PA Minister calls Israel "Palestine occupied in 1948"
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 Ara, inside the Green Line, who is over 80, and the female prisoner Hadil Abu Turki of Hebron (15). … [Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa] Karake emphasized: ‘Our position, in the Palestinian Authority, is that the prisoners of Jerusalem and of Palestine occupied in 1948 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 upon those responsible on the Palestinian side for a prisoner exchange deal for Shalit, not to submit to the Israeli wishes, and to insist on including the prisoners of Jerusalem and Palestine occupied in 1948 in this deal.”

Note: Hadil Abu Turki tried to stab an Israeli soldier in Hebron in 2009. Sami Younes (Abu Nader) assaulted an Israeli soldier, took his weapon and killed him in 1981. The picture shows Karake bestowing the award of honor to the family of Sami Younes.