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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.
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.
PA Parliament member calls Israeli army "robotic soldiers from hell‎... more evil and horrible than what happened ‎in the Nazi crematoria" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 25, 2014
Op-ed by PA Parliament Member and ‎former PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Issa Karake
     ‎“‘Scum.’ This is the word with which the ‎American CNN reporter managed to ‎describe the Israeli barbarity and savagery, ‎and the war crimes [committed] against the ‎residents of the Gaza Strip…‎
Robotic soldiers from hell, burning with ‎extremism‎ like fiery devils, possessed ‎ by the culture of murder and death. ‎Scum is what this Hebrew state is, which ‎tears to shreds the body parts of women ‎and children and commits genocide... ‎Scum is what these [people] are, who ‎brought blood and swords to this land, after ‎having deceived the world as victims of the ‎Holocaust, but who did more ‎evil and more horrifying [things] than what happened in ‎the Nazi crematoria… Scum is what this ‎Hebrew state is, which has become a ‎Holocaust state... It is morally and ‎legally corrupt, and is rapidly advancing ‎toward fascism. It sanctifies death more ‎than life.”‎
Member of PA Parliament: Israel murdered more children than were ‎murdered in the Holocaust 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014
Headline: “Karake: ‘The occupation has ‎murdered more children than were ‎murdered in the Holocaust’”‎
     ‎“[PA] Parliament (Legislative Council) ‎Member Issa Karake described Israel as a ‎Holocaust state that sanctifies death, ‎loathes peace and coexistence, and is ‎turning into a racist and fascist state in the ‎region… He said that since 1948, Israel ‎has murdered over two million Palestinian ‎children... ‎while the number of Jewish children ‎murdered in the Nazi Holocaust, ‎according to Israel, did not exceed a ‎million and a quarter… In addition, he said ‎that the scenes of massacre in the ‎neighborhood of Shuja’iya reminded the ‎world of the residents of Hiroshima and ‎Nagasaki in World War II, after the atom ‎bombs had been dropped on them.”‎
PA Minister Karake: Israel’s bill forbidding prisoner releases encourages PA to “liberate prisoners – not through peace and negotiations” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 13, 2014
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake called the Israeli bill forbidding the release of prisoners a political injustice on the part of Israel, saying that it reflects the control of the racist, extremist right-wing trend in Israel... Karake noted that the Israeli government has tied its own [hands] and posed obstacles to the very possibility of securing the release of Israeli soldiers in the event that they are captured – especially since Israel is an occupying state embroiled in conflict in the region, and whose soldiers are at risk of being kidnapped. Through this bill, it is as if it [Israel] were asking the Palestinian people to turn to other means of liberating its prisoners – not through peace and negotiations.”
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Karake: It is "impossible to negotiate... unless all the prisoners are released" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 7, 2014
     “[Palestinian] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah participated in the weekly sit-down strike held by the prisoners’ families in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Tulkarem yesterday [May 6, 2014].
Hamdallah asserted that President Mahmoud Abbas will not resume negotiations unless all prisoners are released from the occupation prisons. He emphasized that peace will never be established with the occupation entity unless the prisons are emptied, and unless Israel fully withdraws from the 1967 borders…
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… emphasized that the prisoners’ issue is not a small and insignificant issue subject to Israel’s mood and racism, but a central and fundamental issue for the Palestinian people. Therefore, it would be impossible to negotiate with the occupation entity unless this matter is dealt with in a serious manner and unless all the prisoners are released.”
PA minister honors murderers' families with plaques of honor 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 11, 2014
     “Yesterday, [April 10, 2014] as part of [Palestinian] Prisoner’s Day events, [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake and District Governor of Salfit Issam Abu Bakr visited the homes of prisoners from Salfit [who are serving] life sentences and long prison terms exceeding ten years.
[The two] were accompanied by the Secretary of Fatah’s Salfit branch, Abd Al-Sattar Awwad, the Director of the Prisoners’ Administration in Salfit, Nadhir Al-Salkhi and a delegation from the [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] in the district…
The visits included the homes of prisoners Ahmad Hussein Madi, Ahmad Al-Qader Salim, Bilal Abbas Abd Al-Fattah, Husam Abd Al-Qader Halabi and Sa’id Musa Shtayyeh, who are all serving life sentences…
During the visits, the District Governor of Salfit, the Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and the Secretary of Fatah’s Salfit branch awarded the prisoners’ families plaques of honor, in appreciation of their resolve against the wrong done to them by the occupation, and Minister Karake promised to take care of all the needs of the prisoners and their relatives in the Salfit district.”
In the photo: “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake during his visit in Salfit with families of prisoners serving life sentences.”
[The plaques of honor include a map of “Palestine” that includes all of Israel and the PA areas.]

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PA minister: The "Netanyahu government is the last link in ‎the completion of an apartheid regime" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa ‎Karake said that at present, no one in ‎Israel or its government is really trying to ‎save the peace process – on the contrary, ‎racism and blind hate rule, and the Israeli ‎arena has been abandoned to the ‎extremists. In addition, he explained that ‎the Netanyahu government is the last link ‎in the completion of an apartheid regime ‎in the region.”‎
PA funds fertility treatments for released prisoners, who are “victims of the occupation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake disclosed that the Palestinian government has allocated 150,000 shekels for fertility treatments to help prisoners who are having difficulties having children…
In an exclusive interview with Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Karake said: ‘We believed there were only a small number of prisoners in need of financial aid to have children through fertilization, but to our surprise, since the government announced it intends to assist prisoners in this matter, we have received requests from 60 prisoners in two months. This means we are dealing with a phenomenon worthy of attention, and scientific research must be conducted to discover the true reasons behind prisoner infertility…’
[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs] Karake and Health Minister Jawad Awad signed an agreement to purchase an IVF service for the wives of released male prisoners and for released female prisoners who are unable to conceive naturally. The National Fund for Aiding and Supporting Released Palestinian Prisoners and their Families will cover the financial costs…
He [Karake] explained that the government assigns special importance to the prisoners’ issue... because caring for the prisoners is a national, pan-Arab and human duty and is part of defying the occupation…
Karake expressed his opposition to all the Zionist attempts to pressure the PA and place it under financial siege for caring for the prisoners and their families. He said: ‘The prisoners are prisoners of freedom and warrior prisoners, as established by the four Geneva Conventions, which we submitted requests to join. The prisoners are victims of the occupation and the world must act to make this occupation vanish.'”

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PA minister refers to Israel as "Palestinian territories occupied in 1948" and Israeli gov. as "occupation authorities" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2014
     “Dozens of angry citizens demonstrated yesterday evening [March 29, 2014] in front of the gate of the Ofer military camp near Ramallah to protest Israel’s delay in releasing the fourth group of prisoners [arrested] before [the] Oslo [Accords]…
[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] said: ‘We have come to welcome our heroic prisoners included in the fourth phase [of prisoner releases], who should have been released today, but the gate of the Ofer prison has not opened because of the Israeli cancellation.’
He added: ‘We demand from the occupation authorities the release of all the veteran prisoners in the fourth phase, who number 30 [in all], 14 of whom are from the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel). We hold them [Israel] fully responsible for the ramifications of the delay in releasing [the prisoners] in accordance with the agreement [between Israel and the PA].’”
PA minister of Prisoners’ Affairs calculates prisoner statistics 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 21, 2014
     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake set the number of prisoners in the occupation prisons at 5,000, divided between 17 [different] prisons and including 187 children, 183 administrative detainees, 11 members of parliament – of whom the most veteran is MP Marwan Barghouti – 20 female Palestinian prisoners and 30 veteran prisoners expected to be released at the end of this month [March 2014].”

Note: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.

PA minister speaks at ceremony honoring murderers 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the main ceremony for solidarity with the prisoners and released prisoners, held in Beit Fajar. PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake spoke at the ceremony.
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: “Our nation deserves freedom – our nation that gave and gave. Many have died. It [our nation] has given much, and has sacrificed many of its youth and best sons. This great nation, this nation which includes [the likes of] Fakhri Barghouti, Khaled Al-Azraq, Issa Abd Rabbo, Rizq Salah, Khaled Asakra, Abu Mahmoud and many of the prisoners sitting here – [such as] Adnan Al-Afandi – who have spent over twenty years in the occupation’s prisons; this nation, whose youth have spent their lives in prison; a nation that deserves life; a nation that deserves victory; a nation that deserves freedom.”
At the ceremony plaques of honor were given to the veteran Beit Fajar prisoners – those who have served over ten years and those still in prison.
The plaques were presented by Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki, PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Director of the Educational Administration for the Bethlehem District Nasrin Amr, and released prisoner Fakhri Barghouti, the representative of the released prisoners.


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PA allocates an additional $46 million for terrorists in 2014 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 6, 2014
     "[PA] Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake said that it has been decided that the budget for the fifth regulation [of the Prisoners' Law] approved by the government will be set this coming April [2014]. [The fifth regulation] completes the remaining implementing regulations of the Prisoners' Law, and is concerned with improving conditions for released [prisoners]. This will be done as an appendix to the [general] budget, so its implementation will begin this year and [apply] retroactively.
Karake noted that the government has acknowledged the importance of the regulation and the need to implement it according to the rules. However, due to the large budget deficit and the PA's financial situation, establishing the budget, which has been estimated at 160 million shekels a year, has been postponed until April. [He added that] a ministerial committee has been appointed to prepare the appendix to the budget.
Karake emphasized that this regulation will contribute considerably to solving many problems that prisoners face after their release... Likewise, he noted that the government has made the prisoners' issue one of its priorities and is investing all its efforts in easing their suffering given what is available (i.e., availability of funds).
Karake thanked the President [Abbas] and the Prime Minister [Hamdallah] for their great efforts and for their [accepting] responsibility for the prisoners' cause, whether at a political or social level, or at the livelihood level. On another matter, Karake said that the government has approved a regulation for exempting released prisoners who have served more than 20 years in occupation prisons from paying customs duty, as well as a regulation for covering the costs of fertility [treatments] for released prisoners who are suffering from fertility problems."
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PA minister of Religious Affairs glorifies murderers of Israeli hiker 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 2, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast an event honoring released prisoners in the Salfit District.
The event was attended by PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen and Salfit District Governor Issam Abu Bakr.
Released prisoners Fahim Sarhan, Mustafa Al-Haj and Bilal Damra were honored at the event.

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Brothers, honored ones, who we are proud to be honored by today by honoring you, peace be upon you. All words are dwarfed when standing in the presence of such people. Those who, one day, voluntarily gave up part of their lives. And it is possible that while they were waging the battles of honor, resistance and struggle, they were prepared to give up their whole life for Palestine.”

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 prisoners released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Bilal Damra was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Frederick Rosenfeld, who was killed while he was hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). Damra was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Fahim Sarhan was serving a life sentence for committing an act of terrorism against Israel. PMW has been unable to verify the details of his crime. He was released in October 2011 as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.

PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs explains prisoners’ salaries and benefits to French Consul 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2014
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake brought Consul General of France Herve Magro up to date about the prisoners’ and detainees’ suffering, which is caused by the occupation’s policy…
Regarding Ministry services provided to the prisoners, Karake added that the Ministry is working on developing the services to the detainees, which begin with legal defense in the Israeli occupation courts, continue with providing canteen [money] and salaries and with providing medical services to prisoners in prison and after their release, in addition to training and employing them.”
Karake gives plaque of honor to terrorist who stabbed Israeli to death 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 12, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast of the 49th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution in Tulkarem.
Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares: “This year and last year there has been an important breakthrough. True, 104 [released] prisoners out of 5,000 is a small number. However, we know, and you all know, that for 20 years, the occupation state imposed its immoral and discriminating criteria, when it said [it would not release] ‘those with blood on their hands, those who killed Jews, prisoners from the1948 [areas] (i.e., Israel), prisoners from Jerusalem, prisoners from Hamas and prisoners from the Islamic Jihad.’ All criteria have been shattered with these groups we are welcoming with joy, and a new precedent has been set for future negotiations. This is the significance of this achievement. And I’m certain that, Allah willing, there will be additional breakthroughs, on all levels – the sick prisoners, the heroic leaders Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa’adat, and the members of the Palestinian Parliament (Legislative Council).” …

PA TV host recites a poem in honor of released prisoner Nasser Barham. Later, District Governor of Tulkarem Jamal Sa’id, PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Secretary-General of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council Amin Maqbul each gives Barham a plaque of honor.

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