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Abbas and PLO condemn US senators over Taylor Force Act vote, calls US demand to cease prisoners salaries "an unacceptable act"  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Aug. 13, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “A statement from the PLO Executive Committee – Ramallah, Aug. 12, 2017
The PLO Executive Committee, led by [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, met at the [PA’s] presidential headquarters and discussed the political developments…
The [PLO] Executive Committee condemned the legislators of the American Congress and their positions towards the Palestinian people… and sees the American Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ approval of stopping American aid to the PA – if it does not stop the aid to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners – as an unacceptable act that will negatively affect everything that is connected to the Palestinians’ rights... [The Executive Committee] emphasized the rejection of this [American] extortion and the rejection of using the tool of financial aid to extract political concessions... The [PLO] Executive Committee sent a blessing of appreciation and pride to the freedom prisoners of war for their legendary stance, and emphasized that their release is at the top of its agenda.”
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Abbas praises unrest at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls to continue the "national struggle" until Jerusalem is Palestinian  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 11, 2017
At a ceremony held at the PA’s headquarters in Ramallah for the conclusion of the summer camps of 2017, organized by the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated that the Palestinians will continue their “struggle” until Jerusalem, Israel's capital, is on Palestinian hands:

Abbas: “The children of Palestine are the hope, the future, the independence, and the state, and in them we see Jerusalem, the capital of our independent state… [Palestinians are] continuing in our national struggle until one of our boys and girls will wave the flag of the State of Palestine above the walls of Jerusalem.’”

Abbas also praised Palestinians for their violent “uprising” against Israel’s security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the summer (2017) following a terror attack on the Temple Mount in which two Israeli border policemen were murdered. “We are with you and we support your resolve, and this is the reason that we say that the willpower of the peoples works wonders, and this is what happened at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Fatah glorifies terrorists, posts map of “Palestine” covering Israel 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Aug. 6, 2017
Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch


Posted text:
"Proud Taqua
Praise to the Martyrs (Shahids)"

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at top right, Yasser Arafat at top left, and the Fatah logo between them which includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. In the center of the image is the PA map of "Palestine" with the Dome of the Rock at its center, and at the bottom right are two terrorists from the village of Taqua: Muhammad Tanouh who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers, and Muhammad Jibril who rammed his car into an Israeli soldier and attempted to stab other soldiers. At the bottom left a masked rioter is seen wearing a Fatah headband and holding a rock in his hand.

Text under Fatah logo: “Fatah’s Bethlehem branch”

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Abbas, Rajoub promise Hamas ex-prisoners that they will get their salaries that had been frozen 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 2, 2017
Headline: “Sources to Wattan: The [PA] president has issued instructions for resolving the issue of the prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries were stopped”
     “Knowledgeable sources told [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has issued instructions to resolve the issue of the 277 prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries (rawatib) have been stopped for this the third consecutive month. The sources said that a delegation representing the prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries were stopped held long meetings today [Aug. 2, 2017] with the security authorities in Ramallah in order to reach a resolution of their issue…
Earlier this week Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub met with the released prisoners at the [protest] tent and promised them to resolve the issue. Fatah Revolutionary Council Secretary Majed Al-Fatiani also met with the released prisoners and their families at the protest tent and promised them to invest efforts into ending their suffering.”

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Abbas encourages Jerusalem riots: “We are with you in all that you have done and are still doing, you are causing us pride” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2017
       “At the beginning of a meeting of the [PA] leadership yesterday evening [July 25, 2017], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that as long as the situation in Jerusalem does not return to being as it was before July 14, [2017], there will be no changes whatsoever (refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there that were later removed; see note below –Ed.). The president added: ‘All of the new Israeli steps on the ground from that date until today need to stop, and then the situation in Jerusalem will return to normal. Afterwards we will continue our work on everything regarding the relations between us and them.’ The president said: ‘Since Israel tried to change the situation, the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem have risen as one (i.e., they launched violent riots –Ed.) You have objected to all of the [Israeli] steps, and we have supported you in what you have done and what you are doing. We are with you in everything that you have done and are still doing, as you are causing us pride, and you are taking care of your Al-Aqsa Mosque, your land, your dignity, your people, your religion, and your holy sites. This is the response to everyone who wants to harm our holy sites. Jerusalem is ours. It is our capital and it is [under] our sovereignty, and therefore what you [Palestinians] are doing is right.’"’
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Fatah official explains Abbas condemned terror attack on Temple Mount “to protect Palestinian interests” – not out of sincerity 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Mattar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily, written in response to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of a terror attack committed on the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border policemen were murdered

       “[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas acted wisely and rationally when he expressed his opposition to acts of violence by any side, and particularly those that take place within houses of worship, because the Palestinian people’s interests are in need of his protection as the main one responsible for [protecting them]…
President Mahmoud Abbas was and is the bravest president and leader in the world. He does not worry that he will be condemned (i.e., by Palestinians) when the matter necessitates a clear and explicit position that will protect the people’s interests, because the leadership is interested in pushing back the threats and not drawing them close by taking impulsive positions."

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Fatah Facebook rebroadcasts Abbas' call to prevent Jews "in any way" from “defiling our holy places,” following terror attack on the Temple Mount  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 15, 2017


Text and video posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It's not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places.”
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Abbas condemns terror attack on the Temple Mount that killed 2 Israeli police officers, "opposes any event of violence from any side, particularly at places of worship" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2017
      “Yesterday [July 14, 2017] a phone call was held between [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president expressed his strong opposition to and his condemnations of the event that took place at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the murder of 2 Israeli Druze border policemen by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists who were subsequently killed, on July 14, 2017), and also emphasized that he opposes any event of violence from any side, particularly at places of worship.
President Abbas demanded to cancel Israel’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to worshippers, and warned of the consequences of these steps and against any party taking advantage of them in order to change the religious and historical status quo of the holy sites. Netanyahu emphasized that the status quo at the holy sites will not change. He also demanded that all sides calm things down.”
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Abbas vows never to stop salaries to terrorists: "Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary of a Martyr or a prisoner" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 2, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“From the words of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas"
The image shows a picture of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas with the text: “‘Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary (rawatib) of a Martyr (Shahid) or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the Martyrs, the injured, the expelled, and the uprooted.’
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.”
Text at bottom of image: “Information Office of the Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission”

The image also includes a picture of Yasser Arafat in the background and the Fatah logo at the bottom which includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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PA PM: In Abbas' name, salutes families of "Martyrs" and emphasizes continued support from the PA  
Source: Al-Ayyam, June 17, 2017
Published in Al-Ayyam, June 17, 2017 and in official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2017   
Headline
: “Hamdallah: The rights of the Martyrs’ families are protected”
   "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: 'On behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and our Palestinian people, I salute all of the Martyrs' (Shahids') families, and congratulate them in the [Muslim fasting] month of Ramadan. I emphasize to them that their rights are protected, and we will continue our diligent work with the relevant PLO institutions to fulfill our basic, humanitarian, and national obligations towards them.' (The official PA daily only printed the text above, the following text only appeared in Al-Ayyam -Ed.)
His statements were made two days ago [June 15, 2017] during the central meal to end the fast for the Martyrs' families in Nablus... in the presence of Nablus Mayor Adli Ya'ish and Secretary of the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine Muhammad Sbeihat ... Hamdallah added: 'With great pride I again meet with the family members of the Martyrs of Palestine under the auspices of the National Association of the Martyrs' Families of Palestine, the framework that unites the Martyrs' families wherever they are, the main protector of their affairs and rights. Together with you we remember the sacrifices and struggle of the pure Martyrs, guardians of the land and identity who have turned our people's cause into a historical epic of struggle and resolve.'"
Abbas critic claims Abbas considering ploy to present terrorist salaries as “social aid” to comply with US demand 
Source: Fatah Voice, independent Palestinian news website, June 3, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Hassan Asfour, a former Palestinian minister and associate of Muhammad Dahlan, PA Parliament Member and former member of Fatah Central Committee
       “[PA President] Mahmoud Abbas’ staff has evaded the exposure of the political truth and the fact that American President [Donald Trump] demanded in their latest meeting in Bethlehem that he stop the prisoners’ and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) salaries (rawatib), and told him that this is a ‘significant’ issue for the American administration as part of the plan it has begun to draft. Abbas and his staff said that they cannot take this step ‘at the moment,’ as it would lead to an outbreak of uncontrollable ‘popular intifada.’
However, Abbas, despite his initial objection, has begun to examine practical options to comply with the American demand in a way that will not lead to an explosion that might lead to his downfall and the downfall of their joint plan (i.e., Abbas’ and US’). Among these options that are being examined with special secrecy, is the option of transferring the prisoners’ and Martyrs' salaries to a 'social insurance' body so that it will look as if it is 'humanitarian and social aid to needy families' and not 'monthly salaries to fighter families...'"
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Abbas admits US President Trump accused him of lying about incitement 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), June 1, 2017
Headline: "Abbas 'accuses allies of conspiring, admits Trump meeting uncomfortable'"
     "Speaking about his recent meeting in Bethlehem last week with Trump, the Palestinian leader reportedly admitted the encounter was 'uncomfortable'. Trump reportedly shouted at Abbas during their meeting, accusing him of deception over the PA's involvement in anti-Israeli incitement. The source said that Trump showed video clips, which had been taken out of context, of Abbas admitting to 'inciting against Israel'. 'You have the CIA, ask them to examine the videos and to find out how they were taken or fabricated for the purpose of incriminating Palestinians,' Abbas reportedly told Trump. The two held a joint press conference after their tense meeting, during which Abbas reiterated calls for a two-state solution to the conflict. 'We are ready to open dialogue with our Israeli neighbours to build confidence and create a real opportunity for peace,' Abbas said."

Note: Original English text publshed in Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

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PLO Executive Committee defends Palestinian National Fund; denies link to terror funding 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 31, 2017
“The PLO Executive Committee convened last night [May 30, 2017], led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas…
The Executive Committee condemned the maneuvering and tricks of [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and his government’s top officials, and their desperate attempts to divert attention from their aggressive and expansionist policies that are contrary to peace, and [their attempts] to fabricate crises with the Palestinian side in order to avoid the obligations of a political solution to the conflict. One time this is in the name of the Jewish state, and another time it is through an attempt to turn the [PLO] Palestinian National Fund into a terror organization (see note below –Ed.). The [PLO Executive] Committee emphasized, in a manner that leaves no room for doubt, that the Palestinian National Fund is a red line and a PLO national institution, and that it will continue in its national and humanitarian role.”

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PA Minister of Justice: Appointing an imprisoned terrorist to Fatah Central Committee was Abbas' idea, in response to Israel calling prisoners terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 28, 2017
Headline: “Abu Diyak: The decision to appoint prisoner Younes to the Fatah Central Committee is the clearest response to the occupation”
     “[PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak emphasized that the decision of the Fatah Movement leadership – led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas – to appoint the veteran prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) to the Fatah Central Committee is the clearest and severest response to the campaign being led by Israel to accuse the prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and the Palestinian struggle of terror… He noted that the prisoners and Martyrs are the spearhead of the freedom fighters, symbols of our legitimate national struggle, and conscience of the Palestinian people, and that they are victims of organized terror and state terror being implemented by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people. He also said that the solution to the Palestinian problem, the end of the conflict, and the establishment of a just and honorable peace will not be achieved by defining the legitimate Palestinian struggle against the occupation as a crime, but rather by ending the occupation.”
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Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
Abbas himself appointed murderer as member of Fatah’s Central Committee  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 28, 2017

Official PA TV newsreader:
“President Mahmoud Abbas appointed prisoner in the occupation’s prison Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) as a member of the Fatah Movement Central Committee, with the approval of the Fatah Revolutionary Council.”
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Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
PLO official: Abbas “emphasized his absolute refusal” to Israeli demands to stop PA salaries to terrorists 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 29, 2017
Headline: “Karake demanded urgent international intervention and confirmed that an additional group of prisoners has joined the [hunger] strike of freedom and dignity”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… explained in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Saturday [April 29, 2017]… that ‘[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized his absolute refusal of the Israeli demands to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and emphasized his absolute support for them (i.e., for the payments).’”
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Abbas meets families of "Martyrs" and imprisoned terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 29, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The prisoners’ cause is a priority among the issues in which the leadership is interested”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a delegation of families of Martyrs (Shahids) and hunger striking prisoners from all districts of the homeland yesterday [April 28, 2017] at his presidential office in Ramallah. The president emphasized that the leadership is in contact with all of the international parties in order to pressure the government of Israel to accede to the prisoners’ just humanitarian demands. The president noted that the prisoners’ cause is a priority among the issues in which the leadership is interested. He called on everyone to stand alongside the prisoners and their just cause, and to ease their suffering and their families’ suffering.”
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Abbas' Secretary-General speaks in Abbas' name, praises imprisoned Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 25, 2017
Headline: "Abd Al-Rahim: The prisoners are carrying out a heroic act that will be recorded in history in letters of light and fire"
     "Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim praised the achievements of Arab American University… in a speech he gave on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at a ceremony to inaugurate the university's new campus in Ramallah…
He added: 'This event is taking place while our brave prisoners’ [hunger] strike enters its eighth day… The occupation wants to break the determination of this people and to harm its stability, its spark, and its legal resistance. However, our brothers and friends Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), Ahmad Sa’adat (i.e., head of the PFLP terror organization), Mahmoud Abu Sorour (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), and Anas Jaradat (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 31) are carrying out a heroic act in the battle of freedom and dignity that will be registered in history in letters of light and fire as part of our journey of eternal life and victory.'"

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Abbas rep attends marathon named after arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2017
Headline: “Abu Sbitan and Al-Bawadi, champions of the Prisoner and Leadership Member Marwan Barghouti Marathon”
     “Runner Mahmoud Abu Sbitan from the Khidamat Al-Shati club won first place in the Prisoner and Leadership Member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) Marathon in the men’s group, while runner Ibrahim Al-Bawadi from Beit Lahiya won first place in the youth group. The marathon was organized by the Athletic Association (i.e., private organization) in partnership with the Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Forum (i.e., private organization) and the Popular Campaign for the Release of Leadership Member Marwan Barghouti, and it began at the Jabaliya youth club. At the end of the marathon, Deputy Chairman of the [Athletic] Association Ramzi Al-Qarm honored [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ representative Salah Abu Wardeh and a number of national figures.”

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidentified terrorist, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen, 45, was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, 53, Yosef Habi, 52, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.
Palestinian leaders honor mothers of prisoners serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2017
Headline: "Ramallah: A tribute to the prisoners' mothers"
The picture in the article shows Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam shaking hands with a prisoner's mother.


     "The [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs yesterday, on occasion of Mother's Day and under the auspices of the Ramallah and El-Bireh District and the Fatah branch, honored a number of the mothers of prisoners in the occupation's prisons, who have been sentenced to many years and life sentences.
Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam said during the tribute held in Ramallah: 'We bow before the sacrifice of the prisoners, their mothers, and their families.' She noted that there are 19 mothers who are at this moment within the occupation's prisons. She also emphasized that all of the top officials and members of our people must always stand beside the prisoners' families and the mothers, and not only at special events, as they suffer much and need someone to ease their [suffering over] the absence of their sons.
Ghannam conveyed the greetings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and emphasized that the prisoners' cause is on the Palestinian leadership's list of priorities, as there will be no freedom or independence without the release of all of the prisoners…
Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake praised the Palestinian woman who with her steely sacrifice has demonstrated all of the significance of partnership in the struggle and standing against the occupation’s barbarity... He expressed his appreciation for the female prisoners..."

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Abbas kisses 14-year-old stabber 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Mar. 5, 2017
Picture and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

The picture shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas embracing 14-year-old Osama Zaidat who attempted to stab Israeli citizens at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba.


Posted text:
"[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: The Israeli actions against our people will not cause us to renounce our just rights
President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas said that the Israeli actions against our people, including attacks, arrests, and killing, will not cause us to renounce our just rights and the establishment of our independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Abbas said this today, Sunday evening [March 5, 2017], at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah while receiving the family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist, attempted stabbing) who died in the occupation's prisons, and the released prisoner, the injured child Osama Zaidat (i.e., terrorist, attempted stabbing)."

{Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, March 5, 2017]

Osama Zaidat – 14-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israelis at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba on Sept. 23, 2016. He was shot in the leg by soldiers during the attempt.

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.
Abbas states he "share[s] the same ideas" as terrorist Marwan Barghouti in documentary 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Marwan: A film that illustrates the stories of the fighters, the expelled, and the prisoners”
     “‘Marwan’ is a 70-minute documentary film that was screened yesterday, Tuesday [Feb. 6, 2017], in its first version at the Red Cross Hall in El-Bireh. It is a documentary film that illustrates the life of the Palestinian fighter [Marwan Barghouti] (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), who was sentenced to 5 life sentences in the occupation’s prisons… The film begins with an interview with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he emphasizes that he and Barghouti have shared the same ideas for the past 40 years, and it documents the life of prisoner Marwan Barghouti from 1978, and his participation in the Stone Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) and afterwards in the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), during which he was arrested...”

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PA Prime Minister Hamdallah sends "greetings of honor and admiration" to arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti on behalf of himself and Abbas, supports Barghouti's candidacy for Nobel Peace Prize 
Source: Khabar, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Hamdallah: We support the candidacy of Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Prize”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘I am honored and happy to participate today in a ceremony honoring leadership member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) and to be present at the first screening of the documentary film produced by the [independent Palestinian] Ma’an media network in order to present his national path. At this opportunity, on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, myself, and the government, I send greetings of honor and admiration to leadership member Marwan Barghouti, the symbol of the national activity and the prisoners’ movement, and to all of the prisoners in the occupation’s prisons.’
These things were said today, Tuesday [Feb. 7, 2017], in Ramallah, in the presence of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Israeli parliament member from the Joint [Arab] List Ahmed Tibi, Chairman of the Ma’an media network Nasser Al-Laham, a number of Fatah Central Committee and Fatah Revolutionary Committee members, and a number of ministers and official and prominent figures, during his [PA PM Rami Hamdallah’s] speech at the first screening of the Ma’an media network’s documentary film on the path of fighter Marwan Barghouti.
The prime minster added: ‘I praise the heroic resolve of fighter Marwan Barghouti in the occupation’s prisons, in which he has spent more than 20 years of his life, including more than 100 days in solitary confinement. Marwan is still sacrificing his freedom, alongside his brothers and comrades, in the darkness of the prison for the freedom of the members of his people, and in order to defend the holiest cause, on the basis of their belief in the inevitable victory over the injustice and the jailors, and we are convinced that t
Abbas poses with young boy holding photo of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “The Martyrs’ (Shahids') promise”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Fatah: "Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas" after his photo with young boy and poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“The Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas
After he received as a ‘gift’ from a Palestinian boy a picture of Dalal Mughrabi, who killed 35 Israelis (sic., 37) in 1978, from the 52nd [Fatah] Launch (Intilaqa) rally in Bethlehem”

The images show posts in Hebrew, English, and Arabic by the Israeli news Facebook page “In the Middle East,” which reported on the photo posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on Jan. 13, 2017. The photo shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Text on the posts in the image:
“Friends, we ask to share this picture throughout the network.
[PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas gave a Palestinian boy a picture of him and of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who carried out a large terror attack in 1978 on the Coastal Road in which 35 Israelis (sic., 37) were murdered.”

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier
Abbas rep, speaking at teachers' ceremony, glorifies terrorist who murdered 125 and terrorist who planned Munich Massacre  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 10, 2017
Text and pictures posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
"During a ceremony honoring the teachers, which was held today [Jan. 10, 2017] by The National Al-Lud Association in the presence of a number of official figures, [District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Dr. Laila Ghannam praised the Palestinian teacher and his role in building the homeland despite all of the obstacles that the occupation has placed before our people throughout history, in a speech she gave as the representative of His Honor [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]. She noted that the teacher, in his determination, stability, and belief, has turned the refugee tent into a school out of which generations have come who strive to change the reality, outline the hope, and build the future. Ghannam emphasized that the teachers are the essence of the story, and they are the leaders and giants of the modern Palestinian revolution, from the righteous Martyrs (Shahids) Abu Iyad (i.e., Fatah founder and head of the Black September terrorist organization) and Abu Jihad (i.e., Fatah founder and terrorist responsible for murder of 125), and until the teacher, the leader, His Honor President Mahmoud Abbas, who gives special attention to the fields of education and health out of his belief that human intelligence is the real capital, and the beginning of the path to the establishment of our independent Palestinian state."

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Abbas inaugurates street named after archbishop who smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jan. 6, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas


Posted text: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] inaugurated Archbishop [Hilarion] Capucci Street and Mahmoud Abbas Street in Beit Sahour.
President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas this afternoon, Friday [Jan. 6, 2017], inaugurated Archbishop Hilarion Capucci Street and Mahmoud Abbas Street in the city of Beit Sahour…
The president praised the contributions of [former Greek Catholic] Archbishop [of Jerusalem] Hilarion Capucci, who was recognized thanks to his great support of the Palestinian cause. His Honor [Abbas] said: ‘We have lost a great national fighter and a tenacious Palestinian resistance fighter, and that is Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, a son of Palestine, who sacrificed much for his second homeland of Palestine, for originally he was from the city of Aleppo in Syria. He left clear and influential fingerprints on the path of the Palestinian revolution, and we thank the city of Beit Sahour for naming one of the city’s streets after him.’”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas unveiling the street sign: “Archbishop Hilarion Capucci Street – Jan. 6, 2017”

[Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jan. 6, 2017;
Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2017]

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal.
Abbas and other PA officials eulogize archbishop who smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president described him as a great fighter – Palestine eulogizes Archbishop Hilarion Capucci"
     "The State of Palestine, its [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, and its forces and national activists yesterday [Jan. 1, 2017] eulogized [former Greek Catholic] Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who died yesterday in Rome, the capital of Italy, at the age of 94.
President Abbas described Archbishop Capucci, who was known for his patriotic positions and his defense of the rights of the Palestinian people, as a great fighter. It should be noted that President Abbas awarded the late archbishop the Star of Jerusalem Medal in 2013 in Rome. The national unity government led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah eulogized Archbishop Capucci. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that the death of Archbishop Capucci left deep sorrow in the heart of every Palestinian, due to the his overflowing life of struggle and the positions he adhered to in the defense of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause – and this alongside his religious eminence.
The Fatah Movement eulogized fighter Capucci, who filled a large and active role in supporting the Palestinian resistance, both by providing aid to the Palestinian revolution, and through his unceasing defense of the rights of the Palestinian people and its just cause."

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal.
Abbas awarded Star of Jerusalem medal to archbishop who smuggled weapons to terrorists 
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Jan. 1, 2017
Image posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces


The image shows former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem Hilarion Capucci, the Russian Orthodox Church in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, and the Dome of the Rock. In the upper left corner appears the logo of the PA National Security Forces.

Text on image:
“Archbishop Hilarion Capucci is under the wings of Allah
Palestine announces to the world the death of one of the greatest of its people who defended the Palestinian right in a variety of circles, and who merited the Star of Jerusalem Medal from His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas”

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal.
District Governor of Tulkarem, representing Abbas: We must keep to the will of the Martyrs, “who soaked the land… with their blood 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2016
Headline: "Tulkarem: Celebrations of flying the flag from the highest flagpole"
    "Residents of the Tulkarem district celebrated the flying of the Palestinian flag from the highest flagpole in the homeland, whose height is 60 meters…
At the beginning of the celebrations, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ representative and Tulkarem District Governor Abu Bakr conveyed the greetings of the president and his appreciation and pride at the placing of the highest flagpole in the homeland in the Tulkarem district, whose height is 60 meters. He emphasized that the flagpole bears a message of loyalty to the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) and to the sacrifices of the prisoners and the wounded fighters. Abu Bakr added: 'On this day, on which the masses of our people are marking the anniversary of the [Palestinian] declaration of independence and the 12th anniversary of the death as a Martyr of the founding leader who is always among us, Yasser Arafat, we emphasize our adherence to the national fundamental principles and to keeping the wills of the Martyrs, who soaked the land of this precious homeland with their blood..."

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Abbas: Release of prisoners is a priority 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president: The cause of releasing the prisoners from the prisons constitutes a priority for the leadership"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday evening [Oct. 21, 2016] received a delegation of released prisoners at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, in the presence of Director of the [PLO] Commission for Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake. The president emphasized that the cause of the prisoners and their release from the occupation's prisons constitutes a priority for the leadership so that they will be able to contribute to the independence of their homeland and its construction.
The president noted that the great struggle carried out by the prisoners for their people and its just cause constitutes a central source of support for the resolve of the Palestinian people before the occupation, whose fate is undoubtedly to be defeated, while we will establish our independent state whose capital is East Jerusalem."
Abbas calls murderer "heroic" and claims his actions "constitute the correct path" to Palestinian statehood 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 16, 2016
Headline: "The president: Emptying the prisons is our top priority, and the blood of the Martyrs will not be in vain"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that the prisoners' movement gave and still gives to the Palestinian national project, and therefore the leadership places the issue of emptying the prisons and ending the suffering of our prisoners in the Israeli occupation's prison cells at the top of our list of priorities and concerns.
This was said when the president yesterday [Oct. 15, 2016] at the [PA’s] presidential headquarters in Ramallah received the petition of the family of Martyr (Shahid) prisoner Yasser Hamdouni, who died as a Martyr on Aug. 25, 2016, in the Israeli Soroka Hospital after having a heart attack in the Rimon Prison.
The president conveyed to the Hamdouni family his warm condolences over the death as a Martyr of its heroic son in the occupation's prisons, and emphasized that the Martyrs' blood and their sacrifices will not be in vain and will constitute the correct path to the establishment of our independent Palestinian state, whose capital is East Jerusalem. Martyr Hamdouni's family expressed its thanks and appreciation of the president's position and his standing by their side in this tragedy, and said that Martyr Yasser sacrificed his soul for Palestine, its liberation, and its independence.”

Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June, 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016, after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.

Abbas' office mourns terrorist and prays that Allah "wrap the Martyr in his great mercy and let him dwell in Paradise;" PA accuses Israel of "medical negligence" in death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 26, 2016
Headline: “The presidential office announces the death of Martyr Hamdouni: Peace will not be achieved unless the prisons are emptied”
     “The [PA] presidential office announced the death of heroic prisoner Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni, who died as a Martyr (Shahid) yesterday morning [Sept. 25, 2016] from a stroke…
The presidential office emphasized that peace will not be achieved unless the prisons are emptied of all our prisoners and detainees, and especially the sick, senior, and elderly prisoners. The presidential office conveyed warm condolences over the death as a Martyr of prisoner Hamdouni to the Martyr’s family and to the Palestinian people. It prayed to Almighty Allah that He wrap the Martyr in his great mercy and let him dwell in Paradise…
The [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club accused the [Israeli] Prison Service of ‘medical negligence and delaying the provision of treatment.’”

Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016 after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.
Abbas excuses young Palestinians’ stabbing attacks, saying “they have lost hope” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 18, 2016
Headline: "The president: Our young people carry knives because they have lost hope"

"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas called on Palestinian medical students in Venezuela to complete their studies…
During his meeting with 80 students and graduates, he said that the situation in Palestine is subjected to difficulties every day, but that every day there are [also] achievements. He added that every day there are Martyrs (Shahids) and children who carry knives, 'children who carry knives on their own incentive, and do not believe anyone who says there are bodies that are pushing them and inciting them; no, they have lost hope and therefore they go out with knives to carry out stabbing operations.'

Mahmoud Abbas… called for popular resistance by peaceful means, ‘as our hands are still outstretched to peace - but there is no peace without a state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the right of return cannot be forgotten. I am a refugee and I returned to Ramallah, but I did not realize the right of return.'"
PLO and PA officials lay wreath in Abbas’ name “on the Martyrs of Palestine monument” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 6, 2016
Headline: “Laying a wreath in the name of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] at the Martyrs’ (Shahids) memorial in Jericho”
      “Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat and Jericho and Jordan Valley District Governor Majed Al-Fatiani laid a wreath in the name of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas on the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine monument at the Ayn Al-Sultan refugee camp at the northern entrance to the city of Jericho."
Abbas confirms main charge of PMW's new report - that the PA is still paying salaries to terrorists - in meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister 
Source: Dagen (Norway), May 4, 2016
Headline: “The support program for prisoners is unacceptable”
“In a meeting with [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende stressed that the current support program for prisoners should be abolished.
Foreign Minister Brende (Conservatives) is on a new tour of the Middle East. Tuesday afternoon and evening, he had meetings first with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and then with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah...
‘In the meeting, I emphasized that this support program in which financial payments are increased the [longer] the prisoners serve time [in prison], is unacceptable and should be abolished. I emphasized that with the political and economic challenges that Palestinians now face, it is in their own best interest to abolish this program,’ says Brende.
Abbas responded by repeating assurances that Norwegian funds are not going to finance the program. This is something Brende too continues to emphasize.
‘Norwegian support to Palestine goes to state building and institutional development, which everyone is interested in continuing. This is also stressed by the Israeli authorities,’ said the Foreign Minister to Dagen.”
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Abbas glorifies first Intifada as "a milestone and turning point in our nation's course" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 3, 2016
Headline: “The president: The first Intifada was a milestone and a strategic turning point in our nation’s course”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a number of activists from the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) yesterday [May 2, 2016], in the presence of Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim and a number of the president’s advisors.
The president emphasized the importance of the blessed Intifada, which was a milestone and a strategic turning point in our Palestinian people’s course, and an important phase in the history of its national struggle. He added that the first Intifada is what enabled us to establish and build the Palestinian National Authority on our land. Likewise, he expressed his pride, and our people’s pride, in the supreme value of the first Intifada and our people’s struggles and suffering which reinforced its creative image in the world and drew international sympathy for our rights.”
Abbas sends condolence to family of terrorist: She was "a Martyr by Allah's side, who watered the land of Palestine with her pure blood" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 7, 2016

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on March 7, 2016

Posted text: “The President [Abbas] expresses his condolences on the death as a Martyr of Amani Al-Sabatin”
Text in image:
“In the name of All Merciful Allah
‘And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision’ (Sura 3:169, Sahih International)
Great truth of God

Brothers, dear residents of Husan (i.e., village west of Bethlehem)
Brothers, dear members of the Al-Sabatin family
We received with great sorrow and deep grief the notice of the deceased’s death
Martyr (Shahida)
Amani Hosni Jawad Al-Sabatin
We consider her a Martyr by Allah's side, who watered the land of Palestine with her pure blood
I [Abbas] share in your sorrow and deep grief, express my sincere condolences to you, to your dear family, the residents of Husan and dear members of the Al-Sabatin family, and ask Almighty Allah to surround the Martyr in his great mercy, let her dwell in Paradise, and give you solace and patience.
We belong to Allah and to him we return
Your brother
Mahmoud Abbas
President of the State of Palestine”

Amani Al-Sabatin – 30-year-old Palestinian terrorist who rammed her car into a group of Israeli soldiers, injuring one, at the Gush Etzion junction on March 4, 2016. Al-Sabatin was shot and killed by the soldiers.

Abbas extends “warm condolences” to families of "Martyrs" from the “peaceful popular uprising” (i.e., 2015-2016 terror wave) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2016
Headline: “The president: We are committed to do justice with the teachers”
      “President Abbas headed a PLO Executive Committee meeting yesterday [March 1, 2016]…
The president extended warm condolences to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) of the peaceful popular uprising. He said: ‘May Allah have mercy on our Martyrs and let them dwell in his Paradise. Freedom for our prisoners, Allah willing. We must endure, because relief will come eventually, and we will achieve a State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Note: The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising/resistance" are often used by PA leaders and officials to refer to events that include violent and deadly terror against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings. See Mahmoud Abbas' reference to murderous terror as "peaceful" during the 2015-2016 terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), which included numerous stabbing attacks
Fatah official gives condolences to family of terrorist killer on behalf of Abbas: “His death is a loss to the Palestinian people and its struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2016
Headline: “In the name of the president [Abbas] – Al-Ahmad expresses condolences on the death of the fighters Al-Naif and Jaradat in Jenin”
      “Fatah Central Committee member and chairman of its parliamentary faction Azzam Al-Ahmad expressed condolences yesterday [Feb. 27, 2016] in the name of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership to the family of the fighter Omar Al-Naif… who died two days ago in Bulgaria, in a crime whose circumstances are not yet clear. Likewise, he expressed condolences to the family of the released prisoner Ayman Jaradat from Silat Al-Harithiya who was shot dead on Wednesday [Feb. 24, 2016].
Al-Ahmad said during his visit to the mourning tent of Martyr Al-Naif at the Jenin municipality, that his death is a loss to the Palestinian people and its struggle. He praised the history of his struggle, and emphasized that the president is personally interested in this matter, and determined to complete the investigation of the crime down to the smallest detail, so that all [details] will be exposed...”

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PA daily op-ed defends Abbas` visit to families of terrorist murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2016
     Editorial in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
Headline: “The ethical issue”
“What the extreme Israeli right is dithering over the most at the moment is the moral issue, but it is as if it does not know anything about this issue, and is not even close to understanding any of its concepts, customs, or manners. For this reason, it sees the reception held by President Mahmoud Abbas for the families of the Martyrs (i.e., terrorists who were killed during their attacks against Israelis) whose bodies are being held by the occupation authorities as ‘being caught red handed’ (!!) [parentheses in source] and as incitement and patronage of terror and violence!! The moral issue which we are talking about is a humanitarian issue which does not pertain to one nation specifically, but rather to all of humanity… The reception that President Mahmoud Abbas held for the families of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held [by Israel] is not a response to this issue alone, but rather a fulfillment of human responsibility, before the national one. The suffering relatives of the Martyrs just want a word that will give them comfort and patience, a word that will comfort them and pat their shoulder with compassion. They want to part from their sons for the last time and give them the honor of a fitting burial in the ground of their land, the ground of their loved ones. Therefore they are knocking on all doors in order to release their sons’ bodies, and the first door is the door of the homeland, its people and its officials, in order to act together to achieve this simple human goal – the release of the bodies of the Martyrs, which are victims of the occupation and its despicable racist policies.”

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the "Martyrs" and their terror attacks.
Abbas describes wave of murderous attacks as “peaceful demonstrations that were met with [Israeli] shooting” 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Feb. 9, 2016
     President Abbas’ YouTube channel, Fatah-run Awdah TV
Speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during his meeting with representatives of Arabic media in Israel on Feb. 9, 2016
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “As you know, a number of months ago, your people here [in the West Bank] began a peaceful mass uprising ‎‎(term here refers to several months of Palestinian violence against Israeli civilians, ‎including rock-throwing, stabbings, and shootings -Ed.)‎. They expressed the uprising through peaceful popular demonstrations, as the pain became too much.
When they (i.e., the Israelis) enter in a way that harms the honor of these holy sites, they cause harm to these sites…
The attacks against the Islamic and Christian holy sites are offensive. It is one of the reasons we began the popular uprising. All of these matters which I’ve noted are what led to the popular uprising, which embodies peaceful demonstrations, and they were received [by Israel] with shooting and direct intentional murder…"

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Fatah official: Abbas and Fatah support the “peaceful popular uprising” (i.e., terror wave) 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 9, 2016
Headline: "Al-Aloul: The occupation's crimes will not pass in silence, and the president and Fatah support the popular uprising"
     "Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul emphasized the support of Fatah and [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas for the peaceful popular uprising as one of the types of resistance. Al-Aloul said today, Tuesday [Feb. 9, 2016], in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership support the peaceful popular uprising being waged by the people in order to achieve its freedom and the basic national principles – independence, return [of refugees], and freedom,' and added that the Israeli occupation left us no choice but to carry out a popular uprising against it."

Note: The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising/resistance" are often used by PA leaders and officials to refer to events that include violent and deadly terror against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings. See Mahmoud Abbas' reference to murderous terror as "peaceful" during the 2015-2016 terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), which included numerous stabbing attacks.

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Abbas holds reception for Martyrs’ families in Hebron as recognition of their heroism, and reiterates his commitment to “take care of all of them” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 6, 2016
     Official PA TV News broadcast from a reception held by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for the Hebron district’s families of “Martyrs”
Official PA TV newsreader: “President Mahmoud Abbas received the families of the Hebron districts’ Martyrs (Shahids) at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. The president emphasized that our people will continue to adhere to its land and homeland and will remain resolute until the realization of its national goals to establish its independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

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Abbas reiterates his commitment to get Israel to release Martyrs’ bodies “in order to guarantee the rights of Martyrs’ relatives to honor their sons and bury them” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 5, 2016
     The bodies being held by Israel referred to in the article are those of Palestinian terrorists.
Headline: “Al-Ruweidi: The issue of the release of the Martyrs’ bodies without any conditions is the top priority for the presidency.”
“Secretary-General of the Jerusalem Division in the president’s office, Ahmed Al-Ruweidi… said yesterday [Feb. 4, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: “Yesterday, the president [Abbas] received the relatives of the Martyrs (Shahids) whose bodies are being held by the occupation authorities, and briefed them regarding the contact he maintains, together with relevant bodies, with the highest levels and echelons in order to guarantee the rights of the Martyrs’ relatives to honor their sons and bury them in their cities without any preconditions.”

Palestinian terror wave (2015-2016) – Palestinian violence and terror attacks against Israelis, ‎including stabbings, shootings, throwing Molotov cocktails, and car rammings. It started in September 2015 and as of July 2016, 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans, and 1 foreign worker from Eritrea) and over 500 wounded.

Abbas meets with families of terrorists, ‎promises to compensate those whose ‎homes were destroyed by Israel 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), Feb. 4, 2016
Headline: "Abbas promises to ‎compensate the families of the ‎Jerusalem Martyrs for their homes"‎
     Sources in the Jerusalem Martyrs' ‎‎(Shahids') families and in the National ‎Campaign to Return the Bodies of the ‎Martyrs (Shahids) confirmed that ‎President Mahmoud Abbas promised to ‎compensate the Jerusalem Martyrs' ‎families for their homes, which the ‎occupation forces demolished or ‎damaged. The sources confirmed that ‎President Mahmoud Abbas ordered his ‎assistants to begin the procedures to ‎compensate the Martyrs' families for ‎seven homes. Two of them were ‎demolished after the outbreak of the ‎popular ‘Rage [of Jerusalem] Uprising’: ‎The home of Martyr Baha Alyan, and the ‎home of Martyr Alaa Abu Jamal, into ‎which they poured cement, while five of ‎the homes that were demolished ‎belonged to Martyrs and people who ‎carried out operations (i.e., terror attacks) ‎before the October 2015 uprising.‎
President Mahmoud Abbas met ‎yesterday [Feb. 3, 2016] with a few family ‎members of Jerusalem Martyrs, among ‎them the fathers of Martyrs Baha Alyan, ‎Ahmad Abu Sha'aban, and Alaa Abu ‎Jamal, the father and cousin of Martyr ‎Hassan Manasrah, and [the fathers of ‎the Martyrs] Thaer Abu Ghazaleh, ‎Muhammad Abu Nimr, and Mutaz ‎Awisat…‎
Advisor to the president [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] on Jerusalem matters Ahmed Al-‎Ruweidi stated to Al-Arabi Al-Jadid: ‎‎'President Mahmoud Abbas shows great ‎interest in the matter of the Jerusalem ‎Martyrs' bodies, which the occupation ‎state is holding on to. He has already ‎raised the matter more than once in ‎international forums."‎

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Abbas meets with families of terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2016

Headline: "The president [Abbas] meets ‎with the families of the Jerusalem ‎Martyrs whose bodies are being held [by ‎Israel]…‎
     ‎"President Mahmoud Abbas received the ‎families of the Jerusalem Martyrs ‎‎(Shahids) whose bodies are being held ‎by the Israeli occupation at the ‎presidential headquarters in Ramallah ‎yesterday evening [Feb. 3, 2016].‎ The president said during the meeting ‎that the leadership is making every effort ‎to guarantee the release of the Martyrs' ‎bodies and to ease the families' tragedy. ‎He noted the families' right to bury their ‎Martyr sons, and opposed the impossible ‎conditions posed by the occupation in ‎order to prevent the handing over of ‎the bodies and their burial in a way ‎that honors the Martyrs."‎
Abbas: Terror wave happening in part because of “attacks” against “holy sites,” especially Al-Aqsa Mosque; Palestinians “paying a heavy price… from the blood of its sons” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2016
     “The following is the text of the president’s [Abbas’] speech before the Djibouti National Assembly:
“Brother president, brothers and sisters, I have come to you from Palestine and Jerusalem’s environs, where our people is engaged in a bitter conflict with the Israeli occupation, and is paying a heavy price [in order to obtain] freedom and independence, from the blood of its sons who are defending their honor, the honor of their Arab and Islamic nation, the holy places of Islam and Christianity, and the pure land.
These days, the Palestinian territories are witness to a state of agitation and tension (this refers to a wave of Palestinian terror attacks since September 2015 –Ed.) due to hopelessness and despair among the young, and the closure of the political horizon that does not herald a better future and a way out of the current situation, which is a result of the continued occupation and attacks against the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, particularly against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Hebron District Governor visits family of terrorist in Abbas’ name 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2016
      “Hebron District Governor Kamel Hamid paid a condolence visit to the relatives of Martyr (Shahid) Muayyad Awni Jabarin in the village of Said, together with heads of the [PA] security establishment and the district staff, on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas. Until now, this village has sacrificed 12 Martyrs, who were murdered in cold blood by the occupation’s bullets. The district governor said: ‘The death of the Martyrs came as part of the crimes and the policy of daily killings carried out by the occupation army against our unarmed people, in order to terrorize it.’ He likewise emphasized his belief that our people will continue to stand firm on its land, adhere to its rights, struggle to obtain freedom and establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. Hamid offered his sincere condolences and asked Allah, to let Martyr Jabarin dwell in Paradise, and bestow solace and patience upon his family.”

Muayyad Jabarin – a 20-year-old Palestinian terrorist from Sa’ir, near Hebron, who tried to stab Israeli soldiers at the Beit Anoun Junction on Jan. 14, 2016. He was shot and killed by the soldiers. In a last "will" that Jabarin left for his parents and which was published by the Palestinian Donia Al-Watan news agency, the terrorist wrote: “I will kill two Israeli soldiers and have my revenge through them... Allah willing, I will be a Martyr.”
Fatah anniversary video shows Abbas glorifying mass murderers, in 2012 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 30, 2015

Video and text posted on the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement on Dec. 30, 2015. This video uses old footage of a speech Abbas gave honoring terrorists on Fatah's anniversary in 2012/2013. Fatah spliced images of the terrorists into Abbas' speech. 
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Today, we remember our Martyrs. We remember the Sheikh of our Martyrs, Yasser Arafat. We remember Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Abu Said, Abu Ali Iyad, Abu Sabri. We recall all these Martyrs.”
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Abbas: Murdering Israelis is “popular peaceful uprising” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 16, 2015


Official PA TV News broadcast
Excerpt from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the Palestine Prize ceremony
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “No one called for this uprising (i.e., Oct. - Nov. 2015 terror campaign) and no one asked for it. It stemmed from the hearts of the young who have seen everything with their own eyes. They have seen the oppression, the settlements and they have seen the attacks by the herds of settlers, and therefore they have done what they have done (i.e., 14 killed by stabbings and shootings). We said to everyone that we want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is. That’s what this is. However, the aggression of firing bullets has come from the Israelis.”
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What Abbas called “peaceful popular uprising” had at that time already included:
- 65 stabbings
- 8 shootings
- 8 car rammings
Total killed: 14
Total wounded: 167
[Between Oct. 1 - Nov. 13, 2015,
Source: "Wave of terror October-November 2015," http://mfa.gov.il]
Abbas, Fatah condemn terror attacks in Paris, ignoring Palestinian terror attacks ‎against Israelis 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 14, 2015
     "The Palestinian presidency offered its solidarity and sympathy with the French ‎government, following the string of ‘terrorist attacks’ that hit Paris late Friday.‎..
The Palestinian presidency reported on President Mahmoud Abbas as condemning ‎what he described as 'terror attacks, affirming his full support for France in face of ‎terrorism and stressing the need for the international community to take a stand and ‎confront such terrorist attacks that lead to a spike in tension.‎
Abbas offered his condolences to his French counterpart, François Hollande, and to ‎the families of the victims of the terror attacks, wishing the sick a speedy recovery.‎
Meanwhile, Fatah faction, also expressed its strong condemnation of the ‘heinous ‎terror attacks that took place in Paris last night killing and wounding dozens of ‎innocent people.’‎...
A statement issued by Fatah read: “As people who suffer daily aggressions by Israel ‎we understand the suffering of the injured and the families of those who were killed in ‎cold blood. Palestinians know the bitter taste of losing beloved ones as the Israeli army ‎is killing civilians in Palestine almost by the hour.”‎
‎“We know that restoring peace and stability in the Middle East is the first step to dry up ‎the sources of terrorism throughout the world,” said the statement, stressing that, “It is ‎time to end the brutal Israeli occupation which breeds violence in the entire world.”‎
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Abbas and PA PM making sure all Hebron terrorists’ bodies are returned and given state funerals 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 4, 2015
Headline: “The government inaugurates 20 projects worth over 7 million dollars in order to strengthen the resolve of Hebron residents”
     “During its weekly meeting, held yesterday [Nov. 3, 2015] in Hebron, the [PA] government called for the UN Security Council and General Assembly to obligate Israel to remove the outposts in the Old City [of Jerusalem], to open the Al-Shuhada Road in Hebron, and to allow Palestinian security forces to spread out in the region in order to provide the civilians with protection from the settlers’ attacks and crimes… The government emphasized that the resolve of our people in Hebron and the great sacrifices the district’s residents have made… have caused the Israeli government to launch a revenge attack, which has caused the death of 29 Martyrs from the district during the popular uprising, who saturated the Palestinian ground with their pure blood... The government listened to a report by Hebron district Governor Kamel Hami about the settler attack against the district and the violations being perpetrated by the occupation forces and gangs of settlers. He expressed appreciation of the fact that the president [Abbas] and prime minister [Hamdallah] are making sure they receive all of the Martyrs’ bodies [from Israel] and bring them to burial with state funerals befitting them and their sacrifices… The government emphasized that even though 98 years have passed since the ominous Balfour Declaration, our people is still paying a heavy price with its land, its children’s blood, and its daily suffering, and the international community still stands by helplessly in the face of the historic injustice which has caused many massacres and crimes carried out by the Zionist terror gangs, which has led to our people being uprooted from their homeland.”
Governor of Hebron conveys Abbas’ condolences to families of terrorists  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2015
Headline: “Hamid consoled the relatives of the Martyrs of Hebron”
     “Governor of Hebron District Kamel Hamid consoled the relatives of the Martyrs (Shahids) in Hebron, who died from the occupation’s gunfire during the last few days, and currently number 17 Martyrs (including 15 who carried out terrorist attacks – stabbings, lobbing grenade, and deliberately running people over with cars, see notes - Ed.). Hamid passed on President Mahmoud Abbas’ condolences to the relatives of the Martyrs, who were murdered in cold blood by the occupation, and said: ‘This is the fate of the Palestinian people who are facing such an occupation, which violates all the human rights, and executes our children under false pretexts and excuses.’ The District Governor emphasized that the Palestinian leadership is making all efforts to pressure the occupation to release the bodies of the Martyrs still in its possession, and that through them [the bodies] it [Israel] is trying to pressure the families of the Martyrs and increase their suffering.”

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Abbas condemns Joseph’s Tomb arson, silent about terror attacks that kill Israeli civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 17, 2015
This item was published during a terror wave in Israel that began in October 2015. The period saw an unusually high number of attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians, particularly stabbings, shootings, and rock-throwing, but also run-over attacks and throwing Molotov cocktails. As of this writing (Oct. 25, 2015), PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has not condemned even one of these terror attacks. Instead, Abbas continues pouring fuel on the fire by telling Palestinians that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger and encouraging them to “protect it.”  In this article, Abbas condemns and calls for an investigation into the arson carried out by Palestinians against Joseph’s Tomb on Oct. 16, 2015. However, Abbas’ condemnation for the spate of terror attacks in which Israelis have been murdered is conspicuous by its absence.

      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas publicized yesterday [Oct. 16, 2015] the decision to put together an immediate committee for the investigation of what occurred early yesterday morning at Joseph’s Tomb where irresponsible acts were committed, and to begin to repair the damages caused by this unacceptable act which deserves to be condemned. The president emphasized his absolute disapproval of acts of this type, and of every illegal act which harms our culture, religion, and ethics… Sources in the Palestinian security said to the Ma’an news agency that dozens of enraged [Palestinian] citizens gathered next to Joseph’s Tomb - which is considered by the settlers to be a [Jewish] holy site - invaded it, and threw a number of Molotov cocktails into it, which led to the ignition of a fire inside it.”

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PA to investigate Joseph’s Tomb arson, but silent about terror attacks that killed Israeli civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 17, 2015
This item was published during a terror wave in Israel that began in October 2015. The period saw an unusually high number of attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians, particularly stabbings, shootings, and rock-throwing, but also run-over attacks and throwing Molotov cocktails. As of this writing (Oct. 25, 2015), PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has not condemned even one of these terror attacks. Instead, Abbas continues pouring fuel on the fire by telling Palestinians that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger and encouraging them to "protect" it.  In this article, Abbas’ Ministry of Information calls for an investigation into the arson carried out by Palestinians against Joseph’s Tomb on Oct. 16, 2015. Abbas himself also publicly condemned the arson on Joseph’s Tomb. However, Abbas’ condemnation for the spate of terror attacks in which Israelis have been murdered is conspicuous by its absence.

“The PA Ministry of Information called on all the Palestinian and foreign media to be accurate, professional, and objective in reporting the news related to the burning of a side room in Joseph's Tomb next to the Balata [refugee] camp by unknown individuals in the early hours of the morning yesterday [Oct. 16, 2015]. Likewise, it called on them [the media] to follow this matter via the committee put together by the president in order to investigate what happened in the area of Joseph's Tomb. The police began to investigate the event, while some of the media sites intentionally relied on an unclear security notice, and some of the headlines on new sites noted that the tomb was burnt, and the truth is that the part that was burnt was new, added by the occupation to the holy site, after it occupied the West Bank.”
Abbas’ advisor: Terrorist stabbers were “murdered” by Israel  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 13, 2015
Headline: " [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem respond to [Jerusalem Mayor Nir] Barkat's calls by requesting international protection"
     "Advisor to Abbas on Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Al-Ruweidi called for the international community to provide the [Palestinian] residents of occupied Jerusalem with protection, especially from the attacks of the occupation forces and settler gangs, [who are carrying out] organized murders against the residents of the city... He [Al-Ruweidi] noted that the murder of the student [Mustafa] Al-Khatib (i.e., terrorist who stabbed one) yesterday [Oct. 12, 2015] at the Lion's Gate is fraught with threats against the worshippers, who are being distanced from the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] by the occupation authorities. He also said that the shooting of the student Marah Al-Bakri (i.e., terrorist who stabbed one) next to her school, and the two children from the Manasrah family (i.e., two terrorists who stabbed two) yesterday marks the education sector and youth as a target, all in order to intimidate the citizens and distance them from their city. Al-Ruweidi emphasized that the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem will not move from their city, and said: 'Their [the Israelis’] actions and policy will not scare us. We will remain in Jerusalem and protect it and its holy sites, first among them the blessed Al-Aqsa [Mosque].'"
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Abbas’ spokesman: Child terrorist who stabbed 2, critically wounding a 13-year-old, was a Martyr, a victim of Israeli “execution" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2015
Headline: ‘Abu Rudeina: The execution of child Manasrah (i.e., terrorist who stabbed 2) is a crime Israel is responsible for’
     “Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated that the execution of child Hassan Manasrah in front of the media, as child Muhammad Al-Dura was executed in the year 2000, is an abominable crime, and the legal, humanitarian and political responsibility for it is on the Israeli government. He demanded that the Israeli government catches those who committed this crime. Abu Rudeina stated: ‘If the government of Israel continues this escalation [of violence] by carrying out more grave acts of execution, the situation in the region will go out of control, and everyone will pay a heavy price for these Israeli crimes.’
Child Hassan Manasrah, 15, died as a Martyr yesterday and his cousin, Ahmad Saleh Manasrah, 13, was seriously wounded by the occupation’s gunfire, after, according to [the Israelis’] claim, they stabbed two settlers in the settlement of Pisgat Zeev, which is situated on the lands of Hizmeh and Beit Hanina in the north of occupied Jerusalem.”
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Pisgat Ze'ev stabbing attack - On Oct. 12, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Hassan ‎Manasrah (15) and Ahmad Manasrah (13), stabbed Yossef Ben Shalom (21) in the Pisgat ‎Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem, then repeatedly stabbed a 13-‎year-old boy (name undisclosed at time of writing) who was riding his bike. One terrorist was hit by a car while fleeing the scene, and the other terrorist was shot by Israeli police. Both victims of the attack were seriously injured. The terrorists, who were cousins, came from the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina.
Abbas advisor calls for Palestinians to arm themselves “and confront the settlers,” saying this is Fatah’s official position 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Oct. 13, 2015
Headline: “Abu Al-Einein: ‘My call to arm the citizens reflects the position of the Fatah movement’”
     “[Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and] Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein stated: ‘The revocation of [my] VIP document (the holder of a Palestinian VIP travel document is entitled to international passage free of fees, and VIP treatment –Ed.) because of my recent call to arm the [Palestinian] citizens in view of the settlers’ arrogance, is an honor for me. This step means nothing when Palestinian blood is spilled.’
Abu Al-Einein added that his call to arm the [Palestinian] citizens in order to confront the settlers and the occupation is the [Fatah] movement’s position, even if ‘some’ do not like it.
He noted that this is not only his personal position, and stressed his insistence on this call… It should be noted that the occupation informed Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein of the [revocation] of his VIP document during his trip to Jordan today [Oct. 13, 2015], (Tuesday).”

This article was originally posted on Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon. Fatah Central Committee memberSultan Abu Al-Einein's official Facebook page also posted a link to the article.
Abbas spokesman “salutes” Palestinians “who have risen up in order to protect their Al-Aqsa Mosque” and "particularly those carrying out Ribat" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2015
     "The Fatah Central Committee held a meeting yesterday led by President [Mahmoud] Abbas, which began with the reading of the [Quranic Sura of] Al-Fatiha for the souls of our righteous Martyrs (Shahids)…
[Spokesman for PA Chairman Abbas and] Fatah Central Committee member and its official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina... said that the Fatah Central Committee salutes the vast masses of our people who have risen up in order to protect their Al-Aqsa Mosque and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem, and particularly those carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there. In addition, the committee saluted the masses of our people, who have come out against the terrorist settlers who are murdering [Palestinians] in all the refugee camps, cities, and villages of the brave West Bank. The committee emphasized that the Fatah movement is, as ever, at the head of the national project, and it unites today with the masses of our people in defending their holy sites, land, homes, lives and farms. In addition, he [Rudeina] called to maintain the character of the popular resistance as part of a comprehensive national strategy and non-deterioration to the Israeli cycle [of violence].”

In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.
Abbas’ advisor honors terrorist stabber who killed 2, calling the attack “heroic” 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Oct. 4, 2015


Image and text posted on Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein, reposted from website of Lebanese Fatah's Information and Culture Commission:

“Page in honor of Jerusalem and saluting those within it
The lions of Allah in Jerusalem are protecting it
Kiss their foreheads, and do not forget their hands”

“Picture of the Martyr (Shahid) Muhannad Halabi, 19 years old, resident of El-Bireh in the Ramallah district, who carried out the stabbing and shooting operation (i.e., terror attack) against settlers in occupied Jerusalem, which led to the death of two settlers and serious injury of additional settlers this evening [Oct. 3, 2015].
The last thing the Martyr wrote on his Facebook page, 21 hours before he carried out his heroic operation was: ‘According to what I see, the third Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel) has already broken out. What is happening in Jerusalem is what is happening to our holy sites and the place from where our Prophet [Muhammad] set out on his Night Journey (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), and what is happening to the women of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is what is happening to our mothers and sisters, and I do not think the people should succumb to this humiliation.”
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Abbas expresses his commitment to freeing Palestinian prisoners: “They are at the top of the list” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 3, 2015
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: ‘We are committed to every word we said here. We will work toward them and implement them, and they are unequivocal.’”
      “The president [Mahmoud Abbas] stated during his address to the thousands of citizens who received him yesterday [Oct. 2, 2015] evening at the presidential compound in Ramallah in order to celebrate the raising of the Palestinian flag at the UN and to thank him for his historic speech at the UN General Assembly…: ‘We will not forget our 6,000 prisoners in the [Israeli] prisons, first among them the 30 prisoners (i.e., refers to fourth group of prisoners that was supposed to be released in 2013, see below). We will not forget them, and I mentioned them in my speech. They are at the top of the list if they [Israel] want to implement the agreements, and it [the list] is the first of the agreements.’”

The fourth group – In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.

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Abbas partially funds housing project in ‎Bethlehem district for terrorists serving ‎life sentences in Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 17, 2015
Headline: “Hamdallah lays the corner ‎stone for the ‘Hope Neighborhood’ ‎building project meant for prisoners ‎serving life sentences, and announces ‎that the government will provide $200,000 ‎for the project”‎
     ‎“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah laid ‎the cornerstone for the ‘Hope ‎Neighborhood’ housing project in the ‎village of Al-Ubeidiya in the Bethlehem ‎district, which is meant for prisoners ‎serving life sentences [in Israel] and ‎which will serve about 120 life prisoners ‎in Bethlehem and the Hebron district. He ‎announced government aid of $200,000 ‎for the housing project…‎ Hamdallah said to those present… ‘I am ‎very proud to be here today among the ‎families of our brave prisoners, freedom ‎prisoners, in order to lay the cornerstone ‎of the ‘Hope Neighborhood’ housing ‎project, which is meant for life prisoners ‎and it is the first national project of its type ‎in the homeland.’‎ [...] ‎Hamdallah clarified: ‘This building project ‎is based on an exceptional national idea, ‎and a strong message – we will not give ‎up on the prisoners’ release, and we will ‎protect them until they again embrace ‎freedom. The Amman charity organization ‎and the Committee for Life Prisoners’ ‎Families in Bethlehem are carrying out ‎‎[the project], with a $150,000 grant from ‎the Arab League. The remaining cost of ‎the land was covered by President ‎Mahmoud Abbas, who also decided to ‎completely exempt the project from ‎licenses.”‎

Israel gives life sentences to terrorists who have committed murder
Abbas: "Every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem is holy blood as long as it was for Allah" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 17, 2015
Headline: "The President: 'We will protect Jerusalem and will not allow them to defile the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with their filthy feet'" 
     
 "The President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas stated: 'We are in Jerusalem, and we will remain in it. We will protect the places holy to Christianity and Islam, and will not leave our city. We will continue to cling to every inch of its land.' Today, when he [Abbas] met with activists from occupied Jerusalem in the presidential compound in Ramallah, his honor added: 'There is no door that we won't knock on to make the voice of Jerusalem be heard. I am certain that no harm will befall Jerusalem, though the occupation is waging a brutal war against it. However, we will continue to protect it in every situation. We are speaking with everyone, and everyone is asking what we are doing to make the voice of Jerusalem heard.'
His honor [Abbas] saluted the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) and stated: 'Every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem is holy blood as long as it was for Allah. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded, Allah willing.' ... He noted that we will not allow them to carry out their actions and divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and stated: 'The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem."
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Abbas: We won’t allow Jews with their “filthy feet” to “defile our Al-Aqsa Mosque” “We bless every drop of blood... that has been spilled for Allah” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 16, 2015


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Abbas’ statement at a meeting with “activists for the defense of the Noble Sanctuary” (i.e., the Temple Mount)
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We bless you, we bless the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah. The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”
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PA: Abbas endorses rock throwing, praises 12 year-old rock thrower 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2015
   
Caption: “The president during his meeting with the Al-Tamimi family from Nabi Saleh.”

“President Mahmoud Abbas received yesterday [Sept. 3, 2015] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, the family of Martyr Muhammad Al-Atrash, who was killed by the Israeli occupation forces at the Tapuach junction, south of Nablus, and the family of youth Muhammad Al-Tamimi, whom the Israeli occupation forces attacked and tried to arrest in the village of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah. The president offered his condolences to the Martyr’s (Shahid) family and stressed that these recurring crimes against the Palestinian people will not go unpunished…
During the reception for the family of the child Muhammad Al-Tamimi, the president praised the courage of the Al-Tamimi family and the way it faces the tyranny of the occupation and the attacks of its soldiers. In addition, he stressed that this proves the extent of the devotion of the Palestinian people to its land.
The president stressed that peaceful popular resistance (reference to rock throwing –Ed.) against the occupier is a powerful weapon in the hands of the Palestinian people, which exposes the falsity of the occupation, and shows to the whole world its barbarity, and the right of our people to self-definition, and to the establishment of an independent state like the rest of the peoples of the world.”
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Abbas awards medal to family known for committing acts of terror 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 20, 2015


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Official PA TV narrator: “President Mahmoud Abbas awarded the Medal of Jerusalem to the fighter Mustafa Abu Al-Leil, and his fighter wife, Um Mahyoub, and to all of their family, during the reception [held by] the honorable [President Abbas] for the fighter Abu Al-Leil and his family in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The President awarded the Jerusalem Award to the Abu Al-Leil family as a token of appreciation for their patience and resolve and its enormous sacrifice of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners throughout the struggle, and in appreciation of its resolve and giving in order that our nation will achieve liberty and independence.”
Clerk reads award text: “In the name of all-merciful Allah, the year of 2015. The President of the State of Palestine decided to award the Medal of Jerusalem to the fighter Mustafa Musa Abu Al-Leil Abu Mahyoub and his fighter wife Um Mahyoub and all their family, as a token of appreciation of this patient, resolute family which has made an enormous sacrifice of Martyrs and prisoners throughout the struggle, and in appreciation of their resolve and giving in order that our nation may achieve liberty and independence. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine.”

Note:  Four members of the Abu Al-Leil family were killed as “Martyrs”: Haled, Husseini, Samir, and Abu Al-Leil. In addition, Hussein Abu Al-Leil, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, was sentenced to five cumulative life sentences for carrying out the shooting attack in April 2003 at the Beka’ot military camp, in which two soldiers were killed: Ofer Sharavi and Itamar Lifshitz, and an addition eight were injured.
Abbas grants prize to family of terrorist who killed shot 2 Israelis, calls family of terrorist stabber to console them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2015
Headline: “The President awarded the Jerusalem Prize to Mustafa Abu Leil and his family”

“President Mahmoud Abbas awarded the Jerusalem Prize to the fighter Mustafa Abu Leil ‘Abu Mahyoub’, to his wife, the fighter Um Mahyoub, and to his entire family. This took place during the reception the president held for the fighter Abu Al-Leil and his family in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

The president awarded the Jerusalem Prize to the Abu Al-Leil family as a token of appreciation for this resolute family, which has made enormous sacrifices of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners on the path of struggle, and in appreciation of its persistence and giving so that our nation will achieve liberty and independence. It will be noted that the Abu Al-Leil family from the Balata refugee camp sacrificed five Martyrs from among its sons… in addition to the prisoner Hussein Abu Al-Leil, sentenced to five life sentences, and a number of released prisoners and wounded.

In addition, last night [Aug. 19, 2015] the president called Bassem Abu Amsheh Al-Atrash, father of the Martyr Muhammad Al-Atrash, who died as a Martyr from the occupation’s shooting at the Tapuach junction, south of Nablus, three days ago [Aug. 17, 2015]. During the conversation the president expressed his warm condolences to the Martyr’s family, and asked that Allah wrap him in his full mercy, and shelter him in his most spacious garden, next to the righteous and the Martyrs.”

Hussein Abu Al-Leil, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, was sentenced to five accumulative life sentences for carrying out a shooting attack in April 2003 at the Beka’ot military camp in which two soldiers were killed: Ofer Sharavi and Itamar Lifshitz, and an additional eight were injured.
Four other members of the Abu Al-Leil family were also killed as “M
Abbas to family of terrorist: Your son is the “son of all the Palestinian people, and… his killing in cold blood is a crime” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 14, 2015
Headline: “The president received the family of Martyr Al-Khaledi: ‘We will submit the case to the international criminal court’”
      “President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Aug. 13, 2015] received at the president’s residence in Ramallah the petition of the family of Martyr (Shahid) Laith Fadl Al-Khaledi, 17 years old, who died as a Martyr from gunfire of the occupation army next to the Atarot checkpoint, north of Ramallah. The president expressed his condolences to the Martyr’s family, and noted that Laith is the son of all the Palestinian people, and that his killing in cold blood is a crime that will not pass [in silence]. The president emphasized that he appointed the Foreign Minister to prepare the case of the Martyrdom-death of Laith in order to submit it to the international criminal court, so that the murderers will be punished.  In turn, the Martyr’s father explained that his son Laith sacrificed his life as a Martyr for Palestine and its land, following in the footsteps of the Martyrs. Al-Khaledi expressed his appreciation for the president’s interest in the issue of the Martyrdom-death of his son from the first moment, and his standing with his family in this tragedy.”

Note : Laith Fadl Al-Khaledi was shot while being chased, after throwing a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli military post near the town of Yitzhar, south of Nablus.
Abbas awards military award to terrorist who planted a bomb in a movie theater 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 28, 2015

Secretary-General of the Presidential Office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim: "Decree for 2015. The President of the State of Palestine and acting Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee; by the authority vested in us, and for the public good; we decree the following:
Paragraph 1: Fighter Fatima Barnawi - the first female prisoner of the revolution of modern Palestine - is granted the Award of Military Star of Honor.
Paragraph 2: In appreciation for her pioneering role in the struggle,her sacrifice for her homeland and her people, and its revolution, and her willingness to give from the beginning until now...
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and acting Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee."
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Note: Fatima Barnawi placed a bomb in a movie theater in Jerusalem in 1967 in an attempt to blow it up. The bomb failed to explode. She was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in 1977 after serving 10 years.
Abbas awards "Military Star of Honor" to terrorist who attempted to blow up cinema in 1967 "out of appreciation for her pioneering role in the struggle" and "for the public good" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 28, 2015
Headline: "The President [Abbas] presents Barnawi with the Military Star of Honor"
     "The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, presented the Military Star of Honor to the fighter Fatima Barnawi, the first female prisoner of the modern Palestinian revolution... His Honor [Abbas] presented Barnawi with the Military Star of Honor out of appreciation for her pioneering role in the struggle, her sacrifice for her homeland, her people, and its revolution, and her willingness to sacrifice and to give from the beginning until today."
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Abbas and Fatah celebrate 30th anniversary of release of prisoners, including terrorist murderers 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, May 27, 2015
Headline: “Under the auspices of the President [Mahmoud Abbas], honoring of released [prisoners] from the 1985 exchange deal, on the 30th anniversary”
     “Today [May 26, 2015], Tuesday afternoon, for the first time since their release 30 years ago, the Released Prisoners’ Forum (i.e., private organization) and brothers of the Democratic Front (i.e., political party, member of the PLO), under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas, organized a unique event that hasn’t taken place in 30 years – the honoring of the veteran prisoners and the Martyrs (Shahids) among them, who were released in the 1985 exchange deal (i.e., Jibril Agreement, see note below).... Head of the Released Prisoners’ Forum and member of the Fatah leadership, released [prisoner] Ibrahim Alyan, delivered President Mahmoud Abbas’ written speech and the President’s greetings to the group of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen), these venerable heroes. Likewise, he sent his [the President’s] blessings to... those who were released from the prisons in this deal and in all the deals made through the exchange of soldiers or political pressure. Alyan expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the general leadership that carried out the deal, and to the Fatah movement, which kidnapped the soldiers. Alyan emphasized that this deal, and earlier and later deals, are a source of pride to us and to our history, and that the release of prisoners in every way is a national and religious obligation and basic principle from which we cannot back down. ‘We announce to all our prisoners who stand firm in the prisons that your freedom is nearer than at any time, and you will undoubtedly be released as the rest of the heroes like you were released.’”

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Abbas supervising PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, allegedly no longer under PA control  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 9, 2015
PA TV News reader: “His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas authorized the work regulations of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, which was phrased before it changed from a government ministry to a commission belonging to the PLO.”

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Abbas recites Quran verse “for the soul of leader Martyr Abu Jihad,” arch-terrorist, at Fatah meeting 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2015
Headline: “The President [Mahmoud Abbas] at a meeting of Fatah Central Committee: Greetings to the Martyrs and prisoners and full support for our people in Al-Yarmouk [refugee camp]”
     “The Fatah Central Committee held a meeting headed by President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah yesterday [April 19, 2015]. At the beginning of the meeting, His Honor [Abbas] and the Central Committee members read the Al-Fatiha Sura (opening Sura of ‎the Quran) for the soul of leader Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ and the souls of the Martyrs of the Palestinian revolution… The Central Committee also marked the 27th anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of the great leader, brother Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad.’ ... In addition, the Central Committee addressed the 42nd anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of commanders Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar. The Committee emphasized its loyalty to their path, and that it would continue in their path of struggle until our people obtains its legitimate national rights, primarily the right of return, [the right of] self-definition and the establishment of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital. The Central Committee expressed its appreciation and praised the President’s decision to honor the Martyrs who founded the Palestinian revolution and the Fatah movement, as well as the first fighters, emphasizing our loyalty and commitment to the heroic Martyrs, to their fighting families and to our heroic prisoners, who sacrificed the best years of their lives for their people’s freedom.”

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Abbas expresses “his pride” for arch-terrorist Abu Jihad 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2015
Headline: "The President [Abbas] on the anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of Abu Jihad: 'He was a leader and a symbol of the Palestinian struggle'“
     "President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his pride yesterday [April 16, 2015] in Martyr ['Abu Jihad'] Khalil Al-Wazir's significant national role in the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution. In addition, the President praised his remarkable role in writing the modern history of the struggle as well as the  efforts he invested, the sacrifices he made and his dedication in service of his people, in order to bring about the [establishment of] a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. The President held a phone conversation with Intisar Al-Wazir, Martyr Abu Jihad's companion [and widow], in honor of the anniversary of his death yesterday and in appreciation of his revolutionary role in the history of our modern revolution." From WAFA, official PA news agency 
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Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Rally commemorating terrorist Abu Jihad held under auspices of Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2015
Headline: "The National Security [Forces] and Fatah marked the anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of Abu Jihad in Jenin" 
     "The masses of the Jenin district marked the anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir 'Abu Jihad' with a mass rally held in the Palestinian National Security Forces' camp Horsh Al-Saada, under the patronage of his Excellency, President Mahmoud Abbas. Present at the rally were: Jenin District Governor Ibrahim Ramadan, Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Foreign Branches Jamal Muhaisen... commanders and representatives of the Palestinian National Security Forces, members of the Legislative and Revolutionary Councils, members of the [Fatah] movement and several national and public figures. In a speech he gave in the President's name, Ramadan stressed the importance of achieving national unity, unifying the ranks and joining together around the Palestinian leadership in order to bring about the establishment of our independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. Muhaisen praised the members of the security establishment for sacrificing Martyrs, wounded and prisoners over the years, and brought up memories from the life of Martyr leader Khalil Al-Wazir 'Abu-Jihad.'" 
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Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas honors terrorists with “decoration of military honor”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2015
     "For Palestinian Prisoners' Day, the President [Mahmoud Abbas] decided to honor the first prisoner of modern Palestinian revolution Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi, the first female fighter prisoner Fatima Barnawi and the first Martyr Ahmad Musa Salameh. The President gave them the decoration of military honor, in admiration of their militant pioneering role and for their sacrifice for their country and people." 
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Notes: Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi was serving 30 years in prison for attempting to blow up the Nehusha Water Institute in central Israel in 1965. He was released in 1971 and returned to Lebanon in an exchange deal with Fatah for Shmuel Rozenvasser, an Israeli citizen who was abducted by Fatah terrorists in 1970. 
Fatima Barnawi placed a bomb in a movie theater in Jerusalem in 1967 that failed to explode. She was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in 1977 after serving 10 years. 
Ahmad Musa Salameh was involved in Fatah's first terror attack on Jan. 1, 1965, which targeted Israel's National Water Carrier. Salameh was killed by Jordanian soldiers following the attack. 
Abbas’ advisor romanticizes most lethal attack against Israel, terrorist murderers are “heroes” 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Mar. 11, 2015
In March 1978, Dalal Mughrabi led a group of Fatah terrorists from Lebanon and hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway. Confronted by the Israeli army, the terrorists killed many of the passengers on the bus, in total 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounded more than 70.
Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein posted the following on his Facebook page, glorifying the attack and the terrorists who carried it out:


Posted text: “On the early morning of Saturday, March 11, 1978, a [small] band [of Palestinian fighters] sailed from Deir Yassin on a cargo ship, which, it was decided, would transport them to a [point] 12 miles from the Palestinian coast, after which the band sailed on in a simple boat towards the coast south of Haifa.
Thus Dalal Mughrabi arrived on the soil of the beloved homeland, and her dream came true. She and her friends crossed the beach towards the Haifa-Jaffa highway, near the colony of Herzliya, which was near their destination. They succeeded in halting a large bus with 30 Israeli passengers, and forced it to turn toward Tel Aviv ... The enemy forces destroyed the bus together with its passengers, and admitted to having sustained 42 fatalities and 85 casualties, in addition to [the loss of] two buses, six taxis and a military jeep. As a result, 11 heroes, including Dalal Mughrabi, died as Martyrs, while two were wounded and captured.”

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Abbas strongly condemns murder of Japanese hostages by Islamic State 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2015
The PA daily printed Abbas' strong condemnation of the murder of two Japanese ‎hostages by Islamic State. PMW has documented that while Abbas issues strong ‎condemnations of terror attacks abroad, his condemnations of terror attacks against ‎Israelis have been less resolute. Following Abbas' ‎condemnation of the Jerusalem synagogue massacre (November 2014), officials in ‎Abbas' Fatah party openly stated that Abbas' condemnation was insincere and was ‎motivated solely by international pressure.‎
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his condolences yesterday to Japanese Prime ‎Minister Shinzo Abe for the murder of Japanese citizens Haruna Yukawa and Kenji ‎Goto by the forces of terrorism. In a condolence telegram, the President said: ‘In the ‎name of the State of Palestine and its people, and in my name personally, we hereby ‎express to your country our condemnation of and absolute opposition to the murder of ‎Japanese citizens Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto by the forces of terrorism. These ‎are abominable and cowardly acts contrary to all values and conventions, to human ‎morals and the heavenly religions.’”‎
Fatah posts Abbas quote to show he is an advocate of “armed struggle”‎ 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 22, 2015

Text on poster of Abbas: "I am not one to surrender. When Fatah launched the ‎armed struggle, we were nine members. Four of us supported the armed struggle, and ‎four opposed it. My vote tipped the scales in favor of the armed struggle. But everything ‎in its time."‎
‎"Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine" ‎
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Note: Abbas' phrase "everything in its time" alludes to the PA policy of alternating ‎between the use of terror and diplomacy, whichever the PA deems the most beneficial at ‎any given time.‎
Fatah posted this to its "Main Page" on Facebook on Jan. 16 and 22, 2015.
Abbas issues strong condemnation of Paris terror attack 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 7, 2015
     “The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the abominable terror attack that took place today, Wednesday [Jan. 7, 2015] in the French capital Paris, and claimed the lives of several French citizens. In a telegram to French President François Hollande, the President emphasized his strong condemnation of such abominable crimes, which are religiously and morally unacceptable. His Excellency [Abbas] expressed our heartfelt condolences to the French president, his friendly nation and the families of the victims, wishing mercy on the victims’ souls, a speedy recovery for the wounded and fortitude for their families.”

Note: On Jan. 7, 2015, Muslim terrorists carried out a shooting attack at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. 12 people were killed in the attack, which was a response to cartoons the magazine published about Islam's Prophet Muhammad. On Jan. 8, in a connected attack, Muslim terrorist Amely Coulibaly shot and killed a policewoman in Paris and on Jan. 9, he shot and killed 4 Jewish shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket.
While Abbas officially condemned the terror attacks in France, PMW has documented different PA reactions to the attacks. Some have condemned them while at the same time condemning
Charlie Hebdo for mocking Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Others have compared the terror attacks in France to Israeli "terrorism" against Palestinians, and some have even claimed that Israel was behind the attacks.
Abbas: We hope that Allah will grant all of us Martyrdom-death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 13, 2014
     “President Mahmoud Abbas offered his condolences yesterday [Dec. 12, 2014] over the Martyrdom (Istishhad) of Minister Ziyad Abu Ein, Head of the [PA] Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall during a visit to the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) home in Ramallah…The President added: ‘We hope that Allah will grant all of us the Martyrdom-death (Shahada) that Ziad attained with great honor while planting an olive tree. I promise you that we will take the olive tree and plant it in the place he wished, and will complete his message.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎
Abbas issues lukewarm condemnation of Jerusalem synagogue massacre, highlighting Israel's supposed “aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 18, 2014
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “[The] synagogue [attack] in Jerusalem, which led to the murder of several Israelis: Of course, we strongly condemn such incidents, and under no circumstances do we condone acts of terror against citizens. We say here that just as we condemn this aggression, we condemn the aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem (i.e., the Temple Mount), against the holy places and the burning of mosques (i.e., an allusion to the firebombing of a mosque in a village north of Ramallah on Nov. 12, 2014) and churches, because none of these serves the common interest in the name of which we are acting toward the establishment of two states – the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel. We call for complete respite from all these actions, in order to allow us to continue the diplomatic route and diplomatic activity, which will bring peace to the Middle East.”

Note: On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security Forces that arrived on the scene.
Abbas’ advisor posts graphic images of synagogue terror attack and calls it “the heroic ‎operation”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Nov. 18, 2014
On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered ‎a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 ‎worshippers and a police officer. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli ‎Security Forces that arrived on the scene. ‎
Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein posted this photo and text on his Facebook page: ‎



Text: "Pictures from the scene of the heroic operation (i.e., the Jerusalem synagogue terror ‎attack) at the religious Zionist institute, in response to the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) ‎Yussuf Al-Ramouni 'Abu Jihad.'" ‎
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Note: Yussuf Al-Ramouni – Arab bus driver from East Jerusalem who was found ‎hanged at a bus terminal in Jerusalem on Nov. 16, 2014. Although an autopsy ‎performed by the Israeli Abu Kabir Forensic Institute and a pathologist chosen by the ‎family of Al-Ramouni revealed no signs of violence, Palestinian media immediately ‎presented the incident as a murder perpetrated by Jewish settlers.‎
Abbas’ advisor posts graphic image of dead terrorists and calls their attack “the heroic ‎operation”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Nov. 18, 2014
On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered ‎a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 ‎worshippers and a police officer. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli ‎Security Forces that arrived on the scene. ‎
Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein posted this picture of ‎the two dead terrorists: ‎


Text: "The enemy media: Martyrs (Shahids) Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, cousins from ‎Jabal Mukkaber, who carried out the heroic operation (i.e., the Jerusalem synagogue terror ‎attack)."‎
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Abbas condemns synagogue terror attack, but his advisor and Fatah glorify it 
Source: WAFA news agency, Nov. 18, 2014
On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, ‎entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 ‎worshippers and a police officer. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli ‎Security Forces that arrived on the scene. ‎
Abbas’ office condemned the attack, whereas his advisor Sutlan Abu Al-Einein and Fatah chose to glorify it. ‎The following is the condemnation issued by Abbas’ office:‎

     ‎"The President's [Abbas'] Office has always condemned the murder of citizens on any side, and ‎today, it condemns the murder of the worshippers in the synagogue in West Jerusalem. In addition, ‎it condemns all acts of violence regardless of their source, and demands an end to the invasions of ‎the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the provocations of the settlers, and the incitement on the part of several ‎Israeli ministers.‎
In addition, the President's Office emphasizes that the time has come to end the occupation and ‎eliminate the causes of the tension and violence. We emphasize our commitment to a just solution ‎based on the two-state solution, in keeping with the resolutions of the international institutions, and ‎to preserving the atmosphere of calm and the understandings reached with [Jordanian] King ‎Abdallah II and with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman [in November 2014]." ‎
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Fatah: Abbas only condemned murder of 4 Jews because of international ‎pressure 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Nov. 18, 2014
On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East ‎Jerusalem, entered ‎a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, ‎knives and axes, killing 4 ‎worshippers and a police officer. ‎

Abbas' office issued a statement condemning the attack, but a post on Fatah's official ‎Facebook page implied that Abbas' condemnation was insincere. The post showed a ‎video of Arafat's bodyguard explaining that Arafat would lie and condemn terror attacks ‎due to international pressure, but that "it wasn't true."
This video was accompanied by ‎the text:‎
‎"For those who argue with Fatah: Why the PA condemns self-sacrifice operations!" ‎


Arafat's bodyguard: "Whenever an operation (i.e., terror attack) was carried out in Tel ‎Aviv, Arafat would go out and say [he condemned it] - of course, after pressure. First ‎and foremost [from Egyptian] President Mubarak. He would call brother Arafat and tell ‎him: "Brother Arafat, go and condemn it, they'll screw you." [Arafat] would tell him: "But ‎Mr. President, I have Martyrs - they [Israel] destroyed us, they massacred us." [Mubarak] ‎would tell him: "Brother Arafat, go and condemn [it]. They'll screw you." Brother Arafat ‎would go and condemn it in his special way: I am against killing civilians - and that ‎wasn't true." ‎
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Abbas' advisors denounce violence but praise murderous terrorists 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2014
On Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, 2014, Palestinian terrorists ‎drove their cars into pedestrians in Jerusalem in two separate attacks, killing a total of 4. ‎

PA TV News on a statement by Nimer Hammad, advisor to Abbas, ‎following one of the car terror attacks in East Jerusalem:
Official PA TV reporter: "Nimer Hammad, Chairman [Mahmoud Abbas'] political ‎advisor, emphasized in a statement to PA TV that Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is ‎making sure that our people is not drawn into a cycle of violence and counter-violence, ‎according to the Netanyahu government's plan to curb the diplomatic and political ‎pressure against it."
[Official PA TV, Nov. 5, 2014]‎

Facebook page of Abbas' advisor and Fatah Central Committee member‎ Sultan Abu Al-Einein, following one of the car terror attacks in East Jerusalem:
‎"Jerusalem is rising up; behold the illustrious and blessed children of Jerusalem ‎lighting the spark of revolution, saturating the land of the homeland with their pure ‎blood... The earth-shaking reaction came from the heroes of Jerusalem. It ‎began with the heroic Martyr (Shahid) [Abd Al-Rahman] Al-Shaloudi, then [Mutaz] ‎Hijazi and, behold, today it comes from the heroic Martyr Ibrahim Al-Akari. They ‎answered the call of the homeland."‎ ‎[Facebook page of Abbas' advisor and Fatah Central Committee member‎‎ Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Nov. 5, 2014]
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Abbas' advisor on terror murders: "We are behind them in every movement, in every action and every deed" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2014


Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Abbas' advisor, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“First of all, allow me to say that we kiss every forehead, every hand and even every foot that carries out Ribat (religious conflict/ war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem... I am not talking about strengthening their resolve; I am talking about participating in their resolve... We are behind them. The leadership is with them. A few days ago, President [Mahmoud Abbas] greeted them, reinforced them and requested more Ribat from them. This statement may have angered the Israelis and the occupation, that the President is inciting the Palestinians from Jerusalem to [perform] Ribat. Yes, we are inciting the people in Jerusalem to [perform] Ribat. Ribat means to protect and to hold on to your ground. We are with them in every movement, in every action and every deed, and we welcome what they are doing at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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PA TV broadcasts 19 times in 3 days Abbas' implicit call for violence in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 4, 2014

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It's not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places.”
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Note: This video originally aired on Oct. 17, 2014 and was broadcast a total of 29 times that month. It was also broadcast 3 times on Nov. 1 and most recently on Nov. 4, 2014.
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Abbas glorifies shooter of Rabbi Glick 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2014
On Oct. 29, 2014, Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner Mutaz Hijazi shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick at point-blank range in an attempt to assassinate him. Rabbi Glick was seriously wounded in the attack. Hijazi was killed the following day after opening fire on the Israeli policemen who came to arrest him.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ condolence letter to the family of the terrorist:

     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his anger and his condemnation of the abominable crime committed against Martyr (Shahid) Mutaz Hijazi, who was murdered last Thursday [Oct. 30, 2014] by the killing and terror gangs of the Israeli occupation army.  In a telegram delivered yesterday [Nov. 2, 2014] by Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and District Governor Adnan Husseini to the Martyr’s relatives in the village of Silwan, he [Abbas] said that Martyr Mutaz rose to Heaven while defending our people’s rights and holy places. In addition, he condemned this barbaric act, which is added to the occupation’s crimes against our people since the Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe’ Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), as well as the continuation of the historic injustice being committed against it wherever it is present.” 
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Abbas' advisor to shooter of Rabbi Glick: "Your bullets were a beacon” 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Nov. 3, 2014
On Oct. 29, 2014, Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner Mutaz Hijazi shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick at point-blank range in an attempt to assassinate him. Rabbi Glick was seriously wounded in the attack. Hijazi was killed the following day after opening fire on the Israeli policemen who came to arrest him.
Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified terrorist Mutaz Hijazi on his Facebook page:

     “My message to the heroic Martyr (Shahid) Mutaz Hijazi, the Martyr of Dawn, the Martyr of Jerusalem: I have met with your father on your behalf but was not able to meet with your mother in order to kiss her hands and her forehead for feeding you courage and bravery from her breast, making you the revolutionary who has shortened our path to freedom. Mutaz, Allah has honored you with Martyrdom (Shahada), for which all men yearn. Your bullets were a beacon [illuminating] a path that had become dark, the light of which will continue to shine for years to come. Rest in peace, for you have conveyed the message, that this is the shortest way to the freedom of nations. Your life has been the essence of the Palestinian people’s long experience of suffering, for you were a revolutionary, thereafter a prisoner, and finally a Martyr (Shahid).” 
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Abbas' advisor: Shooter of Rabbi Glick is "the Martyr of Dawn in Jerusalem" 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Oct. 30, 2014
On Oct. 29, 2014, Mutaz Hijazi, an Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner, attempted to murder Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who was seriously wounded in the shooting attack. The following image and text were posted on Fatah's Facebook page and re-posted by Abbas' advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein:
 

Text: "Martyr (Shahid) Mutaz Hijazi,the Martyr of Dawn in Jerusalem, is a released prisoner. He died as a Martyr (Shahid) following a gunfight. The occupation forces accuse him of attempting to assassinate the Zionist rabbi Yehuda Glick."

Text on poster shared by Abbas' advisor, Abu Al-Einein:
"'Among the believers are men true to what they promised Allah. Among them is he who has fulfilled his vow [to the death], and among them is he who awaits [his chance]. And they did not alter [the terms of their commitment] by any alteration.' (Surah 33:23, trans. Sahih International)
With great honor and pride
The Palestinian National Liberation Movement - Fatah, Jerusalem branch accompanies its heroic Martyr to his wedding
Mutaz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi,
who carried out the assassination attempt of Zionist rabbi Yehuda Glick
Who has ascended to Heaven today, Thursday, October 30, 2014
after a gunfight with occupation soldiers in Jerusalem
May he rest in peace"
 
Abbas' advisor: Murderer of baby is "heroic Martyr" 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Oct. 23, 2014
Posted on the Facebook page of Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein:
     “The heroic Martyr (Shahid) Abd Al-Rahman Idris Al-Shaloudi (23) was released from prison on Dec. 12, 2013, after serving 16 months in the occupation prisons. He was released from the Negev desert prison (Ktzi’ot Prison), and was arrested again several months later at his home in the Al-Bustan neighborhood [of East Jerusalem], which is in danger of being demolished. During his arrest, the occupation forces beat him aggressively, attacked his old grandmother and arrested his father. He spent three weeks in the jail cells of the Russian Compound [Detention Center]. The picture below [shows] the final moments before his death as a Martyr, after he was shot at point-blank range. He was murdered in cold blood.”
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Note: Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi – On Oct. 22, 2014, Al-Shaloudi drove his car into a light-rail station in Jerusalem, killing three-month-old Israeli-American Haya Zissel-Brown and Karen Mosquera, 22, of Ecuador, and injuring 7 others. He was shot by police while attempting to flee the scene, and later died of his wounds.
PA TV reports on Abbas' speech ‎calling on Palestinians to “defend” Al-‎Aqsa Mosque “in any way whatsoever”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 17, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast quotes from PA ‎Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the ‎Second Fatah Congress under the ‎following headlines that were visible on ‎the screen:‎
     ‎“President [Mahmoud Abbas] calls on his ‎people to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and ‎prevent the settlers from entering it in any ‎way whatsoever.”‎

The following is an excerpt of Abbas’ ‎speech referred to on PA TV:


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It's not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places.”
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Abbas criticizes Hamas for taking responsibility for kidnapping the 3 Israeli teens 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 28, 2014
Official PA TV interviewed Mahmoud Abbas about the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens in June 2014:
     “After the kidnapping was carried out we met with punishments we had never known before, for no reason. The destruction, the murders – and the most famous murder was that of Muhammad Abu Khdeir and other children.  Alright, who carried out [the kidnapping]? Israel says Hamas. We say we have no proof [of this] whatsoever, we have no proof. We tell them [Israel]: ‘...We have no information [proving] that Hamas did this.’ I asked [Hamas officials]: ‘Did you carry out [the kidnapping]?’ They said no. I said: ‘Great. In that case, it’s not them!’ Then, the honorable gentleman Saleh Al-Arouri surprised [us] in a speech. He said: ‘We kidnapped them to start a revolution, an Intifada, in the West Bank…’ Alright, I was surprised. I was informed that Al-Arouri said this. I told them : ‘My friends, my information from the most senior official, from the head of the [Hamas] Political Bureau [Khaled Mashaal] [was] that they [Hamas] had nothing to do with this.’ But then Khaled Mashaal came and said they had carried out [the kidnapping], but not following a top-down decision (i.e., not a decision made by Hamas leadership). An operation of this kind not carried out according to a top-down decision? It would have been better for you [Mashaal] to keep quiet, or for your man [Al-Arouri] to keep quiet.”

Note: On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists while they were hitchhiking. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They were shot to death soon after the abduction. Two days later, Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir was kidnapped and murdered in Jerusalem in a revenge attack by Israeli extremists.
Abbas quotes Quranic verse encouraging ‎violent resistance in speech 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2014
     ‎“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has ‎addressed our people several times since ‎the start of the aggression against the ‎Gaza Strip (i.e., 2014 Gaza war). Each ‎time, he added something new to the ‎chain of events and their rapid ‎development in a way that served the ‎Palestinian cause – in particular, the Gaza ‎Strip, which sacrificed Martyrs (Shahids) ‎on a daily basis.‎ In his speech two days ago [Aug. 26, ‎‎2014], the President announced the end ‎of the aggression against the Gaza Strip ‎based on the Egyptian initiative, to which ‎he has supported all along. Last month, ‎he said other things suggesting that he ‎opposes the occupation and supports the ‎resistance of our people. Many ‎considered the fact that he concluded ‎his speech with the Quranic verse, ‎‎‘Permission [to fight] has been given to ‎those who are being fought, because ‎they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is ‎competent to give them victory.’ (Sura ‎‎22:39, trans. Sahih International) as a ‎clear and open [show of] support for the ‎resistance, and a call to [manifest] anger ‎against the occupation. This was ‎realized on the ground in the West ‎Bank, which answered the President’s ‎call and set out to confront the ‎occupation.”‎
PA leadership “expresses pride” in riots in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2014
     “The Palestinian leadership emphasized that the just demands presented by our delegation - specifically, the lifting of the blockade [on the Gaza Strip], the opening of the [border] crossings and freedom of movement - are inseparable from the larger national goal: Ending the occupation in all the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza, and [allowing] the Palestinian state to assume full sovereignty over its land, water and air.
This [statement was made] in an announcement published by the leadership after a meeting held last night [Aug. 16, 2014], [and] presided over by President Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential residence in Ramallah, to discuss the results of the negotiations for establishing quiet, which are taking place in Cairo…
It [the leadership] called for the continuation of the national campaign to boycott Israeli products and for its expansion on an international level, in order to settle the score with Israel for the war crimes committed by its racist government against the children, women and all members of our nation…
The leadership expressed pride ‘in the all-inclusive popular uprising of our great nation throughout the homeland and in its heart, Jerusalem… against the criminal aggression (i.e., Operation Protective Edge).’”

Note: This statement was made while Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Abbas "gave the sign to let the West Bank street loose" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 25, 2014
Op-ed by Muhannad Ubeid
Headline: "
A single Quranic verse ignited the West Bank"
     "[Mahmoud] Abbas realized that by staying outside the arena, he would be excluded from the political game. He also knows that the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank is ready for an explosion. Therefore, he gave the sign to let the [Palestinian] street in the West Bank loose. Isn't the Quranic verse he quoted during his last speech, "Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory" [Sura 22:39, trans. Sahih International] a clear sign to loosen the reins on the street?
Furthermore, what is the meaning of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi's statement regarding the West Bank's need to enter into an armed Intifada? It's been a long time since we heard a member of the Fatah leadership talk about weapons. The West Bank's entrance into the line of confrontation will reshuffle the cards, and the action is still just beginning. Israel will not agree to a third Intifada, and this is precisely what Abbas wants. He wants Israel to knock on his door in order to find a solution."
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Abbas awards the order of merit to terrorist who, according to Abbas' own newspaper, planned suicide bombings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2014
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas awarded ‎an order of merit to Samir ‎ Ghattas, ‎‎[aka]‎ Muhammad Hamza, at [Hamza’s] Cairo ‎home yesterday [June 6, 2014].‎.. He was the founder and editor in ‎chief of the Palestinian military journal Al-‎Maaraka in Beirut, and worked as an ‎assistant and advisor to the commander-‎Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jihad – Khalil Al-‎Wazir…‎ In addition, he participated in planning ‎and preparing the most prominent self-‎sacrifice operations (i.e., terror attacks): the ‎capture of 8 Israeli soldiers in the Beqaa ‎Valley in Lebanon in 1983; the suicide ‎attack on the Israeli Defense Ministry in ‎Bat Yam, Tel-Aviv, in 1985; the attack on ‎the nuclear facility in Dimona in 1988 ‎(i.e., terror attack on bus transporting workers killing three).”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

The following are descriptions of the terror attacks the award recipient was involved in‎:
Attack on the Israeli Defense Ministry – ‎On Oct. 21, 1985, the Israeli Navy ‎intercepted the Ataviros, a ship carrying 28 ‎Palestinian terrorists from Egypt to Israel. ‎The terrorists were planning to attack the ‎Defense Ministry building in Tel Aviv, take ‎hostages and demand the release of ‎Palestinian prisoners. The ship was ‎intercepted and sunk; 20 terrorists drowned and 8 ‎were arrested.‎
Attack on the nuclear facilities in Dimona – On ‎March 7, 1988, Muhammad Abd Al-Qader ‎Muhammad Issa, Muhammad Khalil Saleh ‎Al-Khanafi, and Abdallah Abd Al-Majid ‎Muhammad Kallab hijacked a bus carrying ‎workers to the Negev Nuclear Research ‎Center in Dimona, and murdered 3 of its ‎passengers
Abbas rep: "Our Martyrs and prisoners will remain the beacon of our magnificent glory" 
Source: WAFA news agency, May 14, 2014
Headline: “Honoring families of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners in Hebron”
     “The central Hebron branch of Fatah, the National Liberation Movement, honored families of prisoners and Martyrs this evening...’
In his speech representing President Mahmoud Abbas, District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid said: ‘I convey the President’s [Abbas’] greetings to you. Our Martyrs and prisoners will remain the beacon of our magnificent glory until the dream of the Martyr and [Fatah] founder Yasser Arafat, [Hamas founder] Ahmed Yassin and all the [other] Martyrs is fulfilled: The establishment of our Palestinian state. We must be loyal to these heroes in all aspects.’"
The following terrorists appeared on a poster at the event: Ayyat Al-Akhras (killed 2), Andalib Takatka (killed 6), Marwan Zalum (killed 9), Raed Al-Karmi (killed 9), Atef Abayat and Naif Abu Sharakh (killed 23).
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Abbas sincerely condemns bombing attack – in Nigeria 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2014
     “President Mahmoud Abbas conveyed his condolences to the President of the Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, for the victims of the recent terror attacks in the capital Abuja. In his telegram, the President asserted that he strongly denounces and condemns such heinous crimes, which are religiously and morally unacceptable.
The President [Abbas] expressed his sincere, heartfelt condolences … he hoped the souls of the victims would obtain mercy, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured, and forbearance and solace to their [the victims’] families. “
From WAFA, official PA news agency

The PA has rarely condemned any terror attacks against Israel, and the few condemnations that have been voiced have never been as explicit as this one.
Abbas' advisor praises murderer of 37 civilians 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on NGOs Sultan Abu Al-Einein: "I am greatly honored to be standing [here] today, so days that are important to us all will never be erased from our memory. In March, [we mark] Palestinian Women’s Day, in March, Palestinian Mother’s Day also occurs, in March [we remember] that dark-skinned young woman from the Shatila [refugee] camp [Dalal Mughrabi], who would not agree to anything other than to establish her state between Jaffa and Lebanon in her special way; that young woman who fought along with her comrades until her ammunition ran out. Yes, March is honored by this Palestinian blood... They [Israelis] are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice. Let the young people hear me: Allah, honor us with Martyrdom (Shahada). Allah, give us the honor of being part of the procession of Martyrs."
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA prime minister conveys Abbas’ condolences to families of terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 13, 2014
     “Yesterday [March 12, 2014] [PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah consoled the relatives [of several Martyrs (Shahids), including] the Martyrs of the numbered [cemeteries] (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers) from Nablus, Martyr Maher Muhyi Al-Din Hbeishah and Martyr Imad Kamal Zubeidi… Hamdallah conveyed President Mahmoud Abbas’ condolences to the Martyrs’ relatives and expressed his hope that Allah would let them rest in Paradise and grant their families forbearance and solace.”

Notes: Maher Hbeishah - was a suicide bomber who detonated himself on the no. 16 bus in Haifa on Dec. 2, 2001, killing 15 people and wounding around 40. Israel transferred the terrorist‘s body to the PA on March 11, 2014.
Imad Zubeidi – was a suicide bomber who detonated himself at a bus stop in Kfar Saba on April 22, 2001, killing Dr. Mario Goldin and wounding more than 40. Israel transferred the terrorist’s body to the PA on March 11, 2014.
The Cemeteries for Enemy Casualties are two burial sites maintained by the Israeli army for burying the bodies of enemy soldiers as well as terrorists. They are fenced and well-marked. Graves have markers instead of gravestones. Burial is temporary, on the assumption that the bodies will eventually be returned to their countries of origin. No ceremony is held. The bodies are buried in numbered caskets, after their identities have been documented.
PA minister of Religious Affairs calls Hamas terrorist murderers “the great ones” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 7, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday prayers from the mosque at the Presidential residence in Ramallah. The sermon, on the victory of the faithful over the infidels with reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, was given by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash; the audience included PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee members Muhammad Shtayyeh and Saeb Erekat.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Habbash expressed sorrow over Egypt’s decision to declare Hamas a terror organization
: “None of us ever imagined that Hamas – after the history of [its] founders, the Martyrs (Shahids), the great ones, like Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Rantisi, [Ibrahim] Al-Makadmeh, Salah Shehadeh, Ismail Abu Shanab and others – would ever be in such a terrible situation.”

Notes: Sheikh Ahmed Yassin – Founder and former head of the Hamas terrorist organization. Hamas is responsible for numerous terror attacks that caused the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi – Co-founder of Hamas. Ibrahim Al-Makadmeh – One of the founders of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and responsible for planning several terror attacks in which 28 Israelis were murdered. Al-Makadmeh was killed by Israel in March 2003. Salah Shehadeh - head of Hamas' military wing the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. He was killed in an Israeli airstrike in 2002. Ismail Abu Shanab – a senior Hamas official.
Abbas sends wreath to honor suicide bomber who killed 8 people 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 26, 2014
During the ceremony held upon the reception of the remains of terrorist Ragheb Jaradat, whose body was transferred by Israel to the PA on Feb. 25, 2014, a wreath was laid on the grave on behalf of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Writing on wreath: "President of the State of Palestine - Mahmoud Abbas, 'Abu Mazen.'"
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Note: Ragheb Jaradat - a suicide bomber who blew himself up on bus 960 in northern Israel on April 10, 2002, killing 8 people. Israel transferred Jaradat's body to the PA on Feb. 25, 2014.

Fatah awards plaque with Abbas' picture on it to murderer's family 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2014
Headline: “Fatah in Rafah marked the anniversary of the Martyrdom death of Muhammad Al-Qasir”
     “The regional Fatah branch, [named after] Martyr (Shahid) Khaled Al-Hassan, [which is part of the] main Rafah branch, held a eulogy ceremony for Martyr Muhammad Al-Qasir, on the 12th anniversary of his Martyrdom death... [Al-Qasir] carried out the self-sacrifice operation (i.e., terror attack) in Kissufim in which 3 Israeli soldiers were killed (sic. 2 Israeli soldiers and 1 civilian were killed)…
Prominent Fatah commander Ishaq Mekheimer said that the movement has always been and will always remain loyal to the blood of its sons, and that, while marking the anniversary [of the death] of Martyrdom-seeker Muhammad Al-Qasir, it is reiterating that it was the first [movement] to ignite the revolution and that it is the pioneer of the struggle…
A member of the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades delivered a speech, in which he emphasized the movement’s adherence to the resistance and the role of these kinds of operations in changing the equation, and explained that Martyr Muhammad may be absent in body, but he lives on in spirit and in his struggle.
At the end of the ceremony, the regional and main [Fatah] branch administration awarded commemorative plaques to Martyr Muhammad Al-Qasir’s family.”
Writing next to photo of Mahmoud Abbas that appears on the plaque: “The Fatah Movement will remain loyal to all those who fell defending the dignity of the homeland.”

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Abbas awards the Star of Honor to terrorist 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Feb. 16, 2014
A video of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarding the Star of Honor to Abu Ali Iyad was posted on Abbas’ Facebook page.
[The presidential decree is read aloud]: “In the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate, a decree of the President of the State of Palestine, who has decided to award the commander-Martyr (Shahid), Walid Ahmad Nimr Shreim, ‘Abu Ali Iyad,’ a Star of Honor of the highest order, in appreciation of his honorable role in the national arena and in the struggle since the launch of the Palestinian revolution; in [great] appreciation of his courage and heroism in defending his homeland and people; and out of respect for his life’s work, his path and his historic sacrifice, as one of the leaders who founded the Palestinian revolution. He did not deviate from his principles until the day he died as a Martyr, may he rest in peace.”

Notes: Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks. In a filler, official PA TV wrote the following:
"He was appointed [by Fatah] to set up military operations on the occupied lands [Israel] in 1966. He led the attack on the Beit Yosef colony [Israeli town], one of the fiercest [attacks] on Israeli colonies until then. He also led a number of operations, including the attacks on the colonies [Israeli towns] Margaliot, Manara and Kfar Giladi. When in Jordan, he carried out various military operations against the occupation’s army camps and colonies [in Israel]. He died as a
Shahid (Martyr) in 1971." Click to view
Other terrorist recipients of the Star of Honor include Abu Jihad and Nayef Hawatmeh.
Fatah official at Abbas event: terrorists are “heroes who made this movement [Fatah] and all of us proud” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 11, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a cultural event in support of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, held under the auspices of the Mayor of Jenin.
The event was attended by Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein and Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi.

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq [Tirawi]: “We negotiated with our heads held high. We fought using rocks, and we became Martyrs (Shahids). We fought using rifles, and we became prisoners, heroes. Some of them are [out there] among you. Heroes who made this movement [Fatah] and all of us proud. Some of you are still waiting for freedom. Martyrs who ascended to Heaven, whom we remember with admiration…
And we know that the results of negotiations are a big, round zero. Nonetheless, we tried. And we say with heads held high: ‘No!’ Whoever from among the Zionists who thinks that Beit El and all the settlements are Israeli land, is deluded. Haifa, Jaffa, and Acre will remain Palestinian forever, and they will be nothing other than Palestinian.”
[Applause from the audience]

Note: Tawfiq Tirawi is a member of the Fatah Central Committee (since the General Fatah Conference, Aug. 4-6, 2009) and is former head of General Intelligence in the West Bank.

Wreath on behalf of Abbas placed on grave of suicide bomber 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 5, 2014
     "Thousands of Palestinian citizens escorted Martyr Jalal Mahamid after his remains were received from the occupation forces (i.e., Israel) in an impressive military funeral... A wreath was laid on the Martyr's grave on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas."
Writing on wreath: "President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen"
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Note: Jalal Mahamid planned a double suicide attack in Israel with another terrorist on Feb. 8, 2002. They entered Israel, but their vehicle exploded too soon and both were killed without harming anyone else. Israel transferred Mahamid’s body to the PA on Feb. 4, 2014.
Abbas rep glorifies murderers of Israeli hiker for carrying out "Ribat" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 2, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast an event honoring released prisoners in the Salfit District. The event was attended by PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen and Salfit District Governor Issam Abu Bakr. Released prisoners Fahim Sarhan, Mustafa Al-Haj and Bilal Damra were honored at the event.
Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen: “It is a great honor for me to convey the salutations of President Mahmoud Abbas and the [Fatah] Central Committee members at this special, well-attended celebration that is being held to honor released prisoners Fahim, Bilal and Mustafa... We are proud to celebrate today the release of these generals – and I say ‘generals’. Yes, they are generals. Anyone who fights the occupation is a general; anyone who stands firm on this land is a fighter and is carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic).”

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PA official conveys Abbas' greetings to released terrorists at ceremony held in their honor 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2014
     “The organization The Jerusalem People of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) honored the released veteran prisoners from the Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramadan Yaqub, Ahmad Shehadeh, and Muhammad Afaneh yesterday [Feb. 1, 2014]. [The three] were recently released as part of the third phase of the release of prisoners from before [the] Oslo [Accords].
[The organization honored the released prisoners at a] ceremony held yesterday in the Al-Andalus Hall in [the West Bank city of] El-Bireh, in the presence of several ministers, Islamic and Christian religious figures and [representatives of] the Fatah Central Committee…
Fatah Central Committee Member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen conveyed the greetings of the President [Mahmoud Abbas] and the Fatah Central Committee and said that the ceremony was [being held] to honor the generals who had served long years in the prisons of the occupation…
At the conclusion of the ceremony, dozens of dignitaries joined the People of Ribat organization in honoring the released prisoners, and in distributing plaques of honor to Ramadan Yaqub, Ahmad Shehadeh, and Muhammad Afaneh.”

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Abbas' advisor praises terrorist as “heroic Martyr” 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Jan. 29, 2014
On Jan. 29, 2014, a Palestinian named Muhammad Mubarak shot at an Israeli checkpoint north-east of Ramallah. He was killed in the ensuing exchange of fire with Israeli forces. Shortly after the shooting, Abbas' advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein praised the terrorist on his Facebook page, calling him "our heroic Martyr":
     "In the name of the merciful and compassionate Allah, 'Of the believers are men who are true to that which they covenanted with Allah. Some of them have paid their vow by death (in battle), and some of them still are waiting; and they have not altered in the least.' [Quran, Sura 33:23, Pickthall translation] With the most exalted expressions of honor and pride and with symbols of Jihad and resistance, we part with piety from our heroic Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Mahmoud Mubarak from the resolute Jalazone refugee camp, who ascended to Heaven as a Martyr in the battlefield while challenging the Zionist enemy. We ask Allah to grant mercy on our Martyr and give forbearance and solace to his family and relatives. To the eternal Paradise, oh our heroic Martyr."
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Abbas sends wreath for bomber's grave 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2014
     ‎“A large number of people from the Jenin ‎District participated in an impressive ‎official procession yesterday [Jan. 20, ‎‎2014], which set out from the Khalil ‎Suliman Government Hospital to transfer ‎the remains of Martyr (Shahid) Majdi ‎ ‎Abd Al-Jawad Abd Al-Jabbar Khanfar to ‎the village of his birth, Silat Ad-Dhahar, ‎in the southern area of the Jenin ‎‎[District], where he was buried. ‎
District Governor of Jenin Talal Dweikat, ‎the leadership of [Fatah’s] Jenin branch, ‎the heads of the security establishment, ‎Palestinian Parliament (Legislative ‎Council) and Revolutionary Council ‎members, Mufti Muhammad Abu Sa’id ‎and representatives from both official and ‎civilian forces and institutions ‎participated in the state military funeral ‎procession.‎
Martyr Khanfar, who died as a Martyr at ‎age 21 and whose body was held for 12 ‎years in what are known as ‘the Martyrs’ ‎numbered cemeteries’ (i.e., Israeli ‎cemeteries for terrorists and enemy ‎soldiers), was shrouded in a Palestinian ‎flag and laid on government vehicles that ‎passed in an official procession through ‎the city streets, in order to transfer his ‎remains and lay him to rest at his ‎birthplace…‎
District Governor Dweikat laid a wreath ‎on behalf of the President [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] on Martyr Khanfar’s grave.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

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Abbas applauds following call for Jihad in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 13, 2014
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “There is a message we must convey to those who kidnapped the Yarmouk [Palestinian] refugee camp [in Syria] with baseless false slogans, pretexts, and excuses. We say to them: ‘The venue for resistance and Jihad is not the Yarmouk refugee camp. Whoever wants resistance, whoever wants Jihad, the direction for Jihad is well-known and clear. Everyone knows it. I don’t think that there is anyone who doesn’t know where Jihad is supposed to take place. [Applause from the audience] I don’t think that there is anyone who doesn’t know to where we should direct efforts or where to concentrate the masses. I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t know this. Those who send young people to Syria or elsewhere to die for a misdirected cause must stop and understand that Jerusalem is still waiting. Jerusalem is the direction, Jerusalem is the address. [Abbas and audience applaud.] A compass that does not point to Jerusalem, Muhammad has nothing to do with it. Put an end to your ignorance, and recognize that you [those fighting in Syria] are nothing more than small tools in a game [controlled by] malicious hands that are running a filthy game to crush the Ummah (Islamic Nation) and diminish it, and deflect the compass, away from its true direction.”
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Note: A large sign on stage announced that the event was under the auspices of Abbas.
Abbas: "We welcome Shahada (Martyrdom) if it happens" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 11, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to a delegation of representatives from various religious organizations and PLO factions from Jerusalem.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We live in spirit, we march towards Jerusalem, millions of heroes and free people; we do not desire death, but we welcome Martyrdom (Shahada) if it happens.”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ words are a paraphrase of Yasser Arafat’s words: “Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) march to Jerusalem.”
Abbas sends "salutations" to released terrorists: "This people will not forget its heroes" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 8, 2014
Official PA TV News broadcast a ceremony organized by the Ramallah and Jerusalem Districts and the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs in honor of the four prisoners released in the third phase of prisoner releases.
[Image of two of the prisoners with the captions: “Fighter Ramadan Yaqub” and “Fighter Ahmad Shehadeh” ]
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam: “Allow me to convey to you the salutations of President Mahmoud Abbas, who welcomed the group of our beloved prisoners in the early hours of the morning, to tell them and their families that this people will not forget its heroes and will remain loyal until the last prisoner is released.”

Ramadan Yaqub
participated in the murder of Sarah Sharon who was stabbed to death in Holon on Jan. 20, 1993. Yaqub was serving a life sentence but was released in December 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Ahmad Shehadeh was arrested in 1985 for murdering Yussuf Farhan. He was serving a life sentence, but his sentence was later commuted to 45 years in prison. He was released in December 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

Abbas representative commemorates the “great leader and fighter” Saddam Hussein 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Jan. 7, 2014
     “The Jenin District institutions and distinguished figures marked the 93rd anniversary of the establishment of the Arab-Iraqi army yesterday [Jan. 6, 2014] in a ceremony held in the Iraqi Military Martyrs’ (Shahids) cemetery near the village of Muthallath Al-Shuhada… The ceremony was held in the presence of District Governor, Talal Dweikat… Dweikat said in his speech on behalf of the President [Abbas]: ‘We stand today in this place, and a special feeling takes hold of us as we stand amongst the fifty graves of these heroes who fell as Martyrs on Jenin’s soil while protecting our Arab causes from the invaders.’
He added: ‘The brave Iraqi army Martyrs sacrificed their lives for Palestine, which they came to protect. They fell in battles of valor against the abusive occupation…’
Dweikat added: ‘Today we remember the great leader and fighter, Martyr Saddam Hussein, who cared for the Palestinian issue until his last breath. On this day, we must mention the name of Saddam, who founded and developed the Iraqi army organization.
We came today to lay a wreath out of loyalty, President Mahmoud Abbas’ loyalty to our Arab nation and to those who sacrificed and struggled, among them these Iraqi soldiers.’”
Abbas rep congratulates released prisoners at ceremony for retired teachers 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Jan. 6, 2014
     ‎“The General Teachers’ Union of the ‎Jenin-Qabatiya Educational ‎Administration and the [Fatah Teachers] ‎Movement Branch honored the retired ‎teachers in the Jenin District and the ‎‎[Israeli-Arab] Hadash faction of the ‎Teachers Union within the Green Line. ‎
In addition, during the ceremony, the ‎prisoners released in the three phases [of ‎prisoner releases] were honored for their ‎efforts and sacrifices for education and ‎the learning process, and for the sacrifices ‎and struggle of the Prisoners’ Movement.‎
Speaking on behalf of President ‎Mahmoud Abbas, District Governor of ‎Jenin Talal Dweikat praised the efforts of ‎the teachers in Jenin and within the ‎Green Line, and congratulated the ‎released prisoners. ‎
In the released prisoners’ speech, Nu'man ‎Al-Shalabi expressed appreciation for the ‎national role of Mahmoud Abbas and the ‎entire Palestinian people, and their ‎support of the Prisoners’ Movement, and ‎emphasized that their joy would not be ‎complete until the jails are emptied… ‎
The ceremony included folkloric and ‎cultural presentations, and tribute was ‎paid to 70 teachers, male and female, from ‎the Jenin District and the Hadash faction ‎of the General Teachers’ Union, as well ‎as 14 veteran prisoners.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

‎Nu'man Al-Shalabi murdered Ahmed ‎Zayoud. Together with Ayman Jaradat, he ‎also murdered Israeli citizens Jamil ‎Hassoun and Mufid Ali Kanaan. He was ‎arrested in May 1992 and was serving 3 ‎life sentences when he was released in ‎December 2013 as one of the 104 ‎terrorists whom Israel agreed to release in ‎fulfilment of the PA's precondition for ‎renewing negotiations.‎
Congratulations from Abbas to “brave” released murderer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2014
     “A delegation from the Salfit District – that included District Governor Issam Abu Bakr, regional commander Colonel Riyad Al-Tarsha, Secretary of Fatah's Salfit branch Abd Al-Sattar Awwad, head of the Chamber of Commerce Iyad Al-Hindi, heads of the security forces and of official and non-governmental organizations, heads of the local authorities and several of the district’s national and esteemed figures – visited released prisoner Bilal Damra yesterday [Dec. 31, 2013]. He was released as one of the third group of veteran prisoners [arrested before the signing of the Oslo Accords]…
[District Governor] Abu Bakr conveyed President Mahmoud Abbas’ congratulations and best wishes to prisoner Damra, his family and all residents of the village of Bruqin. He emphasized that it is important to stand beside our brave prisoners.”

Note: Bilal Damra was sentenced to life in prison for participating in the murder of Frederick Rosenfeld, who was killed while hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). Damra was released in December 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Abbas calls released terrorists “heroes” and hopes for release of all prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2013
PA TV broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the PA event celebrating the release 26 Palestinian terrorist murderers from prison:
     "[The release of our prisoners] is a day of joy for our nation, for our people, for our heroic prisoners... We promise you that this will not be the last time. There will be more groups of heroes who will come to us one after the other, Allah willing, soon. We promise you that there will be no final agreement [with Israel] unless all the prisoners are in their homes. They [the Israelis] postponed these heroes' release by 24 hours and this is something we do not accept. Once again, we congratulate you and ourselves for the [release] of these heroes."
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Note: In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group was released on Dec. 29, 2013.
Abbas representative attends convention paying tribute to released murderer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2013
     “The Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions… conducted its elections convention in the Hebron and Jericho Valley region, attended by Dr. Saeb Erekat, who represented the President [Abbas], Member of the Fatah Central Committee Tawfiq Tirawi… At the end of the convention, tribute was paid to released prisoner Sharif Abu Dheileh, current Jericho Mayor Muhammad Jalaita and former mayors.”

Note: Sharif Abu Dheileh stabbed his employer, Avi Osher, to death in Moshav Masua in the Jordan Valley (June 1991), after having worked with him for 15 years. Abu Dheileh was serving a life sentence in prison, but was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
PA minister visits released terrorists, conveys to them greetings from Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake
visiting released prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Al-Haj
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake announced that the prisoners’ issue is constantly and continuously on the government’s table, due to the great interest in this issue and to the search for every possibility to assist them as fighters who sacrificed for their homeland and country… Karake noted that in recent years the Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs], in cooperation with all institutions, enacted four implementing regulations of the prisoners’ law, and that the fifth regulation relating to the released prisoners is in the final stages of discussion by the Palestinian government... Karake related to a number of other proposals for regulations, which he hopes will be duly approved. They relate to university education in prisons, fertility services for released prisoners, salary completion and the establishment of a national fund to support prisoners and their families, alongside a regulation for deceased released prisoners. Karake spoke during his visits to a number of released prisoners, during which he delivered President [Abbas]’s Grant to them following their release as part of the second phase, and he also conveyed President Mahmoud Abbas’ and Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah’s greetings.”

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Rally under auspices of Abbas honors released terrorists 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad, speaking in Abbas' name: “Mothers and families of our brave prisoners, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I send you President Mahmoud Abbas’ greetings in this celebration of the release of a new group of our heroes, our brave prisoners, who have been a new example of endurance, resolve and giving, and who taught how to sacrifice … We say to Marwan [Barghouti] and to Ahmad Sa’adat and to our thousands of prisoners: Be assured that we will celebrate [your release] shortly... We do not know despair, true, we are taking a circuitous route but we will achieve our goals. We struggle, negotiate, fight – the popular resistance is escalating and expanding, and we choose the forms of struggle according to the existing conditions.” 
Host of the event: "...this is the Fatah movement. Yasser Arafat’s Fatah, Khalil Al-Wazir’s (Abu Jihad) Fatah, Salah Khalaf’s Fatah, Saad Sayel’s Fatah, Dalal Mughrabi’s Fatah, the Fatah that belongs to all the Martyrs, wounded and prisoners…” ...
The host of the event invites the officials, including PA Chairman Abbas’ representative Azzam Ahmad to distribute the plaques of honor to each released terrorist.

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored as well as descriptions of the imprisoned terrorists mentioned by Azzam Al-Ahmad and the host of the rally.
Abbas representative says released murderers and head of terror cell are “giants” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 4, 2013
     “District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam... representing the President [Abbas] at a celebration held by the El-Bireh Youth Foundation for released prisoners Asrar Samrin and Musa Qar’an at the Salim Afandi auditoriums, stated that it is our people’s right to rejoice... She noted that the giants of imprisonment are the giants of the [Palestinian] struggle and our greatest pride and that they deserve loyalty from us all. District Governor Ghannam congratulated the released prisoners in the Al-Aroub refugee camp and in the Surif village in the Hebron district. Among them [were] Ziyad Gheimat and Mustafa Amer Gheimat from the village of Surif who were imprisoned for 29 years... The District Governor stressed that our people will eventually welcome the remaining prisoners, and foremost among them fighter prisoner Muhammad Al-Tous... She noted that Al-Tous is one of the giants of defiance and that his wife, Um Shadi, serves as a model for giving and unending endurance.”

Note: Asrar Samrin – Serving a life sentence for the murder of Israeli citizen Tzvi Klein (Dec. 3,1991).
Musa Qar’an – Serving 28 years in prison for driving terrorist Asrar Samrin to the place where he murdered Israeli citizen Tzvi Klein (Dec. 3, 1991).
Ziyad Mahmoud Ghneimat and Mustafa Ghneimat were each serving a life sentence for shooting and murdering two Israeli citizens, Meir Ben Yair and Michal Cohen, in a forest on June 27, 1985. They were released in October 2013, among the 104 prisoners to be released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Muhammad Al-Tous is a Fatah terrorist, serving a life sentence. He led a cell that attacked five civilian buses, wounding 16 people. He also gave the orders to murder three people, and was involved in the murders of an additional two. He has been imprisoned since 1985.
Abbas welcomes 21 murderers released from prison 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2013
In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The following is the PA celebrating the release of 21 of them, all of whom were convicted murderers.
[Abbas is shown embracing murderer Issa Abd Rabbo and all 21 murderers]
PA TV announcer: "Here they are embracing President Mahmoud Abbas after long years behind the bars of the occupation... Here are President Mahmoud Abbas and the released prisoners waving to the audience..."
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "Even though the prisoners were released in the middle of the night, each one of you, the prisoners, is a sun lighting up Palestine's sky..."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We welcome our heroic brothers who come from behind bars to the world of freedom. We congratulate ourselves and we congratulate all of you in this great celebration that unifies and returns our sons to us... There will be no agreement [with Israel] as long as there is one prisoner behind bars."
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Note: Issa Abd Rabbo - serving two life sentences for killing two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Abbas: Terrorist planner of bus attack is the “dear son… murdered in cold blood” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 24, 2013
     “President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas conveyed his condolences over the Martyrdom death of fighter Muhammad Asi whom the occupation forces murdered in cold blood two days ago [Oct. 22, 2013].
In his telegram to the Asi family, the President said: ‘[It was] with great pain that we received the news of the Martyrdom death of the dear son, the deceased fighter Muhammad Asi, who was murdered in cold blood by the occupation army’s murdering gangs... We declare before you that the occupation’s crimes will not frighten our people and that the Martyrs’ blood is not spilled in vain.’
On the same matter, Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim conveyed his condolences over Asi’s Martyrdom death in a telegram to the Asi family in which he condemned the daily crimes committed by the occupation against our people. Likewise, Head of the President's Office Hussein Al-A’araj conveyed his condolences over Asi’s Martyrdom death. He asserted that the occupation’s crimes will not prevent our people from continuing the struggle until freedom and independence [are achieved].”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Muhammad Asi – one of the planners of a terror attack on a Tel Aviv bus in which approximately 30 people were wounded. The attack occurred during Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation, which was aimed at destroying Hamas’ terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip (Nov. 14-21, 2012). Asi was killed during an exchange of fire with the Israeli army forces that came to detain him on October 22, 2013.

Abbas honors archbishop who was convicted for smuggling weapons to Fatah 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 16, 2013
     “President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas presented former Greek-Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem, Hilarion Capucci with the Star of Jerusalem medal, in appreciation of his history of struggle [for Palestine], his devotion to the principles in which he believes, his love of Palestine and his protection of our people’s legitimate rights.
Archbishop Capucci was born in Aleppo (Halab), Syria in 1922 and became the Archbishop of the Greek-Orthodox Church of Jerusalem in 1965.
He worked secretly to aid the Palestinian revolution. The Israeli occupation forces arrested him on Aug. 1974 and a military court sentenced him to 12 years in prison. He was released after four years due to the Vatican’s intervention and banned from Jerusalem on November, 1978. He currently lives in Rome.”

Note: Hilarion Capucci – former Greek-Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention.
Song promoting violence at memorial under auspices of Abbas 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Oct. 9, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally under the auspices of Abbas marking the 32rd anniversary of the death of senior Fatah and PLO leader in 1970s Majed Abu Sharar. The rally was attended by PA and Fatah officials, among them: PA Minister of Culture Anwar Abu Aisha, member of Fatah Central Committee Jamal Muhaisen, and Mayor of Al-Dura Samir Al-Namura. The National Security Artistic Band performs “My weapon has emerged":
Sign: "Memorial under the auspices of Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine and Chairman of Fatah's Central Committee”

Song lyrics:
"From my wounds, my weapon has emerged.
Oh, our revolution, my weapon has emerged.
There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand.
From my wounds, my weapon has emerged.
Oh, our revolution, my weapon has emerged.
There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand.
My weapon has emerged. My weapon has emerged.
This revolutionary people has sacrificed and offered in order to live in freedom!
My weapon has emerged.”

The longer version of this song ends:
"He who offers his blood doesn’t care
if his blood flows upon the ground.
As the weapon of the revolution is in my hand,
so my presence will be forced [upon Israel].
My weapon has emerged. My weapon has emerged."
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Abbas pushes forward prisoners’ law to provide prisoners with benefits 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2013
     “Fatah Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf referred to a letter sent by the [Palestinian] Prisoners’ Committee of the National and Islamic Forces in the Gaza Strip to [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the [Fatah] Executive Committee members regarding the released prisoners and their financial [problems] and health problems and also about payment of the Dignified Life Grant. [He] said that it (the letter) was presented at the Executive Committee’s meeting and was on its agenda’s list of priorities.
Dr. Abu Yusuf said that during its meeting, the Executive Committee expressed the need for continuing the campaign for the released prisoners’ rights, seeing that in its announcement after its October 2, 2013 meeting, the Executive Committee called for the resolution of all issues related to released prisoners’ rights, in order to guarantee them a dignified life.
Abu Yusuf, member of [the Fatah] Executive Committee and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front, said that President Mahmoud Abbas published instructions for the relevant PA authorities, and the government first of all, to act immediately to finalize the prisoners’ law in order to guarantee them a dignified life.
In addition, Dr. Abu Yusuf noted that during its meeting, the Executive Committee emphasized the contents of the letter of the Prisoners’ Committee of the National and Islamic Forces in the Gaza Strip from September 28, 2013, regarding the suffering of the released prisoners, both veteran and new, and their right to insurance, a job and medical treatment. Likewise, he emphasized that President Mahmoud Abbas directed a message to [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah [instructing him] to work to finalize the prisoners’ and released [prisoners’] law as soon as possible.”
Abbas glorified terrorist Abu Sukkar, in speech read by Rajoub 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 26, 2013
Moderator at the PA memorial for terrorist Ahmad Jabara Abu Sukkar: “The speech of President Mahmoud Abbas will be delivered by Jibril Rajoub, member of Fatah’s Central Committee.”
Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Abu Sukkar, the legend who walked on earth… Believe me that Abu Sukkar is worthy of being named the most noble among the noble [prisoners]... To the people of [village] Turmus Ayya and to Abu Sukkar’s family, I say: ‘You lost a hero, but we, Abu Sukkar’s comrades… in Fatah and in the Palestinian National Movement, lost a beacon…’
...I cannot but say that Abu Sukkar lived as a giant and died as a giant...
I salute our prisoners, one more time, brother commander Marwan Barghouti, our comrades in the [Fatah] Central Committee, brother Ahmad Sa’adat… We love and value you and your families, and foremost among them Um Al-Qassam (Marawan Barghouti’s wife) whom we salute.”
During the ceremony terrorist Abu Sukkar’s family was given a plaque of honor by Deputy-Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub representing PA Chairman Abbas, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, District Governor of Ramallah Laila Ghannam, and Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares.
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Note: Click "full article" below to view a full description of Abu Sukkar, Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa'adat.
PA official visits family of “heroic” terrorist brothers and conveys Abbas’ greetings 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2013
     “District Deputy Governor of Tubas and the northern [Jordan] Valley, Ahmed Al-As’ad stressed the justice of the prisoner issue…
This [was said] during the District Deputy Governor’s visit to the family of prisoner Khaled Al-Shawish in the village of Aqqaba… Al-As’ad met with the mother of the three prisoners, Khaled, Nasser and Muhammad [Al-Shawish], who were sentenced to heavy prison terms and life sentences in the Israeli prisons…
The District Deputy Governor conveyed the President’s [Mahmoud Abbas’] greetings and said that the President ascribes special importance to the prisoner issue and sets it at the [top] of his priorities. He noted that the leadership is making efforts to release all the male and female prisoners.
[District Deputy Governor] Al-As’ad said, ‘This visit is being conducted out of duty and a sense of responsibility towards the heroic brothers who sacrificed their freedom for the homeland.’ He added that it is our duty to appreciate the bravery of these heroes and their families.”

Note: Khaled Al-Shawish is serving 11 life sentences for orchestrating the killing of Israeli citizens Benjamin and Talia Kahana in 2000 and for involvement in suicide bombings and shootings of Israeli citizens.
Nasser Al-Shawish is serving four life sentences for his responsibility for three suicide bombing attacks, one of which took place in central Jerusalem in 2002, killing 3 civilians.
Muhammad Al-Shawish – was a member of Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and involved in shooting attacks in 2001-2002 and sentenced to 11 years in prison.


PA celebration under Abbas auspices honors released murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 19, 2013
     “Yesterday [Aug. 18, 2013] the Jenin District and official dignitaries held a celebration under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas for the district’s released prisoners. The district held the celebration in honor of three prisoners who were released from occupation prisons: Yusuf Arshid, Taher Zayoud, and Burhan Sbeih. Jenin District Governor Talal Dweikat conveyed the greetings of President Mahmoud Abbas to the prisoners and their relatives... The District Governor, the heads of the security agencies, Fatah Central Committee Members Jamal Muhaisen and Tawfiq Al-Tirawi, the mayor of Jenin, head of the Prisoners’ Club, and head of the Prisoners’ Affairs Administration presented the District Plaque to the heroic prisoners...”

Note: Yusuf Arshid – murdered five Palestinians he suspected of collaborating with Israel. He was arrested in 1993 and was serving five life sentences but was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Taher Zayoud – he and two accomplices planned to steal a weapon and shot Avraham Cohen. They found he had no weapon and left him wounded. Zayoud was arrested in February 1993 and sentenced to 21 years in prison. He was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Burhan Sbeih – murdered five Palestinians he suspected of collaborating with Israel. Was arrested in February 2001 and sentenced to six life sentences and an additional nine years in prison, but was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
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PA announces planned ceremony under Abbas auspices to honor murderers released from prison 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 14, 2013
     “District Governor of Jenin Talal Dweikat chaired a meeting held yesterday [Aug. 13, 2013] to discuss preparations for the district’s official reception to be held in honor of three released prisoners who are residents of the district: Yusuf Arshid, Taher Zayoud, Burhan Sbeih…
Dweikat declared that the district is planning to hold a large welcoming ceremony in honor of these three heroes… under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas this coming Sunday… as part of a festival, as befitting their sacrifice.”

Note: Yusuf Arshid – murdered five Palestinians he suspected of collaborating with Israel. He was arrested in 1993 and was serving five life sentences but was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Taher Zayoud – he and two accomplices planned to steal a weapon and shot Avraham Cohen. They found he had no weapon and they left him wounded. Zayoud was arrested in February 1993 and sentenced to 21 years in prison. He was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Burhan Sbeih – murdered five Palestinians he suspected of collaborating with Israel. Was arrested in February 2001 and sentenced to six life sentences and an additional nine years in prison, but was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Abbas awarded $6,000 to dance group named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2013
     "Head of [Palestinian] General Intelligence, Majed Faraj delivered President Mahmoud Abbas' greetings to his sons, the students in the Deheisheh refugee camp and in all refugee camps in Palestine, and handed out gifts to the graduates. Faraj announced that financial assistance in the form of a Presidential Grant would be given to the [dance group] Dalal Group for Popular Arts. The President [Abbas] granted it a sum of 6,000 US dollars. In addition, a sum of 4,000 dollars was granted to the Ashkelon Group for Popular Arts."
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas eulogizes terrorist Abu Sukkar: "Palestine has lost a righteous son and loyal fighter" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 17, 2013
     "President Mahmoud Abbas and the [Palestinian] leadership eulogized the most veteran released prisoner and former member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar (77) who died yesterday evening [July 16, 2013]... The deceased will be buried in a military funeral...
The presidential eulogy stated: 'His pure soul passed on to the kingdom of Heaven during these blessed days in this honored month [Ramadan] after a journey of struggle full of exceptional giving and devoted activity for Palestine...' The President said in the eulogy: 'With the death of this fighter, Palestine and its people have lost a righteous son and loyal fighter, devoted wholeheartedly to protecting our people's rights...' The President... prayed that Allah will cover him with his mercy and place him with the prophets, the righteous, the virtuous and the Martyrs...
In an announcement by the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission the movement saluted the soul of Martyr Abu Sukkar... The movement praised Abu Sukkar's bravery, his self-sacrificing operations... It was Abu Sukkar who carried out the most famous military operation (i.e., terror attack), known as 'the Refrigerator [Operation]' on July 5, 1975 (should be July 4, 1975. Ed.) He was arrested later while returning from Jordan. An occupation military court sentenced him to a life sentence and an additional 30 years."
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Note: Ahmad Abu Sukkar planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs.
PA official representing Abbas lays wreath on grave of terrorist Abu Sukkar 
Source: YouTube, July 17, 2013
Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim represented PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at terrorist Abu Sukkar's funeral and laid a wreath from Abbas on the coffin.

Inscription on wreath: "His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine."
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Note: Ahmad Abu Sukkar planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA .

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Official from Abbas' office says terrorist Abu Sukkar is "an example for us to emulate" 
Source: YouTube, July 17, 2013
Interviews with Secretary-General of the Presidential Office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim and PA representative to Lebanon and member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki in Fatah video posted on Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission's YouTube channel:
Secretary-General of the Presidential Office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim: "Brother Abu Sukkar was released 10 years ago. For over eight years, he has participated in activities and [attended] house visits to families of Martyrs (Shahids). We miss this man. He will remain in our minds and veins. His memory and his good and wonderful deeds for this nation and for this nation's cause will always remain an example for us to emulate."
PA representative to Lebanon and member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki: "He started [out] with a wonderful and high quality operation (i.e., terror attack) using a refrigerator, that made the enemies lose sleep. He started [out] as an exemplary, self-sacrificing fighter and also in prison he was with a noble group of our Palestinian nation and they turned the detention centers into combat [training] schools."
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Note: Ahmad Abu Sukkar planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs.
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Palestinian National and Islamic Forces rejects US demand to fire Abbas advisor  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2013
On May 2, 2013, PMW reported that Abbas advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified a murderer who killed an Israeli father of five. In response, five members of US Congress wrote a letter to Abbas demanding Abu Al-Einein be removed from office.
     “Yesterday [June 24, 2013] the [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces… said they oppose the American Congress’ discussion and its demand that Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein be punished, and [they] relate to this matter most seriously. They perceived this as interference in internal Palestinian affairs and as reinforcing a blatant tendency to favor the occupation.”

Note: Sultan Abu Al-Einein is advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and a member of Fatah Central Committee. Despite the letter from the Congressmen, Al-Einein was not removed from office.
US request that Al-Einein be fired for glorifying murder is “cowboy logic devoid of diplomatic tact” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 17, 2013
On May 2, 2013, Abbas’ advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified a murderer who killed an Israeli father of five. In response, five members of US Congress wrote a letter to Abbas demanding Abu Al-Einein be removed from office. The following is a response to the US demand by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, regular columnist for the official PA daily:
     “The American government’s request that the Palestinian leadership ‘dismiss’ brother fighter Sultan Abu Al-Einein from Fatah’s Central Committee is nothing more than the continuation of that same domineering conduct that is completely at odds with the language of political and diplomatic etiquette. This interferes in Palestinian internal, political and partisan affairs, and disregards all values of diplomacy…
What Al-Einein did doesn’t matter. The American government is not allowed to interfere in internal Palestinian affairs while the Palestinian leadership labors day and night for peace…
The USA would not allow anyone to interfere in its policy and internal measures and therefore the USA is not allowed to interfere in internal Palestinian affairs.
Yes, the leadership and people are largely in favor of peace. Yes, we are a small nation under Israeli occupation aspiring and striving to win independence, freedom, self-determination and to ensure the right of return. Yes, we want the support of the USA and the world’s peace forces, including Israeli peace forces– but this doesn’t mean that we will turn a blind eye to American or Israeli humiliation or humiliation by any other party. The American logic, the cowboy logic devoid of political and diplomatic tact, is unacceptable.”
Abu Al-Einein views US demand that he be fired for glorifying a murderer as “insolence” 
Source: www.falestinona.com (Fatah’s Lebanese branch), June 13, 2013
On May 2, 2013, Abbas advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified a murderer who killed an Israeli father of five. In response, five members of US Congress wrote a letter to Abbas demanding Abu Al-Einein be removed from office.
Headline: “Sultan Abu Al-Einein sees the American request to dismiss him from Fatah as ‘insolence’”
     "In response to a letter sent by the American administration… to the office of the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, that demanded that Fatah Central Committee Member Sultan Abu Al-Einein be fired following his visit to the home of the Palestinian Al-Zaghal family whose son had killed a settler… Abu Al-Einein issued a press release that said: ‘It is shameful that the American administration sees a problem in Sultan Abu Al-Einein’s visiting a family living in conditions not fit for human beings… The Israeli occupation is responsible for the settler’s death since by numerous ways and means it is determined to entrap Salam’s brother in the web of collaboration… Therefore, it is natural that Salam should take revenge on the occupation that had attempted to taint this family’s honor… (Al-Einein claimed that Israel had tried to recruit the murderer’s brother). [...] The legitimate international resolutions grant the right to resist the occupier to any nation whose land has been occupied. We are implementing the legitimate international resolutions relevant to our Palestinian land, since it is the right of any nation to resist occupation by all means of resistance. We will not be silent in light of these organized crimes against the Palestinian people."

Note: Despite the letter from the Congressmen, Al-Einein was not removed from office.
Fatah: Abbas “responded angrily” to US demand that Abu El-Einein be fired for glorifying a murderer 
Source: www.falestinona.com (Fatah’s Lebanese branch), June 12, 2013
On May 2, 2013, Abbas advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified a murderer who killed an Israeli father of five. In response, five members of US Congress wrote a letter to Abbas demanding Abu Al-Einein be removed from office. However, Abbas did not do so.
Headline: “The US demands Sultan Abu Al-Einein be fired from Fatah’s Central Committee”
     “An exclusive source disclosed that the American administration… sent an angry letter to the Palestinian presidential office demanding that Central Committee Member Sultan Abu Al-Einein be dismissed from Fatah. The source noted that the American Congress had instructed the American State Department to convey this letter and to call on President Mahmoud Abbas to fire Abu Al-Einein following his (Al-Einein’s) visit to the home of the man who had killed an Israeli settler. The source said that President Abbas resisted pressures put on him and spoke angrily in the wake of American intervention in internal Palestinian matters.”

Note: Sultan Abu Al-Einein is an advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and a member of Fatah Central Committee. This article was also posted on Abu Al-Einein’s Facebook page.
Abbas stands by PA official who glorified a murderer, despite letter from US Congressmen 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 12, 2013
On May 2, 2013, Abbas advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified a murderer who killed an Israeli father of five. In response, five members of US Congress wrote a letter to Abbas demanding Abu Al-Einein be removed from office. Ma'an reports on the letter and on Abbas' response:
     "In a letter [to Mahmoud Abbas], the American Congress demanded that the Palestinian Authority deport Sultan Abu Al-Einein, the Head of the Non-Governmental Organizations Authority, and President Mahmoud Abbas's advisor for local authorities. This was done after his recent statements were described [by Congress] as incitement against Israel.
Abu Al-Einein's bureau chief, Raafat Alayan, told Ma'an that American Congress sent an official letter protesting Abu Al-Einein's visit to the family of the person who carried out the operation at the Za'atara check-point south of Nablus during which a settler was killed.
He went on to say that the Americans documented Abu Al-Einein's statements that called for the killing of settlers and for struggle, and demanded that the Palestinian Authority expel him from Fatah and banish him from the Palestinian territories to a foreign country.
Alayan stressed that President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA responded to the letter with a letter [of their own] in which it was emphasized that Sultan Abu Al-Einein is the chosen leader of a major organization, and that he is a PA employee working in the Fatah movement."
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Note: Ma'an falsely claims that the Congressmen demanded that Abu Al-Einein be deported. Deportation was not mentioned in the letter from the Congressmen, which can be viewed
Abbas advisor defends his statement glorifying the murderer of a father of five 
Source: Fatah website, June 12, 2013
On May 2, 2013, Abbas advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein glorified a murderer who killed an Israeli father of five. In response, five members of US Congress wrote a letter to Abbas demanding Abu Al-Einein be removed from office. Abu Al-Einein's response to the letter:
     "Fatah Central Committee Member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said that the American government has demanded that the Palestinian leadership work to deport him from the Palestinian territories following 'My visit to the home of a family of a prisoner who killed a settler.' He made it clear that he would not leave.
Abu Al-Einein said in an announcement to the news agency: 'The American Congress has demanded that the Palestinian leadership deport me from Palestine following my visit to the home of the family of 24 year-old As'ad Muhammad Zaghal from the Tulkarem suburb of Shweikeh, who killed an Israeli settler at the Al-Za'atara military checkpoint on April 30, 2013. [Congress] saw this as inciting to murder settlers.'
He added: 'It is unfortunate that the American government sees only with one eye. It sees Sultan Abu Al-Einein visiting a disabled family, but it doesn't see the organized crimes that settlers and occupation's soldiers commit against the Palestinian people.'"
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Note: Abu Al-Einein falsely claims that the Congressmen demanded that Abu Al-Einein be deported. Deportation was not mentioned in the letter from the Congressmen, which can be viewed here. Despite the letter from the Congressmen, Al-Einein was not removed from office.
Abbas: Prisoners are “our people’s torches of freedom”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 6, 2013
Excerpt from PA Chairman Mahnoud Abbas’ speech about Jerusalem, at the fourth International Islamic Conference which took place in Ramallah:
     “I would like to send a message to our brave prisoners in the occupation’s prisoners: Oh heroes, you are our people’s torches of freedom. There will be no peace without you and no agreement with the Israeli side that will not include the release of all the Palestinian and Arab prisoners.”
Abbas decorates arch-terrorist who planned massacres of children 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 28, 2013
PA TV newsreader: "President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas decorated Secretary General of the Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] Nayef Hawatmeh with the highest order of the Star of Honor."
PA official: "By the authority vested in us, and for the public good, we have decreed the following:
'Brother Nayef Hawatmeh is decorated with the highest order of the Star of Honor in recognition of his important national role in service of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people, and in recognition of his efforts to raise the flag of Palestine since the launch of the Palestinian revolution, through the stages of the ongoing struggle. [Signed by] Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine.'"
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Note: Nayef Hawatmeh is the Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). The DFLP carried out many deadly terror attacks, including the taking of schoolchildren as hostages leading to the killing of 22 children and 4 adults in Ma’alot (May 15, 1974), an attack on a school bus killing 9 children and 3 adults (May 22, 1970), a bombing in Jerusalem killing 7 (Nov. 13, 1975), the killing of 4 hostages in an apartment building in Beit Shean (Nov. 11, 1974) and a suicide bombing near Tel Aviv killing 4 (Dec. 25, 2003). DFLP has participated in and claimed responsibility for dozens of other terror attacks.
Abbas calls terrorist prisoners “heroes” and “brother[s]” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 19, 2013
Mahmoud Abbas, at the opening of the PLO Executive Committee meeting:
     “We will continue the fight for [the prisoners’ issue] until all these heroes, the prisoners of freedom, are freed. In a few days there will be a rally for brother Marwan Barghouti, who is a brother, prisoner and commander. We must mark the day of his [arrest] and salute him in his prison 11 years after he was kidnapped. Likewise, we cannot forget brother Ahmad Sa’adat and the rest of the leader prisoners, such as the MPs and the veteran [prisoners.]”

Notes: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
Ahmad Sa’adat, serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.

Jenin Governor speaking in Abbas' name: Terrorist Abu Jihad is "one of the giants and heroes" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2013
Headline: “District Governor of Jenin marks Prisoners’ Day and the anniversary of Abu Jihad’s Martyrdom death”
     “On Wednesday, [April 17, 2013] the Jenin district marked Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and the 25th anniversary of Abu Jihad’s Martyrdom death by organizing a mass rally in the Martyr Yasser Arafat Square in the city center.
District Governor of Jenin, Talal Dweikat, said in his speech on behalf of [PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas: ‘We are emphasizing the President’s words, he said that we are committed to the way of the Martyrs and prisoners until victory and until we gain our Palestinian country, whose capital is Jerusalem. Today, we mark Abu Jihad’s anniversary, one of the giants and heroes who wrote epics of bravery and on the anniversary of his Martyrdom death we see the thousands of fighters and prisoners who sacrificed for their homeland…’
Member of the PLO Executive Committee, Saleh Rafat, directed a salutation of honor and pride to the soul of Martyr Abu Jihad who played an important and historical role in leading the modern Palestinian revolution. In addition he saluted all the Martyrs, specifically the Martyrs of the prisoners’ movement.”
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Note: Abu Jihad was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas representative visits home of imprisoned murderer to honor him 
Source: WAFA news agency, Mar. 13, 2013
     "This evening [March 13, 2013], Secretary-General of the President's [Mahmoud Abbas'] Office and member of the Fatah Central Committee, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, representing President Mahmoud Abbas , expressed condolences over the death of prisoner Mahmoud Salem Sarahne’s mother, who died yesterday… In addition, Abd Al-Rahim… visited the home of Bethlehem's most veteran prisoner, Issa Abd Rabbo (i.e., terrorist who killed two Israeli students). Abd Al-Rahim spoke with Issa's mother and conveyed President Abbas' and the Palestinian leadership's greetings to her. He expressed appreciation and praised her for standing strong and for what she has sacrificed throughout 30 years of waiting, coping and patience. Likewise, he praised the Deheisheh refugee camp and its sons and daughters. He described it as a national revolutionary school which has produced generations and heroes who were and still are a source of pride for Palestine... He turned to the prisoner's mother and said that the chains will certainly be broken and removed by virtue of the heroes' and mothers' willpower, and that the best of the Palestinian people's sons are in prison. He reminded her of what President Abbas has said on several occasions - that there will be no political solution with the occupation without the release of all the prisoners from the occupation's prisons..."
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Note: Mahmoud Salem Sarahne – Sent at least three suicide bombers who killed 16 Israelis in terror attacks in 2002.
Issa Abd Rabbo
– On October 22, 1984, Issa Abd Rabbo killed two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He is serving two life sentences in an Israeli prison.

Abbas rep blesses kidnapper, murderers, and leaders of terror organizations 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2013
Official PA TV aired a live broadcast from Ramallah of The People’s Conference to Support Prisoners in the Occupation’s Prisons held under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Event moderator: “President Mahmoud Abbas’ words will be presented by Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul.”
Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: “There are 113 pre-Oslo prisoners, some of whom have been in prison for more than 30 years. This is also something that is hard for the human mind to fathom. We bless them all. Firstly, the beloved brother, the fighter Karim Younes. Naturally, this cause affects us and troubles us very much. And we are talking about all these fighters, and about all these leaders of whom we are proud. We are talking about the beloved Marwan Barghouti, about Ahmad Sa’adat, about Fuad Al-Shubaki, about [Ibrahim] Abu Hajla. About this tremendous number of fighters; about Hassan Yousef, about Nasser, about this whole tremendous number of fighters, of whom we are very proud.”

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Delegation representing Abbas visits home of prisoner Karim Younes 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 18, 2013
PA TV’s Good Morning, Jerusalem covered a condolence visit by a presidential delegation representing PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the home of Karim Younes whose father had died not long before. The camera focused on a letter written and signed by Abbas. Its greeting was to:  “Warrior brother, prisoner Karim Younes.”
Later in the program, Abbas’ advisor Ahmad Al-Ruweidi is seen reading the letter.

Note: Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
Abbas praises terrorist killers of hundreds at Gaza ceremony 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 4, 2013
     Mahmoud Abbas: “On the anniversary of the [Fatah] Launch, we renew the promise to our blessed Martyrs, that we will follow the path of the Martyr Brother Yasser Arafat and his comrades among the leaders of all the fighting forces, all the Martyrs.
Among them, I mention Martyr Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir), Martyr Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf)… Martyr Abu Ali Iyad; Martyr Abu Sabri Saidam; Martyr Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar… Martyr Abu Al-Walid Saad Sayel… Martyr Sheikh Ahmed Yassin; Martyr Abd Al-Aziz Rantisi; Martyr Ismail Abu Shanab; Martyr Fathi Shaqaqi; Martyr George Habash; Martyr Omar Al-Qassem… Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa; Martyr Abu Al-Abbas… may Allah have mercy on them all. These, in addition to tens of thousands of Martyrs and heroes.
Now let us recall the pioneers: The Grand Mufti of Palestine, Haj Muhammad Amin Al-Husseini. We also recall Ahmed Al-Shuqeiri, founder of the PLO. We also recall Yahya Hammouda, Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee, and we cannot forget the one who lit the first spark of the 1936 rebellion, Martyr Izz a-Din Al-Qassam.
They bequeathed to us [the duty] to continue on the path, to work as a unified [force] – for there is no substitute for unity – in order to achieve the national goals and to achieve victory.”
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Note: Click "full article" below to view descriptions of the terrorists honored by Abbas.
Abbas representative: "Ask for death!" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013


Moderator at Fatah ceremony:‎ ‎ "Mahmoud Abbas' speech, as delivered by his representative ‎Abbas Zaki"‎
Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: “If Jan. 1, 1965 became a national holiday ‎‎(i.e., attempted terror attack on Israel’s National Water Carrier), then the battle of Karameh ‎‎(1968) is the true date of birth [of Fatah] who wanted to fight against this enemy (the Israeli ‎army) that retreated. People asked Moshe Dayan (then Israel's Minister of Defense): What ‎happened to you, you with all the power at your disposal? He said: "What can I do if those ‎facing me have decided to die? If they had done the opposite, the matter would have been ‎determined." So ask for death, and life will be given to you.”‎
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Abbas honors arch-terrorists on Fatah anniversary 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 31, 2012
The following is the excerpt of Abbas’ speech honoring terrorists: 
     Abbas: “Dear brothers. Today, we remember our Martyrs (Shahids). We remember the Sheikh of our Martyrs, Yasser Arafat. We remember Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Abu Said, Abu Ali Iyad, Abu Sabri, Omar Al-Qassem, Abu Ali Mustafa and Ahmed Yassin. We recall all these Martyrs.”
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Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - Founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - Founder of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats, as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Abu Ali Iyad - He was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks.
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Abbas inaugurates housing project for families of terrorist prisoners 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Dec. 26, 2012
     “In the Al-Ubeidiya village east of Bethlehem a cornerstone was laid for the ‘Hamlet of Hope’ housing project for prisoners serving life sentences.
The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Presidential Office Hussein Al-A'araj who represented President Mahmoud Abbas and by the Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake…
Al-A'araj added that the Palestinian leadership and relevant institutions will endeavor to supply all means needed to complete this pioneering project as soon as possible.
Karake, on his part, said that the ‘Hamlet of Hope’ neighborhood instills hope among the prisoners, whose dreams the occupation thinks it has shattered through life sentences...
Najlaa Al-Hajj who thought of the idea for the project, and is the wife of prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Miqdad who was given 21 life sentences plus 15 years, said that it was according to President Mahmoud Abbas’ directives that the ‘Hamlet of Hope’ housing project was inaugurated for families of prisoners serving life sentences…
[The project] serves 73 prisoners from the Bethlehem district who have been sentenced to life in prison.”

The cornerstone inscription, pictured in a photograph that appeared in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Dec. 26, 2012, reads:
“In the name of Allah the All Merciful
Sponsored and Supported by
The President of the State of Palestine
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
May Allah Protect Him
The Inauguration of the “Housing of Hope” Hamlet
For Bethlehem District Prisoners Serving Life Sentences

Note: Abd Al-Rahman Miqdad, a Palestinian Authority official, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in suicide bombings on two public buses in Jerusalem that killed 19 people.
Abbas advisor glorifies Hamas terrorist leader Al-Jabari, killed in Israeli airstrike 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2012
On Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip called Operation Pillar of Defense and killed the head of Hamas' military wing, Ahmed Al-Ja'abari. PA TV interviews Abbas advisor Al-Aloul about Al-Ja'abari's death:
PA TV host: “Ahmed Al-Ja’abari was the commander of the Hamas movement. Condolences to all of the Palestinian people on his death as a Martyr (Shahid).”
Abbas’ advisor Al-Aloul: “Condolences to all of us. He [Al-Ja’abari] is our Martyr and the Martyr of the entire Palestinian people.”
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Abbas advisor: Every Palestinian child must remember terrorist Abu Iyad 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 25, 2012
 PA TV program Palestine This Morning. Studio guest: Dr. Sabri Saidam, advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on technological issues .
     Saidam: "These [school] curricula are what embed [the memory of the past] in the [younger] generation, in the imagination and minds of our children. They always buttress this memory. There must be preparation in our schools, our institutions, our streets, our neighborhoods, our books, our curricula. They must implant and support Palestinian memory and sustain [our] collective ideology… However, there are Martyrs who have no children; Martyrs who have no [physical] presence. Abu Ali Iyad exists in our conscience and in our history and in our future, but he has no children. Does Abu Ali Iyad need children – his own children – in order to be remembered? No. Every young lion cub (i.e., Palestinian child) must [know Abu Ali Iyad's heritage]. Today, [through] social networks, [for example]."

Note: Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks. In a filler, official PA TV wrote the following:
"He was appointed [by Fatah] to set up military operations on the occupied lands [Israel] in 1966. He led the attack on the Beit Yosef colony [Israeli town], one of the fiercest [attacks] on Israeli colonies until then. He also led a number of operations, including the attacks on the colonies [Israeli towns] Margaliot, Manara and Kfar Giladi. When in Jordan, he carried out various military operations against the occupation’s army camps and colonies [in Israel]. He died as a Shahid (Martyr) in 1971."
Abbas defends his visit with released Palestinian terrorist in Turkey 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 8, 2012
“President Mahmoud Abbas stressed once again the need to freeze Israeli settlement on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, in an interview broadcast last night by Israel TV Channel 2… The Israeli interviewer pulled out a photograph of the President with released prisoner Amna Muna, [taken] during his meeting [with her] in Turkey. [The interviewer] showed it on the screen, and said accusingly, ‘You met with Amna Muna, a terrorist who killed a Jewish boy.’
However, the President’s response was proud and strong. He held the photograph and said: ‘Amna Muna is a Palestinian citizen, she belongs to the Fatah movement, she resisted the occupation, and Israel released her after punishing her. She remains a woman, a Palestinian woman, and a human being, and I am her president. You pardon her, but I can’t meet with her?’ The President emphasized that there are many Israelis who committed crimes against his closest friends, pointing out that peace involves forgetting the past, and an effort to make peace actually happen.
[Concerning Amna Muna] he said: ‘Yes, I did meet with her, and I will meet with her. She is a Palestinian woman, from the Fatah movement, who carried out an operation (i.e., terrorist attack) against you, and you pardoned her in the Shalit [prisoners] exchange. How can you want me not to meet with her? Yes, I will certainly meet with her, and I will meet with any prisoner who is released. I am the President of the Palestinian people, and these are Palestinians.’
The interviewer did not like the President’s response, and he said: ‘But she killed a young boy.’
President Abbas replied: ‘In war, terrible things happen. You have leaders who killed Palestinian people, and who killed my closest friends, and you send them to sit with me and negotiate. How do you view that?’”
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Official speaking in Abbas’ name lauds mothers who gave birth to fighters, Martyrs, and prisoners 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 21, 2012
Headline: "Tulkarem: Fatah honors mothers of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) on Mothers' Day"
     "The Tulkarem branch of Fatah honored the mothers of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) yesterday during a large rally which it held on the occasion of Mothers' Day…
Present at the ceremony were District Governor Talal Dweikat, and Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake…
Dweikat conveyed greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas to the mothers of the prisoners and Martyrs. On the occasion of Mothers' Day he congratulated the mothers who have given birth to fighters, Martyrs and prisoners, and who themselves have fought and participated along with the men in all forms of the struggle. He said, 'Our people will remain loyal to the sacrifices of the Martyrs, the prisoners, and those injured, and will continue to preserve the honor of their families.'"
Fatah official representing Abbas makes solidarity visit to families of two terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2012
On March 8, 2012, two Palestinian terrorists attacked an Israeli soldier in Hebron and stabbed him with a knife. Despite his wounds, the soldier managed to shoot both terrorists, one of whom was killed while the other was injured. In the following PA daily article, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki honors the terrorists in Abbas' name:
     "[Fatah] Central Committee member Abbas Zaki yesterday conveyed condolences in the name of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah Central Committee to the family of the Martyr Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram from the town of Yatta in Hebron, who died as a Martyr after being shot by the occupation forces when he tried to prevent the arrest of the prisoner freed in the [Gilad] Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal. Zaki expressed the solidarity of the President and the leadership of Fatah with the family of the Martyr... He pointed out that the cold-blooded murder of Abu Aram is organized crime of the extremist Israeli government... Zaki also visited the family of the injured prisoner Mahmoud Omar Rashid who was also injured in town of Yatta (in the same incident)... He expressed the pride of the Palestinian leadership in this generation and in this heroism."
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Abbas honors terrorists that attacked and stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 11, 2012
On March 8, 2012, two Palestinian terrorists attacked an Israeli soldier in Hebron and stabbed him with a knife. Despite his wounds, the soldier managed to shoot both terrorists, one of whom was killed while the other was injured. In the following PA daily article, Abbas honors the terrorist that was killed in the attack: 
     "President Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram of condolence to the Abu Aram family in Yatta, in Hebron, for the death of their courageous son, Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram.
In his telegram, the President said: 'I was greatly saddened by the announcement of Martyrdom death of your courageous son Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram, who was assassinated by the occupation army. His pure soul has ascended to the heights of glory in defense of the pure land of Palestine and the matters that are holy to our pure nation.'
The President denounced this loathsome crime, which was carried out as part of a string of crimes by the occupation army against our defenseless people, with the aim of striking fear into it and dissuading it from continuing in its legitimate struggle for freedom and the establishment of our independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital.'"
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Fatah member in Abbas’ name: “All rifles… must be aimed at the occupation [Israel]” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2012
Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee, delivers a speech on behalf of Chairman Abbas at a ceremony in Ramallah, marking the 43rd anniversary of the DFLP.
Ceremony host: "And now for the greetings of President Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State (Arabic: dawla) of Palestine, President of the PLO Executive Council, President of the Palestinian Authority, to be delivered on his behalf by fighter comrade Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Abu Jihad, member of the Fatah Central Committee – if you please."
Al-Aloul: "I greet you all, and I am honored, on behalf of President Abbas, to be participating with you in this ceremony marking the anniversary of the establishment of the DFLP [Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine]… The DFLP has also always contributed to this organization [the PLO] in clarifying contradictory theories and anchoring [the idea] that every marginal conflict, or difference of opinion, of ideology, of position, is a secondary conflict which can be solved through communication and dialogue. The fundamental conflict is always with the occupation, and all rifles and all efforts must be aimed towards the occupation."
Speech in Abbas’ name honors female terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2012
     "Secretary General of the presidential office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim… during a speech he delivered on behalf of President Abbas at the opening of the fourth conference of the Governing Council of the General Union of Palestinian Women… noted the huge sacrifice of Palestinian women, and said: 'Palestinian women have sacrificed in the realms of sacrifice and defense of the homeland – thousands of Shahidas (Martyrs) and women prisoners, from the first Shahida, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, via the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi, to the Shahida Jawaher Abu Rahma, and an infinite row of male and female Martyrs who went to Paradise turning their blood into a bridge which we cross on the way to liberty and independence… [Palestinian women] still stand proudly and stubbornly, to prove their determination to continue with the struggle against the occupation and its oppression and settlement measures. Greetings of true respect to our mothers, the mothers of the Shahids and the prisoners, who have been a role model in the struggle, in giving, in resolve, and in sacrifice. Greetings of loyalty and admiration to all the prisoner sisters who are sitting behind bars in the occupation's prisons. We say to them, and to all our heroic prisoners: your freedom is inevitable; the day will come when you will enjoy liberation from the yoke of the prison guard.'"

Note: Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization and was involved in many attacks against Israel. While preparing a bomb for an attack in Tel Aviv in 1968, it accidentally detonated and killed her.
Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Jawaher Abu Rahma died after a demonstration against the security fen
Secretary of Abbas' office honors released Palestinian prisoners in Abbas' name 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2011
     "The prisoners released as part of the second stage of the [prisoner] exchange deal for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit arrived at the presidential residence in Ramallah late last night… In a speech he delivered on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Secretary General of the Presidential Office [Abd Al-Rahim] greeted the released prisoners and said: 'We welcome you among your people; you were in our hearts, in our conscience, and at the top of our list of priorities.' Abd Al-Rahim said: 'I convey to you the greetings of the President [Abbas], who gave me the honor of welcoming you. He wanted very much to be here, but he has important commitments outside of the homeland.' He added, 'You have always proved that you are stronger than the prison guards and the efforts to break [your] willpower; all of Palestine opens its arms to embrace you.'… Abd Al-Rahim noted that the sacrifice of the prisoners will not be in vain, since the sacrifice of the Shahids (Martyrs) and the prisoners touched the conscience of all free people in the world, and made Palestine a permanent feature on the political map."
Abbas honors Arafat for “his struggle, his Jihad” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 12, 2011
PA TV News broadcast:
Abbas speaks during visit to Tunisia about anniversary of Arafat's death:
     "[On] the anniversary of the Martyr death of President Yasser Arafat, 7 years after his death as a Shahid (Martyr), I express my feelings of compassion for him. We recall his struggle, recall his Jihad, and what he gave and did throughout his life for the sake of the Palestinian cause."

Note: On Nov. 11, PA TV reported on Abbas’ full statement in Tunisia about Arafat. Abbas added, “Allah willing we will try to follow his path in order to arrive at a permanent solution for the Palestinian cause.”
Abbas honors Arafat for his “Jihad” and says “we will try to follow his path” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2011
PA TV News broadcast of PA Chairman Abbas:
     "On the anniversary of the Martyr death of commander brother Yasser Arafat, we feel his absence, we remember his Jihad and his struggle; we remember his life, which he devoted to the Palestinian cause, and Allah willing we will try to follow his path in order to arrive at a permanent solution for the Palestinian cause."
Abbas and Erekat kiss and shake hands with released prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 6, 2011
PA TV News broadcast:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Member of the Fatah Central Committee, PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake in meeting with prisoners: Othman Musleh, Abd Al-Latif Shuqeir, Hassan Salama, Mahmoud Al-Ubeidi Jaradat, and two other prisoners.
Abbas and Erekat shake their hands and kiss them.
At the bottom of the screen: "His Honor the President decides to build houses for the released prisoners."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.

Othman Musleh Abu Naji was serving a life sentence for placing a bomb and throwing a grenade in 1982. In October 2011, Musleh was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.

Hassan Salama was serving a life sentence for preparing and placing explosives in 1982. In October 2011, Salama was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
PA daily: Abbas to build houses for prisoners released in Shalit deal 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 6, 2011
      "President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to build houses for the released prisoners, through the Palestine Investment Fund. This [announcement was made] during a reception held yesterday afternoon at the presidential headquarters for some of the released prisoners who had served many years in the occupation's prisons. The President emphasized that the Palestinian leadership gives priority to the prisoners' cause and that it is raised in all meetings with all world leaders. He saluted the awe-inspiring resolve demonstrated by the Palestinian prisoners in the face of the arrogance and oppression of the prison guards, thereby emphasizing the right of this people to achieve its independence and to achieve its independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on the 1967 borders."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Jibril Rajoub representing PA Chairman Abbas: We salute those who captured Shalit 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Ceremony honoring released Palestinian prisoners following the prisoner exchange deal:
Ceremony moderator:
"We shall now hear the address by the representative of the President [Abbas], to be delivered by Jibril Rajoub, member of the [Fatah] Central Committee."
Jibril Rajoub, representing President Abbas: "I say in the name of the Fatah movement -- we salute those who dug the tunnel [to capture the Israeli soldier]; we salute those who captured the captive (Gilad Shalit), and salute those who guarded the captive until this deal was completed [Applause] ... I salute our courageous prisoners and I say to you -- [I cannot] describe you, neither as heroes, nor as courageous, nor anything else. There are no words in the Arab dictionary, nor in any other dictionary, to describe you, but this modest reception is [our] utmost honor to you, your history, and your families."
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Note: Jibril Rajoub was himself sentenced to life in prison in 1970 for throwing a grenade at an Israeli army truck. He was released in the "Jibril-Agreement" in 1985, when the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine succeeded in releasing 1,150 prisoners in exchange for three Israeli hostages.
Abbas after Shalit deal: "We will not rest" until all prisoners are released 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Following the prisoner exchange, the Fatah Revolutionary Council dedicated one of their regular meetings to the released prisoners to honor them. PA daily article on the event:
     "Yesterday, in a ceremony that took place in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at the President's headquarters in Ramallah, the Fatah Revolutionary Council honored the prisoners released from the occupation's prisons... He [Abbas] said, 'We will not rest until all of our sons and daughters are released from the occupation's prisons, as well as the [imprisoned] leaders like Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa'adat. Every prisoner from every faction is holy to us and we must exalt them.'"
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Note: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
Ahmad Sa'adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.
Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses. Thousands of the remaining prisoners are also serving time on charges of murder and terror offenses.
PA Chairman Abbas: "Hamas kidnapped a soldier... That's a good thing," but also: We don't want military resistance 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Interview with Mahmoud Abbas following the exchange:

Interviewer: "Don't you think that it was the resistance which succeeded in freeing 1,000 prisoners? Negotiations must always be accompanied by a measure of force; there is no negotiation without resistance - that's the
experience of the nations, of Ireland and all countries."
Abbas: "Correct, but for us the conditions are different. Military resistance - we are unable. Hamas kidnapped a soldier, or captured a soldier, and managed to keep him for 5 years - that's a good thing, we don't deny it. On the contrary, it's good. Because in that small strip of 40 x 7 km [Gaza], they managed to guard him and hide him - that's a good thing. But that's not called resistance. In the end, a soldier was captured and we paid a heavy price: the invasion of Gaza, 1,500 casualties. We paid, but let's put that aside. If we're talking about [freeing] prisoners then it succeeded. There is no military resistance - neither we nor, by the way, Hamas - neither we nor Hamas want military resistance. They say this and we also say this."
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Note: The interview was carried out by Egyptian TV, but was broadcast on PA TV.
Abbas allocates $5 million for Palestinian prisoners released in Shalit deal 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 23, 2011
     PA TV program about the fate of the female prisoners remaining in Israeli prisons after the Shalit deal and the ramifications of the deal (i.e., prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas in Oct. 2011, in which Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit).
Abu Ein, Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs:
     "We, as the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, have begun – and there is a gesture on the part of the honorable President [Abbas], approved by the Palestinian government, and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad hurried to implement it: There is a grant, a 'release grant', a grant from the President [Abbas] to all the released prisoners, whether they are in the Gaza Strip, in Turkey, in Egypt, or in Syria. Starting yesterday [Oct. 21, 2011] we began distributing [the grants] to the released prisoners in order to help meet their expenses. This grant is around $5 million, disbursed by his honor, the President [Abbas], to be distributed to the [released] Palestinian prisoners inside [the PA] and outside of it."
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Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
 
Abbas issues directive to give grants to prisoners released in Shalit deal 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 20, 2011
     In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Headline:
"Presidential gift as token of honor to prisoners"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas issued a directive today that monetary gifts be awarded as a token of honor to the prisoners released in the exchange deal. Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, said in a telephone conversation with WAFA [Palestine News and Information Agency] that the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, in cooperation with the district governors and the national institutions, began today awarding monetary release grants to all the released prisoners, without exception, both to those released to their homes and to those who were expelled."
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Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Abbas honors terrorist prisoners serving life sentences for murder and calls for their release 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 18, 2011
     In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Abbas' speech on the day of the prisoners’ release, as broadcast on PA TV:
    
"The enforced absence which was imposed on you 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."
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Note: Click "full article" below to view the full excerpt of the speech with descriptions of Marwan Barghouti, Ahmad Sa'adat, Ibrahim Hamed, and Abbas Al-Sayid.
Abbas calls on French President to help release French-Palestinian terrorist prisoner 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2011
Headline: "President [Abbas] will ask Sarkozy to exert efforts to release prisoner Salah Al-Hamouri"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas praised France's efforts to release the French-Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He expressed hope that [France] would make the same effort to release the French Palestinian, Salah Al-Hamouri, imprisoned in Israel since 2005… His term ends at the end of November."

Note: Salah Al-Hamouri – member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Arrested in 2005 and convicted of planning to assassinate Israeli Rabbi and spiritual leader of the Shas party Ovadia Yosef. The PFLP, which rejected the Oslo Accords (1993), planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000- 2005 (the Intifada).
Abbas congratulates Hamas on Shalit prisoner exchange deal 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Headline:
"Mashaal and Haniyeh inform [PA] President [Abbas] of details of exchange deal"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a telephone call yesterday from the head of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, informing him of the outline of the prisoner exchange deal. During the conversation the President and Mashaal exchanged congratulations over the release of the prisoners of freedom who were included in the deal. The President received another call from Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, updating him concerning the outline of the deal…
The President repeated his congratulations over the conclusion of the deal and said, 'I applaud the conclusion of the long-awaited agreement.' He expressed hope that all the prisoners would be released from the Israeli prisons, and expressed appreciation for the efforts of Egypt, which participated in achieving the agreement."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Abbas “applauds” the conclusion of the Shalit prisoner exchange 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Headline:
"President [Abbas] applauds conclusion of [prisoner exchange] deal and considers it an achievement for the people"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, immediately upon his arrival in Caracas yesterday, applauded the prisoner exchange agreement, saying: 'I applaud the conclusion of this long-awaited agreement.' He expressed hope that all the Palestinian prisoners would be released from Israeli prisons."

Note: Hundreds of the released prisoners were convicted on charges of murder and terror offenses.
Abbas' representative lays wreath on grave of planner of Munich Olympics massacre 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2011
     "Abdallah Al-Ifranji, special representative of President Mahmoud Abbas, laid a wreath yesterday on the grave of Amin Al-Hindi, 'Abu Fawzi', former commander of the General Intelligence Services, on the first anniversary of his death... He said, 'Al-Hindi left us early. From the time he joined the ranks of the Palestinian revolution in 1962, he was a pinnacle of giving: he was the head of the executive body of the Student Union in Germany, and thereafter the deputy of Shahid Abu Iyad (i.e., one of the founders of Fatah and Head of the Black September terror group. Planned the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972 and the murder of two American diplomats.).' He added, 'We shall not forget him; we had hoped that he would be at our side on our difficult path...' Al-Hindi was born in Gaza in 1940. He worked in Fatah from the time of its establishment, within its security service, and he was directly connected to the Munich operation of 1972. He served as the first head of the PA security services."
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Note: Amin Al-Hindi was one of the senior planners of the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Abbas conveys greetings to family of terrorist prisoner 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2011
Headline: " District Governor of Hebron presents presidential gift to family of prisoner Al-Sharabati and visits released prisoners"
     "District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid presented a presidential gift to the Al-Sharabati family, four of whom are prisoners in the occupation's prisons. This was during [Hamid's] participation in a fast-breaking meal with the family of prisoner Yasser Al-Sharabati, in the presence of Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake… During his meeting with the prisoner's family, the district governor emphasized that the issue of the prisoners is a central one, and one of the fundamental principles, and that the Palestinian leadership gives it priority. He conveyed to them greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas. Also, the district governor and the Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visited released prisoners Amjad Abu Ramuz, Imran Abu Sbeih, Raed Qfeisha, Ammar Al-Hashlamoun and Basel Al-Ja'abari, who were released two days ago from the occupation's prisons, to congratulate them. They noted that their joy will not be complete until all the prisoners are released from the occupation's prisons, and that there will be no peace, security and stability without the release of all the prisoners."

Note: Al-Sharabati - was a senior member of the Tanzim and was involved in planning a suicide terror attack in Jerusalem. He was given two life sentences.
Abbas provides assistance to family of terrorist prisoner 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2011
     "President Abbas met yesterday evening at the Presidential Office in Ramallah with residents of the village Al-Maghir and its dignitaries, in the presence of District Governor of Ramallah, Laila Ghannam. The President instructed the relevant personnel to act to rehabilitate the homes of the civilian Yusuf Al-Na'asan and prisoner Talal Al-Na'asan who has spent more than 12 years in the occupation's prisons, to take on their cause, and to provide all assistance so that they can live in dignity."

Note: Talal Al-Na'asan was a member of the terrorist infrastructure under Arafat’s Force 17. The terrorist infrastructure was responsible for a number of terror attacks, including the murder of two members of the Kahana family in December 2000, as well as two soldiers.
Abbas' advisor: PA should honor "Martyrs" and not worry about donors' grants 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 19, 2011
Sabri Saidam, Advisor to Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and under-secretary of the Fatah Revolutionary Council:
Headline:
"Are we loyal to the path of our fighters?"
     "We have named streets after leaders who are not of our people, and have marked the birthdays of other heroes who are not from our society, as a sign of honor and esteem for them. This in itself is good and admirable, but there must be equal or even greater zeal for the heritage of our own struggle. How many of our young children and school pupils know of Abu Ali Iyad, Abd Al-Fatah Hamoud, Ahmad Al-Shuqeiri, and others like them? What is their position on our study curriculum? How it pains me to see people who view our Shahids (Martyrs) as a burden because the donors will be angry and some countries will complain, or because economic and everyday interests will be harmed... Blessings to the souls of our Shahids, whom we will not forget - not for the sake of a grant, not for the sake of a deal, and not for the sake of a position."
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Note: Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks.
Abd Al-Fatah Hamoud was one of the founding members of Fatah.
Ahmad Al-Shuqeiri was the first chairman of the PLO.
Abbas: "Sports should be separate from politics" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 18, 2011
Abbas’ moderate statement to the Italian newspaper is contradicted by the PA's active policy of naming sports events after terrorists:
Headline:
“President Abbas hopes that Barcelona will win the League”
     “President Abbas said in an interview published in the well-known Italian sports paper, Gazzetta dello Sport… that sports should be separate from politics. He highlighted the value of sports as a medium with ‘positive messages’.”

Abbas spokesman at Fatah event: Abu Jihad is "the most famous of the great Shahid (Martyr) commanders" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 2, 2011
     “During a ceremony held by the Fatah movement and the National Association of Families of Shahids (Martyrs), marking the anniversary of the Martyr death of the commander Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad]…
In [speech delivered on behalf of] President Abbas… Mahmoud Al-Aloul said: ‘I am honored to represent the President at this large gathering, the gathering [in honor] of Shahid Khalil Al-Wazir, the most famous of the great Shahid commanders who bore the yoke of leading this campaign.’ He added, ‘We speak about the heroism and about the Shahids, and hold these gatherings every year in order to remember their life stories. Many [people] wonder, what is the point of these ceremonies? We hold them in order to get to know their lives, their acts of heroism, and their qualities.’ He called to take them [the Shahids] as an example and to act with courage, as they did…
Al-Aloul emphasized that the negotiations would not continue in a pointless manner, and that activity would continue to restore unity to our people and to our homeland. He added, ‘Our principal conflict will continue to be with the occupation, and we shall remain united because the Shahids were united.’
Mahmoud al-Aloul said that the main challenge is how to continue to be in conflict with the occupation, and noted: ‘The President’s steps are in this direction, and in the direction of this choice. What is the President’s initiative [for reconciliation with Hamas] for, if not so that our people will be a single row facing the occupier.’

Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) – one of the founders of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. Headed PLO’s military wing. Planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas glorifies terrorist Abu Jihad at Prisoner's Day event 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2011
Headline: “President [Abbas]: The prisoners are the torch illuminating our path to freedom, sovereignty and independence”
[Text of address by Mahmoud Abbas broadcast on PA TV on April 16th, 2011:]
     "It is the national obligation of all of us, and especially of the official institutions of the PLO and of the Palestinian Authority, to make every effort to free our prisoners, and to devote attention to their cause and the cause of their families, since they are the torches that illuminate our way to freedom, sovereignty and independence…
This is the month of the Martyrdom of the first bullet and the first stone, comrade Abu Jihad, Khalil Al-Wazir, the commander and engineer of the first intifada; the man who was a model of conscientious and quiet activity, combining modesty and toughness, and who was among the first companions of the Shahid (Martyr), our symbol, brother Yasser Arafat. Mercy and prayer be upon your pure soul, my brother Abu Jihad, and upon all the Shahids (Martyrs). We promise to continue the journey up until liberation and the establishment of our independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization’s military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Seminar on terrorists, "the great Shahids [Martyrs] of Palestine," held under the auspices of Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2011
Announcement published in the official PA daily:
“Under the auspices of his honor, President Mahmoud Abbas
The Rissala Forum for Philosophy and Dialogue will hold

A seminar under the heading:
‘Heroism – the Values and Culture of National Liberation’
On the subject of the great Shahids (Martyrs) of Palestine,

Commanders
Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad)
Kamel Adwan      Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar      Kamel Nasser
On Sunday, April 17th, 2011, in the hall of the Palestinian Red Crescent – Jerusalem Road
At 10:30am"
 
Note: All the “Martyrs” listed, except for Abu Jihad, were killed during the Israeli army raid on PLO targets in Beirut and Sidon, in April 1973.
Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - one of the founders of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization’s military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Click "full article" link below to view the descriptions of the other "Martyrs" mentioned in the announcement.
Abbas at Martyrs' event: We "honor and sanctify" our Shahids [Martyrs] 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2011
     “The Nablus branch of the National Association of Families of the Shahids of Palestine held an open day of fun for Shahids’ children, their wives and mothers, in honor of International Orphans’ Day, in the tourist village of Hadad, east of Jenin.
Jenin district governor, Qadura Musa, welcomed the families of the Shahids… and conveyed greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas to the families of the Shahids. He emphasized the interest which the President and the PA show in this group (i.e, the families), and said that [President Abbas] always emphasizes that they should be taken care of, and their needs provided. He added, ‘The Shahids are the ones who have illuminated our path to freedom, with their blood which has poured out and irrigated the ground of the homeland. We are a nation which honors and sanctifies its Shahids.’ He stated that all the PA institutions will make every effort to provide a dignified life for this fighting group from among our people [the Families of Shahids]. The district governor served a light meal for the children and mothers.”
Abbas encourages holding ceremonies honoring terrorist prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2011
Headline: “During ceremony honoring prisoners Nael and Fakhri Barghouti, that was held in their home, the sister of the most veteran prisoner…”
     “’He has lived longer inside the occupation’s prisons than outside of them’ – thus Hanan Barghouti described the situation of her brother, prisoner Nael Barghouti, who is now in his 34th year of captivity…
Hanan conveyed her brother Nael’s letter during a ceremony held yesterday by the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and the Ramallah and El-Bireh district, honoring prisoners Nael Barghouti and Fakhri Barghouti, on the occasion of their commencement of their 34th year of imprisonment…
The ceremony was held in the presence of Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake; Ramallah and El-Bireh district governor, Laila Ghannam; chairman of the Prisoners’ Club, Qadura Fares…
Karake said: ‘True peace is that which is forged with the prisoners and with their families.’…
He added, ‘For the past 35 years our prisoners have been rotting in the prisons so that we could live as a free people…’
He also emphasized that peace has been distanced because our prisoners have not been released, but are dying slowly…
[Ramallah and El-Bireh district governor Laila Ghannam] noted that the district [municipality] participates in these activities on the instructions of President Mahmoud Abbas, who emphasizes that we must all volunteer and devote ourselves for the sake of the freedom of our prisoners and their release from the occupation’s prisons.”

Note: Nael and Fakhri Barghouti were part of a Fatah squad who killed an Israeli officer in 1978.
Abbas extols mothers of Palestinian Shahids and prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2011
Headline: “President calls for meeting of the Constitution Committee and the Committee for PLO Development”
     "During his meeting with Hajja Zakiya Zaid (88) and Hajja Farsakha Al-Dik (65), President Mahmoud Abbas said that it is the Palestinian mothers who defend the national enterprise through their great sacrifices for the sake of freedom and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
He emphasized that all means should be provided to ease the suffering of the mothers who stand resolutely, who gave birth to the fighter, the Shahid (Martyr) and the prisoner, and who suffer after parting from their own flesh and blood as a sacrifice as a sacrifice for the homeland.”
Abbas representative expresses “loyalty” to terrorist Abdallah Daoud and to the “struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 21, 2011
Headline:Shahid (Martyr) Abdallah Daoud – struggle, expulsion, siege, and Shahada (Martyrdom)”
     “At the Shahid (Martyr) Salah Khalaf Center in the Tubas district, a conference of intellectuals was held to mark the anniversary of the Martyrdom of Abdallah Daoud, who was among those expelled from the [Bethlehem] Church of Nativity, under the title, ‘Stations of the Shahid’s Struggle’.
Attendees at the conference, held by the Shahid Salah Khalaf Center; the National Campaign for the Safe Return of the Church of Nativity Expellees; and the National Association of Families of Shahids, included Salfit district governor Issam Abu Bakr; member of the Fatah Central Council Tawfiq Tirawi; and Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club, Qadura Fares…
[Marwan] Tubasi, the district governor, on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, congratulated those responsible for organizing the conference, and conveyed greetings to the participants. He emphasized that loyalty to the Shahid commander Abdallah Daoud is embodied in the continuation of the struggle on the basis of adherence to Palestinian positions.”

Note: Abdallah Daoud was responsible for many terror attacks. He was one of the terrorists who stormed the Church of the Nativity in 2002, continuing to fight against Israel for several weeks while using the monks and the religious site as shields.
The above article mentions that the conference was held at the Shahid (Martyr) Salah Khalaf Center. Terrorist Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) was one of the founders of the Fatah organization. He was head of the Black September branch, whose terrorist attacks included the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972. The Shahid Salah Khalaf Center was financed by USAID in 2004.

Abbas advisor expresses "his pride" in terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, and supports naming a square after her 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2011
Headline: “Residents insist on naming square in Ramallah after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi”
     “Popular Palestinian activists announced yesterday that they were insisting on naming a square in Ramallah after the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi...
Deputy secretary of the Fatah Revolutionary Council [and advisor to Abbas], Sabri Saidam, told Agence France Presse: ‘Today a popular inauguration of the junction is being held. There has been insistence on naming this junction after the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi. Every one of us has tried in his own way to express his pride in this Shahida.’
The junction was supposed to be inaugurated in March 2010, but Israeli protest at naming the junction after Dalal Mughrabi caused the PA to postpone the official inauguration.
Saidam said: ‘The inauguration of the junction and the naming of roads lie within the jurisdiction of the local government in each town. What I know for certain is that there is no official withdrawal from [the intention to] name the junction after the Shahida Dalal.’...
Senior Fatah members said that they had decided to inaugurate the “Shahida Dalal Mughrabi” square in the town of El-Bireh, close to Ramallah, despite Israel’s threats in the past to destroy it...
A granite slab has been placed at the center of the square, featuring an engraved image of Dalal Mughrabi inside a map of historical Palestine, in the shape of a sail. Another photograph of Dalal has been placed in a different spot on the square; she is draped in a Palestinian keffiyeh and holds an AK-47 machine gun.”

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas gives terrorist's family $2000 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2011
     "The District Governor of Jenin, Qadura Musa, has handed a presidential grant to the family of the Shahid (Martyr), Khaldoun Najib Samoudi… The grant is financial aid in the amount of $2000 which the President [Mahmoud Abbas] is awarding to the relatives of the Shahid, who was recently killed as a Martyr."
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Note: Khaldoun Najib Samoudi is a Palestinian terrorist who attempted to attack an Israeli checkpoint. Carrying two pipe bombs, he ran towards the Israeli soldiers, screaming "Allahu Akbar" - "Allah is Greater" - and was shot and killed before he could detonate the bombs.
PA Chairman Abbas supports Sudanese president accused of Darfur genocide 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 28, 2010
In addition to glorifying Palestinian terrorists, Mahmoud Abbas, recently glorified the Sudanese President, who is under indictment for genocide and war crimes connected to the slaughter of 2 million in Darfur.
Azzam Al-Ahmad, member of Fatah Central Committee:

     "President Abbas's letter says that the Palestinian people and its leadership stand side by side with the brother country Sudan, and that they have complete faith in the wisdom of President Omar Al-Bashir in coping with these dangers. We emphasize our complete willingness to stand with Sudan in everything it wants and in the way it wants, in order to support the unity of the land of Sudan and its people."
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Red carpet funeral by Abbas and PA for terrorist who planned Olympic massacre 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 19, 2010
     "The Palestinian leadership, along with President Mahmoud Abbas, parted yesterday from the body of the Fatah leader and fighter patriot Amin Al-Hindi. This was at an impressive official military funeral that was held at the [PA] headquarters to bid farewell to the Shahid (Martyr)...
Present at the headquarters for the farewell ceremony and for the official military funeral, along with the President [Abbas], were Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad; Secretary General of the Presidential office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim; members of the PLO Executive Council and of the Fatah Central Committee; several ministers, commanders of security forces, senior civic and military personnel, as well as relatives of the deceased.
The body of Al-Hindi, which was wrapped in shrouds, arrived draped with the Palestinian flag and was borne on the shoulders of his [metaphorical] sons - officers of the Guard of Honor at the presidential headquarters. A red carpet was laid out for the arrival of the body, and the military band played the final farewell melody. A squad from the Guard of Honor fired 21 shots. President Abbas and the participants at the funeral cast a final parting look at the body, and laid wreaths. Afterwards, the President and those present read the opening sura [of the Quran] for the elevation of his pure soul."

Note: Amin Al-Hindi was one of the senior planner of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Mahmoud Abbas sends planner of suicide bombings "best wishes, love and esteem" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 29, 2010
Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abd Rabbo speaking in the home of terrorist prisoner Ahmad Barghouti to the family of the terrorist:
     “I am honored to be here today, and I am honored that a short while ago I met with Mahmoud Abbas and he also conveys to you his good wishes, his love and his esteem. This is our way; there is no other. This homeland must be liberated, and we want to remove every remnant of the occupation and of settlement. As Yasser Arafat said: ‘Whether they want it or not.’”

Note: Ahmad Barghouti planned suicide bombings that murdered 7 Israelis in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in 2002. He is serving 7 life sentences. This clip was originally broadcast on Jan. 20, 2010.
PA Chairman Abbas glorifies terrorist 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 22, 2010
     “President Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram of condolence to the Al-Shara’ family in Jordan for the death of the fighter, released prisoner Fuad Hussein Abdallah Al-Shara’. The President said in his telegram: ‘We share in your sorrow and convey our condolences on the parting of the fighter, the released prisoner Fuad Al-Shara’, for the mercies of Allah after a life of struggle, full of dedicated activity in the realm of the national and overall Arab struggle, over the course of which he sacrificed many years of his life to imprisonment in the occupation’s jails.’”

Note: Al-Shara’ was arrested in 1979 after attempting to enter Israel to carry out a terror attack.
Abbas praises "devoted effort" of mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2010
Headline: "The President (Abbas) held a telephone conversation with the family of the fighter Abu Daoud and expressed his condolences over his death"
     "President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday held a telephone conversation with the family of the Shahid (Martyr) fighter Muhammad Oudeh (Abu Daoud), member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and former head of the movement's Supervisory Committee, and expressed his condolences over [Oudeh's] death. During the conversation the President noted [Oudeh's] life filled with the struggle, his devoted effort, and the enormous sacrifice of the deceased for the sake of the legitimate problem of his people, in many spheres. He was at the forefront on every battlefield, with the aim of defending the [Palestinian] revolution."

Note: Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, also known as Abu Daoud, planned the 1972 attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. On Sept. 5, 1972, eight members of the Palestinian terror organization Black September broke into the athletes' village at the Munich Olympics. They kidnapped and ultimately murdered 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. Oudeh died in July 2010. His death received extensive coverage in the official PA media, and he was glorified by PA leaders as a hero and Shahid - Martyr.
Abbas calls mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre "a wonderful brother, companion" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2010
Headline: "The President [Abbas] expresses condolences over the death of the fighters Muhammad Oudeh and Ja'afar Shadid..."
     "President Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram of condolences yesterday over the death of the great fighter Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, 'Abu Daoud,' who died just before reaching 70. The telegram of condolences read: 'The deceased was one of the prominent leaders of the Fatah movement and lived a life filled with the struggle, devoted effort, and the enormous sacrifice of the deceased for the sake of the legitimate problem of his people, in many spheres. He was at the forefront on every battlefield, with the aim of defending the [Palestinian] revolution. What a wonderful brother, companion, tough and persistent, relentless fighter."

Note: Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, also known as Abu Daoud, planned the 1972 attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. On Sept. 5, 1972, eight members of the Palestinian terror organization Black September broke into the athletes' village at the Munich Olympics. They kidnapped and ultimately murdered 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. Oudeh died in July 2010. His death received extensive coverage in the official PA media, and he was glorified by PA leaders as a hero and Shahid - Martyr.
Abbas honors terrorist Daoud, says must continue in his path 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 28, 2010
The following is the report on Abbas’s statement read by Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee, at the funeral of terrorist Abdallah Daoud:
     "Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee, delivered a speech on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, during which he recounted the life story of the Shahid (Martyr), who sacrificed his life for his country and for his people. Al-Aloul said that we must maintain the way of the Shahid Daoud, who always believed in the struggle, in love of the homeland, and in the realization of national unity."

Note: Abdallah Daoud headed the Palestinian intelligence service in Bethlehem, and was one of the terrorists who stormed into the Church of the Nativity in 2002, continuing to fight against Israel for several weeks while using the monks and the religious site as a shield. He was deported to Cyprus and later Mauritania, and died in Algeria of natural causes.
PA: Terrorist Mughrabi "bridge to freedom and independence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 9, 2010
Secretary General of the Palestinian Presidency Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, speaking in the name of PA President Mahmoud Abbas:
     "The Palestinian woman is the mother, the sister, the wife, the companion and partner [of the man] in areas of education, resilience, building and struggle and therefore she knows all the forms of the struggle and its sufferings. Starting with the first woman Martyr (Shahida) Shadia Abu Ghazaleh through the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi and ending with the endless convoy of female and male Martyrs who all went to Paradise as they turned their blood into a bridge over which we pass on the way to our freedom, independence and national liberation from the burden of the occupation."

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA speech in Abbas's name glorifies female terrorists 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 8, 2010
Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, Secretary General of the Presidency, giving a speech in the name of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: 
    “The Palestinian woman has known all forms of the struggle and its suffering, from the first female Martyr Shadia Abu Ghazaleh (died preparing a bomb), to the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi (led attack killing 37 civilians), to the unending line of female and male Martyrs... All of them have gone to Paradise, turning their blood into the bridge that we cross towards freedom and independence.”
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas promotes terrorist killer to rank of major-general 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 6, 2010
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas promotes terrorist responsible for murder of 3 Americans to the rank of major-general:
     "President Mahmoud Abbas decided to promote the prisoner Mahmoud Damra, [known as] Abu Awad, commander of the 'President's Security Force 17,' to the rank of major-general."
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Note: Mahmoud Damra was the commander of Yasser Arafat's personal guard and terror unit called Force 17. He was responsible for the planning and logistic coordination of numerous terror attacks in which many people were killed. Among those killed in the terror attacks he commanded were 3 US citizens in the year 2000. He has been imprisoned by Israel since 2006.
PLO leader visits family of imprisoned terrorists and sends "love and appreciation" in Abbas’ name 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2010
Official PA TV program In a Fighter’s Home visited the home of Ahmed Barghouti, with PLO Executive Council Secretary Yasser Abd Rabbo
PLO Executive Council Secretary Yasser Abd Rabbo: “I am honored to be here today, and had the honor, a short time ago, of meeting [PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas, who also sends you his greetings, his love and his appreciation. This is our path, and there is no other. This homeland needs to be liberated, and we want to remove every trace of occupation and settlement and, as Yasser Arafat said, ‘Whoever wills [it], let them will [it], and whoever does not will [it], let them not will [it].’”

Note: Ahmed Barghouti was commander of the terrorist organization the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) in the Ramallah region. He is serving 13 life sentences and another 50 years for sending terrorists to shooting attacks in which 12 people were killed. Among these attacks was the terror attack in the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March, 5, 2002) in which 3 people were killed.
Abbas equates terrorist Mughrabi with Israeli terror victim 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2010
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman:
     "They (Israel) say about me that I carry out terrorist activities. What are those terrorist activities? That I search for those who sell land in Jerusalem and chase them. Of course I chase them, and I shall continue to do so. Is that a crime? [Israel says,] 'Does he (Abbas) not know that they (the PA) named a square after Dalal Mughrabi and he (Abbas) personally went [to the ceremony]?' - Of course I did not go myself, but I do not deny [the naming]. Of course we want to name a square after her. Okay, what about [murdered Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam] Zeevi? They (Israelis) named a road after him [in the Jordan Valley], near brother Saeb [Erekat, the chief Fatah negotiator], and so on. What is it [that Israel wants]? That we renounce our history? How? We... carried out a military action; can I then later renounce all that we have done? No, I don't renounce it."

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children. This comment was made in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's protests to the US regarding PA hate incitement and terrorist glorification.
Abbas takes pride in rejecting US request 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2010
     "In a meeting with the Kuwaiti press... President [Abbas] expressed willingness to sign a document of national reconciliation with Hamas... Concerning the agreement expressed by the head of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, to sign the agreement and the question of whether the two sides are being subjected to external pressure, the President confirmed that he had been subjected to heavy pressure by the Americans, and that they had asked him not to sign, but he had signed [a preliminary agreement - Ed.] He said: '[For] anyone who claims that I am acceding to [American] pressure - I am not acceding to them. I have a great number of examples [proving] this.' He emphasized that the national interest was far more important than the other matters."
Abbas glorifies terrorists at Fatah anniversary 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2009
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a PA event marking the 45th anniversary of the Fatah Movement, and honored as "Shahids" (Martyrs) the six most recent terrorists killed by Israel. By giving them this title of honor, Abbas is once again legitimizing and glorifying their acts of terror.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     "Our latest Shahids (Martyrs) are the six who were killed in cold blood by Israeli forces in Nablus [terrorists who killed Rabbi Avshalom Meir Hai] and in Gaza [terrorists carrying explosives and a ladder near Israel's border fence]."
Abbas: No disagreements between Fatah and Hamas 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2009
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, insists that Fatah and Hamas agree on essential issues:
     "There is no disagreement between us [Fatah and Hamas]:
About belief? None!
About policy? None!
About [violent] resistance? None!"
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Abbas honors terrorist Dalal Mughrabi with birthday celebration  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 29, 2009
The PA sponsored a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history with the 1978 hijacking of a bus that killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children. Two PA TV news broadcasts focused on the celebration:
     "Under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Political and National Education Authority held a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi. The ceremony included a live performance with songs of the [Fatah] Revolution, and poems about the sense of belonging and loyalty to this homeland."
 
The text on the giant banner carrying Mughrabi's portrait at the birthday ceremony read:
     "Under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas, The Political and National Education Authority, Ceremony on the anniversary of the birth of the bride of the cosmos, The Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi."
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Abbas glorifies 3 drive-by murderers as "Shahids" of the revolution 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2009
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades [Fatah] took responsibility for killing Israeli Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai in a drive-by shooting. Israel killed three of the terrorists involved. The response of the PA has been unequivocal support and glorification of the killers as Palestinian heroes and Shahids. 
    "Secretary General of the Presidents Office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, conveyed condolences on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas to the residents of Nablus and to the families of the three Shahids [Martyrs] for the Martyrdom of their sons, who were assassinated by Israeli occupation forces yesterday morning. He conveyed to the fighting families letters of condolences from the President [Abbas] and updated them as to [Abbas'] decision to declare them as Shahids [Martyrs] of the Palestinian revolution..."
Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim: "Without doubt, what the [Israeli] occupation authorities have carried out is a wild and barbaric act and a deliberate, malicious assassination in cold blood."
PA TV: Fatah, PLO to accompany Shahids "to their wedding" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2009
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades [Fatah] took responsibility for killing Israeli Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai in a drive-by shooting. Israel killed three of the terrorists involved. The response of the PA has been unequivocal support and glorification of the killers as Palestinian heroes and Shahids.
     A Fatah poster honors the three terrorists and is signed with condolences from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The following is the text on the poster with pictures of the terrorists:

"With honor and admiration to those who are more honored than all of us."
[Reference to supreme honor of Shahids - Martyrs in Islam]
"The Palestine Liberation Organization, Fatah, accompanies to their wedding:"
[Reference to Islamic belief that Martyrs marry virgins in Paradise]
"The Martyr, Commander, Hero: Rassan Abu Sharah
The Martyr, Commander, Hero: Ra'ed Al-Sakargi
The Martyr, Commander, Hero: Anan Sobh
The Director General of the Presidency expresses condolences to the Nablus Martyrs - in the name of the President [Abbas]"
Abbas: We continue Arafat's path resting on a glorious heritage of struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2009
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, speaking at official PA ceremony commemorating 5th anniversary of Arafat's death:
     "Yasser Arafat was the leader of this battle, and the leader of the path, and the commander, and the father of the contemporary Palestinian national movement. We recall his role and emphasize his position in the movement, while we continue his long path of struggle, and complete the difficult path, drenched with sweat and blood and tears. Our path today rests upon a glorious heritage of struggle, which we formed with courageous hands and with national sense and thought, to which was added action. We combined the armed struggle with political action.
Our rifle was not the rifle of highway robbers. It was a rifle that was politically committed, striving for a noble objective. We have influenced and have been influenced by the world, with ideas about ways of liberation and political changes, and we have built excellent relations with the forces of liberation and self-liberation in the world…"

Note: Abbas’s speech was also published in the other PA daily, Al-Ayyam, Nov. 12, 2009.
Abbas names computer center after Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 5, 2009
     "Yesterday the Hebron Building Committee inaugurated a computer center named after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi at a ceremony held for this purpose. Present at the event were President Mahmoud Abbas's advisor for communications and information technology... The center, which was funded by a contribution from the President's Office..."

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas rejoices over release of murderer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2008
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, announced during the prisoners' welcoming ceremony:
     "This is a day when our heart rejoices... to see one of the greatest icons of our struggle, a man who has spent decades in prison - our brother Abu Ali Yatta."

Note: In August, 2008, Israel released 200 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The two highest-profile prisoners among this group were Said Al-Ataba, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 1977 for planning and carrying out terror attacks, and Abu Ali Yatta, a senior member of Fatah serving two life sentences, incarcerated since 1980. Yatta was elected to the Palestinian Parliament while he was in prison.
Abbas: No peace unless all Palestinian prisoners are released 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2008
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     "There will not be peace, unless [the Israeli] prisons are emptied."
Abbas: Palestinian prisoners are heroes 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2008
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman [during a welcoming ceremony for the released prisoners]: 
     "These brave released prisoners ... symbols of steadfastness, symbols of our homeland... are among our nation's heroes."
At high school, Abbas's representative "reviewed the heroic life" of Mughrabi 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2008
Headline: "The Taffuh Association for Higher Education honors the [students] who succeeded in the matriculation exams”
     "Yesterday, the Taffuh Association for Higher Education organized a ceremony in honor of the students who finished the general high school successfully… [The ceremony was held] under the auspices of the President Mahmoud Abbas, and named after Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi… Samih Al-Sayfi, the commander of the region and the representative of the President, wished the successful students a brilliant future… and reviewed the heroic life of Martyr Dalal Mughrabi and the course of the struggle and sacrifice of the Fatah movement."

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas blesses family of murderer of Israelis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 17, 2008
     "Chairman Mahmoud Abbas congratulated yesterday's exchange of prisoners and bodies of Martyrs. The Chairman sent blessings to Samir Kuntar's family."

Note: On July 16, 2008, Israel and Hezbollah concluded a prisoner exchange deal that released Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar from Israeli prison in exchange for the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, Israeli soldiers kidnapped and killed by Hezbollah in 2006. Kuntar was serving four life sentences for murdering 4 people, including four year-old girl Einat Haran.
Abbas honors terrorist mass murderers 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 17, 2008
Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority Chairman: 
    
"I send greetings of honor and esteem to all the prisoners in the occupation's jails. First of all to the veterans, and to the chief prisoner, Sa'id Ataba and to the [imprisoned] political leaders: Marwan Barghouti, Ahmad Sa'adat, Aziz Dweik, Jamal Hweil, Jamal Tirawi."
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Note: Sa'id Al-Ataba - was serving a life sentence for being the commander of the military unit that planted explosives in a market in Petah Tikva (July 6, 1977). One person was killed and 33 were wounded. He was released in August 2008 as a gesture to the PA after serving 31 years in prison.
Jamal Tirawi - serving a life sentence for murder in a cafe suicide attack.
Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians.
Ahmad Sa'adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.
Aziz Dweik - Chairman of the Palestinian Parliament, Hamas.
Jamal Huweil - member of Palestinian Parliament.
Mahmoud Abbas applauds girl chanting about Martyrdom 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 10, 2006

Palestinian Children's Day event, in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     "Even if all the Jews arrived [in Israel], seeking refuge with the monkeys (Israelis) and scaring the lions (Arabs), we will never accept compensation for our land. There is no substitute for Jerusalem! In Palestine there are brave people who fight the worst oppression. [...] Our death is like life. My homeland is the invaders' grave. [...] I will walk a thousand miles, even if I die there as a Shahid (Martyr). All together, to Jerusalem! To Jerusalem!" [Mahmoud Abbas applauds]
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PA duplicity: Abbas condemns Nentanya terror attack, but the PA honors suicide bomber with monument 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Dec. 6, 2005
Headline: "The President [Abbas] strongly condemns the Netanya operation (i.e., terror attack) and instructs that those involved be pursued and indicted"
     "President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Netanya operation (i.e., terror attack) and instructed that those involved be sought out and indicted.
Yesterday the spokesman of the Presidential Office published the following statement:
'President Abbas emphasizes his strong condemnation of the terror operation which was carried out at the commercial center in the city of Netanya, today…
The President gave adamant instructions to apprehend those involved and responsible for this operation and to indict them. The President said that this terror operation against civilians causes exceedingly heavy damage to our commitment to the peace process, and the Palestinian Authority will not act forgivingly towards anyone whose involvement and responsibility for this operation is proven."

Note: The suicide bomber, Latfi Amin Abu Sa'ada, was honored as “a heroic Shahid” in a monument erected by the PA in a public square in the village of Ilar. To view, click here.

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