundations. Karake added that Israel is the only country in the world which imposes punishments on dead bodies and holds them, nameless, in cemeteries which are vulnerable to erosion in winter and to the gnawing of wild animals. Karake said that hiding the bodies of the Shahids is part of the Israeli government’s evasion of responsibility and concealment of war crimes which were carried out against the Shahids, whether by field executions, abuse of their bodies, and trade or theft of their organs.”

Note: At the age of 17, Ayyat Al-Akhras became the youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber. She killed 2 Israelis and injured 28 in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: Israel trades and steals body parts 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2010
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake… said that hiding the bodies of the Shahids (Martyrs) is part of the Israeli government’s evasion of responsibility and concealment of war crimes which were carried out against the Shahids, whether by field executions, abuse of their bodies, and trade or theft of their organs.”
Mother of 4 terrorists serving 18 life sentences for murder honored by PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2010
     "Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, awarded theShield of Resolve and Giving to Khansa of Palestine [reference to a woman in the earliest period of Islam who sent her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs], Um Yousuf Abu Hmeid, inscribed with the names of her four sons who are imprisoned in the Israeli occupation's prisons. He emphasized, 'The Palestinian mother is a central partner in the struggle, by virtue of what she has given and continues to give. It is she who gave birth to the fighters, and she deserves that we bow to her in salute and in honor.'
This [was said] during a visit yesterday by [Minister] Karake and a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, human rights organizations, and released prisoners, to the home of the Abu Hmeid family in the Al-Am'ari refugee camp. [Karake] joined the meal breaking the [Ramadan] fast with the mother of the four prisoners who were sentenced to several life terms, as well as a fifth Shahid (Martyr) who was caught and executed on the spot by the Israeli special forces, having killed an Israeli intelligence officer and having wounded soldiers. Karake praised the Abu Hmeid family as a model of willpower and of the struggle for the independence of Palestine... It should be noted that the Abu Hmeid family is one of the fighting families of Palestine... All of the family's younger generation have been arrested, and four sons are still in prison: Nasser Muhammad Yousuf Naji Abu Hmeid, sentenced to seven life terms and another 50 years; Nasr Muhammad Yousuf Naji Abu Hmeid, sentenced to five life terms; Sharif Muhammad Yousuf Naji Abu Hmeid, sentenced to four life terms; and Muhammad Muhammad Yousuf Naji Abu Hmeid, sentenced to two life terms and 30 years. This is in addition to their Martyr brother, Abd Al-Mun'im Muhammad Yousuf Naji Abu
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: Prisoners are hit, burned and mentally tortured 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 7, 2010
Headline: “Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs: The Israeli security services use torture, officially and as anchored in [its] law”
     “When the prisoner reaches the interrogation room, the occupation forces use barbaric methods against him. He is tortured with the most despicable means: struck on his arms and legs, struck with plastic clubs on his body, his head and his sexual organ, and with the belts worn by the interrogators… The prisoners are subjected to burns and scorching with the butts of cigarettes, and are struck with electrical wires... If one of them happens to close his eyes, he is struck on his face or has his ear poked with a toothpick… The torture is not only physical; there is also mental torture.”
PA libel: "Israeli MPs, doctors, judges and civic and political sectors" involved in "torture" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 1, 2010
PA Minister’s speech on behalf of PM Fayyad libels Israel as committing torture: 
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, once again accused Israel of granting legitimacy to the crime of torturing Palestinian and Arab prisoners and detainees, and of sadistic behavior aimed at forcibly extracting and falsifying the detainees’ admissions, as revenge. Karake said this yesterday on behalf of the Prime Minister, Dr. Salam Fayyad, during the opening session of the International Day of Support of Victims of Torture conference. The conference was held in El-Bireh by the Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of victims of torture, in cooperation with the UN, under the title, ‘Documentation of the Torture – Towards an Effective National Plan.’ Karake, a former prisoner, took the opportunity of drawing the attention of the international community to the participation of Israeli Members of Parliament, doctors, judges, and civic and political sectors in carrying out the criminal torture and making it legal.”

Note: The Red Cross visits Palestinian prisoners regularly and has neither documented nor accused Israel of any of these recurring PA accusations.
PA libel: Israel responsible for rise in illnesses, slow deaths of prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 28, 2010
Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israel intentionally causes PA prisoners illnesses so they will die in prison:
     ”I agree that the health situation in the Israeli prisons is most worrying… The rise in the number of illnesses and the worsening of dangerous illnesses in the prisons has many cases and Israel is responsible for it… I think that [the situation] is deliberate, deliberate on the part of the prison authorities and the Israeli occupation. This abnormal situation is deliberate. It is deliberate [so] that the prisoners will die slowly of their various illnesses, in the prisons.”
PA libel: Israel violates Martyrs, steals organs 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 10, 2010
Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, accuses Israel of stealing body parts:
     "Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, emphasized the need to raise public Palestinian awareness concerning examination of the bodies of Shahids (Martyrs) and agreement to their autopsies, in order to halt the violations of the Shahids and their pure bodies. He announced that his ministry had established a committee of lawyers, which would deal with all the Israeli violations, including theft of the Shahids' organs and the holding of their bodies in cemeteries for enemy casualties. He noted that there has been a rise in the phenomenon of prisoners sick with cancer in the occupation's prisons.
This [announcement was made] during Minister Karake's meeting with [Swedish journalist] Donald Boström yesterday at the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs in Ramallah. The meeting dealt with the subject of Shahids' bodies, theft of Shahids' organs, and field executions of prisoners carried out by the occupation authorities, since the Swedish journalist Donald Boström had previously raised the subject of theft of the organs of Palestinian Shahids
The Minister of Prisoners' Affairs spoke about this issue and said that since the publication of Boström's article in the Swedish press, he has encountered great interest among Palestinians, especially in the wake of indications in this regard and important evidence concerning the theft of Shahids' organs."
PA libel: Israel executes prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 10, 2010
Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, accuses Israel of stealing body parts:
     "Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, emphasized the need to raise public Palestinian awareness concerning examination of the bodies of Shahids (Martyrs) and agreement to their autopsies, in order to halt the violations of the Shahids and their pure bodies. He announced that his ministry had established a committee of lawyers, which would deal with all the Israeli violations...
This [announcement was made] during Minister Karake's meeting with [Swedish journalist] Donald Boström yesterday at the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs in Ramallah. The meeting dealt with the subject of Shahids' bodies, theft of Shahids' organs, and field executions of prisoners carried out by the occupation authorities, since the Swedish journalist Donald Boström had previously raised the subject of theft of the organs of Palestinian Shahids…"
PA libel: Israel caused cancer in Palestinian prisoner 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 2, 2010
Headline: Following his visit to the mourners' tent for the released prisoner Zidat – Karake demands establishment of an international committee to investigate the carrying out of medical experiments on prisoners
     "Issa Karake, [PA] Minister of Prisoners, attributed full responsibility for the Martyr (Shahid) death of the released prisoner Faiz Zidat to the occupation authorities…
He demanded the establishment of an international committee to investigate the fact that Israel continues to carry out medical experiments on prisoners…
[These are] actions whose clear aim is torture and adherence to the policy of slow death, which exhausts the prisoners' bodies by turning them into medical guinea pigs…
It should be noted that [Zidat] was in good health and of strong build at the time of his arrest, and the occupation's so-called Prison Service took advantage of an inflammation in his teeth and injected him with carcinogenic material which caused him later to become ill with cancer."
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs attends exhibition honoring terrorist Daoud 
Source: Al-Quds website, Apr. 10, 2010
Headline: Opening of "Candles of Freedom" exhibition named for Shahid (Martyr) Abdallah Daoud
     "The Shahid (Martyr) Abu Jihad Center for Prisoner Affairs today opened the "Candles of Freedom" exhibition, under the auspices of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, at the community center hall of the Balata camp. This time, the exhibition was named for the Shahid commander Abdallah Daoud, who recently died as a Shahid (Martyr) in Algeria and was buried in his place of birth, in the Balata camp.
The opening [of the ceremony] was held in the presence of the Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, member of the Fatah Central Committee Mahmoud Al-Aloul, and former [Deputy] Prime Minister, Dr. Nasser Al-Din Al-Shaer,… veteran former prisoner, Said Al-Ataba, and the other political, civic and academic bodies…
In his speech, member of the [Fatah] Central Committee Mahmoud Al-Aloul praised the naming of the exhibition after the Shahid Abdallah Daoud, and noted that the Shahids and prisoners had made sacrifices for the sake of their homeland and their people…
Fahd Abu Al-Hajj, director of the Abu Jihad Center for Prisoner Affairs and curator of the exhibition… dedicated the exhibition to the spirit of the Shahid Abdallah Daoud."

Note: Abdallah Daoud headed the Palestinian intelligence service in Bethlehem, and was one of the terrorists who stormed into the Church of the Nativity in 2002, continuing to fight against Israel for several weeks while using the monks and the religious site as a shield. He was deported to Cyprus and later Mauritania, and died in Algeria of natural causes.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: Eternalizing names of the Martyrs is the least we can do 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2010
     "Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners… spoke about the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi; today is the 32nd anniversary of her Martyrdom, after she carried out a self-sacrificing operation with her male companions. He said that the occupation's threats will not deter us from naming the square after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal, and noted that this is the least we can do for the Shahids (Martyrs), eternalizing their names in the memory of every Palestinian."

Note: 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.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: Israel steals body parts from "Martyrs" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 24, 2009
Issa Karake, PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs:
     "Would you believe that Israel punishes not only those who are alive, but also the dead, by holding their corpses in secret military cemeteries inside Israel for many years, and when it returns some of the Shahids (Martyrs) to their families, they come back disfigured after organs have been stolen from them."
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: Israel hides corpses to deny organ theft 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 9, 2009
     "Minister of Prisoners and Released [Prisoners], Issa Karake… stated that Israel hides the corpses of the Shahids (Martyrs) in order to evade responsibility for the organ theft that was carried out on these bodies…"
Palestinian Minister of Prisoners' Affairs presents map erasing Israel 
Source: Al-Ayyam, July 8, 2009
Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Karake presents map erasing Israel.
Captured soldiers taught Israel value of freedom 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 7, 2008
Issa Karake, Head of the Prisoners' Committee in the Palestinian Parliament: 
     "The Israelis released Samir Kuntar only when their soldiers were taken captive... They [Israelis] began to understand the value of freedom... [only] when their own soldiers were captured…The truth is that the freeing of Samir [Kuntar] breaks... the Israeli terms since they refused to release Samir [Kuntar] arguing that ‘his hands are covered in blood’… In all previous agreements that were signed between
Israel and the PLO, Israel always refused to release any Palestinian prisoner who had been accused of killing Israelis… Now there is a break, a true break in this Israeli taboo or veto."

Note: On July 16, 2008, Israel and Hezbollah concluded a prisoner exchange deal that released Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar from Israeli prison in exchange for the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, Israeli soldiers kidnapped and killed by Hezbollah in 2006. Kuntar was serving 4 life sentences for murdering 4 people, including four year-old girl Einat Haran.
Palestinian civilians murdered in cold blood 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2008
Issa Karake, Head of the Prisoners' Committee in the Palestinian Parliament:
     "There was no policy of detaining people during the War of 1948; rather it was a policy of getting rid of the prisoners by execution. . . There is much evidence that confirms the fact that civilians were executed en masse after they were detained."

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