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Abbas emphasizes that the salaries to terrorists and families of Martyrs will not stop, and that “their rights must not be compromised” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2018
“The Palestinian [PLO] Central Council held its 30th session in Ramallah, in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas
The president emphasized that the salaries (rawatib) of our Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and wounded are a red line and that their rights must not be compromised, and also that from its first stone the settlement [enterprise] is illegal and opposes international law.”

Abbas at UN GA: "I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners," defends PA salaries to terrorists` policy 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2018
Headline: "Experts: Mahmoud Abbas' support for the families of the Martyrs, the prisoners, and the wounded highlights that our struggle is national and not connected to terror"
       "From the UN podium [on Sept. 27, 2018], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas again emphasized the commitment to continue supporting the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded, while rejecting all of the pressures and decisions of Israel, and with it the US...
Among the things Abbas said in his speech: 'I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners. I say to all Palestinians: First, Israel considers [the Martyrs and prisoners] criminals. Why? Why does it [do so], when it has many thousands of people who have attacked everybody - and these are heroes? Why is the one who murdered [former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin considered a hero (sic., Israel does not consider Yigal Amir a hero, he is serving a life sentence in prison -Ed.), and we - our people - are criminals whom it is forbidden to pay? I pay tribute to our heroic Martyrs and prisoners! And I say to everybody, we are standing before a time close to the dawn of freedom and independence. The darkness of the occupation will come to its end'...."
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Abbas to award to terrorist serving 14 life sentences with "rank of major general as a sign of appreciation for his struggle and sacrifice for the homeland" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 9, 2018

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas will award prisoner commander Nasser Awais (i.e., terrorist, murdered 14), who is sentenced to 14 life sentences, the rank of major general as a sign of appreciation for his struggle and sacrifice for the homeland. It should be noted that prisoner Awais from the Balata Refugee Camp east of Nablus, together with a group of his friends, established the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (i.e., Fatah's military wing) in a direct appointment by [former PA] President Yasser Arafat…
Nasser Awais was the first to establish the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in the homeland and was the secretary-general of the Brigades. The occupation forces expelled him and his name was included on the list of assassination targets until he was arrested in the Tubas district and sentenced to 14 life sentences for being behind many Martyrdom-seeking operations (i.e. terror attacks).
All of the ranks are small for your stature and the stature of the giants of the struggle.
Blessings on this decision that serves the national path."
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Abbas: We “will continue to support the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2018
Headline: “The [Palestinian] Central Council extended its meetings until today”
    “The [Palestinian] Central Council continued the meetings of its 29th session… at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah until today, Friday [Aug. 17, 2018], in order to discuss additional national issues.
The Central Council’s meetings began on Wednesday evening, in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas… The president emphasized that they will continue to support the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners, and will not allow passage of the settlement plan to build 20,000 new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem (refers to municipal construction plan announced Aug. 15, 2018, much of which is to be constructed in western Jerusalem –Ed.).”
Abbas criticizes Israeli Nation-State law, claims Yigal Amir is being paid by Israel, promises to continue paying terrorists “even if we need to cut from our flesh” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 15, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the opening of the 29th session of the PLO Central Council

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “These [protest] rallies must continue until this [Jewish Nation-State] Law falls, and likewise the laws according to which the Israeli government intends to deduct the Palestinians’ money from the tax money, because of what we pay to the prisoners and to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the wounded [should fall.] (refers to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from PA tax money –Ed.)
Israel considers them criminals, and [thinks] that we should leave them and their family members to suffer from hunger. And you know, gentlemen, that the first thing that [former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser] Arafat did after the firing of the first bullet (i.e., Fatah’s first terror attack in 1965 –Ed.) was to establish the institution to support the Martyrs of the Palestinian people and its prisoners…We will not allow [this] under any circumstance, and we will not allow Israel to do this. Even if we need to cut from our flesh, we will continue to give the support and aid to the members of our people... and if need be then there are steps that we will talk about in the future…
[And this is] at the same time that Israel [is taking care of] all the criminals, and prime among them the one [Yigal Amir] who murdered [former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin. He is in prison, true, but they let him be at home, outside, three or four days a week (sic., Amir is not being let out of prison)... They married him off and let him have children (refers to his marriage while in prison and conjugal visits that led to the birth of his son –Ed.). He had [children] and sits there while four bodies pay him (Israel does not pay prisoners –Ed.)…"

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PA Prime Minister emphasizes "the firm position of the leadership - led by Abbas and the government - and its commitment to pay the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 13, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah: We are continuing to provide all types of support to the prisoners"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met today (Monday) [Aug. 13, 2018] with a delegation from the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs led by Director of the Commission Qadri Abu Bakr in his office in Ramallah … The prime minister again emphasized the firm position of the leadership – led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the government – and its commitment to pay the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, despite the Israeli occupation’s decision and its threats to deduct these allowances from the Palestinian tax money (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money). Hamdallah emphasized that despite the challenges, the provision of all types of support to the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs in its lofty and patriotic activities for our brave prisoners in the occupation's prisons is continuing. He also emphasized that the prisoners are the spearhead of the Palestinian struggle, and that they are the ones who have sacrificed the years of their lives for our just cause."
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Criticism over Abbas appointing himself head of the Palestinian National Fund 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), Aug. 1, 2018
Headline: “Criticism of how Abbas took for himself the leadership of the Palestinian National Fund”
   “Strong criticism was heard from Palestinian factions and forces following announcements by PLO Executive Committee Secretary, (Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator) Saeb Erekat on the distribution of roles and departments among members of the [PLO] Executive Committee. The most noticeable criticism was directed at the decision of the head of the organization’s Executive Committee, [PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas, to take for himself the position of the one responsible for the Palestinian National Fund.... Clause 13 of the PLO regulations determines that ‘All members of the Executive Committee will be selected by the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO). The head of the Executive Committee will be selected by the committee. The committee will be selected from within the National Council.’ … Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] Qais Abd Al-Karim told [the UK Arab news website] Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that ‘This is the first time that the head of the PLO Executive Committee is taking for himself the role of head of the Palestinian National Fund.’ He added: ‘The National Council did not make a decision regarding the Palestinian National Fund, and neither did the [PLO] Central Council, and it is not within the authority of the Executive Committee and its chairman to determine who will be head of the National Fund.’”

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Abbas vows continued payments to terrorist prisoners who are “stars in the sky” and have “priority in everything” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2018

Official PA TV News, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statements at a ceremony honoring released prisoners and families of dead terrorists


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "By Allah, even if we have only a penny left it will only be spent on the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and only afterwards will it be spent on the rest of the people. This is a group that we appreciate and respect, and we consider it the one paving the way to Palestine’s independence for the future generations."
Official PA TV reporter: "With these words [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a group of released prisoners and honored the leadership of the movement of prisoners, who sacrificed their souls and lives for the defense of their people and homeland. The president gave a number of Martyrs and prisoners the Jerusalem Medal in recognition of their role and their honorable national struggle..."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We view the Martyrs and prisoners as stars in the sky of the Palestinian people and the sky of the Palestinian people’s struggle, and they have priority in everything..."
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Abbas vows the PA will continue paying salaries to prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 8, 2018

Official PA TV newsreader:
“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed the continued payment of the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families…"
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The second point is the decisions made by the government of Israel recently, made by the Israeli Parliament, regarding money and conduct towards us… we will act according to our interests in all that is connected- in other words, the money that Israel opposes paying to the Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded – we will not allow anyone to interfere with this. These are our Martyrs, these are our wounded, and our prisoners. We will continue to pay them and we began this in 1965.”
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PA Prime Minister: “We will never abandon our responsibility to the prisoners… and we will continue to pay their salaries” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah: We will not agree to changing our national rights to humanitarian or financial [rights]”

“During a speech that he gave yesterday [July 5, 2018] on behalf of His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at the 60th annual conference of the Children of Ramallah Association at the Ramallah culture hall… [PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said:] ‘The Israeli Parliament has passed [a law] to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners from the Palestinian tax money as part of a new act of robbery of our people’s money and resources (refers to law deducting terror salaries from tax money collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.). We emphasize today on behalf of His Honor President Mahmoud Abbas that we will never abandon our responsibility to the prisoners and the relatives of the Martyrs and the wounded, and we will continue to pay their salaries (rawatib) and what they deserve, and this is the minimal obligation and loyalty to their sacrifice for the homeland’s freedom and honor.’”
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Abbas welcomes mother of 5 terrorists to headquarters in Ramallah 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 26, 2018
    “[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas welcomed ‘Khansa of Palestine’ Um Nasser [Abu] Hmeid (i.e., mother of five terrorist sons) yesterday [April 25, 2018] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah. She is the mother of five prisoners, four of whom are serving long life sentences in the occupation’s prisons while the fifth is an administrative detainee (sic., four are prisoners and one is dead). Um Nasser said after the meeting: ‘I am proud to meet with the president. We salute him for his positions supporting the prisoners, for his vigor in taking care of their families, and for taking an interest in their welfare.’ She added: ‘I conveyed to his honor the president the blessings of the prisoners and their support for him and his efforts to realize our people’s hope…’ Um Nasser continued: ‘The president emphasized that no peace agreement will be signed without all of the prisoners being released...’”
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Abbas honors mother of 5 terrorists, including 2 murderers; Fatah official: “a precious, mighty, and beloved woman… We consider her children entrusted to us” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 25, 2018

Official PA TV News, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas hosting Um Nasser Abu Hmeid, the mother of five terrorist sons, among them 2 murderers, at the PA headquarters in Ramallah on April 25, 2018.

Official PA TV newsreader: "President Abbas welcomed in the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah Um Nasser [Abu] Hmeid ‘‘Khansa of Palestine,’’ mother of five prisoners..."
(Visual of Abbas' meeting with Um Nasser)
Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "Um Nasser is a precious, mighty, and beloved woman. We identify with her and consider her children entrusted to us because they sacrificed their freedom for the Palestinian cause and people."
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Palestinian officials honor female family members of prisoners: “They are the basis for all the acts of heroism and sacrifice” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 16, 2018
Headline: “Ramallah: Honoring the mothers of prisoners [serving] life sentences in the occupation’s prisons”
          “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs and the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club, in partnership with the Ramallah and El-Bireh district and Fatah Movement branch, yesterday [March 15, 2018] expressed support for the mothers of the Ramallah and El-Bireh district’s prisoners who are sitting in the occupation’s prisons and have been sentenced to life sentences or heavy sentences, and this was for International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day.
District Governor of Ramallah [and El-Bireh] Laila Ghannam said that the prisoners’ mothers and wives are greater than all of our words and letters during the short remarks she made while introducing [Fatah Central Committee member, Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen, who spoke on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas...”
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PA Governor of Tulkarem welcomes families of “Martyrs” in Abbas’ name due to their “great sacrifices” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 16, 2018

District Governor of Jenin conveys Abbas’ condolences to family of slain terrorist 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 20, 2018
Headline: "The district governor of Jenin expresses condolences over the death of Martyr Ahmed Ismail Jarrar"
      "District Governor of Jenin Ibrahim Ramadan expressed condolences this evening (Saturday) [Jan. 20, 2018] over the death of Martyr (Shahid) Ahmed Ismail Jarrar to the Jarrar family in Wadi Burqin, accompanied by several [PA] Security Force commanders…
The district governor conveyed the condolences of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to the Martyr's family, and prayed to Almighty Allah that he let Martyr Jarrar dwell in Paradise, and give his family and relatives patience and comfort.
The district governor condemned the aggression and terror that the occupation army carried out in Jenin on the night that Jarrar died as a Martyr, and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. He emphasized that the acts of the occupation forces will not dissuade us from continuing the struggle until the establishment of the State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem."

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Abbas vows the PA won't stop paying terrorist salaries 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "There is something that the Americans are telling us to stop - the salaries of the Martyrs and the Martyrs' families. Of course we categorically reject this. We will not under any circumstances allow anyone to harm the families of the prisoners, the wounded, and the Martyrs. They are our children and they are our families. They honor us, and we will continue to pay them before the living."
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Abbas made this statement in response to the American demand that the PA stop paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of terrorists.
PA District Governor glorifies Martyrs in Abbas’ name, and says leadership “opposes all of the pressures whose goal is to harm the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2017
     “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs (Shahids) [of Palestine] in Tulkarem held the branch’s preparatory conference, with the participation of District Governor of Tulkarem Issam Abu Bakr … At the beginning of the meeting, District Governor Abu Bakr conveyed to the Martyrs’ family members the blessings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, who always emphasizes the status of this group from among our people, which has sacrificed its blood in order to reach freedom, independence, and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem. District Governor Abu Bakr emphasized the leadership’s position – which President Mahmoud Abbas represents – which opposes all of the pressures whose goal is to harm the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners and to stop them. This is in order to protect this right, and out of loyalty to those who sacrificed their lives for the homeland, freedom, and liberation from the occupation.”
Abbas: “There will not be a peace agreement without the release of all of the Palestinian prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: The national [Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation is the priority that we are striving to achieve in all possible ways"
       "Yesterday evening [Oct. 5, 2017] the second session of the [Fatah] Revolutionary Council began at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the members of the Fatah Movement Central Committee…
In the Revolutionary Council meeting, the president gave an important speech in which he discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian political and internal situation…
The president referred to the matter of the prisoners and said that the issue touches the soul of the entire Palestinian people, and that there will not be a peace agreement without the release of all of the Palestinian prisoners from the occupation's prisons."
PLO official: Abbas has stated that “the allowances (to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists and their families) will not stop as long as the heart beats” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Oct. 3, 2017
         “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake... mentioned the American and Zionist administrations’ attack now against the prisoners and their failed attempts to pressure the Palestinian leadership to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and praised the position that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has taken against this extortion and his declaration that ‘the allowances will not stop as long as the heart beats.’ He explained that the main motive behind these acts of extortion by the occupation government is to present the Palestinian national struggle as a criminal matter.
Karake revealed that there are currently 6,000 prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, including prisoners who have served 35 years, such as Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with accomplice) and Nael Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with accomplice), 19 who have served over a quarter century, and nine who have served over 20 years [and under 25 years] of imprisonment. He expressed his pride in these prisoners ‘who have sacrificed the years of their lives for the homeland’s freedom and dignity.’”

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Abbas: "I will not give up on this… the Martyrs' families [and prisoners] will continue to receive their full allowances" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2017
        "Six months have passed since the last interview of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas by [the London newspaper] Al-Quds Al-Arabi on the sidelines of the Arab Summit that was held at one of the Dead Sea resorts in Jordan last March [2017]....
[Q:] 'There was much talk about stopping the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) because of the incitement that Israel is carrying out and the pressure that it is applying on the Trump administration.'
[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'Right, Israel is inciting the US to think that the prisoners and Martyrs are terrorists. They are fighters and members of our people... We give these allowances to the families of the Martyrs, and [the US and Israel can] call them whatever they want, but I call them Martyrs. [The US and Israel] said that this is support of terror. I said to them: “Let's establish a trilateral committee that will discuss the matter,” and Israel refused. I said to the Americans: “Let the two of us discuss the matter,” but this did not happen. I will not give up on this matter, and the Martyrs' families will continue to receive their full allowances.'
[Q:] 'And the prisoners?'
[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'Of course, also the prisoners.'"

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