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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.
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: If Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldiers, the Commission would be willing to cooperate with Hamas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 17, 2016
Headline: “Karake: Willing to cooperate with Hamas in order to close a [prisoner] exchange deal, if it is true that it has captured Israeli soldiers”
      “On the eve of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, the number of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s prisons has reached 7,000, including 70 women and more than 400 children… Regarding Hamas’ announcement, according to which it has captured 5 Israeli soldiers, and in response to the question as to whether [prisoner] exchange deals are expected in the near future, [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake said that the commission is willing to cooperate with the [Hamas] movement in order to close a [prisoner] exchange deal, if it is true that the Israeli soldiers were captured. He added: ‘Activity in this framework will assist the release of thousands of prisoners, and we are ready to save the prisoners who were given heavy prison sentences, and all of the sick prisoners and the political leaders, in every future [prisoner] exchange deal.”
PA seeks Nobel Peace Prize for imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti as "a call to recognize the legitimacy of the prisoners' struggle" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 14, 2016
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners [and Released Prisoners'] Affairs published a report on the occasion of the prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) entering his 15th year of imprisonment in the occupation’s prisons, as he was abducted (he was arrested –Ed.) on April 15, 2002, and sentenced to five life sentences and an additional 40 years [of imprisonment].
The report says that the anniversary of Marwan Barghouti’s arrest coincides this year with the launch of the campaign in support of Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize…
The Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs said that Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize has several symbolic meanings and political, humanitarian, and legal messages expressed as follows:
1. The prisoners have the greatest right to enjoy a just and true peace, and they have fought and sacrificed for freedom, peace, and honor and an end to the injustice and the occupation.
2. No just peace in the region can occur without the prisoners’ release, as they are a basic part of any arrangement or agreement with Israel.
3. The candidacy [of Marwan Barghouti] is essentially a call to recognize the legitimacy of the prisoners’ struggle and their legal standing as prisoners of freedom and prisoners protected by Geneva conventions and international law, and also a response to the claims and Israeli terms that do not recognize the legitimacy of their struggle, and treat them as ‘terrorists and criminals,’ and not as prisoners of a national liberation movement.”
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PA officials: Arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize shows that imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are freedom fighters  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2016
Headline: “Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize and the ‘will for freedom’”

“Many commentators and people who deal with prisoners’ affairs consider the submission of prisoner [PA Parliament Member] Marwan Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Argentinian leader Adolfo Perez Esquivel, recipient of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize, an important step, that will positively affect the affairs of about 5,600 prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons, and legitimize the Palestinian national struggle.
In order to support the candidacy, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs launched a national campaign yesterday [April 13, 2016], in cooperation with the PA Parliament (i.e., Legislative Council), the Prisoners' Club, and social and national institutions and activists. Attorney Fadwa Barghouti, prisoner Barghouti's wife… emphasized that this step is ‘significant in terms of legitimizing the Palestinian national struggle, establishing an international alliance between all the people of the world’s nations who believe in peace and freedom that will stand with the Palestinian cause, and in conveying a message to the whole world, that the prisoners are fighters who sacrificed their lives and their liberty for freedom, and not terrorists, as Israel claims.’…
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam stated that the candidacy for the prize ‘may… convey the message to the whole world that the last, most despicable occupation on the face of the earth is taking our young people captive, who are guilty of being free Palestinians who want to live in freedom and in peace on the land of Palestine…
Chairman of the Higher Follow-up Commission for Prisoner Affairs Amin Shuman clarified that the fact that the candidacy of a Palestinian prisoner is submitted for the first time, ‘means that the Palestinian nati
PA and PLO launch campaign to nominate terrorist imprisoned for 5 life sentences for Nobel Peace Prize 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: "National campaign for the candidacy of the prisoner Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize"
     "At the press conference, Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam, head of the Fatah parliamentary faction Azzam Al-Ahmad, Coordinator of the National and Islamic Forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh District and Secretary of Foreign Relations of the Supreme Council for Monitoring Prisoners' Affairs Issam Bakr, and Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein spoke one after the other, while Secretary-General of the People's Party and head of the Al-Badil list Bassam Al-Salhi gave a speech in the name of the national forces... Al-Salhi called to increase the efforts and widen the scope of the campaign through the launch of a popular campaign to gather as many signatures as possible in support of Marwan Barghouti's candidacy for the prize, out of an understanding of its significance in refuting the false Israeli version which attempts to define Barghouti and the prisoners as criminals."
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Campaign to give Nobel Peace Prize to Marwan Barghouti is attempt to show that imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are not “terrorists and criminals” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 12, 2016
Official PA TV News on the launch of the campaign in support of Marwan Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize

Official PA TV reporter: "The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affair, together with local and international institutions, has launched a campaign to enlist support for the candidacy of [PA] Parliament Member Marwan Barghouti, who is languishing in the occupation's prison, for the Nobel Peace Prize."
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: "This is support of the presentation of his candidacy, initiated by the Argentinian international activist [Adolfo Perez] Esquivel, who has submitted the candidacy of Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize. We, the Palestinian people, support this initiative, and we think this initiative carries several messages. A humanitarian message, meant to focus attention on the issue of the Palestinian prisoners in the occupation's prisons, and Israel's treatment of them. Likewise, a judicial message, which is a response to the Israeli claims accusing the prisoners of being terrorists and criminals."
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Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). 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 officials, District Governor of Ramallah and Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, visit mother of 4 killers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 10, 2016


Headline
: "District Governor of Ramallah [and El-Bireh] and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs honored her – Um Nasser Abu Hmeid is prevented from visiting her sons in prison, on the pretext that they are not blood relatives"
     "The Palestinian Khansa, Um Nasser Abu Hmeid, sorrowfully said that the occupation prevents her from visiting her sons, under the pretext that she and her sons are not blood relatives. She said that [International] Women's Day, Mother's Day, and Palestinian holidays are difficult for her and her family… due to the distance from her sons, who are sitting in the same fascist solitary confinement [cells] and serving life sentences… Um Nasser Abu Hmeid said these things during a visit by District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam and Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake to honor her."

Note: The report said nothing about why Israel claimed Abu Hmeid is not blood related and did not attempt to explain why this matter would have been raised.

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), 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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PLO Prisoners' Affairs director announces campaign to give terrorist Marwan Barghouti the Nobel Peace Prize in order to legitimize the prisoners' “struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2016
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs is beginning to enlist support for the nomination of Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake stated yesterday [March 7, 2016] that the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs has launched a campaign in cooperation with many local and international institutions to enlist support for the nomination of PA Parliament member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) for the Nobel Peace Prize...
The Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs added: 'The nomination of Barghouti for the prize means support for the just rights of the Palestinian people in its struggle for freedom and independence, and support for the prisoners' cause, as well as their legitimate struggle for freedom and honor, as prisoners of freedom who sacrificed and fought for their land and in order to end the injustice the occupation is causing to our people'
Karake stated that this campaign is a response to the wave of Israeli measures and acts against the prisoners, to deny their legal status as fighters, and the non-recognition of the legitimacy of their struggle against the occupation."
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: “Torch of Freedom” for Palestinian prisoners will be lit by family of 13-year-old child terrorist 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2016
     Headline: “Karake: This year the torch of freedom will be lit out of loyalty to the child prisoners of the Jerusalem district”
“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake announced that this year, in honor of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day which will take place on April 17, the torch of freedom will be lit out of loyalty to the child prisoners sitting in the occupation’s prisons. He noted that preparations for the freedom torch lighting ceremony have begun in the town of Abu Dis in the Jerusalem governorate. Karake made these statements while visiting released prisoners and prisoners’ families…
Karake said that the family of the child prisoner Ahmad Manasrah, the family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and families of child prisoners will light the torch of 2016. He added that this message is intended to focus attention on the fact that the occupation is targeting children for arrest and murder.”

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners Affairs: Israel decided to kill every prisoner who hunger strikes 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 2, 2016
Headline: “Karake to Al-Quds: There was a decision to assassinate prisoner Al-Qiq, and it was the prisoners’ movement that settled his [hunger] strike”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake revealed that Israel decided to kill every prisoner who carries out a [hunger] strike against it, and it will not give in to his demands, even if it leads to his death. He emphasized that [administrative detainee Muhammad] Al-Qiq broke all predictions, and the desire for life and freedom overcame the death plot. Likewise, he clarified that there were a number of additional factors to his resolve and willpower that contributed to the realization of his victory, and he emphasized that the prisoners’ cause needs to remain a red line in every arrangement or agreement with the Israelis, and we must permanently raise the slogan that there is no reconciliation, agreement, or peace without the release of the prisoners. Following is the text of the interview:

Q: ‘[We will move on] from the condition of the prisoners’ cause and Israel’s actions, what is your message for 2016?’
A: ‘My message is a blessing of love and loyalty to prisoner Karim Younes, who has embodied a symbol of justice and the right of the Palestinian to carry out his legal struggle for freedom and independence in the 34 years he has spent in the [Israeli] prisons. Likewise, a message of assurance that we will not desert the prisoners and will not concede, rather we will continue to knock on the prison doors until their release.’”

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs awards lawyer employees with plaques with maps of “Palestine” erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Mar. 1, 2016

Photo posted on the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’ Facebook page on March 1, 2016

The photo shows Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake with the commission’s lawyers. The lawyers are holding plaques of honor awarded them by Karake in appreciation of their work. The plaques show the PA map of “Palestine” that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel.
Israel is “the main and only reason for violence in the region”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2016
Headline: “Karake: The occupation is the reason for the violence in the region and its targeting of children is racist and criminal”

“Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and [PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake stated that the Israeli occupation is the main and only reason for violence in the region, and that its daily actions, including killing, arrests, demolition of homes, and the tightening of the noose around the people’s necks, along with targeting Palestinian children in a racist, criminal, and legalized (by Israel –Ed.) manner, have made people lose hope for a future arrangement [with Israel], and created a situation of tension and continuous conflict. This was stated during a meeting he held with a delegation of European parliament members yesterday morning [Feb. 10, 2016] in Ramallah.”
PA daily reports on international campaign to free child terrorist who stabbed 2, under PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’ umbrella 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2016
Headline: “75 countries throughout the world marked the birthday of the boy prisoner Ahmad Manasrah”
      “About 75 countries and websites throughout the world participated two nights ago (Friday-Saturday) in activities and events that demanded the release of the boy prisoner Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., terrorist who stabbed and injured two Israelis severely, one of them a 13-year-old boy), on the event of his birthday, and also the release of the children, minors, from the occupation’s prisons. This was part of the worldwide campaign ‘We will continue beating’ launched by the ‘Ibda’a’ institution in the Deheisheh refugee camp, under the patronage of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.... The Ibda’a institution in the Deheisheh refugee camp, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, and the activists and national institutions in the Bethlehem district held an event of solidarity with the detained children of Palestine on Thursday evening, Jan. 22, 2016, with the participation of child prisoner Ahmad Manasrah’s family, and Martyr (Shahid) Hassan Manasrah’s family. Likewise, Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Secretary of Fatah’s Bethlehem branch Muhammad Al-Masri, representatives of the national institutes and human rights organizations, families of prisoners and released prisoners, and a large audience of children were also present..”

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Exhibit sponsored by Bethlehem municipality honored 52 murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 31, 2015

Headline: “We will open an exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the prisoners sentenced to life”
     “Yesterday [Dec. 30, 2015] was the unveiling of the exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the district’s 52 prisoners sentenced to life, sponsored and supervised by the Bethlehem municipality and the union of released prisoners. Present at the event were Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Governor of Bethlehem district Jabrin Al-Bakri, Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun, and [Greek-Orthodox] Archbishop [of Sebastia] Atallah Hanna… The speakers emphasized in their speeches that this exhibit is a salute of loyalty and commitment to the prisoners serving time in the occupation’s prisons.”
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PLO Director of Prisoner’s Affairs and Ramallah District Governor visit families of imprisoned terrorists  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2015
Headline: “Karake and Ghannam: Our holidays will only be complete when our prisoners are released from the deep darkness of the prisons”
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh district Laila Ghannam visited the families of a number of Christian prisoners of our people who are sitting in the occupation’s prisons, in order to bring them greetings for the holidays… Ghannam said that the Christian and Muslim holidays are national holidays… She added: “We bless all Palestinians for the national holidays, and they are not only Christian holidays. We are proud because Jesus is a Palestinian.”
Collection of items honoring Samir Kuntar, "heroic" murderer of 4  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2015
Samir Kuntar was a Lebanese terrorist who in 1969 infiltrated Israel and murdered four Israelis. Kuntar murdered his youngest victim, four-year-old Einat Haran, by repeatedly smashing her head with his rifle butt. After being released from Israeli prison in 2006, Kuntar joined Hezbollah and was planning terror attacks against Israel when he was killed in an explosion in Syria on Dec. 19, 2015. He was glorified by various PA and Fatah and media outlets as "heroic", a "Martyr" (Shahid), and a "great fighter." 
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs' office has two maps showing Israel and PA areas as "Palestine" 
Source: Facebook page of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’, Dec. 23, 2015


Photo and text posted on the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’ Facebook page on Dec. 23, 2015.
The text posted with the photo states that the meeting took place in the office of Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake.
The photo shows two maps of “Palestine” that include the PA areas as well as all of Israel hanging in Karake’s office. One on the wall to the right, and one in the center of the photo.
PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israeli occupation is “the main root of terror in the region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2015
Headline: “ Karake: I long to hear a voice within Israel calling to silence the racist incitement”
       “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member [Issa Karake]… warned that the [Israeli] religious extremism’s take-over of the political, military, and security establishments in Israel poses a threat, not only to the Palestinians, but to the entire region, and its continuation, deepening, and expansion, will constitute an Israeli ISIS-like phenomenon.
Likewise, Karake said: ‘The continuation of the occupation of our people is the main root of terror in the region.’”
Director of PLO Prisoners’ Affairs says prisoners aren’t terrorists, they “fought for their honor and freedom” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners announced the names of the winners of the 2015 Freedom Prize Competition”
      “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs held a large ceremony yesterday [Nov. 16, 2015] in the Russian Palace Theater for Culture and Science in Bethlehem, during which they presented prizes to the winners of the 2015 Freedom Competition... [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake said: ‘ The Freedom Prize is a cultural humanitarian campaign in response to the misleading and skewed Israeli discourse, which describes the prisoners as terrorists,’ and emphasized that our prisoners are freedom fighters and people who fought for their honor and the freedom of their homeland

Note: There are 6,000 Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons (as of September 2015, some of whom murdered or planned the murders of Israeli civilians. All of these prisoners were imprisoned for security offenses and terror related crimes.
PLO director of Prisoners’ Affairs urges PA to pay grants to released prisoners and announces that Abbas issued order to pay them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: "Karake demands that the government pay the accumulated release grants to released prisoners"
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake reiterated his demand that the government and treasury pay the release grants of thousands of released prisoners, who have been released in recent years, and were not paid these grants as determined by law… He said that it is important that every prisoner who is released receive aid, however minimal, in order to begin his life after his stay in prison, and because it is the law. However, unfortunately, these grants have accumulated over the years, and reached more than 6 million dollars, which has created a serious crisis and raised doubts among the released [prisoners]. Likewise, Karake said that President Mahmoud Abbas issued orders to pay these grants and set a timetable for them, according to financial abilities, because every prisoner needs money after being released. Karake noted that many of the released served more than 10 years, some of them need treatment, and others wish to marry, and they urgently need the grants. Karake clarified that among the released there is an atmosphere of bitterness and stress, and that the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs has turned to all relevant bodies in order to speed up their payment, but has received no response."
PLO official glorifies murderer of 2 who won literature prize 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Oct. 27, 2015

Picture and text posted on the official Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs

The picture shows PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake sitting with released terrorist Aisha Odeh at her home in Ramallah.

Posted text: “The prisoners are creative energies that paint the skies of freedom above the prison bars

[PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake and a delegation from his office congratulated released prisoner and author Aisha Odeh on winning the Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought Prize, which designated some of [its prizes] for prison literature.
Karake said during his visit to Aisha Odeh’s home in Ramallah that the Palestinian prisoners are extraordinary creative energies from a national and literary standpoint, and their creativity burst forth within the prisons of the occupation (i.e., Israel) through the confrontation, the challenging [of the prison guards], and the refusal to submit to the prison guards and their unjust laws.
He said that Aisha Odeh, who spent 20 years of her life [writing] her books about her imprisonment experience, Dreams of Freedom and The Price of the Sun, painted the skies of freedom for the Palestinian people above the walls and bars of the prisons.
Likewise, he said: ‘The prisoners, through their great works, were freer than the hangmen. And they documented the pain and acts of heroism over the course of years, and they let them burst forth in their books, which expressed the humanity of the Palestinian and his right to a humane life and to a dignified life, without chains and without occupiers.’
It should be noted that Aisha Odeh was arrested in 1969 and given a life sentence (sic, two life senten
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