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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.
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."
Singer at Fatah event calls Saddam Hussein “the glorious Martyr leader” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2012
PA TV broadcast parts of a celebration of Fatah’s 48th anniversary that took place Dec. 31, 2012. The crowd reacted enthusiastically to singer Adnan Balawnah’s introduction to his band Al-Asifa’s song, when he recalled the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein:
     “We will not forget the Martyr (Shahid) of the Islamic Ummah (Nation) and the Arab nation, the glorious Martyr leader, Field Marshal Saddam Hussein. [Crowd cheers.] As you know, today is the anniversary of his Martyrdom death.

Note: Senior PA and Fatah leaders were in the audience: PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Governor of Bethlehem Abd Al-Fattah Hamael, Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid.
PA Minister: Terrorist prisoners continue to receive salaries after being released from prison 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), Dec. 29, 2012
Palestinian terrorist prisoners who served more than 5 years in prison continue to get salaries after being released from prison. TV interview with PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake:
TV host: "You speak of a permanent salary for every [released] prisoner who was in prison for more than five years, and he gets his salary while he sits at home. Some of them are in the prime of their lives and could get a job and work. Why not use him in the workforce and give him a salary?"
Minister Karake: "That's right. I presented it to the government and we decided to give preference to employ these prisoners... in order to make the prisoner into a productive person..."
Host: "Do we have the number of prisoners who get full monthly salaries?"
Karake: "About 4,000."
Host: "That's an army."
Karake: "Yes, that's a big number, and it's growing."
Host: "They don't work. They just collect a salary."
Karake: "Some work."
Host: "A small number."
Karake: "Some volunteer and work in different institutions."
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PA Minister: Prisoners get salaries, not welfare, "out of esteem for their sacrifice and struggle" 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 27, 2012
PMW released two reports in 2012 documenting that foreign aid to the PA pays salaries for thousands of terrorist prisoners. In response, the Norwegian and British governments defended their continued aid to the PA, stating that the PA does not pay "salaries" to terrorists in Israeli prisons, but social "assistance" payments to the prisoners' families. The following statement by PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake in WAFA, the official PA news service, directly contradicts this claim:
Headline: "Karake denies rumors about changing salaries into social welfare."
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake denied the stories and rumors that the [Palestinian] prisoners' (i.e., in Israeli prisons for terror related crimes) salaries would be changed to social welfare payments.
In a press release Karake clarified that prisoners receive their stipends in accordance with regulations and the law, and their rights are protected so that it is impossible to hurt them. He noted that the government headed by Salam Fayyad considers the prisoners' cause central, and has authorized regulations to support and protect them out of esteem for their sacrifice and struggle.
He added that recent years have seen strong government support for regulations and laws that protect the rights of prisoners and their families, as [they protect] the rights of Martyred fighters.
Karake said that people should be careful regarding rumors, and not use the prisoners to promote narrow, personal aims, which caused confusion among the prisoners."
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PA Minister Karake: Israel intentionally kills sick prisoners 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 17, 2012
PA Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake:
     “Israel is a state above the law. A state that kills – whether directly or indirectly – the sick prisoners. It could well be that the death of many released prisoners after their release and the discovery of malignant diseases in their bodies signify that prison yards have been made into real graveyards by doctors who are not doctors, doctors dressed like executioners who do not carry out their professional and ethical duties as required by international accords and law.”
PA Minister Karake: Israel performs medical experiments on prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2012
PA TV News broadcast from speech by PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake at the “International Conference in Solidarity with Palestinian and Arab Prisoners and Detainees in the Prisons of the Israeli Occupation” in Baghdad.
     “Male and female prisoners, who committed no crime other than struggling for a free Palestine and for Jerusalem, you will work with us to restrain the occupation state that behaves towards our prisoners as if they were not human, not belonging to the human race, having their most fundamental human rights denied them, like family visits, and [academic] studies, and a fair trial, and their families being detained at check posts, and their (the prisoners’) being subjected to medical experiments.”
PA minister praises Bir Zeit University for its many students who became "fighters," including terrorist Marwan Barghouti 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 6, 2012
PA TV Live channel broadcasts a recording of the ceremony of the Freedom Award event under the auspices of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
PA Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake:

     “I want to thank Bir Zeit University, its President and Board of Directors for hosting our annual cultural event this year. This is nothing new for a university whose campus, instruction, and lectures have graduated commanders and fighters, and from whose classrooms Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners have set forth, first among them Marwan Barghouti.

Note: Marwan Barghouti is 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.
PA Minister Karake: Israel deliberately neglects sick prisoners and has adopted a “policy of slow death” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 21, 2012
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, visited the home of released prisoner Alaa A-Din Hassouneh (32), a resident of Hebron who served eight years in the occupation's (i.e., Israel’s) prisons. He served his time in the Ramle prison hospital, since he suffered from a heart disease… [Minister] Karake said… that the situation of ill prisoners has become unbearable, because of the deterioration of their physical conditions and the policy of deliberate medical negligence adopted by the [Israeli] Prison Service. Karake said that a policy of slow death is being implemented against the prisoners. He demanded their immediate release and the dispatch of international commissions of inquiry to look into the deterioration of the medical conditions in the prisons.”
PA Minister sends greeting to terrorist Abd Rabbo and wishes for his release 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 20, 2012
PA TV’s prisoner program For You visits the home of terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo, who is sentenced to a life sentence for the murder of two Israeli students.
Terrorist Abd Rabbo’s cousin: “Really, Issa [Abd Rabbo] is a respectable man and a hero too, praise Allah.”
Another cousin: “Issa is the hero of the whole. Issa made us proud …”
Camera focuses on a certificate of appreciation with the inscription: “Said the Messenger of Allah [Muhammad]: ‘Paradise is under the feet of the mothers.’”
In handwriting: “Wishing you health and happiness.”
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “I salute brother Issa and ask Allah that he return to the Dheisheh refugee camp, to his sick mother, to his family and the residents of the camp, many of whom have come to this home today.”
PA TV host: “To our brother the prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo thousands of blessings and greetings, and Allah willing, you will live a life in freedom soon.”
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Note: Issa Abd Rabbo killed two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem in 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He is serving two life sentences in an Israeli prison.
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