PA TV honors killers of over 100 civilians:
"Our brave prisoners"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Twice last week official Palestinian Authority TV broadcast a music video honoring several terrorist murderers, including Ibrahim Hamed who is serving 54 life sentences for planning many suicide bombings in Jerusalem, killing dozens and Abbas Al-Sayid who is serving 35 life sentences for planning the suicide bombing at the Jewish Passover Seder in Netanya in 2002, in which 30 Israelis were killed. The terrorists who were honored killed more than 100 civilians.
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Text on screen tells viewers that the video is "dedicated to our brave prisoners" by the performing Alashekeen band. - A band that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in 2010 by "presidential decision" turned into a "national institution."
Part of a speech by Mahmoud Abbas is incorporated in the music video: "We will not rest until all [prisoners] are freed, and the prisons are emptied."
The "brave prisoners" appearing in the video are:
Ibrahim Hamed - serving 54 life sentences for planning suicide bombings, including at Hebrew University (9 killed), Cafe Moment (12 killed), Cafe Hillel (7 killed), Zion Square in Jerusalem (11 killed).
Abbas Al-Sayid - serving 35 life sentences for planning the suicide bombing at the Jewish Passover Seder in Netanya in 2002, in which 30 Israelis were killed. He was also responsible for a suicide bombing in Netanya in 2001 in which 5 were killed.
Nasser Awais - serving 14 life sentences for planning terror attacks in which 13 civilians were killed, including an attack at a private Bat-Mitzva celebration and the killing of a baby in 2002.
Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for planning terror attacks.
Yasser Abu Bakr - responsible for killing two in terror attack in Netanya in 2002.
Ahmad Sa'adat - serving 30 years for heading the terrorist organization PFLP. Was honored by the PFLP during a televised ceremony for planning the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but has not been tried for that crime.
Fuad Al-Shubaki - serving 20 years for involvement in the Karine A Affair in 2002, in which 50 tons of illegal weapons were found aboard a Palestinian ship.
Abbas expressed his wish to see these terrorists released in 2011, following Israel's release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years:
"The enforced absence which was imposed on you [the released prisoners] was because you are people of struggle and Jihad fighters for Allah and the homeland... Your sacrifice and your efforts and your actions were not in vain. You acted and struggled and sacrificed... We now see some of the most prominent among them [the released] and the rest, Allah willing, will be [freed] soon, very soon. Allah willing, soon we we will see here brother Marwan Barghouti, brother Ahmad Sa'adat, Ibrahim Hamed, and Abbas Al-Sayid."
[PA TV (Fatah), Oct. 18, 2011]
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PMW documents the glorification of terrorists in the PA.
The following are the words of the PA TV music video honoring terrorists as "our brave prisoners":
Text on screen: "Dedicated by the Alashekeen band to our brave prisoners."
Clip of Mahmoud Abbas speech: "We will not rest until all [prisoners] are freed, and the prisons are emptied."
Lyrics of song: "We are pledged to the promise and the revolution. Our hearts are full of faith."
Pictures of the terrorists mentioned above are shown on screen.
Note: This video originally aired on May 7, 2012 and was rebroadcast 11 times in 2012 and twice on Jan. 30, 2013.