PA TV praises terrorist who planned
Passover suicide bombing that killed 30:
"Heroic fighter, the lion of the prison cells"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Following Israel's agreement to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, official Palestinian Authority TV chose to dedicate a broadcast to one terrorist, Abbas Al-Sayid, who was not included in the deal.
Abbas Al-Sayid is serving 35 life sentences for planning a suicide bombing in Netanya in 2002 at a Passover Seder in which 30 Israelis were killed, and another bombing in 2001 in which 5 were killed and 100 wounded.
Introducing PA TV's visit to the home of Abbas Al-Sayid, the TV host said:
"We are outside the home of the patient, heroic fighter who is resolute, overcoming his chains, desiring freedom - Abbas Al-Sayid, the lion of the prison cells."
Click to view PA TV's visit to his home
The PA TV host continued to praise Al-Sayid as "the leader, hero, defeater of the enemies, defeater of the dungeons, and lion under interrogation," in the program which also featured interviews with released prisoners who praised him.
Responding to the prisoners' release, PA Chairman Abbas has said that he hopes the rest of the prisoners will be released. Twice he has mentioned specific terrorists who are serving life sentences for some of the most lethal terror attacks against Israel. Abbas also named Abbas Al-Sayid:
"And we want to see, Allah willing... Abbas Al-Sayid, and every male and female prisoner, returning, released, to the homeland, Allah willing."
[PA TV (Fatah), Oct. 18, 2011]
When referring to several terrorists serving life sentences for murder, PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, also praised Abbas Al-Sayid, calling him and others "Palestinian Authority symbols" and "heroes and fighters":
"There is... much questioning among the prisoners following the release, following the exchange deal, and especially the non-inclusion of Palestinian Authority symbols and prisoner symbols, such as Marwan Barghouti, Ahmad Sa'adat, Abdallah Barghouti, Abbas Al-Sayid, and others... and Sami Younes and Karim Younes, and other heroes and fighters."
[PA TV, Oct. 17, 2011, see info on terrorists below]
For more examples of the PA gloryfication of the terrorist Abbas Al-Sayid, click here
The following is an excerpt of PA TV's visit to the home of terrorist Al-Sayid followed by more examples of the PA praising Al-Sayid and other terrorists since the prisoner release:
PA TV host: "We are outside the home of the patient, heroic fighter who is resolute, overcoming his chains, desiring freedom - Abbas Al-Sayid, the lion of the prison cells."
PA TV host interviews released prisoner in the house of Al-Sayid:
Host: "[What is] your feeling now in the home of Abbas Al-Sayid - the leader, hero, defeater of the enemies, defeater of the dungeons, and lion under interrogation?"
Released female terrorist, Du'a Al-Jayousi: "He was an example and role model for us, we wanted very much to meet him."
Released male terrorist, Muayyad Al-Jallad: "I do not forget our neighbor and brother, Abbas Al-Sayid. He is the crown on our heads. Allah willing, we will soon rejoice for him over his release... He is honor to the nation, and there is no doubt that he makes us proud. Allah willing, he has enough patience and will... We are all familiar with his manly qualities of heroism and strength."
[PA TV (Fatah), Oct. 25, 2011]
Du'a Al-Jayousi - sentenced to 3 life sentences for leading a suicide bomber to his attack in Netanya in 2002 in which 3 Israelis were killed.
Muayyad Al-Jallad - sentenced to 19 years, PMW has not been able to obtain information about his crime.
The following are the terrorists mentioned by Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, in the interview on PA TV, Oct. 17, 2011:
Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
Ahmad Sa'adat - serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). He is also suspected of planning the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze‘evi in 2001, but has not been tried for that crime.
Abdallah Barghouti - serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks in which 67 people were murdered: Sbarro restaurant (15 killed, Aug. 9, 2001), Sheffield Club (15 killed, May 7, 2002), Moment Café (11 killed, March 9, 2002), triple attack at Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (11 killed, Dec. 1, 2001), Hebrew University (9 killed, July 1, 2002), and Bus 4 in Tel Aviv (6 killed, Sept. 19, 2002).
Abbas Al-Sayid - serving 35 life sentences for planning two suicide bombings, one in 2002 at a Passover dinner, killing 30 Israelis, and another in 2001, killing 5 and wounding 100.
Sami Younes - served 40 years for planning and carrying out a kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and killing him in 1981.
Karim Younes - serving a life sentence for planning and carrying out a kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and killing him in 1981.