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Issa Karake
PA official: Terrorist prisoners who together killed 12 deserve pity on Ramadan because "the holiday is bitter and difficult" in the Israeli prisons
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - July 13, 2015
 






Headline: "In the homes of the prisoners the atmosphere and joy of the holiday is missing"
     "After 33 years of imprisonment, Eid El-Fitr this year, 2015, will be the 65th holiday of the prisoners Karim Younes and his cousin Maher Younes from the village of Arah in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) while still behind the walls and bars of the occupation's prisons...
According to the report by the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs, 5,840 prisoners will spend the Eid El-Fitr [holiday] behind bars, far from their families, children, wives, and friends, in 18 of the occupation's prisons and detention centers. Among them are 22 female prisoners, 11 of them married, in addition to 250 children and minors and 30 prisoners who were arrested before the Oslo Agreement, among them 16 prisoners who have served more than 25 years in prison. The report adds that about 2,680 married male and female prisoners sitting in the Israeli occupation's prisons will be absent from the Eid El-Fitr celebrations and will not participate with their families in the joy of the holiday.
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake explained that... inside the prison, the holiday is bitter and difficult, as the [Israel] Prison Service does not honor the religious and social events of prisoners, forbids group holiday prayers in prison, and prevents bringing in sweets and special dishes for the holidays. Despite this, the prisoners try to overcome their difficult situation through simple ceremonies like holiday prayer, internal visits between rooms, blessing each other, and preparing simple, easy sweet baked goods, and thus send a message to the [Israeli] Prison Service, that they have the right to celebrate the holiday and have hope that their next celebration will be their freedom.
He added: 'The holiday is very difficult for many Palestinian homes, such as the home of the prisoner couple Ibrahim Agbaria and Muna Qa'adan, and the female prisoner released only two weeks ago, Samaher Zayn Al-Din, who left behind her husband Nader Zayn Al-Din and her three brothers, Nazih, Ahmad, and Abd Al-Rahman Othman. This is in addition to the Abu Hmeid family from the Al-Amari refugee camp, which includes four imprisoned brothers, three of them serving life sentences.'"
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Note: Ibrahim Agbaria - an Israeli Arab serving 3 life sentences. He participated in the murder of 3 soldiers, Guy Friedman, Yaacov Dubinsky and Yuri Ferda, in an army training camp near Kibbutz Gilad in the north of Israel on Feb. 14, 1992 - an attack known as "the night of the pitchforks".

Abd Al-Rahman Othman - serving a life sentence. He killed Eldad Abir at a gas station near Migdalim on March 1, 2006, together with Issam Zayn Al-Din. In 2014, the two also tried from prison to create a cell which would kidnap an Israeli soldier in order to free prisoners.

Nader Zayn Al-Din and Nazih and Ahmad Othman were involved in the above mentioned terror cell, which planned to kidnap a soldier. They have not yet been sentenced because they are still in the middle of the judicial process.

Muhammad Abu Hmeid - serving 2 life sentences and 30 years for involvement in terror attacks.

Nasser Abu Hmeid was a commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) in Ramallah and is serving 7 life sentences and 50 years for killing 7 Israeli civilians and 12 attempted murders.

Nasr Abu Hmeid was a member of Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) and is serving 5 life sentences for involvement in two terror attacks and arms dealing.

Sharif Abu Hmeid was a member of one of his brothers' units that carried out terror attacks against civilians and soldiers. He is serving 4 life sentences for accompanying a suicide bomber to his attack in March 2002.

Um Yousuf Abu Hmeid (Latifa Abu Hmeid) - The mother of four prisoners serving multiple life sentences. She is also called Khansa of Palestine (referring to a woman in the earliest period of Islam who sent her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs), was honored in 2010 and in 2015 by the PA, and was chosen in 2011 to launch the PA's statehood campaign with the UN.

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