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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 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 prisoners of freedom 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.”

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