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]
Abbas’ advisor: “We’ll rejoice in our state established on all of our land…” “rejoice when the blood of the Martyrs… bears fruit… Your blood was not spilled in vain;” says there’s “no disagreement” between Hamas and Fatah 
Source: YouTube channel of the office of the Supreme Shari’ah Judge, June 15, 2018
YouTube channel of the office of the Supreme Shari’ah Judge, excerpt of sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah for Eid Al-Fitr - a Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “O Palestinian people, you will rejoice with the greatest joy, by the power of Allah, Master of the Universe. We will rejoice in Jerusalem, in our Al-Aqsa Mosque that is liberated, Allah willing; we will rejoice in our state that will be established on all of our land; we will rejoice in the return of the refugees to their homes; we will rejoice when the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) we remember today bears fruit - and we will say to them: Your blood was not spilled in vain. We will rejoice in the suffering of the prisoners, in the result of the suffering of the prisoners, who suffered so we would rejoice. These are the great ones, to whom we send blessings today; they are worthy of blessings for their manliness, for their stability, for their victory, them and their people, over the jailor…"

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Fatah Bethlehem branch prepares packages for families of prisoners in honor of Eid Al-Fitr 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, June 12, 2018

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

Posted text: “The preparations of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem branch ahead of the visits to the families of the prisoners serving life sentences during Eid Al-Fitr (i.e.m Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan).”

The images show wrapped gift packages for the families of the prisoners. The packages contain a card with pictures of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat and current PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, as well as the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Text on card: “Because you are the true heroes,
Relatives of the prisoners serving life sentences,
The generals of endurance,
From Fatah and its men, from the [Fatah university committee] Sisters of Dalal, and from the [Fatah] Shabiba [Student Movement],
We wish you a happy holiday,
Freedom awaits us
And Jerusalem is our eternal capital
Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch”

PA, PLO officials on Israeli prisoners’ salaries bill: “Deliberate theft… which is based on defining the resistance as a crime;” “There is no power in the world that is capable of obligating us to abandon our prisoners and our people’s heroic Martyrs”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 12, 2018
         “The occupation parliament (Israeli Parliament) [parentheses in source] Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee  yesterday [June 11, 2018] approved a bill to deduct the money that the PA pays to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families and to the prisoners (i.e., from the taxes Israel collects for the PA, see note below –Ed.)…
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi condemned the Israeli approval. She said: ‘The organized and deliberate theft of the Palestinian people’s money reflects the occupation state’s method, which is based on defining the resistance as a crime and imposing collective punishments on the Palestinian people. These steps contradict international humanitarian law, and constitute additional proof that Israel is going too far in punishing all those who refuse its occupation and resist its steps.’ …
The [PA] national unity government emphasized that there is no power in the world that is capable of obligating us to abandon our prisoners and our people’s heroic Martyrs. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: ‘Our Palestinian people and its leadership are loyal like no other to our prisoners and our people’s Martyrs, who have sacrificed the years of their lives and their souls so that the members of our people would live and for their homeland’s freedom and independence.”
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PA district governor visits mother of 4 terrorists serving life sentences 
Source: Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, June 11, 2018

Text and pictures posted on the Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam

The two pictures show Um Nasser Abu Hmeid, mother of four terrorist prisoners and one terrorist "Martyr," on the right holding a plaque of honor given to her by visiting released prisoners from the Balata refugee camp. To the left of her is District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam. The men in the picture are the released prisoners from the Balata refugee camp.

Posted Text: "[District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Dr. Laila Ghannam, and at her side a group of released prisoners from the Balata refugee camp, during their visit to the Palestinian Al-Khansa Um Nasser Abu Hmeid. [The meeting was held] in order to emphasize that the occupation, try as it will to break the will power of our prisoners' families, will not succeed in breaking their determination."
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PA TV interviews charity that rebuilds houses demolished by Israel that belonged to terrorists  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 9, 2018
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on Ramadan activities of the Al-Makarim Charity Association, hosting Al-Makarim Charity Association Spokesman Abdallah Al-Arabid

Official PA TV host: “We are talking about the Al-Makarim Charity Association’s campaigns in Ramallah. You are starting this campaign now, a campaign of food packages at a tent erected in El-Bireh Plaza in order to distribute them to needy families in Gaza.”
Al-Makarim Charity Association Spokesman Abdallah Al-Arabid: “Yes, the truth is that the Al-Makarim Charity Association has a number of activities. Its most important activity in the past was renovating houses for the needy brothers, prisoners, or Martyrs (Shahids)- the destroyed houses - that the Israeli army destroyed their houses. Allah be praised, over 70 houses have been completed in this project. Every year in Ramadan the association also has a role in distributing food products to members of our people, regardless of where you turn- in all of the districts…”

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PA, PLO officials and foreign diplomats hold Ramadan breakfast dinner with prisoners’ families 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 6, 2018
Official PA TV News, on an official meal breaking the Ramadan fast held by the PLO for ambassadors and consuls as well as prisoners’ families in Ramallah

Official PA TV newsreader: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Foreign Affairs Nabil Shaath emphasized that the leadership considers the prisoners’ cause as having top priority and asked the international community to pressure Israel to release them. This was said during the [Ramadan] fast breaking meal that the [PLO] Department for Negotiation Affairs organized in cooperation with the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, and in the presence of ambassadors and consuls from throughout the world and prisoners’ families in Ramallah.”

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“A thousand blessings to the souls of our heroic Martyrs who water the land of Palestine with their blood every day” - PA TV praises Martyrdom-death for “Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 5, 2018

Official PA TV game show
The Box, May 28, 2018:
Official PA TV host: "A thousand blessings always to the souls of our heroic Martyrs who water the land of Palestine with their blood every day, until the independent State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem arises. Whoever doesn't like it – let them bang their head against the iron of the Damascus Gate." 

Official PA TV game show The Box, June 5, 2018:
Official PA TV host: "A thousand blessings in honor of our heroic Martyrs who sacrificed their bodies and souls so that we will build a homeland worthy of this Martyrdom. All love, appreciation, and solidarity to their families behind them." 
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PA television program for Ramadan remembers terrorist murderer of 2 as a “Martyr,” refers to terrorist attacks as “operations”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 31, 2018
Official PA TV, new program Jerusalem Ramadan for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on various sites in Jerusalem’s Old City

Official PA TV host: “Of course there are many stores on this street, [Al-Wad Street,] and if we pay attention there is an intensive, constant, and daily presence of occupation soldiers and authorities here. If we go back to the central reason for this intensive presence of occupation soldiers and authorities, the reason is that on March 10, 2015, young Muhannad Halabi (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2) became a Martyr (Shahid) on this street, and several Martyrdom-seeking operations (i.e., terror attacks) by young people from Jerusalem took place here.”

Muhannad Halabi - 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered 2 Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, and injured Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Following the attack, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Prior to his attack, in a post to his private Facebook page, the terrorist referred to recent terror attacks as part of a "third Intifada,” and said that it was a response to Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and that the Palestinian people would not “succumb to humiliation.” This is a reference to the PA libel that Israel is plotting to take over and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the PA's portrayal of Jews praying on the Temple Mount as "an invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
 
 

Fatah student movement wishes students good luck at exams with greeting cards showing terrorists  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Shabiba student movement at Birzeit University, May 30, 2018
 

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Shabiba Student Movement at Birzeit University

Posted text: “Pictures from the distribution of greetings and pens to students today [May 30, 2018] at several of the examination halls
Good luck to our precious students
#[Fatah_]Shabiba_Student_Movement”

The images show the greeting cards distributed to the students. The cards feature the pictures of the following from left to right: Ahmed Yassin, founder of the Hamas terror organization; former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat; Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Abu Ali Mustafa; and Fathi Shaqaqi, founder of the Islamic Jihad terror organization. In the upper right corner is the l ogo of the Fatah Shabiba Student Movement at Birzeit University, which features a fist in the shape of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and over it the text: “We will return.”

Text on cards:
“‘[Moses] said, “My Lord, expand for me my breast [with assurance]; and ease for me my task; and untie the knot from my tongue; that they may understand my speech”’ [Quran, Sura 20:25-28, Sahih International translation]
In the name of Allah the Savior, nothing is easy other than that which You have eased, O Most Merciful”
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PA PM: “I am honored today to meet with the families of the Martyrs of freedom and human dignity… The rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah: The rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions and despite all of the challenges”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘We demand international unity that is as extensive as possible around His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ call to convene an international conference that will determine a multilateral international mechanism to sponsor the peace process…’ This was said during [Hamdallah's] speech at the feast breaking the fast for needy families of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, which was organized by the Fatah Movement yesterday [May 25, 2018] in the town of Anabta, in the Tulkarem district… Hamdallah added: ‘I am honored today to meet with the families of the Martyrs of freedom and human dignity, each of whose name constitutes a symbol of uncompromising struggle for freedom and liberation. All of the glory to our righteous Martyrs; may Allah wrap their pure souls in His mercy.  Allow me to thank the Fatah Movement in Anabta and the national institutions in it for organizing this feast breaking the Ramadan fast… The least we can do to honor our Martyrs is to show interest in their family members and unite around them. Regarding this, I emphasize before all of you that the rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions and regardless of the challenges. This is not under any circumstances charity.’”


Sports tournament named after members of terror orgs, team named after terrorist who killed 2  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2018
Headline: “The Ramadan championship named for Martyrs Ziyad and Abd Al-Qader Al-Hawajri opened in Nuseirat”
       “The Al-Hawajri Family Youth Association, together with the [Hamas] Movement Sports Committee in the Nuseirat refugee camp, launched the Loyalty to Martyrs (Shahids) Ziyad and Abd Al-Qader Al-Hawajri Football Championship (i.e., both members of terror organizations). The championship was held for the month of Ramadan at the Bilal Al-Turabi Mosque sports field, with the participation of 16 teams and in the presence of a large audience. In the opening match the Martyr Ahmed [Nasr] Jarrar Team (i.e., terrorist, led cell that murdered 1) faced off against its rival, the Martyr Wasim Abu Saif Team (PMW was unable to verify the circumstances of his death –Ed.). The match ended with the victory of the latter, with a score of 2-1. The Martyr Muhannad Halabi Team (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2) achieved a difficult victory over the Martyr Muhammad Al-Nawajha Team (PMW was unable to verify the circumstances of his death –Ed.) in a 2-0 penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie.”

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Volleyball championship for teachers named after terrorist 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 12, 2018

 
Headline: “The Martyr Abd Al-Jaber Abd Al-Qader Khaled Volleyball Championship for Teachers was held in the Qalqilya district”
     “The Martyr Prisoner (sic.) Abd Al-Jaber Abd Al-Qader Khaled Volleyball Championship for Teachers (i.e., terrorist, died during attack attempt on Israeli army base) took place at the sport fields of the Abd Al-Rahim Omar High School for Boys and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) Hall of the Jayyous Municipality, which is in the Qalqilya district. This was under the sponsorship of the Jayyous Municipality and the Fatah Movement, and under the supervision of the Jayyous Club… The championship took place as part of the sport activity program of the Qalqilya Directorate of Education and Higher Education (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education)… Sport Activity Supervisor of the Qalqilya Directorate of Education and Higher Education Ahmed Khaled thanked all those who took part in the championship.”
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PLO official honors mother of terrorist murderer, saying his actions constitute “a message of loyalty, love, and support for our heroic prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 10, 2018
Headline: “Honoring the mother of prisoner Nasser Abu Sorour, the most veteran prisoner in the Bethlehem district”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and a delegation from the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club… honored the mother of prisoner Nasser Abu Sorour (i.e., terrorist, participated in murder of 1)… one of the most veteran prisoners who the occupation authorities refused to release as part of the fourth group whose release was agreed on with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in 2014 (see note below –Ed.). He was sentenced to life…
Karake said that honoring Um Nasser (i.e., Abu Sorour’s mother) constitutes a message of loyalty, love, and support for our heroic prisoners, and especially the veteran ones… and also constitutes a response to the racist Israeli policy, which is expressed by harming the prisoners’ rights, the incitement against them, and the legislation of racist laws against them. He said that the prisoners are a symbol of the Palestinian national liberation movement and a symbol of the defense of freedom and dignity.”

Mahmoud and Nasser Abu Sorour – Palestinian terrorists who participated in planning and carrying out the assassination of Israeli security agent Haim Nachmani on Jan. 3, 1993, in Jerusalem. Each is serving a life sentence.


Banned championship named after arch-terrorist moved outside of Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2018
Headline: “Repeat raffle for the 24th Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad Championship”
     “Yesterday (Monday) [May 7, 2018], a repeat raffle was held for the 24th Prince of Martyrs (Shahids) Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad Football Championship (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125), which has been organized by the Jerusalem Al-Ansar Club since 1995…
This was after it was decided to transfer the championship to a playing field in Qalandiya due to the arbitrary decision of Israeli Minister of Public Security [Gilad Erdan], who banned holding the championship last Friday at the playing field of the Silwan Junior High School or any playing field within what is called ‘the Jerusalem Municipality borders’… The matches of groups one and three will be held at 8:00 a.m., and the matches in groups two and four will begin immediately after Friday prayers.”
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs demands 10% of seats on PLO legislative body be allocated for prisoners and released prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2018
Headline: “Karake demanded to allocate 10% of the [Palestinian] National Council seats to prisoners and released prisoners"
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake yesterday [May 3, 2018] demanded in his speech before the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the PLO legislative body) - whose 23rd session took place in Ramallah - to allocate 10% of the council seats to prisoners and released prisoners in order to emphasize the importance of the prisoners' issue through its symbols who have served long years in the occupation's prisons."

Israel bans the holding of annual football tournament named after terrorist Abu Jihad  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 3, 2018
Headline: "The occupation banned the holding of a football championship in Jerusalem named after Martyr Abu Jihad"
     "The Israeli occupation authorities today, Thursday [May 3, 2018], published an order signed by the occupation's [Israeli] Minister of Public Security extremist Gilad Erdan, that bans the holding of a football championship in Jerusalem named after Martyr (Shahid) 'Abu Jihad' [Khalil] Al-Wazir (i.e., terrorist responsible for murder of 125). It should be noted that this championship has been held in the city every year for the last 24 years, and it was supposed to take place tomorrow, Friday, at the sports field of the Silwan school in the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Fatah holds futsal championship named after arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, during which terrorist prisoners were honored 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 1, 2018

Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “From the Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] and Loyalty to the Bethlehem District Prisoners [Futsal] Championship, which was organized by the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem branch. During it, family members of the prisoners from the district who are serving life sentences were honored.”

The images show the championship event in which the families of terrorist prisoners were honored. In the second image a stack of honorary posters are seen prior to being distributed to the family members.
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Dozens of terrorist murderers serving life sentences for murdering over 100 people honored by Fatah at championship named after arch-terrorist Abu Jihad 
Source: Facebook page of the independent Palestinian news agency Al-Hadath, May 1, 2018
Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the independent Palestinian news agency Al-Hadath


Posted text:
“Today, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem branch organized the Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] and Loyalty to the [Bethlehem District] Prisoners [Futsal] Championship, with the participation of 28 [Fatah] sub-branches in the Bethlehem district and in the presence of families members of Martyrs and prisoners from the district… At the end, family members of the prisoners from the Bethlehem district who are serving life sentences were honored.”

The cover image of the photo album in this Facebook page shows a poster of the championship. At its top is the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. On the right is a picture of arch-terrorist Abu Jihad.

Text on poster: “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement ‘Fatah’ -
Bethlehem Branch
Sub-branches
Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ and Loyalty to the [Bethlehem District] Prisoners [Futsal] Championship
Tuesday, May 1, 2018”

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PLO official Issa Karake emphasizes that the Palestinian prisoners are heroes of “freedom and honor, and are not terrorists and criminals” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 1, 2018
“Head of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the cause of the male and female prisoners sitting in prison is on the agenda of the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) discussions. Karake said this while welcoming released prisoner Jihad Mansour who sat in prison [in Israel] for 11 years (PMW was unable to determine the details of his crimes –Ed.). Mansour is a resident of the Gaza Strip, and he was released to the city of Dura in [the] Hebron [district] after being sentenced to death in absentia by the Hamas Movement forces, something which did not make his release to the Gaza Strip possible…
Karake noted that the National Council will emphasize the importance of the prisoners’ freedom as a basis for any sort of peace or any fair agreement in the region…
[He added that] the council will emphasize its support for the prisoners and their families, and oppose Israel’s robbery, the political extortion, and the American and Israeli pressures that are being exerted on the PA. He said that the prisoners are prisoners of freedom and honor, and are not terrorists and criminals…"

Fatah, PA and PLO hold ceremony in Qalqilya commemorating arch-terrorist Abu-Jihad, honor prisoners serving life sentences  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 27, 2018
      “The Qalqilya branch of the Fatah Movement, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, and the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club held a ceremony for Palestinian Prisoner’s Day and the anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of Prince of Martyrs [Khalil Al-Wazir] Abu Jihad (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125) under the title The First Bullet and the First Stone, which was held in the hall of the Fatah branch office in Qalqilya...
The district governor emphasized the centrality of the prisoners’ cause for the Palestinian people, and praised their resolve and willpower that produce victory and defiance against the impossible. He also noted that the just prisoners’ cause is the central matter on our Palestinian leadership’s agenda, due to its sanctity and honor. In addition, he said: ‘The fact that Prisoner’s Day is on April 17, together with the anniversary of the death as a Martyr of Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir, has added an additional national dimension to this pure cause.’ … At the end of the ceremony, tribute was paid to the prisoners from the district who are serving life sentences, as well as the prisoners of the [PA] security establishment.”
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