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Issa Karake
Issa Karake - Director of the Prisoners' Affairs Authority and former PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs.
In 2014, Abbas changed the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PA government, into the Supreme National Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO. This was done to evade pressure from international donors over the PA's payment of salaries to terrorist prisoners. Instead of paying terrorist salaries out of the PA general budget, to which international donors send their funding, the new PLO institution pays the salaries and is responsible for prisoners' affairs. Karake was appointed head of the new Authority of Prisoners' Affairs.
Karake remains a member of the PA Parliament.
PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Director: terrorists are “legal resistance to occupiers and settlers” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The issue of the prisoners is a black box filled with the occupation’s crimes”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the Palestinian leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, continues to protect the legal right of our prisoners to freedom, release, and the protection of their dignity and human rights, and that the prisoners’ issue is a basic principle regarding which it is not possible to negotiate or to succumb to the Israeli conditions and extortion …
He said that the issue of the prisoners is a black box full of the occupation state’s crimes and atrocities, and we will open this box and prosecute the occupiers who are attempting to steal from the Palestinians their humanity and the legality of their resistance to the occupiers and settlers.”
PA official’s false claim: Israel “legitimizes” Jewish terror, pays salaries to Israelis convicted of terror acts 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2017
Headline: “The perpetrator of the Oyoun Kara massacre receives 11,000 shekels a month from the occupation government”

As a justification for their glorification of terror, Palestinian leaders often falsely claim that Israel honors Jews who murder Palestinians – Ed.

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the occupation government pays regular monthly salaries (rawatib) to Israeli prisoners and criminals who committed massacres and acts of killing against Palestinian citizens (sic., Israel does not pay Israeli prisoners, see note below –Ed.). This is in addition to supplying social aid to their families and legal follow-up for them. Karake said that the government of Israel pays a regular monthly salary to Israeli murderer terrorist Ami Popper , who committed a bloody massacre against 7 Palestinian workers on May 20, 1990, in the area of Oyoun Kara, which is called ‘Rishon LeZion,’ next to Tel Aviv. All of the worker Martyrs (Shahids) were from the Gaza Strip, and they were executed by criminal Ami Popper while they were waiting for the arrival of their Israeli employers. Popper was wearing an Israeli army uniform when he shot them.
Popper receives 11,000 [Israeli] shekels a month from the Israeli government; he was given a life sentence that was reduced afterwards, and he will be released next month [August 2017] (sic., Popper’s sentence, which was reduced to 40 years, will not end until 2030 ). He is living a life of luxury in prison, and he has married and had children [while] in prison. Likewise, he has also been allowed to visit his home a number of times.
Karake said that the occupation government is funding the Jewish terrorists and the extremist organizations in terms of financial, social, and legal [aid] through associations that have received licensing from the Israeli government, such as t
Head of PLO Prisoners’ Commission defends terrorist prisoners – not criminals and terrorists, Israel is “attacking” them by withholding taxes equivalent of salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2017
Headline: "Karake: An unprecedented Israeli legal attack against the prisoners' rights"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake warned against the consequences of the unprecedented legal and diplomatic attack that the Israeli occupation government is carrying out against the prisoners' rights…
Karake said that the occupation is attacking the prisoners in a different way than in the past, as it no longer is satisfied with harassing prisoners inside the prison by using means of oppression and harming their rights and dignity, but rather is also attempting to deny the prisoners their political and legal aspect as a cause of national liberation…
Karake mentioned the nature of the Israeli attack against the prisoners through arbitrary laws that the Israeli Parliament legislates, the widespread incitement against the prisoners, and considering them as criminals and terrorists…
Karake said these things during visits to families of prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and released prisoners in the Hebron, Bethlehem, and Ramallah districts for the blessed Eid Al-Fitr (i.e., Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan)…
The delegation visited [the families of] prisoners sitting in prison Nidal and Muhammad Abu Akr, Muhammad Zawahreh, Nasser Abu Sorour, Riyad Al-Amour, Shadi Shalaldeh, and Yusuf and Alaa Skafi (see notes below –Ed.)."

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PLO Prisoner Commissioner: Support for prisoners and Martyrs’ families is a constitutional obligation 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 21, 2017
Headline: “Karake: Taking care of the families of the prisoners, Martyrs, and injured is part of the Palestinian constitution”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that taking care of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, wounded, and disabled is anchored in clause 22 of the Palestinian basic laws, which have constituted the constitution of the Palestinian state since the establishment of the PA. This is so because according to the basic laws, the law needs to regulate the social and health insurance services and the disability and old age allowances, and to take care of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners as well as the wounded and disabled. This is an obligation regulated by law, and under its framework the PA is obligated to provide them with education services and medical and social insurance.
Karake explained that taking care of the families who were harmed by the occupation is one of the lawful, legal, and administrative components of the Palestinian political system, and based on this the [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs was established, which afterwards became the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.”
PLO official: Commission of Prisoners' Affairs will not be closed 
Source: Al-Quds website, June 20, 2017
Headline: “Karake: There is no decision to dismantle the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake today [June 20, 2017] emphasized that he is continuing to work as usual at the commission and has not been told about any decision to dismantle the commission, as has been announced in the Israeli media outlets. He said that these are rumors that have no basis in truth.”
PLO official: Body in charge of prisoners` salaries won't be merged with PA ministry 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 18, 2017
Headline: "Karake: We were not informed of the closure of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs"
       "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake denied knowing about the intention of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to close the commission and merge it with one of the main branches or offices of the [PA] Ministry of Interior.
Karake said to [the independent Palestinian news] agency Ma'an: 'We were not informed about the intention of President Mahmoud Abbas and the leadership to freeze the activity of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs.'
The [Hamas] Al-Risalah Net website noted that according to Palestinian sources, which it described as 'reliable,' the president is inclined to close the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs and merge it with one of the main branches or offices of the [PA] Ministry of Interior in the occupied West Bank."
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PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Abbas and PA leadership won’t give in to pressure, but will continue terrorist salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The incitement against the aid to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs is aggression against the Palestinian entity"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] said that the Israeli incitement against the aid that the PA gives to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) is open aggression against the Palestinian entity and its national, humanitarian, and social values and an attempt to undercut the PA and spur a difficult internal situation in Palestinian society…
Karake said: 'The world and the US should intervene to end the occupation that has caused the suffering of thousands of prisoners, the deaths of thousands of Martyrs, and the creation of an inhumane and tragic situation in the Palestinian society.'
Karake emphasized that the concern for the families of the prisoners and Martyrs, the aid to them, and the strengthening of their resolve will not stop, but rather continue. He also emphasized that the Palestinian leadership, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Palestinian people will not submit to these pressures, which should have been turned against Israel as an occupying authority that is committing ongoing war crimes against the Palestinian people.
Karake explained: 'We oppose the criminalization of our people's struggles and the negation our prisoners and Martyrs’ national and fighting status and identity. Our people has a legal and lawful right to protect itself, its rights, and its right to self-determination.'"
PA official on terrorist prisoners: They are “freedom fighters”, should be released “unconditionally” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2017
Headline: "Erekat: The Netanyahu government wants to divert the world's gaze from the continuation of the occupation"

"Yesterday evening [June 15, 2017] the PLO Department for Negotiations held a feast to break the [Ramadan] fast for families of the prisoners in the occupation's prisons in the presence of consuls, ambassadors, and the representatives to Palestine of various states. Present at the meeting were Secretary of the PLO [Executive Committee, PLO Chief Negotiator, and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, Minister (sic., Director) of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, and Chairman of the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares…
Erekat said: 'The meal to break the fast has become an annual tradition that brings together the families of the prisoners and members of the Arab and foreign diplomatic corps in Palestine.'

He added: 'We are working to end the occupation, to realize the sovereignty of the State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem, and to release all of the prisoners unconditionally, as they are fighters for freedom.' …He also noted that the government of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu wants to divert the world’s gaze from the fact that the occupation has continued for 50 years by persecuting institutions of the Palestinian people and talking about the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids)…

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Palestinian officials: PA will not change salaries for terrorists policy, despite US pressure 
Source: Al-Quds, June 15, 2017
Headline: “Senior Palestinian sources to Al-Quds: The PA has not changed its position on the allowances of the Martyrs and prisoners, and it will not stop paying them; Commentators: Most of the Martyrs are civilians, and thousands of prisoners did not carry out acts of murder”
     “Al-Quds learned yesterday [June 14, 2017] from senior Palestinian sources that the PA has not changed its position regarding paying the allowances (mukhassasat) to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families and to the prisoners, and that the statements attributed to American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the PA’s intent to stop paying these allowances are incorrect, and constitute part of the tendentious incitement campaign that [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli media outlets are leading against the Palestinian leadership and the PA. The sources emphasized… that the Israeli incitement campaign… is behind these demands to which the Palestinian side – which has emphasized time after time that the issue of the Martyrs and prisoners is a public national issue – cannot agree… In the meantime, Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Minister Issa Karake yesterday [June 14, 2017] emphasized that there is no truth in what was ascribed to Tillerson. He said that these news items are incorrect, and emphasized our people’s responsibility towards the families of its Martyrs and towards its prisoners, who have made all of these sacrifices for the freedom of our people and its independence.”
PLO Prisoners’ Affairs’ director about terrorist salaries: “A national, moral, and human responsibility,” some salaries to released prisoners stopped in Gaza due to Fatah-Hamas rift, not US pressure  
Source: Sawa, independent Palestinian news agency, June 14, 2017
Headline: “Karake revealed to Sawa the reasons for stopping the salaries of some of the released prisoners”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that stopping the released prisoners’ salaries (rawatib) is a political decision that is connected to the issue of the [Fatah-Hamas] rift and the Palestinian conflict that has been waged for many years.
Karake said in a special statement to the [independent Palestinian] news agency Sawa this morning, Wednesday [June 14, 2017], that the decision concerns the connection between Gaza and the rest of the homeland, and is not connected to the American and Israeli pressures.
In response to American Secretary of State [Rex Tillerson's] statements about stopping the allowances (mukhassasat), Karake said that this is part of the aggression, war, and pressures against the Palestinians to stop helping the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids)…
Karake emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not submit to any pressure, and that the aid to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs is a national, moral, and human responsibility. He also rejected all the terms and concepts that define the prisoners and Martyrs as ‘terrorists.’”
PLO official: “We are continuing to pay the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, June 13, 2017
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Official PA TV newsreader: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake explained that there is an intention to continue paying the allowances of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners’ families. He described the Israeli occupation government’s attempt to legislate a law that will steal the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families from the tax money [that Israel collects for the PA] as robbery. Karake emphasized that it is necessary to urgently sue the occupation government over this step and turn to international law and the international legal institutions, and noted that our Palestinian people will not submit to the occupation government’s laws.”

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake is seen giving a speech but there is no sound, and in the background the following text appears: “Karake: We are continuing to pay the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families.”
Head of PLO Prisoners’ Commission: Prisoners’ salaries will continue, Israel withholding taxes is “robbery” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 13, 2017
Headline: “Karake: We’re continuing to transfer the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the transfer of the allowances to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families and prisoners will continue. He described the occupation government’s attempt to authorize the theft of the allowances of the Palestinian prisoners and Martyrs’ families from the PA’s tax revenues as robbery (refers to a new bill to deduct PA salaries to terrorists from taxes Israel collects for the PA –Ed.), and emphasized that there will be a petition to the international legal system to sue the occupation government over this crime.
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It’s “a declaration of war” says PLO Prisoners’ Commission director, if Israel withholds from PA taxes the amount PA pays in terrorist salaries  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2017
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said yesterday [June 12, 2017], during his meeting with families of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), that Israel as an occupying power can exploit its power to stop the Palestinian tax money to exert pressure and commit extortion. However, it cannot stop our national honor and our sacred right to freedom and defense of our people's rights…
Karake said that the decision of the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Israeli Parliament (sic., government) on June 11, 2017, to approve a bill (sic., the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation under the Israeli government. The bill has not yet been approved by the Israeli Parliament) to deduct [from the Palestinian tax revenues Israel collects for the PA] the allowances of the families of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded is a declaration of war against our people's rights and the humanity of the Palestinians. He added that the strategic purpose of the decision is to delegitimize the Palestinian national struggle for the right to self-determination, and to consider the Palestinian resistance to the occupation, which is represented by the prisoners and Martyrs, as a crime and terror. This is while the longest occupation in modern history is the cruelest, most violent, and severest type of terror, and is the reason for terror and instability in the region."

PA leadership won’t be blackmailed into ceasing salaries for prisoners, will ask Arab states to pay, says PLO Prisoners’ Commission head 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 11, 2017
Headline: "Karake: We will not agree to blackmail and will continue to support the prisoners and Martyrs"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not agree to blackmail and bargaining over everything regarding the matter of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and the financial support that the leadership provides to them. He also emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will continue to support the prisoners and the [families of] the Martyrs.
Karake said to [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the Palestinian leadership will not agree to surrender to the Israeli pressure and its racist laws that are attempting to delegitimize the struggle of the prisoners and Martyrs. He noted that the Israeli occupation is striving to present their struggle as 'crime and terror.'

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PA will continue paying terrorist salaries, even if Israel deducts money from PA taxes, says Director of PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Commission 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, June 11, 2017
Headline: "Karake to Wattan: The response to the confiscation of the tax money is to continue supporting the prisoners and Martyrs' families"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake responded to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan this evening, Sunday [June 11, 2017] about the fact that the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill (sic., the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation under the Israeli government. The bill has not yet been approved by the Israeli Parliament) to deduct the money that the PA pays as allowances (mukhassasat) to the prisoners, Martyrs' (Shahids') families, and wounded from the tax money that Israel collects for the PA. He said that they will continue to support them and will not submit to the Israeli pressure and blackmail.
Karake explained that the decision to transfer the allowances of the prisoners and Martyrs' families is in the PA's hands, and not in Israel's hands. However, if Israel will deduct large amounts from the tax money that it collects for the PA, that will influence the budget. He also noted that it is not only a financial matter, but also a legal [matter]."
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs exposes the PA’s lie that only the PLO and not the PA pays terrorist salaries, demanding explanation from PA treasury why some salaries stopped 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 6, 2017
Headline: "Karake demands that the [PA] government explain the reasons for stopping the payment of the prisoners' salaries"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake demanded that the [PA] Ministry of Finance publish an explanation regarding the reasons for stopping the payment of the salaries of more than 200 prisoners, some of them released [prisoners].
Karake said in a press statement that the Commission [of Prisoners' Affairs] has received many inquiries and complaints on the matter, without knowing what the reasons are that led to stopping the payment of the salaries, and also without an official response on the matter from any official party.
He added that [the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs], as a concerned party, was surprised by the step that was taken without its knowledge, and that many of the complaints it receives require an official explanation from the Ministry of Finance and the [PA] government regarding the reasons for this step."
PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director reaffirms PA support for salaries of convicted terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The prisoners’ statement supports the leadership and its orientation”
     “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… viewed the appointment of Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) as a member of the Fatah Central Committee as a response from the Fatah leadership to the occupation, and as an expression of its adherence to the prisoners’ issue and of its firm opposition to the pressures that are being exerted on the Palestinian leadership to stop paying the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids).”

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 Director of Prisoner's Affairs sees appointment of murderer to Fatah Central Committee as proof that "our prisoners are not terrorists" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 28, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the end of the terrorist prisoners’ hunger strike, hosting Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “I want to note an additional achievement, which was a political response by the Palestinian leadership when the Fatah Revolutionary Council made a decision to appoint prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), the most veteran of the prisoners, as a member of the Fatah Movement Central Committee. I think that this is a very great and significant political response, [which says] that our prisoners are not terrorists and are not criminals. They are freedom prisoners and fighters who enjoy an important national, human, and legal status among their leadership and among their Palestinian people.”
Official PA TV host: “This is a response to all of the rumors that the PA may be susceptible to certain pressures to stop the prisoners’ allowances (i.e., salaries).”
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PLO official: Appointing imprisoned terrorist to Fatah Central Committee is response to Israel which is carrying out "abuse and torture" against prisoners 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 27, 2017
Headline: “Most veteran prisoner Karim Younes was appointed as a member of the [Fatah] Central Committee”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the decision of the Fatah Movement’s Revolutionary Council to approve the appointment of veteran Palestinian prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) as a member of the Fatah Central Committee is an important step and of great significance, at a time when our prisoners have won after 41 days of hunger striking (see note below –Ed.). Karake added: ‘This decision is a clear response to the occupation, which is trying to isolate our prisoners and is implementing all types of abuse and torture against them. It constitutes a message to anyone that tries to apply pressure by making this cause controversial.’”
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PLO official claims imprisoned terrorists are “freedom heroes” and “prisoners of freedom” 
Source: Al-Quds, May 27, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The battle of ‘freedom and dignity’ ended in victory"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that the battle of freedom and dignity will yet be declared a victory, because the occupation authorities and [Israeli] Prison Service will not succeed in harming the freedom heroes, who will not retreat until obtaining their full rights…
Karake said to Al-Quds: 'The Israeli occupation government is committing organized and official state terror against more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners who have been waging a hunger strike for the past 41 days in order to obtain humanitarian, just, and legitimate demands.' He added: 'The occupation government’s strategic goal is to deny the legitimacy and legal status of the prisoners, who are prisoners of freedom and fighters who are protected by the fourth Geneva Convention.’"

Hunger strike (April-May 2017) Palestinian terrorist prisoners launched a hunger strike on April 17, 2017, which ended on May 27, 2017, after an agreement was reached. While the prisoners had issued a list of demands, reportedly only the demand to have the Red Cross reinstate a second monthly family visit for prisoners was agreed to. Nevertheless, the PA has claimed the development as a victory.
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