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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 MP defends Palestinian use of violence against Israel as “legitimate” self-defense 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 3, 2015
     “Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said today, Tuesday [March 3, 2015] that the Commission and all the institutions working [to aid] the detainees have decided not to cooperate with the compensation policy the Israeli military courts have begun implementing against the prisoners…
Karake called this policy ‘dangerous,’ stating that its purpose was to define the legitimate Palestinian national struggle against the occupation as a crime, to extort money and harm the legitimacy of the Palestinian people’s right to defend itself from the mounting Israeli aggression against our Palestinian nation. He [Karake] said: ‘The occupation’s courts and the Israeli legal system are instruments for the deepening of the occupation and its preservation, under the cover of a so-called “law.” The victim must not pay the price for protecting our legal rights, and it is the occupation that must pay for the continuation of its occupation and aggression.’”
PA MP Karake: US court ruling that PA must pay terror victims “sets a dangerous precedent and contradicts international law”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2015
On Feb. 23, 2015, the US Federal District Court in New York ruled that the Palestinian Authority is financially liable for $655 million in damages to victims of terror attacks. 10 American families who are all victims or related to victims of Palestinian terror, sued the PA for damages, saying that the PA was responsible for the terror attacks in which they were personally injured or their relatives were killed during the years of the PA terror campaign (Intifada, 2000-2005).
     ‎"Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director Issa Karake said that the ‎recent ruling of the American court in New York, according to which the PA must pay 218 million ‎dollars in compensation to [the families of] those killed, who were US citizens and served in the ‎Israeli army, sets a dangerous precedent that contradicts international law. In addition, he called [the ‎case] a political lawsuit against the legitimate Palestinian national struggle, which is sanctioned by ‎international law and UN resolutions.‎
Karake said it was forbidden to deal with or appear before these courts, since their objective is to ‎harm the PLO's standing and to define the Palestinian people's resistance to the occupation as a ‎criminal act.‎
‎Karake said that these Americans had oppressed and killed the Palestinian people in the ranks of ‎the occupation forces, and that they are the ones who should appear before the international courts ‎and pay compensation to the Palestinian victims. Karake noted that Palestine is now a country under ‎occupation, and UN resolutions have established that resisting occupation in order to achieve self-‎determination and independence is a legitimate right...‎"‎ ‎
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Israel is controlled by leaders whose mouths "are full of blood and death" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Feb. 17, 2015
     “Commission of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said today, Tuesday [Feb. 17, 2015] that the Israeli government is being controlled by leaders like [Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor] Liberman, who suffer from the madness of racism, are bloodthirsty and are leading Israel to the level of the racist countries in the region and inciting to wars of hatred and revenge. He added: ‘There are mouths in Israel that are full of blood and death, and they are led by Liberman, who is replete with hostility toward the just peace and coexistence. He represents a mark of Cain for Israeli society and all supporters of peace and stability in the region.”
PA daily: “A Martyr and three prisoners are the harvest of this Jihadist mother, who stood firm and fought” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2015
     “With hidden grief concealed by her strength and resolve, Um Adel recounted the story of her children, saying: ‘My son Musa is a Martyr (Shahid) from the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ military wing). At the time, he was an engineer of explosive belts, and he died a Martyr in 1991 at the age of 23, while an explosive belt exploded during production.’
... ‘Nasser is 36. The occupation arrested him in 2003 after he was [declared] wanted, and he received four life sentences and twenty years... Muhammad is 25, and he was wanted for his activity in the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades (Fatah’s military wing). The occupation forces arrested him in 2005, after he had been besieged in the Muqata’a (PA Presidential Headquarters) in Jericho, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.” ... 'My son Khaled is another story. He is 37 and is partially paralyzed. He received 10 life sentences, and is in severe medical condition. He was a commander in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and he was arrested in 2007 by undercover soldiers.’ A Martyr and three prisoners are the harvest of this Jihadist mother, who stood firm and fought despite her sickness and old age… ‘I thank Commission of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake for his visit to our home, for his help and his interest in our condition, and I call on all Palestinian officials from the [various] factions to take responsibility for the release of the prisoners and reveal the occupation’s crimes against them.’”

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PA official says Israel has policy of “medical ‎crimes” against Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2015
Headline: “Karake: Sick prisoners are ‎potential Martyrs (Shahids)”‎
     ‎“Commission of Prisoners’ and Released ‎Prisoners' Affairs Director [and PA ‎Parliament Member] Issa Karake said that ‎the sick prisoners were now potential ‎Martyrs (Shahids), considering their great ‎suffering and the fact that the occupation ‎prison services show contempt for their ‎lives and health and does not provide ‎them with treatment.‎
In addition, he said that the sick prisoners ‎were victims of a dangerous policy of ‎medical crimes committed in the prisons, ‎that their lives were now in danger, and ‎that action must be taken for their ‎immediate release…‎
Karake made his statements as part of the ‎‎‘Think of your Neighbor’ campaign, ‎initiated by the Commission of Prisoners’ ‎and Released Prisoners' Affairs as a sign ‎of solidarity with the sick prisoners. During ‎his visit to the family of wounded prisoner ‎Amal Takatka, who lives in Beit Fajjar and ‎was severely wounded by occupation ‎soldiers near the Etzion Junction in the ‎Bethlehem [district].”‎

Note: Gush Etzion stabbing attack – On Jan. 1, ‎‎2014, Amal Takatka, 22, from Beit Fajjar near ‎Bethlehem, attacked an Israeli at a bus stop at ‎the Gush Etzion junction with a knife, wounding ‎him lightly. Takatka was shot and severely ‎wounded by Israeli soldiers while attempting to ‎escape.‎

PA official visits mother of imprisoned terrorists, one of whom killed 7 civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 18, 2015


This article describes Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake’s visit to the mother of imprisoned terrorists Nasser, Muhammad, Sharif and Nasr Abu Hmeid. Karake also
visited this woman in 2010, and the PA honored her in 2011 by choosing her to launch the Palestinian statehood campaign:
     "During a visit [from Commission of Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners' Affairs Director Issa Karake] at the Al-Amari refugee camp to the mother of prisoners Nasser, Muhammad, Sharif and Nasr Abu Hmeid, who are serving life sentences at the Ashkelon prison, Karake said the prisoners’ defense must be constructed according to a legal plan whose arena is the international community, where our nation’s legal battle is being waged for freedom, a state and the end of the occupation. Karake disclosed that preparations for international measures have begun with the cooperation of human rights organizations, and that files are being prepared on the issue of the severe violations and war crimes committed by the occupation authorities against the prisoners.”
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Imprisoned kidnapper and killer praised by Director of Prisoners’ Commission 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 11, 2015
Op-ed by Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs director and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake:
     “Brother Karim [Younes], it is hard for you now, after 33 years, to vomit up anything other than darkness, after everything has been reduced to waiting on a clock that has stopped ticking, ever since these foreign occupiers crushed our day… Brother Karim, for 33 years now, these prisons have been flooding your pure soul. Not long ago, you were to have been released, in the fourth phase [of prisoner releases], and soon after that, you were moved to an unknown phase. I heard you say to the Israeli government: ‘I will stay on my horse, on the ground. I will not fall into the gap between freedom and compromise. Let them build their prisons over my body. My milk is white, my water flows through the gravel, and the waves will not cease to resist. O Israelis, will you not learn from the prisoners that this mother and land is nourished by the bodies of its sons alone; will you not learn that you must believe it is us who are searching for life in your dust and chains, so you may leave us and go to your false illusions?’

Thirty-three years in jail –
Hear what I say:
The blood is on the ground, not in books…
The prisoners are waves beating against the shore
Hear what I say:
There is a storm behind the bars.”

Note: Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
PA minister: 3.5 million shekel fine imposed on murderer of an infant and father is “delegitimizing the national resistance” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 16, 2014
     "In a statement published today [Dec. 16, 2014], Prisoners' Affairs Authority Director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said that the Palestinian government had, in accordance with the new prisoners' regulations, stopped paying the fines continuously imposed on the prisoners by the occupation courts. He clarified that the occupation courts collect large sums from the prisoners, and that 95% of the verdicts pronounced by these courts involve fines, some of which are exceedingly high...
Karake noted the existence of an even more severe policy, which the occupation courts have been adopting, and which involves the passing of sentences on prisoners that force them to pay large sums in financial compensation to Israelis who have been exposed to resistance by Palestinians (i.e., terror attacks). He noted that [a fine of] 3.5 million shekels had been imposed on prisoner Ali Sa'ada, as compensation for the families of the killed settlers, with the aim of delegitimizing the [Palestinian] national resistance against the occupation."
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Note: Ali Sa’ada and Wa’al Al-Araja were members of a Palestinian gang of stone-throwers and were convicted of the murder of Asher Palmer, 25, and his baby son Yonatan near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on Sept. 23, 2011. Al-Araja threw two stones at Palmer’s car from a vehicle driven by Sa’ada, hitting Yonatan in the head and causing Palmer to lose control of his vehicle, which ran into a gulley, killing both of them instantly.
The PA stopped paying fines imposed by Israel on Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 16, 2014
Official PA TV News:
Newsreader: “Prisoners’ Affairs Commission director [and PA Parliament member] Issa Karake announced that the [PA] government has stopped paying the fines continually imposed on the prisoners by the occupation courts. Karake clarified that the occupation courts demand high sums from the prisoners, and that 95% of the sentences are accompanied by fines, some of which are exceedingly high, and which are never repaid (i.e., as opposed to bail).”
Prisoners’ Affairs director: Israeli prisons intentionally withhold medical treatment from Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2014
     “Prisoners’ Affairs Commission director Issa Karake revealed that local and international preparations… for the international congress on sick prisoners and their medical condition in the occupation prisons have begun. Karake said that the congress would be held under the heading ‘Stop medical crimes against our prisoners’, in view of the severity of the prisoners’ medical condition… Karake accused the [Israel] Prison Services and its doctors of medical neglect and deliberate negligence in providing necessary treatment to the prisoners. He noted the contempt and indifference of the occupation government toward everything regarding the treatment of sick [prisoners].”
Prisoners’ Affairs Commission Director confirms Palestinian prisoners get degrees in prison 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 26, 2014
     “Prisoners and Released [Prisoners’] Affairs Commission director Issa Karake said today, Wednesday [Nov. 26, 2014], that the results of the matriculation exams taken by the prisoners, who are subject to the regulations of the matriculation exams for 2014, were ready, and would be announced next Sunday. In a statement to the press, Karake said that 631 prisoners had taken the exams, of whom 407 had passed, while the number of prisoners who had failed to complete certain materials came to 224… In addition, he noted that, for the first time since 2009, the prisoners were able to take the matriculation exams, after the occupation had stopped the prisoners’ high-school and university studies in the prisons. Karake said that special study committees trained by the prisoners had supervised the exams, according to the curriculum and guidelines established by the Ministry of Education, and that this was greatly appreciated by the prisoners.”
PA official visits family of Palestinian police officer who led lynching of two Israeli reservists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2014
     “Prisoners’ Affairs Authority Director and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake said the situation in the occupation prisons has become unbearable as a result of the severe measures Israel is vindictively and intentionally implementing against the prisoners according to official decisions... Karake made his statements during his visit to the family of prisoner Raed Al-Sheikh from the Gaza Strip, whose family lives in the village of Aqab in the Ramallah district, who was sentenced to life and has been in jail for 15 years.”

Note: Raed Al-Sheikh – A Palestinian police officer from Gaza sentenced to life imprisonment for his leading role in the Ramallah lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered two Israeli reservists who had accidentally entered Ramallah, and mutilated their bodies.
PA Parliament Member glorifies terrorist who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Glick 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 5, 2014
Op-ed by Prisoners’ Affairs Commission director and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake:
     “The prisoner-Martyr (Shahid) Mutaz Hijazi spent ten years of his life as punishment in the occupation prisons. He lived in solitary confinement, and was moved from cell to cell, isolated from himself and the world… He felt Jerusalem bursting in his veins. Mutaz could not endure what he saw happening in his capital and refused to become a slave under the tribe of extremist settlers and the occupation authorities. He refused to go back to his time in prison, when the worst punishments were inflicted on him in an effort to efface and break him in terms of humanity and nationalism. He refused [to accept] that Jerusalem be imprisoned in the cages of the occupation state, and that it should become a pillar of salt under the rule of the myths, hymns and history forgers… Mutaz opened the door of his iron cell, and walked the streets of Jerusalem in search of its fragrance, its musk and angels in his blood, which flowed bountifully onto the earth and into the heavens…

Behold Mutaz Hijazi,
the man of the promise;
tell him: thank you
as his blood flows over the ground
decipher his hints
and ask yourselves
in what person will your bodies now speak?”

Note: Mutaz Hijazi – Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner from Jerusalem who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, on Oct. 29, 2014. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force that was attempting to arrest him.
Fatah officials honor murderers who killed 5 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2014
     “The Prisoners’ Affairs Authority and Prisoners’ Club held a ‘Freedom and Loyalty Rally’ for veteran prisoners [and] prisoners from the fourth phase [of prisoner releases] who were never released, to mark the beginning of the 27th year in the occupation prisons of prisoners Jum’a Adam and Mahmoud Abu Kharabish from Jericho. The rally was attended by Fatah Central Committee members Mahmoud Al-Aloul and Dr. Jamal Muhaisen, District Governor of Jericho Majed Al-Fatiani, Prisoners’ Affairs Authority director Issa Karake, Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares, Israeli Arab MP Muhammad Barakeh, dozens of relatives of prisoners and released prisoners, and representatives of the [PA] Security Forces in the district.
[District Governor] Al-Fatiani gave a speech in which he welcomed the guests and the prisoners’ families, and sent greetings of honor and appreciation for the sacrifice of prisoners Adam and Abu Kharabish, and to all the prisoners in the occupation prisons… At the end of the rally, the relatives of the 30 veteran prisoners and the family of the most senior female prisoner, Lina Al-Jarbouni, were honored. They received plaques of honor in recognition of their sacrifice and legendary forbearance in face of the injustice of the jailors.”

Notes: Jum’a Adam and Mahmoud Abu Kharabish received life sentences for throwing a firebomb at an Israeli passenger bus in Jericho in 1988, killing a mother, her three children, and an Israeli soldier who was attempting to rescue them.
Lina Al-Jarbouni - An Israeli Arab woman serving a sentence of 17 years, convicted March 9, 2004 of maintaining contact with and helping Islamic Jihad terrorists, of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks and of aiding an enemy during war.
PLO official: Rabbi Glick's shooter was "one of the heroes of the Palestinian prisoner movement" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 30, 2014
Headline: “Updated: A released prisoner died as a Martyr and three residents of Jerusalem were injured by the occupation’s gunfire in Jerusalem”
     “Released prisoner from Jerusalem Mutaz Hijazi (i.e., shot Yehuda Glick in an assassination attempt) died as a Martyr (Shahid), and three additional people were injured by gunfire of the occupation’s soldiers this morning, Thursday [Oct. 29, 2014]…
It should be noted that Martyr Hijazi served about 11 and a half years in the occupation’s prisons, ten of them in isolation. He was released in 2012…
Martyr Hijazi is the second released prisoner that the occupation authorities have assassinated within two weeks, after the death as a Martyr of released prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi (i.e., murdered 2, one of them a baby).
Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake eulogized released prisoner Martyr Mutaz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi. He said that he was one of the heroes of the Palestinian prisoner movement and one of the defenders of freedom and honor, and that he withstood the policy of slow killing in the occupation’s prisons…
Karake accused the occupation authorities of persecuting released prisoners, whether by re-arresting or by cold-blooded murder, as part of incessant war crimes.”

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PA Ministry of Finance works to ease paperwork for prisoners released before 1995 to receive salaries and benefits 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2014
Headline: "Karake: The problem of obtaining indictments of veteran released [prisoners] has been solved"
     "Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that the problem of obtaining indictments of prisoners released before 1995, needed to complete their files and for the payment of their salaries and benefits, will soon be resolved together with the [PA] Ministry of Finance. He added: 'The Ministry of Finance understood and is cooperating. The easements [that will be determined] according to objective criteria will be published before the end of this month [October 2014]. Our mission is to ease the process and not to complicate it.' Prisoners released 30 or 40 years ago run into difficulties in obtaining their indictments and verdicts, because of all the time that has passed and the non-existence of these documents in the Israeli courts' archives. This leads them to appoint a lawyer and pay exorbitant legal fees in order to obtain them.
Karake said: 'The lawyers take advantage of the fact that the released [prisoners] need these documents, request exorbitant amounts from them, and play with them. It is disgraceful to trade in the needs of released [prisoners].'
He continued: 'Many complaints have reached us recently regarding the fact that Palestinian lawyers, some of them with Israeli identity cards (i.e., Israeli Arabs), have requested and collected fees of between 3,000 and 7,000 Israeli shekels for each prisoner, without obtaining the necessary indictments and verdicts."
Karake appointed head of the Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO not the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2014
     "Following the publication of the presidential decree transforming the [PA] Ministry of Prisoners' [Affairs] into an authority, an official ceremony was held yesterday [Sept. 2, 2014] to transfer [the ministry portfolio] from former Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Shawqi Issa to the [new] head of the [Supreme National] Authority [of Prisoners' Affairs], Minister Issa Karake, who was appointed by the President [Mahmoud Abbas]. [Former Minister Shawqi] Issa emphasized the need for extensive cooperation under all circumstances and [at all] times, because the prisoners' issue is on the leadership's agenda. He also emphasized that all efforts must be concentrated in this direction.
The head of the authority, Issa Karake, thanked Minister Issa for the efforts he has invested and continues to invest, and expressed his hope that things would progress smoothly, given that the authority must become established and organized - [a process] which will take some time."
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Note: In an interview on Ajyal radio (independent Palestinian radio station), Karake confirmed that the PA Ministry of Prisoners Affairs was transformed into the Supreme National Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO, in an attempt to deflect international pressure on the PA on the issue of Palestinian terrorist prisoners who receive PA salaries. To view the interview, click here.
Karake appointed head of the Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, which belongs to the PLO, not the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2014
     "In its meeting yesterday [Sept. 2, 2014], the [PA] government appointed former [PA] Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake head of the Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, and revoked Minister Shawqi Issa's appointment to this position... (When the Fatah-Hamas unity government was formed in June 2014, Shawqi Issa became Minister of Prisoners' Affairs instead of Issa Karake -Ed.)
[Subheadline] Karake Appointed Head of [Authority] for Prisoners' Affairs:
The government has approved the revoking of its decision to appoint Minister Shawqi Issa supervisor of the Ministry of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, based on the presidential decree published on the matter, which states that it [the Ministry] is to be transformed from a ministry subordinate to the Palestinian government into a Supreme National Authority of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO and supervised by it and by the Palestinian presidency. The decree also states that Issa Karake, the former Minister of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, is to be appointed head of this authority."
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Karake congratulated for his new positions as head of Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, a PLO body 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 31, 2014
     "Congratulations to the Head of the Authority of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, Minister Issa Karake
Journalist Hakam Jum'a Al-Kharraz and the Al-Kharraz family in Tubas and Nablus congratulate Minister Issa Karake on the great faith President Abbas, may Allah protect him, has placed in him by appointing him head of the Authority of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs.
May Allah grant you success in serving the people of your homeland in supporting the prisoners' and released prisoners' issue. We wish our brave prisoners a swift release from the occupation prisons and [we wish] for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."
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Note: In an interview on Ajyal radio (independent Palestinian radio station), Karake confirmed that the PA Ministry of Prisoners Affairs was transformed into the Supreme National Authority of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO, in an attempt to deflect international pressure on the PA on the issue of Palestinian terrorist prisoners who receive PA salaries. To view the interview, click here.
Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs now subordinate to the PLO, in ploy to deflect donor pressure on prisoner issue  
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 29, 2014
Headline: "Presidential decree turned Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs into National Commission and appointed Karake Minister of [the Commission]"
     "Palestine News Network [PNN] has learned that President Mahmoud Abbas has published a presidential decree which will turn the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs from a ministry that is subordinate to the Palestinian government into a Supreme National Commission of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs, which will be subordinate to the PLO and supervised by it and by the Palestinian presidency.
In addition, the decree appointed Issa Karake to head this authority, in the rank of minister.
Minister Karake will receive the responsibility of managing this commission, which will supervise and take care of the prisoners' issues in the various districts of the homeland."
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Note: In an interview on Ajyal radio (independent Palestinian radio station), Karake confirmed that the PA Ministry of Prisoners Affairs was transformed into the Supreme National Commission of Prisoners' Affairs, subordinate to the PLO, in an attempt to deflect international pressure on the PA on the issue of Palestinian terrorist prisoners who receive PA salaries. To view the interview, click here.
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