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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 official claims that Palestinian prisoners who murdered civilians are not terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2017
Headline: “Karake warns against force feeding the prisoners”
     “Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake warned lest the [Israeli] Prison Service force feed the hunger striking prisoners and threaten their lives as part of its effort to break the strike. These warnings were made during a press conference held by the PLO Department for Negotiations yesterday [April 19, 2017]…
Karake said that the statements of [Israeli] occupation Minister of War (sic., Defense) Avigdor Liberman, who called to execute the prisoners by letting them starve to death, as Britain did with the Irish captives, are essentially a declaration of war (see note -Ed.). He added that they (the statements) are escalating the tension in the Palestinian street, and emphasized that these threats must be stopped…
Karake condemned the occupation's attempts to harm the prisoners’ image and accuse them of being 'terrorists' and 'criminals.' He said that the occupation is terror and that our prisoners are protected by international law, which Israel is obligated to honor…
On the same matter, Karake expressed opposition to the bill recently raised in the Israeli Parliament, which determines that 250 million [Israeli shekels] of the tax revenues [that Israel collects for the PA] will be frozen, on the pretext that salaries are paid to the prisoners' and Martyrs' (Shahids') families."

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PLO official rejects term "terrorist," claiming Palestinian prisoners are "prisoners of war who are defending the cause and dignity of a people" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2017
Headline: “With the start today of the hunger strike that is unlimited in time – Palestinian and Arab figures demand to support the prisoners and internationalize their affairs”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake confirmed that over 1,500 prisoners will participate in the prisoners’ [hunger] strike. He said that this is a rebellion against the Israeli hangman’s injustice, actions, and laws…
Karake demanded that the local, Arab, and international human rights organizations act in the international sphere to support the prisoners and give them legal protection, in light of the fact that the occupation authorities are targeting the prisoners’ humanity. He said: ‘They are prisoners of war who are defending the cause and dignity of a people .’
Karake noted that the occupation authorities are acting to define the Palestinian national struggle as a crime, and to place it on the terror list. He warned against the consequences of this path, and described it as dangerous.”
Speaking at university event, PLO official warns of impending "popular intifada" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2017
Headline: “Karake visited a prisoners’ exhibition at An-Najah [University] and participated in a meeting of the national [and Islamic] forces in Nablus”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that, in the shadow of the battle of freedom and dignity that the prisoners are waging by launching an unlimited hunger strike, the Prisoner’s Day events this year will be extraordinary and comprehensive. These events are a message from the Palestinian people to the world that we are a people that is interested only in its freedom and having the occupation leave our lives so we will be able to live in dignity.
Karake said that the Prisoner’s Day events will turn into a popular intifada, the breaking of the chains, and the release of the prisoners. He added that these events are a response to the ongoing steps of oppression against the prisoners’ rights and the taking of their fighting and national identity, in light of the ongoing official incitement against them and the arbitrary laws that the occupation government is legislating that harm the prisoners’ dignity and violate international law.
Karake’s statements came after his meeting with acting President of An-Najah [National] University Dr. Maher Al-Natsheh and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Muhammad Al-Amleh.”
Op-ed by PLO official glorifies imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti, demonizes Israel  
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 30, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

Headline: “Prisoner Marwan Barghouti: I hope [to achieve] Martyrdom-death (Shahada) twice for this great people”
       “Prisoner Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) has decided to lead the hunger strike that is not limited in time on April 17, 2017, in conjunction with the start of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day activities. He called this step The Battle of Freedom and Dignity. In a statement he presented a series of humanitarian demands connected to improving the living conditions of all the male and female prisoners who are in the prisons.
Fifteen years after he was kidnapped and arrested by the occupation forces, Barghouti has understood that the occupation government is trying to decide the battle against the prisoners in the prisons by controlling them and turning them into mere ghosts and numbers, and by negating their symbolism as legal fighters and freedom prisoners who have fought and sacrificed for freedom, dignity, and independence…"

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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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Imprisoned terrorists, including killer of Israeli minister, receive university BA, against Israeli law 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: "Al-Quds Open University celebrates the graduation of two prisoners"
     "Al-Quds Open University and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs yesterday [March 13, 2017] celebrated the graduation of prisoners Majdi Hussein Yusuf Al-Rimawi (i.e., terrorist, participated in murder of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi) and Abd Al-Karim Al-Dayem Fayyad 'Khader' (PMW could not verify the nature of his crimes -Ed.), who are among the first students to graduate the university's program that is meant to provide an education to the prisoners.
The ceremony was held at the university's presidential building in Ramallah, in the presence of the prisoners' families and Director of Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake...
Prisoner Al-Rimawi is serving a life sentence, while prisoner Fayyad is serving an 18-year sentence. The two of them have been in the occupation's prisons since 2002."
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PLO official claims Israel implements a "slow death policy" against Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2017
Headline: "Karake: Al-Jalad is a victim of the occupation's terror…"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of prisoner Muhammad Al-Jalad is a crime that is comprised of several crimes, which joins the list of crimes perpetrated by the occupation authorities, and the slow death policy being implemented against the prisoners. He warned against the deaths as Martyrs of additional prisoners, and especially injured and sick, due to the disregard for their lives and not granting the treatment they need.
Karake explained in an interview with Radio Mawtini that Martyr prisoner Muhammad Al-Jalad fell victim to the Israeli organized crime and terror against the prisoners.”

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.
PLO official accuses Israel of "deliberate medical neglect" of Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The Commission of Prisoners' Affairs demanded an investigation of the circumstances of the death as a Martyr of prisoner Al-Jalad"
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the commission has demanded the opening of an investigation of the circumstances of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of prisoner Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist), and the reasons for the delay in declaring his death. He noted that the [Israeli] Beilinson Hospital administration conspired with what is known as the [Israeli] Prison Service.
Karake added that this is a recurring crime, which the occupation government has perpetrated against the prisoners and the wounded who are being held in the Israeli detention camps. He also noted that since 2010, 10 prisoners have died as Martyrs in the Israeli detention camps as a result of deliberate medical neglect. He said: 'These are deliberate crimes against the prisoners in the detention camps.'"

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.
PLO official: Archbishop who abetted terror died as a Shahid, "his glorious path that was checkered with his noble national positions" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: "Karake: Released prisoner Archbishop Hilarion Capucci died in Rome with his eyes towards Palestine and the prisoners"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake praised the late released prisoner, [Greek Catholic] Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who died yesterday, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Rome, the capital of Italy, at nearly 94 years old, after a path of struggle and giving, in which he took care that Palestine would remain present in his heart despite being expelled from it by force by a decision of the occupation.
Karake clarified that Archbishop Capucci was a released prisoner who served 4 years in the occupation’s prisons. He was arrested in 1974 for his support of the Palestinian revolution, his aid to the [Palestinian] resistance, and his objection to the criminal Israeli occupation. He was sentenced at the time to 12 years, and after serving 4 years, the decision to expel him to Italy was published.
The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs, represented by Commission Director Issa Karake, the prisoners' movement, and all of the institutions that are active in the field of prisoners, expressed their sorrow and sincere condolences to the family of Archbishop Capucci and all of his friends and loved ones. Likewise, they expressed the pride of the Palestinian people and its leadership for this fighter and his glorious path that was checkered with his noble national positions, and emphasized that he died as a Martyr (Shahid) on the path of freedom and struggle."

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.
PLO official accuses Israel of trying to kill hunger-striking prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 18, 2016
Headline: "Karake: The next few hours are critical if [prisoners] Abu Fara and Shadid continue to refrain from drinking water"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the next few hours will be critical and decisive if prisoners Ahmed Abu Fara and Anas Shadid (i.e., prisoners held in administrative detention) continue to refrain from drinking water. He added that yesterday [Dec. 17, 2016] Palestinian Doctor Muhammad Jadallah examined the two prisoners - who have been hunger-striking for 85 days and have not been drinking for four days – at the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital. In a phone conversation with [the official PA news agency] WAFA, he noted that Dr. Jadallah said that the lower extremities of the two of them have lost their vitality, and that not passing urine for several days indicates kidney failure, which is liable to be irreversible…
He [Karake] noted that the occupation is trying to kill the two prisoners through procrastination, stubbornness, and by rejecting their demands."

Note: The deputy director of the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital sent a letter to the court, including pictures, stating that Abu Shara and Fadid are actually secretly eating and drinking.
Director of Commission of Prisoners' Affairs reaffirms PA's commitment to support terrorists and their families 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 7, 2016
Headline: “Karake: The leadership continues to support the families of the prisoners and Martyrs and provide for them”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake denied the reports of several media outlets about a cutback in the allowances of the prisoners’ families. He emphasized that this news item is completely unfounded, and that the PA and the Palestinian leadership continue to support the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners, to provide for them, and to express loyalty to them in accordance with the customary regulations and laws.
Karake said that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, in his historic speech before the Seventh Fatah Conference, emphasized the continuation of the support for the prisoners’ families, for the prisoners in prison, and for the released prisoners, and continuation of the efforts to release the prisoners.”
PA officials visit families of terrorists serving life sentences for planning and carrying out the murder of civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2016
Headline: "Karake: 470 prisoners have been sentenced to life sentences and 42 prisoners have served more than 20 years"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that 470 prisoners in the occupation's prisons have been sentenced to 1 life sentence or more. He noted that 42 prisoners have served more than 20 years, among them 16 prisoners who have served more than 25 years…
Karake said this during his visit to the family of prisoner Muhammad Al-Tous, who has begun his 32nd year in the occupation's prisons. He is one of the prisoners who was not released in the fourth group (of prisoners arrested before the Oslo Accords who were set to be released during the 2013-2014 peace talks –Ed.). Prisoner Al-Tous was arrested on Oct. 6, 1985 and was sentenced to a life sentence…
Karake and a delegation from the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs visited the family of prisoner Jamal Rajoub in Dura in Hebron, who has begun his 19th year in the occupation’s prisons, and who was sentenced to a life sentence. Fatah Central Committee [Deputy Secretary and] member Jibril Rajoub and Governor of the Hebron District Kamel Hamid participated in this visit.”

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PLO Head of Prisoners’ Commission: Israel is carrying out “incitement” campaign against imprisoned Palestinian terrorists to isolate them, prisoners are freedom fighters 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 16, 2016
Headline: "Karake: The prisoners must be legally protected from the Israeli targeted attack against their standing as freedom prisoners"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that Israel and its right-wing government are striving to eradicate the prisoners' movement and its national, humanitarian, and legal standing, and to make the prisoners nothing more than numbers and security cases that do not enjoy the rights determined for them in humanitarian and international resolutions and conventions…

Karake continued: 'Israel does not recognize the application of the Geneva Conventions to the prisoners and their legal description as national freedom movement prisoners, applies racist and military laws to them, and is managing an international propaganda campaign of incitement against the prisoners in order to isolate them and keep any assistance or support away from them. Therefore, it is necessary to hurry to provide legal protection to the prisoners and to force it (i.e., Israel) to recognize them as freedom prisoners and legitimate fighters.'"
PLO prisoners’ commission director: Israel spreads diseases among Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 27, 2016
     Headline: “Karake: The deliberate death (sic) of prisoners [taking place] in the occupation’s prisons must be stopped”
“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake held the occupation state responsible for the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of prisoner Yasser Hamdouni, and considered him to be one of the victims of their deliberate policy of medical negligence. Likewise, he demanded the opening of an international investigation regarding the occupation’s violations and crimes against the prisoners in the prisons in order to stop the deliberate death (sic) [of prisoners] in the occupation state’s prisons.
Karake said yesterday [Sept. 26, 2016] in a radio interview: ‘The occupation’s prisons have turned into a death site after diseases were spread among the prisoners, and they were not given the appropriate medical examinations.’ He noted that the prisoners are suffering from serious diseases, and said that what happened to prisoner Hamdouni is liable to happen to other prisoners as well.”

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.
PLO official: Israel has “barbaric and racist” policy toward Palestinian prisoners, carries out “arbitrary summary executions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 22, 2016
     Headline: “Karake demands that the UN send an investigative committee for the occupation’s crimes against the prisoners”
“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that one of the reasons for the tension and anger on the Palestinian street and the renewal of the popular uprising is the barbaric and racist Israeli policy against the prisoners in the prisons and the prisoners’ protests against the injustice and oppression being carried out against them, and particularly the arbitrary administrative detentions.
Karake held Israel responsible for the bloody deterioration in the recent period (- a rise in attacks against Israelis by Palestinians –Ed.) and particularly the arbitrary summary executions and the ascent of eight Martyrs (Shahids) [to Heaven] in one week, alongside dozens of wounded, hundreds arrested, and ongoing invasions.”

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Senior PLO official lays wreath on grave of terrorist bomber 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 14, 2016
Headline: “Karake and released prisoners laid a wreath of flowers on a prisoner’s grave”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, together with released prisoners Rizq Salah, Ibrahim Al-Zir, Nasser Mahadiya, Hassan Abd Rabbo, and Ibrahim Najajreh , and Fatah Movement Secretary in Dura in Hebron Yasser Doudin, laid a wreath of flowers on the grave of prisoner Martyr (Shahid) Na’im Al-Shawamreh at his birthplace Dura, after a visit to the Martyr’s family for Eid Al-Adha (i.e., Muslim “Sacrifice Feast” holiday).
Prisoner Na’im Al-Shawamreh fell as a Martyr on Aug. 16, 2016, after he served 27 years in prison and fell ill with muscular dystrophy.”

Na’im Al-Shawamreh was sentenced to life in prison for planting a bomb that killed Israeli policeman Yossi Hayoun in 1993. He became sick with muscular dystrophy in prison and was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. He died on Aug. 16, 2016.
Senior PLO official calls Israeli soldiers "murderers," justifies Palestinian terror 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 18, 2016
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake speaks at length about the difficulty in paying the fines and damages levied by the Israeli courts against terrorists and their families. Karake also says that the PA government has been forced to stop paying the fines due to the financial pressures on it to pay not only the fines but compensation as well.
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “In other words, if I want to go and hit an [Israeli] soldier and I injure him, I [have to] go and pay him damages? He is an occupier. He comes to murder me-”
Official PA TV host: “The message has been conveyed, Abu Khaled (i.e., Karake). The program’s time is up.”
Issa Karake: “He comes to murder me. In other words, they want to define the Palestinian struggle as a crime, as if [the fact] that we are struggling and defending ourselves and our honor has become a crime.”
PA Prime Minister meets with families of terrorists whose bodies are being held by Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2016
Headline: “Hamdallah: We will not let Israel use the bodies of the Martyrs as a bargaining chip”

“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘We will not let Israel use the bodies of the Martyrs (Shahids) as a bargaining chip or to pressure the [PA] leadership, the government, and our people, over the activities to achieve our legal rights, to end the occupation, and to establish an independent Palestinian state in the 1967 borders.’
These statements were made during a reception held yesterday [July 28, 2016] at his office in Ramallah for relatives of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held by Israel, in the presence of Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake.”

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PA daily cites PLO minister: "Wage war" using "all forms of resistance" to release prisoners from Israel's "oppression and abuse" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2016
Headline: “Ramallah: Sit-in strike and rally as a sign of support for [Bilal] Kayed and the [hunger] striking prisoners”
     “Dozens of activists and family members of prisoners, led by officials and leaders, yesterday [July 26, 2016] held a sit-in strike at the tent in Martyr Yasser Arafat Square in the center of Ramallah. This was as a sign of support for the struggle and the demands of [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine] member Bilal Kayed (i.e., being held in Israeli administrative detention), who is [hunger] striking, and for the prisoners who are hunger striking in protest of the administrative detention…
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] warned of the severity of prisoner Bilal Kayed’s health condition…
Karake emphasized the determination of the prisoners to wage the war (i.e., hunger strike) until victory, despite the oppression and abuse from the occupation.
He called on the national, popular, and official sectors to continue to support the prisoners by all the forms of resistance (i.e., including violence), until the last Palestinian prisoner in the occupation’s prisons is released.”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Murderer of 15 was “great fighter,” monument in his honor is “sign of loyalty and love” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 18, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the unveiling of a monument for Palestinian terrorist Abu Sukkar in Turmus Ayya, hosting Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “On the third anniversary of the Martyrdom (Istish’had) of the great fighter Ahmad Abu Sukkar (i.e., terrorist, murdered 15), indeed, a monument to Abu Sukkar was built at the place of his birth in Turmus Ayya. This is an expression of the loyalty and love of the Palestinian people for all the prisoners, both the Martyr prisoners who died after a long struggle like fighter prisoner Abu Sukkar, as well as the prisoners living in the prisons, Abu Sukkar’s comrades, some of whom have been in the occupation’s prisons for more than 35 years, like Nael (likely Nael Salhab, terrorist serving 30 years for his part in a murder –Ed.), Karim [Younes], Maher [Younes] (murdered one –Ed.), Lina [Al-Jarbouni] (aided terror organization –Ed.), and dozens of other veteran prisoners.
This is also a response to the attempts of Israel and of theIsraeli government to define the struggle of the Palestinian people as a crime, and to charge the prisoners as terrorists and criminals. By establishing this monument we are saying in this mass ceremony that the prisoners are freedom prisoners. These are prisoners who struggled and sacrificed for the dignity and the freedom of this land. They are legitimate fighters and not criminals and terrorists. The occupation government is the mistress of terror in this region, and it is the criminal that violates the rights of our Palestinian people and uses murder and all forms of oppression against the Palestinian people.”

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