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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.
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.
PA minister: Israel implements policy of slowly executing prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2013
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake said that the Israeli government is implementing a policy of slow execution against the sick prisoners, by delaying their release and the treatments they require.”
PA Minister Karake honors released murderer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2013
Caption: “Karake honors prisoner Ismat Mansour during the presentation of his novel.”
     “The Deir Jarir Youth Council in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district presented ‘The Barbed Wire Fence,’ a novel by released prisoner Ismat Mansour who sat in the occupation prisons for 20 years and was released in the first phase [of 104 released pre-Oslo prisoners].
To discuss the novel and present it, the council hosted [PA] Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs Issa Karake], [and] released male and female prisoners attended [the event]… Karake said that the novel, which was written in prison, is an innovative and unique literary work that sheds light on the prisoners’ cultural and philosophical experience… at the end of the conference, Karake honored prisoner Ismat Mansour.”

Note: Ismat Mansour – assisted in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli civilian Haim Mizrahi (Oct. 23, 1993). He was serving 22 years in prison, but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

PA minister visits released terrorists, conveys to them greetings from Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake
visiting released prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Al-Haj
     “[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake announced that the prisoners’ issue is constantly and continuously on the government’s table, due to the great interest in this issue and to the search for every possibility to assist them as fighters who sacrificed for their homeland and country… Karake noted that in recent years the Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs], in cooperation with all institutions, enacted four implementing regulations of the prisoners’ law, and that the fifth regulation relating to the released prisoners is in the final stages of discussion by the Palestinian government... Karake related to a number of other proposals for regulations, which he hopes will be duly approved. They relate to university education in prisons, fertility services for released prisoners, salary completion and the establishment of a national fund to support prisoners and their families, alongside a regulation for deceased released prisoners. Karake spoke during his visits to a number of released prisoners, during which he delivered President [Abbas]’s Grant to them following their release as part of the second phase, and he also conveyed President Mahmoud Abbas’ and Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah’s greetings.”

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Song educating children to carry weapons performed at PA ceremony honoring released terrorists 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
During the event, a singer sang songs praising the prisoners, including “Mother, marry me off,” which promotes educating children to carry weapons, while the audience danced and lifted the released prisoners up on their shoulders:

Lyrics of “Mother, marry me off:
"My country is Arab, filled with freedom,
Oh mother, marry me off to a Palestinian girl.
Mother, a daughter of the land, with a happy nature,
who will raise my children on carrying the rifle."

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored.
PA Minister defends PA giving money to terrorists, they are "heroes" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, at a rally under the auspices of Mahmoud Abbas in honor of released terrorists from Jenin:
     "The Europeans want their money that comes to us to remain clean -- not to go to families of those they claim to be terrorists. [They] need to renounce this occupation mentality. These [prisoners] are heroes, fedayyeen (self-sacrificing fighters), and fighters who fought so that we could live in dignity... These heroes, whom you are applauding, must live in dignity, so that we will continue to hold our heads high. We appreciate the people of the revolution and are proud of them."
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Senior PA official celebrates “magnificent” terrorist “heroes returning from captivity” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally in Surif, Hebron in honor of released prisoners Ziyad Ghneimat, Mustafa Ghneimat, and Najeh Muqbil.
Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity. How great are these men of great stature, for you sieged the prison guard. How great are you, for you knew that you are potential Martyrs (Shahids), yet your will was stronger than any [Israeli] decision and any outcome... We are the ones who planted the spirit of defiance in this nation, and we have been the school [to teach] the culture of resistance... We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop… I congratulate the Hebron District on [the return] of this group of select men. And when I mention Mustafa, Ziyad, and Najeh, I add also the great eagle Fakhri Barghouti –33 years in prison, and here he is with us! …
I would like now to recall the commander of the operation, [Muhammad] Abu Shadi Al-Tous, whom we look up to with respect. The reason they are postponing [the release of] this commander is that he angered them more by having been the commander of the operation. We also salute [his wife] Um Shadi, and every front, and [we salute] all those beloved heroes, the pioneers, the free men, the fighters, like these heroes (points to the three released prisoners)… We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!”

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Abbas welcomes 21 murderers released from prison 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2013
In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The following is the PA celebrating the release of 21 of them, all of whom were convicted murderers.
[Abbas is shown embracing murderer Issa Abd Rabbo and all 21 murderers]
PA TV announcer: "Here they are embracing President Mahmoud Abbas after long years behind the bars of the occupation... Here are President Mahmoud Abbas and the released prisoners waving to the audience..."
Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake: "Even though the prisoners were released in the middle of the night, each one of you, the prisoners, is a sun lighting up Palestine's sky..."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We welcome our heroic brothers who come from behind bars to the world of freedom. We congratulate ourselves and we congratulate all of you in this great celebration that unifies and returns our sons to us... There will be no agreement [with Israel] as long as there is one prisoner behind bars."
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Note: Issa Abd Rabbo - serving two life sentences for killing two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Release of prisoners by Israel is a national achievement that strengthens the peace process 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 23, 2013
In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in stages, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. PA TV program Topic of the Day discusses the second group of prisoners to be released by Israel, all 26 of whom were serving life sentences for murder:
Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “I hope this phase will be a quality phase and that it will indeed take place, because I’m still worried. I don’t trust the Israelis. Everyday there’s incitement against the releases, everyday there are despicable racist voices. I hope it will take place, and that the remaining phases will be completed, because I think this is a great achievement, a national achievement and an achievement for the Palestinian leadership and for President Mahmoud Abbas. Furthermore, he shattered all of the terminology and criteria [for who should be released] used by Israel, who, from the occupation’s beginning, used the term ‘blood on their hands,’ and handed down life sentences to these fighters who are in prison. This gives the Palestinian people hope, and it also sends a message to the international community, to the Israelis and the Americans – that the detainees’ freedom enhances and strengthens the peace process, if they truly want a true and genuine peace with our Palestinian people.”
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