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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Violence and terror
After demonizing Jews and Israelis, including citing Islamic sources that depict Jews negatively, and culminating with ongoing lies and libels that portray Jews as an immediate threat to Palestinian life and existence, the Palestinian Authority foment violence against Jews and Israelis, presenting it as legitimate and even heroic self-defense.

PA terror promotion takes many forms. Nationalistically, the PA actively elevates violence as a valid and heroic means to achieve political goals, while religiously, fighting and killing Jews has been presented repeatedly by PA religious and academic leaders as Allah’s will. On the social level, Palestinian leaders and society honor even the most loathsome of murderers portraying them as heroes and role models: Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 were killed, has schools, summer camps, and many other events and places baring her name to immortalize and glorify her and her terror attack.
 
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The success of the PA’s promotion of violence is readily evident: A majority of Palestinians support killing and suicide terror against civilian Jews and Israelis. A poll conducted after the murder of eight teenagers who were studying in a Jerusalem high school in 2008, found that 84% of Palestinians supported the murder [NY Times, March 19, 2008, citing the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research].


This violent image of a dagger being thrust into the Star of David has appeared hundreds of times in a video clip for children on PA TV, from 2001 – 2008.

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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Palestinian society’s habitual glorification of terrorists as heroes and role models is one of its most effective means of promoting terror. In honoring the worst killers, the PA is simultaneously giving approval to murder and enticing future terrorists with assurances of glory and honor if they succeed in killing. Terror and murder become the Palestinian’s ticket to fame, honor and glory.

The terrorists honored most highly amongst Palestinian society are those who have killed the greatest number. Abd Al-Baset Udeh, killer of 30 at the Passover Seder massacre, had a soccer tournament for 14-year-olds named for him. His brother was honored with distributing the trophies. Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist bus hijacker (led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children) has had summer camps, schools, graduation ceremonies and sporting events named for her, as well as many TV documentaries honoring her. Palestinian newspapers also frequently glorify Mughrabi, as in the Al-Ayyam article which described Mughrabi as writing "the most glorious page of heroism in the history of the Palestinian struggle. [Aug. 2, 2009]. Thaer Hammad, who as a lone gunman murdered 10 Israelis in 2002, was glorified by the official PA daily as “the hero of the Intifada."

This adulation of the worst terrorists and praise for their heroism reflects the policy of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. This video shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas,
issuing “greetings of honour and esteem” to mass murderers, whom he publicly names, one by one:
“I send greetings of honour and esteem to all prisoners...
Said 'Ataba (serving life sentence for murder in terror attack)…
Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences for planning murderous terror attacks)
Ahmad Sa'adat (serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP; honored on PA TV for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister Ze'evi in 2001, but never tried)
Aziz Dweik (Hamas leader, chairman of Palestinian parliament)
Jamal Huweil (life sentence for planning terror attacks)
Jamal Tirawi (life sentence for café suicide terror attack).
Greetings to you from our people.”
[PA TV (Fatah), April 17, 2008]
Fatah official on prisoners’ salaries: "We will starve and go naked and we will not submit to the American-Zionist blackmail. The Palestinian leadership, led by Abbas, will remain loyal to the Martyrs’ families and the prisoners’ families"
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 5, 2019
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: We will starve and go naked and not abandon the rights of the prisoners and Martyrs”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki said… that the payment of the salaries and allowances of the families of the prisoners and the Martyrs (Shahids) symbolizes their loyalty and the return to the glowing ember of the Palestinian national struggle, and that the prisoners and Martyrs are the symbol of heroism for our people due to their sacrificing their lives and freedom for the Palestinian cause. He said: ‘We will starve and go naked and we will not submit to the American-Zionist blackmail. The Palestinian leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, will remain loyal to the Martyrs’ families and the prisoners’ families.’”
Martyrs’ families thank Abbas for “determining that their monthly allowances must be paid immediately”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2019
Headline: “Sbeihat: The Martyrs’ families feel pride in light of the [PA] president’s positions”
      “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine expressed its appreciation yesterday [March 3, 2019] for [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ positions on all that is connected to the affairs of the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families in the various fields.
Secretary-General of The [National] Association [of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine] Muhammad Sbeihat said in a statement from the association: ‘The Martyrs’ families feel pride thanks to President [Abbas’] firm positions regarding them. They… greatly appreciate all of the decisions, the latest being the instructions he gave today to the [PA] government determining that their monthly allowances must be paid immediately, before all of the other sectors and without any reduction. This is despite the government’s financial situation, and particularly after the occupation robbed the tax money (refers to implementation of Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.).’”

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PA PM Hamdallah: “The first salaries that we will pay are the salaries of the Martyrs and the prisoners”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2019
      “Interim [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said in his speech at the ceremony launching the Arab Training Program that is being organized by the National School for Management: ‘With new aggression, Israel has deducted the salaries of the families of the prisoners and the Martyrs (Shahids) from the Palestinian tax money (refers to implementation of Israel's Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.). This is in order to increase the strangulation and tighten the siege on our people financially and economically, and in order to destroy our ability to fulfill our obligations. We have emphasized and still emphasize that we are capable of overcoming the current crisis and strengthening our national enterprise through popular unity around His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas. We say to them that in accordance with President Mahmoud Abbas’ instructions, the first salaries that we will pay are the salaries of the Martyrs and the prisoners (today or tomorrow) [parentheses in source], and with patience and cooperation we will soon be able to pay part of the public employees’ salaries.’”

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Fatah Facebook glorifies terrorist who murdered 11 Israelis
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 3, 2019

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows terrorist Thaer Hammad, who murdered 10 Israelis.

Text on image: “The sniper from Wadi Al-Haramiya”
Posted text: “Eleven Israeli soldiers (sic., 7 soldiers and 3 civilians) were killed and nine others were wounded in a quality operation (i.e., terror attack) next to Ramallah.
Prisoner Thaer Hammad (i.e., terrorist, murdered 10) was born in the town of Silwad. On Monday, March 3, 2002, he killed 11 Israeli soldiers and one settler (sic.) and wounded nine by sniping with an M1 rifle. Only 26 bullets were fired on that checkpoint between Ramallah and Nablus. His old rifle exploded afterwards.
Sentence: 11 life sentences.”

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Fatah official: “The leadership will continue to pay the salaries of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners, whatever the consequences may be”
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 3, 2019
Headline: "Al-Aloul: We will not agree to 'the deal of the century' and will continue to pay the salaries of the Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded regardless of the consequences"
        "Fatah Movement Deputy President (i.e., Chairman) [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul again emphasized the leadership's refusal to accept what is called by America and Israel 'the deal of the century' (referring to US President Donald Trump's as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.)… and also emphasized that the leadership will continue to pay the salaries of the Martyrs (Shahids), wounded, and prisoners, whatever the consequences may be (refers to Israel's implementation of its Anti "Pay-to-Slay" Law; see note below –Ed.)…
Al-Aloul added… 'The priorities have changed for some of the Arab governments after the US and Israel succeeded in establishing the definition of Iran as the direct enemy of these governments, that it threatens their existence, and that it is the greatest danger to security in the Middle East region; meanwhile Israel has used this to strengthen the attack against the Palestinian people and its leadership.'"

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Fatah video: Murder of 10 was “one of the most famous operations”
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Mar. 3, 2019

Video and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch. This video was originally posted on February 10, 2018 and was posted again on March 3, 2019.

Posted text: “A Fatah Movement military operation
The Wadi Al-Haramiya operation (i.e., terror attack, 10 murdered)”

The video shows pictures of terrorist Thaer Hammad, who murdered 10, as well as pictures of soldiers and snipers.

Text on screen in video:
"Date: Monday, March 3, 2002
Location: Wadi Al-Haramiya
The one who carried it out:
Thaer Kayed Hammad, from Silwad near Ramallah, born in 1980
Target: The Israeli army checkpoint in Wadi Al-Haramiya..."
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Fatah in Bethlehem visits family of “heroic Martyr Martyrdom-seeker,” i.e. suicide bomber who murdered 11, “out of loyalty to his pure blood”
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Jerusalem Branch, Mar. 2, 2019

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “The Deheisheh refugee camp organizational region in the Fatah Movement Bethlehem branch and the national activity factions in a visit to the home of the family of heroic Martyr (Shahid) Martyrdom-seeker Muhammad Daraghmeh (i.e., suicide bomber, murdered 11) for the anniversary of his death, and this was out of loyalty to his pure blood.”

Muhammad Daraghmeh Al-Shou'ani – terrorist of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) who carried out a suicide bombing at the entrance to a yeshiva (religious studies academy) in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood of Jerusalem on March 2, 2002, shortly after a Bar Mitzvah celebration had taken place there. 11 people were murdered in the attack, among them children and babies, and 50 were injured.
PLO Prisoners’ Affairs director emphasizes “the Palestinian leadership's adherence to its obligation to the prisoners… and to not conceding to the Israeli and American pressures calling to stop the Martyrs and prisoners' salaries”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2019
Headline: "Ramallah: Honoring the military financial staff that works on the prisoners' cause"
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr honored Head of the IT Department in the Military Financial Directorate Jihad Yusuf and Director-General of Military Salaries Anis Nayfeh on Thursday [Feb. 28, 2019] at his office in Ramallah as a sign of honor for the efforts they have invested in serving the prisoners' cause and supporting them.
During the meeting… Abu Bakr emphasized the Palestinian leadership's adherence to its obligation to the prisoners and their relatives and to not conceding to the Israeli and American pressures calling to stop the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners' salaries (rawatib) and allowances (mukhassasat) (referring to implementation of Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” law that deducts terror salaries; see note–Ed.)."

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Fatah Facebook glorifies imprisoned terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 1, 2019

Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The images show terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who orchestrated three attacks in which 5 were murdered.

Posted text: “Half of his life in the occupation’s prisons
Fatah Central Committee member commander prisoner Marwan Barghouti ‘Abu Al-Qassam’ (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three attacks in which 5 were murdered)”

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Fatah branch commemorates and glorifies suicide bomber that killed 11
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 28, 2019

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “The Martyr’s (Shahid’s) family and the Fatah Movement organizational branch at the Deheisheh [refugee camp] invite you to a commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the death of Martyr Muhammad Daraghmeh (i.e., suicide bomber, murdered 11) on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., at the home of the Martyr’s father.”

Text on image: “‘We bid you farewell and took an oath: We will restore your beauty – that is a promise’ (a line from a song about the 1982 First Lebanon War –Ed.)
Heroic Martyrdom-seeker
Muhammad Ahmed Daraghmeh Al-Shou’ani
Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades
The Deheisheh refugee camp
March 2, 2002”

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Abbas in letter to Putin: Israeli “pay-for-slay” law is meant to prevent PA from “fulfilling its obligations to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs, who struggled for the freedom of their people… and who are worthy of all aid”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2019
      “PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Movement Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad received Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine Aydar Aganin at his office in Ramallah yesterday [Feb. 23, 2019].
Al-Ahmad gave the Russian ambassador a written letter from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas for [Russian] President Vladimir Putin. The letter deals with the recent developments and the cutting of part of the tax money by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government (refers to implementation of law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) in a way that contradicts the economic Paris Agreement (see note below –Ed.) that was signed between the two sides – a step that contradicts international laws and that is meant to blackmail the Palestinian leadership and exert pressure on it, in order to prevent it from fulfilling its obligations to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), who struggled for the freedom of their people and the end of the occupation, and who are worthy of all aid – regardless of the difficulties and pressures.”
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Fatah student movement at Bethlehem University willing to “donate the Student Union Council budget and all of its allowances to the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2019
Headline: “The Shabiba of Bethlehem University announced its willingness to donate the Student Union Council budget and all of its allowances to the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners”
      “The [Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement at Bethlehem University announced its willingness to donate the budget of the Student Union at the university and all of their allowances to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded. This was after the occupation government’s decision to steal the money allocated to the Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded from the Palestinian tax money (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.).”

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PA finance minister: PA may cut salaries to employees but salaries to terrorists and their families will be paid in full
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2019
Headline: “Bishara: The salaries will be paid on time, but possibly not in full”
     “[PA] Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara announced that the [PA] government will pay the salaries of the public employees on time, but they are likely to be partial, other than the pension stipends and the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the wounded, and the prisoners, which will be paid in full. Bishara said this yesterday [Feb. 21, 2019] at a joint press conference with [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki, following a meeting with consuls and representatives of European Union states in order to explain the consequences of the Israeli decision to deduct the government’s payments to the families of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded from the tax money (refers to implementation of law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and he added: ‘There is an official decision that was made yesterday, Wednesday [Feb. 20, 2019], not to accept the tax money if even a single penny is missing from it.’"
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Abbas speech: "We categorically refuse the Israeli measure [to cut tax transfers to the PA] and we also refused to receive the remaining funds after the deduction"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2019
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the violent acts and hatred in France”
         “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the acts of violence, extremism, and hatred that took place in friendly France, and considered them part of the anti-Semitic expressions that are unacceptable to us and to the international community. In a press statement yesterday [Feb. 21, 2019], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized the State of Palestine’s standing by France against these crimes, regardless of their source, and expressed its full solidarity with friendly France, its President [Emmanuel Macron], its government, and its people in the struggle against hatred, racism, and Antisemitism in all of their forms. It should be noted that a series of incidents took place recently in France, including the vandalizing of 96 Jewish gravestones with swastikas at a cemetery in Quatzenheim, in Alsace. Swastikas (a Nazi symbol) [parentheses in source] were also sprayed on pictures of late politician [and Holocaust survivor] Simone [Weil], and anonymous people cut down trees that were planted to commemorate the memory of a Jew [Ilan Halimi] who was tortured to death in 2006.”
Fatah official warns of “unprecedented Israeli escalation in settlement, terror, daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the seizure of the tax money… we will not sell the prisoners, the Martyrs, Jerusalem, or independence for money”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2019
Headline: “Rajoub briefed Aboul Gheit and Shukri on the recent Palestinian developments”
      “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub briefed Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit on the recent developments in the situation, and particularly on the political developments in Palestine… Rajoub said in a statement after the meeting: ‘We as Palestinians are standing before an unprecedented Israeli escalation in settlement, terror, daily invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the seizure of the tax money – which is Palestinian money – because of what we provide to the prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and their families (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), which constitutes a permanent matter in our lives since the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution. This will create difficult financial conditions, but we will not sell the prisoners, the Martyrs, Jerusalem, or independence for money.’”

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PA District Governor: “The cause of the prisoners and Martyrs is among the priorities of the Palestinian people and leadership… [Abbas’ position is that] we will not accept the tax money if even one penny is missing from it”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2019
     “Dozens of civilians took part in a protest and solidarity vigil yesterday [Feb. 21, 2019] to condemn the Israeli occupation’s theft of the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) allowances (mukhassasat) (refers to implementation of law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.). During the vigil, which was organized by the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs in Salfit and the Fatah Movement’s Salfit branch, Salfit District Governor Ibrahim Al-Balawi said that the cause of the prisoners and Martyrs is among the priorities of the Palestinian people and leadership, and this has been a firm position throughout time until now, and we will not concede our right to our money. He added that the occupation has decided to punish our people through the most precious thing it has – the sons of the Martyrs and the prisoners who are behind bars. However, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] has adhered to his firm and latest position which he will not concede, and to his emphasis that we will not accept the tax money if even one penny is missing from it.’”
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PA Minister of Finance explains pay cuts: Terrorists keep a full salary, but public employees and private sector must sacrifice
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 21, 2019

Press conference by PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Malki and PA Minister of Finance Bishara

PA Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara: "Our leadership’s decision is that if [Israel] deducts [even] a penny we will not accept the tax money... [The public employees receiving] 2,000 [shekels] are secure 100%. [Those receiving] an additional 1,000 [will be paid] at a rate of 60%-70%... Those who will sacrifice in this equation are those whose salaries are higher. We want to preserve the lower salaries. We will have a single standard for the whole society. The private sector – at the least we will not stop its solvency. The pensioners – we will protect their pensions 100%. The prisoners and released prisoners – 100%. Those are the instructions of the President and the leadership – and we will not disappoint them on this matter. We do not want to delude you, we [stand] before difficulties."
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Fatah spokesman about imprisoned terrorists and murderers: “Our heroic prisoners… will remain the diamond in the crown”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 21, 2019
Official PA TV program Talk of the Hour, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council member and official Fatah Spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi

Fatah Revolutionary Council member and official Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi: “All of the blessings to our heroic prisoners who are behind the occupation’s bars, who have made the sacrifice of their freedom and their separation from their children, their wives, their homes, and the alleyways of the Old City of Nablus, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem, and Gaza for our freedom. Israel wants us to punish our brave prisoners and our Martyrs for their legitimate struggle for freedom and independence. It wants us to deliver a blow to the national identity with our own hands… The prisoners, the Martyrs, and their families – we have not abandoned them since 1965 and they will remain the diamond in the crown, the headline of a legitimate struggle, and the headline of our honor. Therefore, this lion [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] who is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in his tent, in the Muqata’a (i.e., the PA headquarters), is emphasizing once again that the oath is an oath, that the promise is a promise.”

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PA Jericho District Governor: Israel’s cut to tax transfers is “part of the series of steps whose goal is to harm the sanctity of the struggle of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 21, 2019
Headline: “Jericho: Protest vigil against Israel’s theft of the prisoners and Martyrs’ allowances”
      “Respected figures from the Jericho district participated in a protest vigil against the occupation’s theft of the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) allowances from the Palestinian tax money (refers to implementation of Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.)… Jericho District Governor Jihad Abu Al-Asal said that the occupation’s decision is part of the series of steps whose goal is to harm the sanctity of the struggle of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded.”
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Fatah spokesman ensures terrorists and murderers will be paid: “Our heroic prisoners… will remain the diamond in the crown”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 21, 2019

Official PA TV program
Talk of the Hour

Fatah Revolutionary Council member and official Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi: “All of the blessings to our heroic prisoners behind the occupation’s bars, who have made the sacrifice of their freedom and their separation from their children, their wives, and their homes… Israel wants us to punish our brave prisoners and our Martyrs for their legitimate struggle for freedom and independence… The prisoners, the Martyrs, and their families –will remain the diamond in the crown… and the headline of our honor. This lion [PA President Abbas]… is emphasizing once again… that the promise is a promise - a promise to the Martyrs… We are saying it on behalf of the Fatah Movement – if a single dollar is left in our hands, we will pay it to the families of the Martyrs and to the prisoners… Our Martyrs are heroes and our prisoners are heroes.”
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