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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."
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