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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 minister falsely asserts the existence of Israeli "plans for killing the prisoners‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2013
Headline: “The occupation prisons have ‎become the final ward before death”‎
     ‎“Two days ago, [Dec. 26, 2013], the [PA] ‎Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and the ‎‎[Palestinian] Prisoners’ Club, in ‎cooperation with the [PA] Ministry of ‎Information in the Nablus district, held a ‎press conference at the district ‎‎[government] seat, to discuss the ‎prisoners, the suffering of the sick among ‎them, and the third phase [of pre-Oslo ‎prisoners] to be released in a few days…‎
‎[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa ‎Karake] stated that the purpose of the ‎press conference was to discuss the sick ‎prisoners and their medical situation, ‎which the Palestinian people find ‎distressing and frightening, especially ‎given the existence of plans for killing ‎the prisoners in the occupation prisons. ‎He also added that some [of the prisoners] ‎might die at any moment in the coming ‎days or weeks, as the diseases have ‎grown markedly worse in recent years – a ‎fact which confirms that the occupation ‎prisons have become a source of ‎epidemics and chronic and cancerous ‎diseases.”‎

Note:‎ In August 2013, Israel agreed to release ‎‎104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, ‎which was the PA's precondition for ‎renewing peace talks. The terrorists were ‎released in stages. The first group of 26 ‎was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The ‎second group of 26 was released on Oct. ‎‎30, 2013. The third group of 26 was ‎released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth ‎group was scheduled to be released on ‎March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their ‎release while negotiating the terms for ‎continuation of the peace talks. When the ‎PA submitted requests for admission as a ‎state to several internation
PA minister of Prisoners' Affairs glorifies terrorist 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2013
Photo: [PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa] Karake during his visit with prisoner Ahmad Sa'adat's family.
Headline
: "Karake: 'Ahmad Sa'adat is a symbol of freedom and a conscience for all humanity'"
     "[PA] Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that prisoner Ahmad Sa'adat, the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP], is a symbol, a freedom fighter and a conscience for all humanity, who spent his life in the service of his people's freedom and independence, and... represents all free men, honorable people and fighters..."

For the full item and a description of the terrorist, click ''full article.''
PA Minister Karake visits family of planner of suicide bombings 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 26, 2013
PA TV program For You visited the home of prisoner Ahmad Mughrabi from the Deheisheh refugee camp on the occasion of the birth of his two daughters. The program also reported that PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake visited the home of prisoner Ahmad Mughrabi.
Ahmad Mughrabi’s son: “Always at school I’m proud of my father and tell the kids about my father and immediately when they hear, they want to hear more and more.”

Note: Ahmad Mughrabi – serving 18 life sentences for preparing bombs and sending suicide bombers to carry out attacks, including the suicide bombing on March 2, 2002 in Jerusalem’s Beit Israel neighborhood (11 killed) and the suicide bombing on March 29, 2002 in Jerusalem's Kiryat HaYovel neighborhood (2 killed).
PA minister: Israeli authorities "intentionally carry out a policy of not providing [medical] care for… prisoners suffering from cancer, heart problems, paralysis and disabilities" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake appealed to the Pope of the Vatican, Benedict XVI, to urgently interfere to save the lives of sick prisoners in the occupation prisons who are in extremely dangerous health conditions…
Karake emphasized [in the letter] that the occupation authorities intentionally carry out a policy of not providing [medical] care for sick [prisoners] and at every moment prisoners suffering from cancer, heart [problems], paralysis and disabilities die Martyrdom deaths.”
PA minister visits imprisoned murderers to honor them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2013
Headline: “Karake: We are striving to set fair regulations for [the benefit of] released prisoners and the prisoners in prison”
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake disclosed that the compilation of regulations approved by the government over the last four years (the most recent being a regulation concerning released prisoners)... were completed according to legal principles and procedures and will be implemented according to the financial capabilities of the [Palestinian] Authority. Karake noted that caring for prisoners and their families is a top priority in the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and in the government, in spite of the financial and economic difficulties they face. He added that in spite of the present challenges, important interest in the prisoners' situation has been developing, and he referred to a proposal to be presented to the government regarding [the establishment of] a fund aimed at obtaining assistance for prisoners and their families…
Karake was speaking during his visit with a number of families of veteran prisoners in the village of Qatanna, in the Jerusalem district…
Karake and his delegation visited the family of brother prisoners 53-year-old Abd Al-Jawad Yusuf Shamasneh and 47-year-old Muhammad Yusuf Shamasneh, who in 1993 were sentenced to three life sentences plus twenty years and are imprisoned in the Nafha prison. They are both among the prisoners who are to be released in the next phases.”

Note: In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. For descriptions of the terrorists, click "full article" below.
PA pays unemployed prisoners a salary of 7.5 million shekels a month 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "[Unemployment] is a problem for thousands of male and female prisoners... The law approved by the Palestinian Parliament in 2004 determined that a male prisoner who spends more than 5 years and a female prisoner who spends more than 3 years [in prison] - in case they cannot find a job - can receive the fixed monetary allowance until they find a job. This applies of course to thousands of released prisoners... The maximum amount of the allowance is around 2,000 shekels... The fixed salary is not a loan... This is a salary. True, it's low, but I'll give you a number: 7.5 million shekels (~ $2.1 M.) a month is what we will pay to unemployed released prisoners. 7.5 million shekels every month."
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Note: PA minimum wage is 1,450 shekels ($414) a month. The 2,000 shekels ($571) for released prisoners is 38% higher than the minimum wage.
PA minister: Israel implements policy of slowly executing prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake said that the Israeli government is implementing a policy of slow execution against the sick prisoners, by delaying their release and the treatments they require.”
PA Minister Karake honors released murderer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2013
Caption: “Karake honors prisoner Ismat Mansour during the presentation of his novel.”
     “The Deir Jarir Youth Council in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district presented ‘The Barbed Wire Fence,’ a novel by released prisoner Ismat Mansour who sat in the occupation prisons for 20 years and was released in the first phase [of 104 released pre-Oslo prisoners].
To discuss the novel and present it, the council hosted [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs Issa Karake], [and] released male and female prisoners attended [the event]… Karake said that the novel, which was written in prison, is an innovative and unique literary work that sheds light on the prisoners’ cultural and philosophical experience… at the end of the conference, Karake honored prisoner Ismat Mansour.”

Note: Ismat Mansour – assisted in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli civilian Haim Mizrahi (Oct. 23, 1993). He was serving 22 years in prison, but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

PA minister visits released terrorists, conveys to them greetings from Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake
visiting released prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Al-Haj
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake announced that the prisoners’ issue is constantly and continuously on the government’s table, due to the great interest in this issue and to the search for every possibility to assist them as fighters who sacrificed for their homeland and country… Karake noted that in recent years the Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs], in cooperation with all institutions, enacted four implementing regulations of the prisoners’ law, and that the fifth regulation relating to the released prisoners is in the final stages of discussion by the Palestinian government... Karake related to a number of other proposals for regulations, which he hopes will be duly approved. They relate to university education in prisons, fertility services for released prisoners, salary completion and the establishment of a national fund to support prisoners and their families, alongside a regulation for deceased released prisoners. Karake spoke during his visits to a number of released prisoners, during which he delivered President [Abbas]’s Grant to them following their release as part of the second phase, and he also conveyed President Mahmoud Abbas’ and Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah’s greetings.”

For the complete translation with terrorist descriptions and PMW explanatory notes, click "full article."
Song educating children to carry weapons performed at PA ceremony honoring released terrorists 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
During the event, a singer sang songs praising the prisoners, including “Mother, marry me off,” which promotes educating children to carry weapons, while the audience danced and lifted the released prisoners up on their shoulders:

Lyrics of “Mother, marry me off:
"My country is Arab, filled with freedom,
Oh mother, marry me off to a Palestinian girl.
Mother, a daughter of the land, with a happy nature,
who will raise my children on carrying the rifle."

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored.
PA Minister defends PA giving money to terrorists, they are "heroes" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, at a rally under the auspices of Mahmoud Abbas in honor of released terrorists from Jenin:
     "The Europeans want their money that comes to us to remain clean -- not to go to families of those they claim to be terrorists. [They] need to renounce this occupation mentality. These [prisoners] are heroes, fedayyeen (self-sacrificing fighters), and fighters who fought so that we could live in dignity... These heroes, whom you are applauding, must live in dignity, so that we will continue to hold our heads high. We appreciate the people of the revolution and are proud of them."
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Senior PA official celebrates “magnificent” terrorist “heroes returning from captivity” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally in Surif, Hebron in honor of released prisoners Ziyad Ghneimat, Mustafa Ghneimat, and Najeh Muqbil.
Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity. How great are these men of great stature, for you sieged the prison guard. How great are you, for you knew that you are potential Martyrs (Shahids), yet your will was stronger than any [Israeli] decision and any outcome... We are the ones who planted the spirit of defiance in this nation, and we have been the school [to teach] the culture of resistance... We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop… I congratulate the Hebron District on [the return] of this group of select men. And when I mention Mustafa, Ziyad, and Najeh, I add also the great eagle Fakhri Barghouti –33 years in prison, and here he is with us! …
I would like now to recall the commander of the operation, [Muhammad] Abu Shadi Al-Tous, whom we look up to with respect. The reason they are postponing [the release of] this commander is that he angered them more by having been the commander of the operation. We also salute [his wife] Um Shadi, and every front, and [we salute] all those beloved heroes, the pioneers, the free men, the fighters, like these heroes (points to the three released prisoners)… We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!”

For the full transcript and a description of the terrorists, click "full article."
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Abbas welcomes 21 murderers released from prison 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2013
In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The following is the PA celebrating the release of 21 of them, all of whom were convicted murderers.
[Abbas is shown embracing murderer Issa Abd Rabbo and all 21 murderers]
PA TV announcer: "Here they are embracing President Mahmoud Abbas after long years behind the bars of the occupation... Here are President Mahmoud Abbas and the released prisoners waving to the audience..."
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "Even though the prisoners were released in the middle of the night, each one of you, the prisoners, is a sun lighting up Palestine's sky..."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We welcome our heroic brothers who come from behind bars to the world of freedom. We congratulate ourselves and we congratulate all of you in this great celebration that unifies and returns our sons to us... There will be no agreement [with Israel] as long as there is one prisoner behind bars."
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Note: Issa Abd Rabbo - serving two life sentences for killing two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Release of prisoners by Israel is a national achievement that strengthens the peace process 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 23, 2013
In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in stages, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. PA TV program Topic of the Day discusses the second group of prisoners to be released by Israel, all 26 of whom were serving life sentences for murder:
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “I hope this phase will be a quality phase and that it will indeed take place, because I’m still worried. I don’t trust the Israelis. Everyday there’s incitement against the releases, everyday there are despicable racist voices. I hope it will take place, and that the remaining phases will be completed, because I think this is a great achievement, a national achievement and an achievement for the Palestinian leadership and for President Mahmoud Abbas. Furthermore, he shattered all of the terminology and criteria [for who should be released] used by Israel, who, from the occupation’s beginning, used the term ‘blood on their hands,’ and handed down life sentences to these fighters who are in prison. This gives the Palestinian people hope, and it also sends a message to the international community, to the Israelis and the Americans – that the detainees’ freedom enhances and strengthens the peace process, if they truly want a true and genuine peace with our Palestinian people.”
PA Minister honors imprisoned Fatah terrorist with visit to his family 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2013
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake visited the family of prisoner Najeh Muqbil, one the veteran prisoners, in the Al-Aroub refugee camp. He has been in prison for 24 years and is sentenced to a life sentence.”

Note: Najeh Muqbil - Fatah terrorist. He and an accomplice murdered one in 1990. The article mistakenly writes that Muqbil was sentenced life in prison, when in fact he was sentenced to 38 years.
Fatah: Family of murderer “has great national credit” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake declared yesterday evening [Oct. 10, 2013] that the [national] leadership and the PA are sparing no efforts to gain the release of all our prisoners from occupation prisons. Minister Karake spoke by telephone during a solidarity vigil organized by the central branch of Fatah in Khan Yunis, with the mother of brave prisoners Diya and Muhammad Zakariya Al-Agha, [who lives] in Khan Yunis in the Southern Gaza Strip. [The vigil was held] to mark the beginning of Diya’s 22nd year behind bars in Israeli detention centers. Minister Karake said he is very impressed whenever the brave prisoners’ mother, fighter Um Diya Al-Agha, speaks. We consider [her] to be the mother of all prisoners because she is always present at solidarity events for our prisoners... Secretary of the central Khan Yunis [Fatah] branch, Dr. Haidar Al-Qudra said in his speech: ‘It is a great honor for us all to meet today in a home that, as everyone has witnessed, has contributed a great deal and continues to contribute, [to be] in the lion’s den of a fighter-family that has great national credit by virtue of Martyrs (Shahids), wounded and fighter-prisoners.’ [...] At the end of the solidarity vigil [Fatah’s] central Khan Yunis branch bestowed the family of the two prisoners honorary gifts: a picture of the two brave prisoners, Diya and Muhammad Al-Agha and a plaque of ‘resolve’ for the fighter-sister, mother of two prisoners.”

Note: Diya Zakariya Shaker Al-Agha "Al-Faluji" - serving a life sentence for beating Israeli citizen Amatzia Ben Haim to death with a shovel in the Gaza Strip (Oct. 11, 1992).
Muhammad Zakariya Al-Agha – PMW has not been able to obtain precise information about the crime and sentence of this prisoner.

PA: Palestinian prisoners undergo torture, medical experiments, and neglect 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2013
Headline: “A popular conference calls on the international community and its leadership to intervene in order to save the sick prisoners and end their catastrophic condition”
     “At the end of discussions at a popular conference held yesterday [Oct. 9, 2013] in El-Bireh, [participants said that they] lay responsibility on the Israeli occupation government for the sick prisoners’ health and for any ramifications [resulting] from additional Martyrs (Shahids) falling among them…
The President [Rami Hamdallah]’s representative, Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul, and [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake spoke at the conference …
Al-Aloul noted that there are more than 150 prisoners sick with chronic and serious diseases due to the unhygienic conditions in which they live, over-crowding in cells that contributes to the spread of contagious diseases, the poor quality of food and drink, their exposure to torture and means of psychological pressure, and the use of prisoners as guinea pigs by prison doctors, [all] part of a systematic policy…
Karake blamed Israel of slowly killing the prisoners. He noted that most of the sick [prisoners] became sick inside the prisons, after being imprisoned, and [that they] did not receive medical examinations or treatment.
Karake said that Israel is a ‘criminal’ state that uses organized terror against the prisoners in its prisons.”
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs honors released prisoner, killer of 1  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2013
     “The Fatah movement’s Salfit branch, in cooperation with the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Prisoners’ Club and the Bruqin municipality, held a large rally in the town of Bruqin to honor the [Salfit] District’s released prisoners… Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake noted that President Mahmoud Abbas ascribes great importance to the prisoner issue …
At the end of the rally… the released prisoners received plaques as a token.”

Text beneath the photo: “Karake while honoring prisoner Mustafa Al-Haj at the rally.”

Note: Mustafa Al-Haj murdered Frederick Rosenfeld while he was hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). He was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
PA Minister visits family of terrorist involved in multiple shooting attacks 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 7, 2013
     “[Among] the families visited by [Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake was the family of prisoner Ahmad Barghouti who is sentenced to 13 life sentences and another 50 years.”

Note: Ahmad Barghouti – was commander of Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, in the Ramallah region. He is serving 13 life sentences and another 50 years for sending terrorists to shooting attacks in which 12 people were killed. Among these attacks was the terror attack in the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March, 5, 2002) in which 3 people were killed.
Israeli legislation allowing prisoners to be force-fed is “intentional murder” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2013
Headline: “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake: ‘A silent crime is being committed inside the occupation’s prisons against the eight striking prisoners’”
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake warned of Israel’s attempts to legislate a law allowing the use of force towards prisoners, forcing them to break their [hunger] strike and forcing them to eat, which constitutes an intentional crime of murder.”
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