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Issa Karake
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 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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PA minister accuses Israel of "exploiting the prisoners financially"‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa ‎Karake said that the Israeli government ‎has been carrying out organized crimes ‎against the prisoners and is using them as ‎a means to take revenge on the ‎Palestinian people and its leadership, and ‎as a tool of provocation…‎
Karake said the Israeli government has ‎been exploiting the prisoners financially, ‎carrying out political provocation and ‎putting pressure on the [Palestinian] ‎leadership by revoking the prisoners’ ‎rights and increasing the severity of the ‎‎[disciplinary] measures used against them ‎‎– all of which necessitates strict ‎enforcement of what goes on behind the ‎bars. Karake made his statements while ‎visiting the prisoners released in the third ‎phase [of prisoner releases], Mahmoud ‎Da'ajneh and Ahmed ‎ Khalaf, who ‎served over 20 years in prison in the ‎Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem.”‎
Photo: [PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Issa] Karake during the tribute given to ‎released prisoner Mahmoud Da’ajneh.‎

Mahmoud Da'ajneh participated in the ‎murder of Sarah Sharon, who was stabbed ‎to death in Holon on Jan. 20, 1993. He was ‎serving a life sentence, but was released in ‎Dec. 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom ‎Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's ‎precondition for renewing negotiations.‎

Ahmed Khalaf was serving a sentence of ‎‎21 years for aggravated assault, but was ‎released in Dec. 2013 as one of 104 ‎terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to ‎fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing ‎negotiations.‎
PA minister honors released prisoners, promises to negotiate for release of the rest 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa ‎Karake said that the prisoner issue would ‎be a central part of any agreement with the ‎Israeli side – whether it be a framework ‎agreement, [a document of] principles, or ‎an extension of the negotiations – in a way ‎that will require the inclusion of a fixed ‎timetable for the release of all prisoners in ‎the prisons and for the cessation of the ‎policy of arrests [being carried out] in all the ‎cities and villages of Palestine… ‎
Karake made his statements during the ‎ceremonies held in the Ramallah and ‎Jenin districts to celebrate the 49th ‎anniversary of Fatah’s Intilaqa (i.e., the ‎‎“launch” of Fatah; refers to the day of ‎Fatah's first terror attack against Israel in ‎‎1965 when it tried to blow up Israel's ‎National Water Carrier) and to welcome the ‎prisoners released in the third phase [of ‎prisoner releases], in the presence of ‎Fatah members and leaders, members of ‎the Fatah Central and Revolutionary ‎Councils, members of the [PA] Parliament ‎‎(Legislative Council) , the district governors ‎and a large audience comprising the ‎families of the prisoners and the released ‎prisoners [themselves].” ‎

Photo: [PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Issa] Karake during the ceremony in honor ‎of the released prisoners in Ramallah.‎

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PA minister gives presents to released terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2014
‎     “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] ‎Karake’s statements came during visits he ‎made to congratulate the released ‎prisoners in the districts of Ramallah, ‎Nablus, Bethlehem, Tubas, Jenin and ‎Salfit, accompanied by a delegation from ‎the Ministry of Prisoners’ and Released ‎‎[Prisoners’ Affairs]… Karake awarded them ‎gifts in honor of their struggles and ‎sacrifices in prison.”‎
Photo: “[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Issa] Karake during his visit with released ‎prisoner Ahmad Kmeil ‘Abu ‎ Al-Awad’ in ‎Qabatiya”:‎

Ahmad Kmeil
was the commander of the ‎terrorist cell that murdered soldier Yoram ‎Cohen and 15 Palestinians whom they ‎suspected of collaborating with Israel. He ‎was serving 16 life sentences, but 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.‎
Thousands attend ceremony where PA officials honor bomber 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2014
     ‎“Fatah’s South Hebron [district] branch ‎continued its celebrations marking the ‎release of the most veteran prisoner of the ‎southern [prisoners], Na’im Al-Shawamreh, ‎and the 49th anniversary of the launch of ‎the Palestinian Revolution. ‎
Maher ‎ Al-Namura, the official [Fatah] ‎spokesman [of the South Hebron region], ‎reported that the lighting of the Intilaqa ‎‎(launch of the revolution) torch in ‎downtown Dura took place yesterday [Jan. 2, ‎‎2014] in honor of the veteran prisoner ‎from the south, Na’im Al-Shawamreh, in ‎the presence of [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ ‎‎[Affairs] Issa Karake... [The ceremony was ‎attended by] a large crowd of ‎Fatah supporters and masked men who ‎bore the Intilaqa torch while cheering the ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners.‎
Al-Shawamreh lit the torch among the ‎crowd, which asserted its support of ‎President Mahmoud Abbas and the ‎Palestinian leadership, and expressed its ‎appreciation of this great achievement. ‎The thousands of well-wishers continued ‎to arrive, one after the other, at the house ‎of prisoner Al-Shawamreh, at the site set ‎up by Fatah’s Southern Branch in his ‎native village, Khallat ‎ Al-Aqd, in ‎southern Dura…‎
Present at the ceremony were Fatah ‎Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub, ‎‎[PA] Minster of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa ‎Karake, Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares, District Governor of Hebron ‎Kamel Hamid, District Governor of ‎Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, ‎‎[PA] Health Minister Jawad Awad and a ‎large delegation representing all the ‎Security Forces at the Hebron District ‎headquarters.”‎

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PA minister sings song misrepresenting Israeli cities Safed, Tiberias, Haifa and Jaffa as "Palestine"  
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 2, 2014
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PA Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Karake joined in singing the following song misrepresenting Israeli cities as "Palestine":
     "By Allah, oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy.
My country Palestine is beautiful.
Go to Jenin and bring me from its valley greetings to Nablus,
Tulkarem and their soil.
Drink the water of Jaffa's port,
don't forget Ramle and Ramallah.
Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberias,
and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa.
Don't forget Nazareth, the Arab fortress,
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return."
PA Minister: The release of imprisoned terrorists is Abbas’ greatest achievement 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 31, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the release of the veteran prisoners who were arrested before the Oslo Accords and who spent long years in prison is one of President Mahmoud Abbas’ and the Palestinian leadership’s greatest national and humanitarian achievements of 2013…
Karake spoke during his visit to… the family of (32 year-old) [parenthesis in source] prisoner Mutaz Al-Haimouni who was sentenced to six life sentences and another twenty years.”

Note: Mutaz Al-Haimouni – a Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) terrorist who planned a suicide attack in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda outdoor market in which 6 people were killed (April 12, 2002).
Karake is referring to Israel’s release of 104 Palestinian terrorists, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages.The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013.
PA minister falsely asserts the existence of Israeli "plans for killing the prisoners‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2013
Headline: “The occupation prisons have ‎become the final ward before death”‎
     ‎“Two days ago, [Dec. 26, 2013], the [PA] ‎Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and the ‎‎[Palestinian] Prisoners’ Club, in ‎cooperation with the [PA] Ministry of ‎Information in the Nablus district, held a ‎press conference at the district ‎‎[government] seat, to discuss the ‎prisoners, the suffering of the sick among ‎them, and the third phase [of pre-Oslo ‎prisoners] to be released in a few days…‎
‎[PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa ‎Karake] stated that the purpose of the ‎press conference was to discuss the sick ‎prisoners and their medical situation, ‎which the Palestinian people find ‎distressing and frightening, especially ‎given the existence of plans for killing ‎the prisoners in the occupation prisons. ‎He also added that some [of the prisoners] ‎might die at any moment in the coming ‎days or weeks, as the diseases have ‎grown markedly worse in recent years – a ‎fact which confirms that the occupation ‎prisons have become a source of ‎epidemics and chronic and cancerous ‎diseases.”‎

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

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

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

Note: In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. For descriptions of the terrorists, click "full article" below.
PA pays unemployed prisoners a salary of 7.5 million shekels a month 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "[Unemployment] is a problem for thousands of male and female prisoners... The law approved by the Palestinian Parliament in 2004 determined that a male prisoner who spends more than 5 years and a female prisoner who spends more than 3 years [in prison] - in case they cannot find a job - can receive the fixed monetary allowance until they find a job. This applies of course to thousands of released prisoners... The maximum amount of the allowance is around 2,000 shekels... The fixed salary is not a loan... This is a salary. True, it's low, but I'll give you a number: 7.5 million shekels (~ $2.1 M.) a month is what we will pay to unemployed released prisoners. 7.5 million shekels every month."
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Note: PA minimum wage is 1,450 shekels ($414) a month. The 2,000 shekels ($571) for released prisoners is 38% higher than the minimum wage.
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