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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 .

This video was posted on Zamn Press News Agency's YouTube channel.
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.
This video was posted on the Information and Culture Commission's YouTube channel.
Palestinian National and Islamic Forces rejects US demand to fire Abbas advisor  
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2013
On May 2, 2013, PMW reported that Abbas advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einen 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: 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-Einen 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-Einen 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-Einen 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 Ulayyan, 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.
Ulayyan 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-Einen 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: 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 Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
Ahmad Sa’adat, serving 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.

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