PA official at release of “brave” murderers: “We ripped the life sentences to shreds”
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Jan. 1, 2014

 
     “District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam said: ‘Thanks to the willpower and resolve of our brave prisoners and thanks to the assertiveness of our leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, we ripped the life sentences to shreds and another group of the giants of resolve and defiance has been released…’
The District Governor visited several released prisoners from the district yesterday [Dec. 31, 2013], in addition to prisoners from the Qalandiya refugee camp. She participated in the joy of the residents of [the village of] Nabi Saleh over [the release of] their son Sa’id Tamimi and congratulated the residents of the Qalandiya refugee camp on the release of the giants, Ahmad Shehadeh, Muhammad Ghazal and Ramadan Yaqub. She stressed: ‘We mentioned our prisoners at every event and yearned for them to be among us, but today they stand first among those present and enjoy the light that the prisons and jailers denied them for more than a quarter of a century. Thus they prove to the whole world that we are a people that were granted a leadership that does not forget its prisoners in the prisons and that will not rest until all the brave male prisoners and all praiseworthy female prisoners are released.’
The District Governor explained that generations have been buried in the ground and generations have been born while prisoners were taken away against their will as a result of the occupation, its barbarity and sadism. Nonetheless, the pain that the occupation tried to spread among every Palestinian family and home was overcome by hope.”

Notes: Sa’id Tamimi participated in the kidnapping and murder of Haim Mizrahi on Oct. 29, 1993. He was serving a life sentence but was released in December 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Ahmad Shehadeh was arrested in 1985 for murdering Yussuf Farhan. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but his sentence was later commuted to 45 years in prison. He was released in December 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Muhammad Ghazal – a senior Hamas official who was held under administrative detention. He was released in November 2013 after two years in prison.
Ramadan Yaqub 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 December 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.