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Issa Karake - Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs 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.
PA TV broadcasts PA Ministers' "visit of loyalty and love" to terrorist killer 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 15, 2013
PA TV newsreader: “Minister of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake visited a few homes of prisoners from the Qalqilya District. The most prominent home was the home of prisoner Muhammad Daoud (‘Abu Ghazi’) who has been behind the occupation’s bars for over 26 years.”
PA TV News reporter: “’A visit of loyalty and love’ is how the Minister of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners’ Affairs called the Ministry’s round of visits to prisoners’ homes during Ramadan…”
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake: “The prisoners’ issue is an issue that belongs to all of us, an issue of Palestinian existence…”
PA Minister of Agriculture, Walid Assaf: “This man who sacrificed the most precious thing he had for us, for our people, for our cause and for Palestine, we must stand by him.”
PA TV News reporter: “These visits started at the home of prisoner Muhammad Adel Daoud who has entered the 27th year of his life sentence.”
The camera focuses on a poster of Muhammed Adel Daoud, with the PA and Palestinian Prisoners’ Club symbols and with the inscription: “The State of Palestine, the Ministry of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, the brave prisoner, Muhammad Adel Daoud.”

Note: Muhammad Adel Daoud is serving a life sentence for murdering Ofra Moses, who was pregnant, and her 5 year-old son, Tal Moses, by throwing a Molotov cocktail at their car (April 11, 1987).
PA officials lobby for released prisoner to ‎get medical treatment abroad 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 8, 2013
     ‎“Released prisoner Muhammad Al-Taj has ‎postponed the beginning of his indefinite ‎hunger strike. This [decision was made] ‎after he received the Palestinian ‎Presidency’s guarantees and [was told] ‎that he will be sent for treatment abroad if ‎he receives the consent of one of the ‎European hospitals specializing in lung ‎transplants.‎ Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake ‎said… The subject of prisoner Al-Taj’s ‎treatment had been raised a few months ‎ago and a written request had been sent ‎to several countries in order to provide him ‎with the necessary treatment. However, ‎his trip has been delayed due to the ‎medical procedures adopted by these ‎countries…‎ ‎[Minister] Karake noted that President ‎Mahmoud Abbas is dealing with Al-Taj’s ‎issue and said that he has instructed that ‎the prisoner be treated whatever the price ‎may be and in the place and time of his ‎choosing. He made it clear that this ‎depends on procedures in countries that ‎perform such operations, contrary to talk ‎about incompetence with regard to ‎prisoner Al-Taj’s matter.‎ On her part, District Governor of Ramallah ‎and El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam, said that ‎treating released prisoner Muhammad Al-‎Taj is a national duty that cannot be ‎neglected.”‎

Note: Muhammad Al-Taj was sentenced to 14 ‎years in prison. He was released for ‎medical reasons after serving two thirds of his ‎prison term. PMW has been unable to verify ‎the crime for which Al-Taj was imprisoned.
PA Minister glorifies imprisoned terrorists as the “pride” and “bravery” of Palestinians 
Source: Official PA TV Live, June 19, 2013
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake at an event at the Cultural Palace in Ramallah: 
     “An interrogator asked one of the prisoners: ‘Why do you keep silent and endure torture while you, the Palestinian people no longer hold anything? You’re weak and we’re stronger than you.’ …
The prisoner answered: ‘No we’re stronger than you… We have the bravery of Marwan Barghouti, the pride of Ahmad Sa’adat and the resolve of Karim Younes and Lina Al-Jarbouni.’
The prisoner described how the interrogator frowned and left in a hurry, [then] suddenly returned and asked: ‘What’s the difference between you and us?’ The prisoner answered: ‘The difference is that you Israelis build an army to establish a state for yourselves on the ruins of others, while we Palestinians build a song for a homeland that has always existed in our souls.’”

Notes: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). 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. Song at 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.
Karim Younes - serving a life sentence for planning and carrying out a kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and killing him in 1981.
Lina Al-Jarbouni - An Israeli Arab woman serving a sentence of 17 years, convicted March 9, 2004 of maintaining contact with and helping Islamic Jihad terrorists, of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks and of aiding an enemy during war.
PA Minister Karake visits homes of two convicted murders 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 9, 2013
     “[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake said that the Israeli government is responsible for the [hunger] striking [prisoners’] health and lives, especially following the transfer of prisoner Abdallah Al-Barghouti to a hospital in Afula (city in Northern Israel) as a result of his deteriorating health. Karake’s words were said during his visit to the families of prisoners Muhammad Al-Rimawi and Tamer Al-Rimawi in the village of Beit Rima in the Ramallah District. He also visited the family of prisoner Tamer Rasem Salim Al-Rimawi (32) who is serving three life sentences and who had been wounded before his arrest. (Tamer Al-Rimawi’s name is repeated here, apparently mistakenly. Ed.).”

Notes: Tamer Al-Rimawi – serving 3 life sentences for murdering an American-Israeli woman in 2002.
Muhammad Al-Rimawi – serving a life sentence for his role in the murder of Israeli minister Rehavam Zeevi “Ghandi” in 2001.
Abdallah Barghouti - serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks in which 66 Israelis were murdered - Sbarro restaurant (15 killed, Aug. 9, 2001), Moment Café (11 killed, March 9, 2002), and the triple attack at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (11 killed, Dec. 1, 2001).
PA minister honors terrorist Barghouti with "solidarity visit" to his family 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 28, 2013
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam, paid a solidarity visit to the family of hunger striking prisoner, Abdallah Barghouti... Ghannam saluted all the prisoners in the prisons and prisoner Abdallah Barghouti's family and children."
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Note: Abdallah Barghouti - serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks in which 67 people were murdered: Sbarro restaurant (15 killed, Aug. 9, 2001), Sheffield Club (15 killed, May 7, 2002), Moment Café (11 killed, March 9, 2002), triple attack at Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (11 killed, Dec. 1, 2001), Hebrew University (9 killed, July 1, 2002), and Bus 4 in Tel Aviv (6 killed, Sept. 19, 2002).
PA Minister Karake: “Israel is the worst human rights violator” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2013
Headline: “Karake: ‘Israel is the worst human rights violator and it exists in a state of isolation and frustration’”
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the world has begun to understand that the state of Israel is among the worst human rights violators, carrying out many arbitrary and dangerous acts against the prisoners… Karake said these words during a visit to the family of prisoner Muhammad Barrash from the Al-Amari refugee camp, who is sentenced to three life sentences and an additional 35 years in prison. He is sick and disabled, has lost sight on one eye, his left leg has been amputated and he suffers from severe hearing problems and from numbness in his left hand.”

Note: Muhammad Barrash participated in a shooting attack at the British Police Junction in 2000. 2 soldiers and 1 civilian were killed in the attack.
PA Minister Karake calls terrorist Abu Jihad a “hero” on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 30, 2013
PA TV broadcast of an assembly commemorating Prisoners’ Day and the anniversary of Abu Jihad’s death:
Moderator: “Prisoners’ mothers, sisters and wives, welcome to Azzoun, sisters of Wafa Idris, Andalib, and Dalal, welcome, you are the honored fighters.”
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake: “Greetings everyone, you wave the Martyrs’ (Shahids) flag and the prisoners’ flag. These days, we don’t celebrate only our anniversaries and pain but we also step forward so that the Martyrs’ dreams and wishes will be fulfilled – the wishes of our Martyr, the hero commander Abu Jihad and Yasser Arafat and all the other Martyrs.”

Note: Wafa Idris – the first Palestinian female suicide bomber. She killed one and injured over 100 in her attack in central Jerusalem in 2002.
Andalib Khalil Muhammad Suleiman or Andalib Takatka – female suicide bomber who killed six and wounded more than 80 in her attack on Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda outdoor market in April 2002.
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.
Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) – A founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the worst in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA Minister denounces Israel for stealing organs from Palestinian "Martyrs" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 30, 2013
     “Speakers agreed that the struggle to end our prisoners’ suffering in the occupation’s prisons and free them all must continue. They denounced the occupation’s policy of stealing Martyr (Shahid) prisoners’ organs and using their bodies for medical purposes.
This was said during the inauguration event of the Prisoner Martyr Anis Dawla Square, which took place under the auspices of Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, District Governor of Qalqilya, Rabih Al-Khandaqji, and district leaders, in the city of Qalqilya…
Karake said that it is important that the memory remain alive and burning. He said that the fact that Israel has hidden the Martyr’s body for over 33 years proves its arrogance, which is conveyed by its refusal to return it [the body] and by this it has opened up the story of a criminal state that still holds over 250 [bodies of] prisoners and insists that his (i.e., the prisoner’s) body does not exist.
He called on all human rights organizations to work to discover what happened to those missing and he denounced Israel’s Martyrs’ organ trade and the medical experiments conducted on their organs…
He thanked Anis, the Martyr who lives on in his people’s hearts and said that he is a symbol of the struggle’s significance and of humanism.”

Note: Anis Dawla was sentenced to life in prison in 1968 for his membership in a PLO cell that crossed the border into Israel.
Children’s play attended by PA officials: Haifa, Jaffa, Rosh HaNikra are “our beautiful country Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 28, 2013
Official PA TV program Pulse of the Land

PA TV host: “We’ll stay in El-Bireh, specifically in its town hall, where a full day of fun for the prisoners’ children took place, attended by District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam, and [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake… The day included poetry and a children’s play, performed by the Tantura Shadow Puppet Theater.”

Segment from the play:
Man: "What’s a sea?"
Woman: "Poor thing, you don’t know what a sea is. It’s a wide place, there’s water [and] fish in it. You swim in it and there’s sand next to it."
Man: "Do we have an ocean in Palestine?"
Woman: "In our beautiful country Palestine there are three seas."
Man: "First of all:"
Woman: "First of all, the Mediterranean Sea, in Haifa, Jaffa, Rosh HaNikra and Gaza.”
PA Minister: Israel is increasingly killing prisoners through “medical neglect” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 17, 2013
PA TV program Palestine this Morning interviews Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake:
     “Since 2012 I have received [the bodies] of 12 Martyrs (Shahids) from among the prisoners, most of them [died] because of medical neglect. This is organized crime, this is terrorism. The prisons have become cemeteries, they have become a plague. Israel doesn’t respect international law. Israel wants to kill the prisoners. It sows diseases in their bodies. The rate of illnesses among the prisoners is increasing more and more. We have started finding strange and malignant diseases. The prisoners have started complaining greatly about the illnesses with which they have become sick. This demonstrates that Israel wants to turn the prisons into a means of prisoner execution.”
Israel has "policy of systematic killing" of prisoners, especially those who are sick 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2013
Headline: “Following the deferral of a hearing about sick prisoner Muhammad Al -Taj – Karake: ‘Israel is intentionally killing the prisoners and is not responding to any form of pressure”
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake said yesterday [April 7, 2013] that the occupation’s authorities are adopting a policy of systematic killing against the prisoners, especially against the sick among them and that it is not taking prisoner Muhammad Al-Taj’s serious condition into consideration, while ignoring all international laws and consensuses.”
PA Minister of Prisoners Affairs: PA will no longer pay prisoners’ fines to Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2013
Headline: “Karake: We have decided to stop paying the occupation’s fines and to reassess the canteen agreement”
     “Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the Ministry for Prisoners’ Affairs has decided to stop paying monetary fines imposed by Israeli military courts on most prisoners, and to reassess the discriminatory canteen agreement…
Karake said: ‘This money, that military courts order to be paid, is used to finance the occupation’s administrative and military organizations. It is not repaid and it constitutes a severe economic burden on the citizens, on the family and on the PA.’
He said that imposing fines has become systematic and [a regular] part of Israeli legal policy. He added that collecting money like this from the Palestinian people is illegal, and noted that fines are imposed on 90% of the prisoners who are tried.”
PA Minister: “Israel is carrying out a new massacre of prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2013
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake said: ‘Israel is carrying out a new massacre of prisoners.’ He noted the increase in the number of cancer patients (25 prisoners) [parentheses in source], according to the [Israel] Prison Service, but estimated that the number of cancer patients is higher than was made public.”

Note: Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh was a Hamas member who served life in prison for recruiting and training terrorists, preparing explosives for suicide bombings, attempted murder, and possession of weapons. He died of cancer while being treated at the Israeli Soroka Hospital in April 2013.
PA Minister visits home of imprisoned murderer 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 27, 2013
     “[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake’s words were said during his tour in the Jenin district and visit to a number of [families of] released and veteran prisoners. Karake was accompanied by a delegation from the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, Secretary of the Farah branch in Jenin, Ata Abu Ramila, a number of the movement’s staff members and a number of released prisoners, headed by prisoner Ahmad Abu Sukkar.
Karake and the accompanying delegation visited the home of veteran prisoner Osama Al-Silawi, who served 23 years in the occupation’s prisons and Muhammad Turkeman, who served 24 years in the occupation’s prisons.”

Note: Osama Al-Silawi was sentenced to four life sentences and an additional 55 years for murdering an Israeli and three Palestinians who according to him were collaborating with Israel.
Muhammad Turkeman was sentenced to one life sentence and an additional 50 years.
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.


PA official sends greetings to “heroic” imprisoned terrorists at ceremony  
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 4, 2013
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights. The ceremony was attended by District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, [former] PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, PA Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Ziad Abu Ein and Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares.

PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “On behalf of this institute that we [all] know, this beacon…I send greetings to all our male and female prisoners in the occupation prisons. I send greetings to our brothers on [hunger] strike, the heroes standing firm…  Greetings, on behalf of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Al-Dameer Association, to Samer Al-Issawi and Ayman Sharawna, to the fighter prisoner Maher Younes, and to all our heroic prisoners. On this occasion and on this anniversary we cannot avoid sending greetings to our brother, the great commander Ahmad Sa’adat, to our brother, the heroic fighter and commander Marwan Barghouti, to all the young leaders and delegates, and to the female prisoners, foremost among them the veteran prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni.”

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PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs: All prisoners must be released before negotiations can resume 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2013
Headline: “While visiting released prisoner Bassam Al-Sa’adi, Karake: The President [Abbas] has stressed that any renewal of negotiations will begin with releasing the prisoners.”
     “Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that President Mahmoud Abbas sees releasing the prisoners as a basis for resuming negotiations or meetings with the Israeli side, and that releasing the prisoners is one of the central demands of the Palestinian leadership, as a precursor to resuming negotiations based on the international recognition and a halt to settlements.”
PA Minister: Israel “wants to kill the prisoners” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: "The situation of the prisoners who are hunger-striking is grave, and at any moment some prisoner could die a Martyr (Shahid). Israel is about to commit a crime. It wants to commit a crime, and it wants to kill the prisoners in the prisons."
PA Minister of Prisoners accuses Israel of killing a prisoner by "planting" diseases in his body 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2013
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "Our people don't want to receive our [released] prisoners in coffins. It was [bad] enough that a few days ago we received prisoner Ashraf Abu Dhrei, may he rest in peace, as a Martyr of the prisoners, the most recent Martyr to fall among the prisoners caused by diseases planted in his body."

Note: Ashraf Abu Dhrei - prisoner who died after his release.
PA minister honors families of murderers with visit 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2013
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake was accompanied on these visits [to families of prisoners in Israel] by a delegation from the Ministry [of Prisoners' Affairs]. He visited… the family of prisoner Ibrahim Mas’ad who was sentenced to life in prison in 2006; the family of prisoner Ibrahim Alqam who was sentenced to life in prison in 2000.” (One of the two dates is apparently incorrect, since the two were arrested together, - ed.) 
 
Note: Ibrahim Mas’ad and Ibrahim Alqam murdered an Israeli woman and her 12-year-old son in 1996.
PA Minister admits that transferred prisoners were treated well by Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2013
Headline: "103 prisoners were transferred to Rimon after Shatah was flooded"
     "103 prisoners from the Shatah prison arrived at the Israeli Rimon prison after rainwater flooded their cells. Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake told [official PA news agency] Wafa yesterday that the prisoners were in good condition when they arrived at the Rimon prison, after rains had flooded their cells in the Shatah prison."
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