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Issa Karake
Issa Karake - Former 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 Commission of Prisoners' Affairs.
In August 2018, Karake was deposed as head of the commission and replaced by Qadri Abu Bakr. Karake remains a member of the PA Parliament.
PLO official defends practice of paying salaries to terrorists and their families, saying "it is our right to celebrate them" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 22, 2018
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance, on released prisoners in the Tulkarem district, hosting Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “This people greatly appreciates the prisoners for being prisoners of freedom, and this is a political message and response to the attack that the occupation authorities are carrying out against the Palestinian prisoners through racist laws and legislation and aggression against the prisoners’ rights, with the latest of them being the bill connected to holding or stealing the Palestinian tax money on the pretext of aid to the families of the prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and wounded (see note below –Ed.) . We are meeting- it is our right to visit them, it is our right to celebrate them, it is our right to rejoice with them after the release so that we will tell the world that the prisoners’ cause is a central cause and a basic cause. These prisoners are prisoners of freedom and legitimate fighters for the right to self-determination. They are not terrorists and they are not criminals as the Israeli occupation authorities keep claiming. Martyrs have fallen inside the prisons; prisoners, sick people, wounded, and t hose suffering from very serious illnesses have ascended to Heaven. They are witness to how the prisons have become a place of sowing death and sowing oppression among the Palestinian people. They are witness to many thousands of prisoners who have been arrested on a daily basis, the phenomenon of arrest has become a daily phenomenon – every day there are arrests. People have gone out and entered such that a quarter of the Palestinian people have entered the Israeli occupation’s prisons.”

Palestinian terrorist prisoners continue academic studies in Israeli prisons 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 22, 2018
Headline: “Karake: A thousand Palestinian prisoners have joined the Palestinian universities”
      “During the ceremony Karake said: ‘A thousand Palestinian prisoners who are in the prisons have joined the Palestinian universities,’ and added that an academic revolution is taking place in the prisons that is defying all of the types of isolation and limitations and the difficult conditions that the prisoners are experiencing. He also thanked the [PA] Palestinian Council for Higher Education, the heads of the Palestinian universities, and [PA] Minister of Education [Sabri Saidam] for the cooperation and aid to the prisoners in completing their university studies in the prisons…
It should be noted that the program for training the prisoners in the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs signed agreements with the Palestinian universities in order to enable the prisoner students in the prisons to complete their studies, and this is through committees within the prisons that supervise the study process. This is in addition to an agreement that was signed with the [PA] Ministry of Education four years ago, which enables the prisoners within the prisons – to whom the conditions of the agreement apply – to complete their high school studies.”
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PA, PLO officials: Proposed Israeli legislation cutting amount PA pays to terrorists from Israeli tax money transfers to the PA is “robbery;” Israel supports terror  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 19, 2018
     “The [PA] national unity government said that the approval, as it were, that was given by the Israeli Ministerial [Committee for Legislation] to a bill on deducting the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners from the Palestinian tax money and transferring them to settlers constitutes robbery and a scandalous theft of money (see note–Ed.)…
Official [PA] Police Spokesperson Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that the occupation is the one that needs to be brought to account, and it is the one that is required to pay compensation to the members of our people and everyone in the region who has been harmed, because it is the main cause of every crisis and all damage, and it is the source of the dangers and tension… Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the bill to deduct the prisoners’ allowances constitutes robbery and organized political terror… Karake said that the bill will not contribute to stability and peace in the region, but rather will increase the tension. He added that our occupied people is protected by the UN resolutions and the Geneva Convention, and is not subject to Israel’s racist and hostile laws. Karake revealed that the occupation government is funding the Jewish terrorist prisoners who murdered Palestinians, and supporting them financially, politically, and legally (sic., Israel provides no such benefits). He added that this is a state that encourages terror and creates terror in the region.”

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PLO Prisoners’ Commission director: Israel has “racist” laws against prisoners, the PA “refuses to renounce the prisoners, the wounded, and their families”  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 13, 2018
    “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… emphasized that Israel hopes to criminalize the national struggle through its racist laws against the prisoners, and emphasized the position of the leadership that refuses to renounce the prisoners, the wounded, and their families.”
PLO official: PA should sue Israel if it cuts equivalent amount of money from tax allowances to the PA that the PA pays to terrorists 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 11, 2018
Headline: "Karake: Steps of protest by the administrative prisoners in the middle of next month"
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… said that the intention of the Israeli Ministerial Committee of Legislation to discuss a bill to steal the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners constitutes robbery and theft of the Palestinian people's money. He explained that the PA and the [PA] Ministry of Finance must submit a lawsuit against the Israeli government if it does indeed do this."

On Feb. 11, 2018, the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation was slated to review a bill proposed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense that would deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of “Martyrs” from the tax money Israel collects for the PA.
PLO official: “We will continue to support and aid the families of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners… Israel is the largest terror state in the Middle East… our prisoners are prisoners of freedom”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2018
Headline: “Karake: The law deducting the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded is robbery and aggression against our people”
        “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized in a statement that: ‘We will not submit to the Israeli financial extortion and the pressures that it is exerting against our people through racist and unfair laws, the most recent of which was a bill to confiscate the Palestinian tax money due to the support for the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and wounded (a bill to deduct PA salaries to terrorists from tax money collected by Israel for the PA; see note below –Ed.). We will continue to support and aid the families of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners, the victims of the Israeli occupation and its ongoing crimes.’
He said that regardless of the amount of the PA’s financial resources, we will not abandon our prisoners, our Martyrs, and our wounded, and the Israeli laws do not obligate us and do not affect the continued social and financial aid to the families of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded.
Karake explained that what the occupation government is committing is financial robbery and open theft of the Palestinian people’s money and resources, which opposes international laws and norms..."

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PA TV host repeats libel: Israel “murders, imprisons, and tortures” Palestinian children, PLO official confirms libel agrees: Israel “executes” children 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 9, 2018

Official PA TV program Who is the Judge? on Israel's actions against Palestinian minors

Official PA TV host Walaa Al-Battat: "The occupation government (PA euphemism for Israel), which claims it is democratic and has won the support of some of the world's super powers, has built itself on the bodies of children, and it still murders, imprisons, and tortures them
with the most extreme types of torture..."
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "[Israel] is still going further and further with arrests of the [Palestinian] children - not just arrests, but also execution and murder. Children have been summarily executed. These are considered war crimes that the Israeli occupation government is committing. These children did not constitute any danger to the lives of the soldiers. Despite this, they were executed and live bullets were fired at them. This has occurred based on official decisions made by the Israeli government, which has decided that live bullets should be fired at what it calls 'the rock throwers,' and also decided to arrest the children and throw them into the prisons and impose heavy sentences against them (i.e., for throwing rocks at cars)."
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PLO official participates in ceremony honoring imprisoned terrorist, prisoners are "symbols and heroes of the national activity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 5, 2018
Headline: "Karake: The time in the black prison have not succeeded in overcoming our prisoners' will to live"
         "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’Affairs Issa Karake said that the long years in the black prison have not succeeded in overcoming the will of our brave prisoners in the occupation's prison to live and be free...Karake said this during the ceremony of loyalty and appreciation for prisoner Issa Salem Darabi (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) (a resident of Dura) for the beginning of his 24th year in the occupation's prison... Karake noted that 46 prisoners have been sitting in the occupation's prison for more than 20 years, and that despite the arbitrary steps against the prisoners... they remain the symbols and heroes of the national activity and of the struggle behind bars..."

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PLO official falsely accuses Israel of paying salaries to Jewish terrorists, as opposed to the PA that pays salaries to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists, who are "freedom prisoners and legitimate fighters"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2018
Headline: "Karake: What Israel pays to criminals and criminal prisoners exceeds what is paid to the occupation's victims"
    “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the Israeli occupation government allots a large budget to aiding criminal prisoners that committed crimes of murder and assault against the Palestinian people and to their families, and to fund Jewish terror societies and organizations and organizations of extremist settlers, and officially supports terror and even creates it… Karake rejected the comparison between the Palestinian prisoners - who are freedom prisoners and legitimate fighters who struggled for the right of self-determination, according to that which is anchored in UN resolutions and international law – and the Jewish terrorist prisoners. He said that the occupation government has related to the Jewish terrorist prisoners, who were convicted in Israeli courts of acts of terror and aggression against Palestinians, with full forgiveness. Moreover, it has supported them, encouraged them, given them full financial, legal, and social aid, related to them as national heroes and symbols, and published decisions to ease their sentences and pardon them..."

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Former terrorist becomes mayor of West Bank city; Officials: "The Palestinian people will continue to politically and popularly resist" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 1, 2018
Headline: “Giving the Al-Doha Municipality to released prisoner Jawabreh”
     “Today, Wednesday [Jan. 3, 2018], Local Government Deputy Minister Muhammad Hassan Jabarin gave the elected Mayor of Al-Doha in the Bethlehem district, Head of the Independence and Development List in the 2017 local elections Raafat Jawabreh (i.e., terrorist, directed numerous attacks), the role of mayor after his release from prison, in place of previous Mayor Shahin Shahin. District Governor of Bethlehem Jabrin Al-Bakri, Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, and Secretary-General of the Local Government Administration Shukri Radaideh were present at the ceremony giving [over the role of mayor], which was held at the Al-Nawras Center building of the Al-Doha Municipality.”

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PLO prisoners’ commission head: “Jerusalem will only be the fully sovereign capital of the independent State of Palestine,” not Israel 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 27, 2017
Headline: “Karake: Thanks to the determination of the free people in the world and the members of our people, Jerusalem will only be the capital of Palestine”
        “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that Jerusalem will only be the fully sovereign capital of the independent State of Palestine, thanks to the determination of the free people of the world and the willpower of the members of our people. Karake said this during a series of meetings that he conducted as part of the events in which a delegation from the Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs is participating in the capital of Morocco, Rabat.”
PLO official: Palestinian prisoners are being delegitimized by Israel, who defines their “legitimate struggle” as “crime and terror” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
Headline: “Karake demands to publish a legal opinion regarding the legal status [of the prisoners]”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake demanded to act to publish a legal opinion from the International Court of Justice in The Hague regarding the legal status of the prisoners and detainees held in the Israeli occupation’s prisons…
This is in response to the Israeli attacks, incitement against [the prisoners’] legal status and against the legitimacy of their struggle against the occupation, and Israel’s attempts to delegitimize their struggle and define it as a crime and terror…
This was said during the protest vigil in front of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.”
PLO official: Balfour Declaration “laid the foundations for the brutal system of oppression and Jewish settler colonialism in Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2017
Headline: “During his visit to a number of prisoners and released prisoners’ families in Hebron – Karake: The Balfour Promise laid the foundations for the occupation’s brutal system of oppression”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)… laid the foundations for the brutal system of oppression and Jewish settler colonialism in Palestine, and that Britain bequeathed all of the means of oppression and violence against our people to the Zionist colonialism…
Karake said: ‘It is not enough that Britain apologize to the Palestinian people, rather it must pay compensation to our people following the disasters and victims that were caused to [our people] due to its policy supporting Zionism… and it also must recognize a free and independent Palestinian state, instead of degrading our people’s right to self-definition and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the colonialist Balfour Promise.’”
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Director of Prisoners Affairs: Female Palestinian prisoners are suffering from “severe mistreatment,” “intentional medical neglect,” and “a lack of appropriate TV channels” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 25, 2017
    “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that 56 Palestinian female prisoners who are in Hasharon Prison and Damon Prison are suffering from severe mistreatment, and are being denied their most basic rights. He also explained that 10 female prisoner minors under the age of 18 are in the prisons.
Karake noted that the female prisoners are suffering from intentional medical neglect, the absence of schoolbooks and cultural books, the suffering of their families whose permits are ripped up during the visits, a lack of appropriate TV channels – particularly for the female prisoner minors, and also from a lack of the basic goods that the female prisoners need in the canteens and the exhaustion and humiliation during their transportation to the court.”
PLO official: Imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “freedom prisoners,” not terrorists or criminals  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The occupation is striving to delegitimize the prisoners’ legal rights”
       “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] said that the arbitrary and severe Israeli steps against the prisoners – who are covered by a series of Israeli legislation and laws that violate the prisoners’ rights – are official and systematic Israeli attempts to delegitimize the prisoners’ status, their legal and humanitarian definition, and their legal struggle against the occupation for freedom and independence.
Karake called to act to strengthen the prisoners’ legal status according to the Geneva Convention, international law, international humanitarian law, and the UN resolutions, as they are freedom prisoners and legal fighters against the occupation. This is so as to act against the crazy Israeli efforts to define the prisoners' entire struggle as terror and crime, and to incite for this on the political and diplomatic level.”
Op-ed by PLO Prisoners' official: Israel keeps Palestinian “Martyrs” (i.e., killed terrorists) in freezers in fear of a “Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) legend” about their souls remaining alive  
Source: Palestine News Network (PNN, independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 11, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

      “Six Palestinian Martyrs (Shahids) are still being held in the State of Israel’s morgue refrigerators, and the number was higher than this, but several of them were buried in what is called the military numbered cemeteries (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers). According to the Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) legend, the souls of the Palestinians remain alive, and the Israelis are concerned about their existence and return, and that is what causes them to freeze their bodies or leave them at the mercies of predatory animals in the numbered cemeteries… The Israeli Supreme Court and prosecution are still delaying in releasing the six Martyrs who are in the Israeli [morgue] refrigerators due to the concern over the Martyrs’ awakening from their popular funerals, and over the intifada of the freely spilled blood, and also due to the fear of the symbolism and great esteem for the Palestinian Martyr who resisted the occupation, and also [fear] of the legitimacy of this resistance in response to Israel’s attempts to turn everyone who resisted the occupation into a criminal, whether he is a Martyr or a prisoner.”

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PLO official: Abbas has stated that “the allowances (to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists and their families) will not stop as long as the heart beats” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Oct. 3, 2017
         “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake... mentioned the American and Zionist administrations’ attack now against the prisoners and their failed attempts to pressure the Palestinian leadership to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and praised the position that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has taken against this extortion and his declaration that ‘the allowances will not stop as long as the heart beats.’ He explained that the main motive behind these acts of extortion by the occupation government is to present the Palestinian national struggle as a criminal matter.
Karake revealed that there are currently 6,000 prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, including prisoners who have served 35 years, such as Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with accomplice) and Nael Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with accomplice), 19 who have served over a quarter century, and nine who have served over 20 years [and under 25 years] of imprisonment. He expressed his pride in these prisoners ‘who have sacrificed the years of their lives for the homeland’s freedom and dignity.’”

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PLO official: Israel has policy of “arbitrary summary executions,” imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “freedom fighters”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2017
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake thinks that the decision of occupation [Israeli] army Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot to reduce the sentence of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (see note below –Ed.), murderer of Martyr (Shahid) Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sharif (i.e., terrorist, stabbed 1 together with an accomplice), is systematic encouragement of the policy of arbitrary summary execution, which has escalated in the last three years through incitement and support by the occupation government… Karake explained that Israel is acting like a state that is not an occupier, running rampant in the region as it pleases, and specializing in creating laws that strengthen the occupation, while ignoring all of the international conventions and agreements that guarantee the protection of the prisoners’ rights and recognize their classification as freedom fighters.”

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Lebanese Fatah official calls child terrorist Ahmad Manasrah who stabbed two a “hero” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Sept. 7, 2017
Headline: "Karake participated in a solidarity meeting with the prisoners in Tripoli"
       "At the invitation of the National Committee to Protect Prisoners and Detainees in the Zionist Occupation's Prisons, a meeting of solidarity with the prisoners in the Israeli occupation's prisons was organized in Dar Al-Nadwa Al-Shamaliya in the [Lebanese] city of Tripoli on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, with the participation of Director of [PLO] Commission of Palestinian Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake…
Secretary of the Fatah Movement in north [Lebanon] Abu Jihad Fayyad spoke… and noted that the occupation government is still carrying out arbitrary administrative detentions, as the number of administrative detainees has reached 500 detainees, among them child minors, and first among them the hero Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., terrorist, participated in stabbing of 2)."

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PLO official: Prisoners' and Martyrs' allowances will not be stopped 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 5, 2017
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake participated today, Tuesday [Sept. 5, 2017], in a conference regarding the cause of the prisoners in the Israeli occupation's prisons, which the Fatah Movement held in the Martyrs' (Shahids') Hall in the Burj Al-Barajneh refugee camp [in Lebanon].
Karake praised [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ positions supporting the prisoners’ resolve and his rejection of all of the acts of extortion, and emphasized that the prisoners and Martyrs' allowances (mukhassasat ) will not be stopped."
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