Glorifying terror and violence

Martyrs’ families thank Abbas for “determining that their monthly allowances must be paid immediately” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2019
Headline: “Sbeihat: The Martyrs’ families feel pride in light of the [PA] president’s positions”
      “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine expressed its appreciation yesterday [March 3, 2019] for [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ positions on all that is connected to the affairs of the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families in the various fields.
Secretary-General of The [National] Association [of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine] Muhammad Sbeihat said in a statement from the association: ‘The Martyrs’ families feel pride thanks to President [Abbas’] firm positions regarding them. They… greatly appreciate all of the decisions, the latest being the instructions he gave today to the [PA] government determining that their monthly allowances must be paid immediately, before all of the other sectors and without any reduction. This is despite the government’s financial situation, and particularly after the occupation robbed the tax money (refers to implementation of Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.).’”

Click "full article" for more information

Abbas in letter to Putin: Israeli “pay-for-slay” law is meant to prevent PA from “fulfilling its obligations to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs, who struggled for the freedom of their people… and who are worthy of all aid” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2019
      “PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Movement Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad received Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine Aydar Aganin at his office in Ramallah yesterday [Feb. 23, 2019].
Al-Ahmad gave the Russian ambassador a written letter from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas for [Russian] President Vladimir Putin. The letter deals with the recent developments and the cutting of part of the tax money by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government (refers to implementation of law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) in a way that contradicts the economic Paris Agreement (see note below –Ed.) that was signed between the two sides – a step that contradicts international laws and that is meant to blackmail the Palestinian leadership and exert pressure on it, in order to prevent it from fulfilling its obligations to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), who struggled for the freedom of their people and the end of the occupation, and who are worthy of all aid – regardless of the difficulties and pressures.”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information

Abbas speech: "We categorically refuse the Israeli measure [to cut tax transfers to the PA] and we also refused to receive the remaining funds after the deduction" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2019
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the violent acts and hatred in France”
         “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the acts of violence, extremism, and hatred that took place in friendly France, and considered them part of the anti-Semitic expressions that are unacceptable to us and to the international community. In a press statement yesterday [Feb. 21, 2019], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized the State of Palestine’s standing by France against these crimes, regardless of their source, and expressed its full solidarity with friendly France, its President [Emmanuel Macron], its government, and its people in the struggle against hatred, racism, and Antisemitism in all of their forms. It should be noted that a series of incidents took place recently in France, including the vandalizing of 96 Jewish gravestones with swastikas at a cemetery in Quatzenheim, in Alsace. Swastikas (a Nazi symbol) [parentheses in source] were also sprayed on pictures of late politician [and Holocaust survivor] Simone [Weil], and anonymous people cut down trees that were planted to commemorate the memory of a Jew [Ilan Halimi] who was tortured to death in 2006.”

PA District Governor: “The cause of the prisoners and Martyrs is among the priorities of the Palestinian people and leadership… [Abbas’ position is that] we will not accept the tax money if even one penny is missing from it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2019
     “Dozens of civilians took part in a protest and solidarity vigil yesterday [Feb. 21, 2019] to condemn the Israeli occupation’s theft of the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) allowances (mukhassasat) (refers to implementation of law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.). During the vigil, which was organized by the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs in Salfit and the Fatah Movement’s Salfit branch, Salfit District Governor Ibrahim Al-Balawi said that the cause of the prisoners and Martyrs is among the priorities of the Palestinian people and leadership, and this has been a firm position throughout time until now, and we will not concede our right to our money. He added that the occupation has decided to punish our people through the most precious thing it has – the sons of the Martyrs and the prisoners who are behind bars. However, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] has adhered to his firm and latest position which he will not concede, and to his emphasis that we will not accept the tax money if even one penny is missing from it.’”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more

Fatah spokesman about imprisoned terrorists and murderers: “Our heroic prisoners… will remain the diamond in the crown” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 21, 2019
Official PA TV program Talk of the Hour, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council member and official Fatah Spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi

Fatah Revolutionary Council member and official Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi: “All of the blessings to our heroic prisoners who are behind the occupation’s bars, who have made the sacrifice of their freedom and their separation from their children, their wives, their homes, and the alleyways of the Old City of Nablus, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem, and Gaza for our freedom. Israel wants us to punish our brave prisoners and our Martyrs for their legitimate struggle for freedom and independence. It wants us to deliver a blow to the national identity with our own hands… The prisoners, the Martyrs, and their families – we have not abandoned them since 1965 and they will remain the diamond in the crown, the headline of a legitimate struggle, and the headline of our honor. Therefore, this lion [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] who is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in his tent, in the Muqata’a (i.e., the PA headquarters), is emphasizing once again that the oath is an oath, that the promise is a promise.”

Click "full article" for more

PA TV: “Our Martyrs and prisoners are the source of our glory and pride” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 18, 2019

Official PA TV newsreader:
"Our Martyrs and prisoners are the source of our glory and pride. They are more honorable than all of us… This was said by… President Mahmoud Abbas: 'If we have only one penny left, we will give it to the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners.'"
Click to view video
Click to view bulletin

The PA TV newsreader responded to a decision by the Israeli Parliament on Feb. 17, 2019 to implement the deduction law. Click "full article" to learn more.

Fatah official: “The Palestinian leadership led by President Mahmoud Abbas will not submit to the Israeli theft… The prisoners and Martyrs' salaries are a red line, and they will be paid in a regular manner” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 16, 2019
     "During the weekly sit-in strike by the prisoners' relatives at the Gaza headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, yesterday [Feb. 18, 2019] the prisoners' families again emphasized their faith in [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership regarding the aid being given to the prisoners' cause and the emphasis that they will not submit to the Israeli theft after the deduction of the prisoners and Martyrs' (Shahids') allowances (mukhassasat) (refers to implementation of Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and demanded to turn to the [International] Criminal Court and punish Israel for its racist decisions…
Released prisoner and Director of the Fatah Movement Commission of the Prisoners, Martyrs, [and Wounded in Gaza] Tayseer Al-Bardini said that the Palestinian leadership led by President Mahmoud Abbas will not submit to the Israeli theft, particularly since the president always emphasizes that the prisoners and Martyrs' salaries (rawatib) are a red line, and they will be paid in a regular manner. This requires additional popular and political activity in order to support the prisoners' rights and stand against the racist policies that Israel is implementing against the prisoners and the people."
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more

PA minister: Abbas will refuse to receive Israeli tax transfers if deductions are made following Israeli terror law 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2019
       "[PA] Minister of Civil Affairs [and Fatah Central Committee member] Hussein Al-Sheikh said yesterday [Feb. 10, 2019] that he has conveyed an official message at the request of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas that emphasizes that 'He will refuse to receive the collected [tax] money if Israel deducts even one penny from it (referring to an Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.).'
Al-Sheikh added to the French news agency that 'Large international financial bodies and institutions have begun to respond to the American demand to impose a heightened financial siege on the PA.' Al-Sheikh continued: 'Washington has requested to stop the granting of financial aid to the PA and published a memorandum to banks not to receive transfers to the accounts of the [Palestinian] Authority (PMW could find no record of such a US memorandum –Ed.).' He revealed that 'These sanctions began with the prevention of the transfer of an Iraqi grant of $10,000,000 that was recently given to the Arab League, and the league could not transfer it due to the refusal of all the banks to receive it in order to transfer it to the PA treasury or the [Palestinian] National Fund.'"
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more

PA and Fatah honor imprisoned terrorist at rally “under the auspices” of Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2019
Headline: “Under the auspices of the [PA] president and with wide official and popular presence – Tulkarem honors prisoner Maher Younes on the completion of 37 (sic., 36) years of his imprisonment”
     “In cooperation with the family of prisoner Maher Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 together with an accomplice) and under the auspices of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, the Tulkarem district yesterday [Jan. 19, 2019] held a rally of solidarity with prisoner Younes on the completion of 37 (sic., 36) years of his imprisonment in the occupation’s prison. The event was held at the Prisoner Maher Younes Plaza in Tulkarem, with the participation of Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman and President [Abbas’] representative Mahmoud Al-Aloul; Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of Popular Organizations] Tawfiq Tirawi; prisoner Younes’ mother and his family from the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel); Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr; Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr; and [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club Chairman Qadura Fares.”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information


PLO and PA officials visit families of prisoners, convey Abbas’ blessings for Christmas to prisoners and their families; “We are proud of Jesus being Palestinian”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2019
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr, Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam, Ramallah Mayor Musa Hadid, and a delegation of Christian clergy… visited families of prisoners from the Christian communities yesterday [Jan. 2, 2019]… for Christmas. The delegation blessed the prisoners' families and their children. The delegation visited the family of prisoner Ibrahim Mas'ad Hani (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), sentenced to life… Abu Bakr said that the visit to the families from the Christian communities is a message for Christmas and of freedom, which the Palestinian people is conveying to the world so that justice, peace, love, and unity will prevail in the land of Palestine – which will be achieved when the occupation leaves and when our people is able to live in dignity, independence, and freedom. Abu Bakr conveyed the blessings of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] to the Christian families and to all of the male and female prisoners in the occupation's prison. District Governor Ghannam said: 'At this opportunity, we bless all of the members of the Palestinian people for the national holidays, which are not just Christian. We are proud of Jesus being Palestinian.'"

Click "full article" for more information

PA delegation, incl. a district governor, visits demolished home of family of slain terrorist to express support "as an expression of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas' policy" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2018
Headline: "A delegation from the Tulkarem institutions visits the home of Martyr Ashraf Na'alwa's family"
       "A delegation from the Tulkarem district… led by Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr expressed solidarity and support for the family of Martyr (Shahid) Ashraf Na'alwa (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), as it stood on the ruin that the occupation caused… to the family's home…
District Governor Abu Bakr said that [representatives of] all constituents of the Tulkarem district had come to support this fighting family, out of resistance to the occupation's crimes and its arbitrary treatment of all members of our people, and as an expression of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas' policy."

Click "full article" for more information

Abbas: “The Martyrs… are sacred, [so are] the wounded and the prisoners. We must pay all of them” – broadcast 17 times in four weeks 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2018

Official PA TV filler, excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Oct. 28, 2018 speech about terrorist salaries


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "I say this to everyone – the salaries of our Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded are a red line. They [Israel] try by all means, and exert pressure by all means, and they continue to exert: ‘It cannot be that you will pay.’ And they’ll even deduct our money that’s in their hands. They’ll deduct from it the amount that we pay to the Martyrs. We have said that this is a red line and we will not allow [it]. From 1965 until now, this matter is sacred to us. The Martyrs and their families are sacred, [and so are] the wounded and the prisoners. We must pay all of them. If one penny remains in our hands it is for them and not for the living."

This video aired on official PA TV on Nov. 16, 17, 19, 21, 24, 27, 28, 30, 2018 and on Dec. 2, 3, 5, and 17, 2018, for a total of 17 times over four weeks. Some of the broadcasts occured twice a day.

Abbas in phone call to released prisoner says he is “determined to continue to work for the release of all the prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 15, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] president emphasized that he and the leadership are determined to continue to work for the release of all the prisoners”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas… had a telephone conversation with released prisoner Imad Al-Din As’ad Al-Saftawi (PMW was unable to verify the details of his crimes –Ed.) – the son of Martyr (Shahid) As’ad Al-Saftawi (i.e., senior Fatah official shot to death by unknown assailants in the Gaza Strip in 1993) – whom the Israeli occupation authorities released from prison after 18 years of imprisonment.
President [Abbas] emphasized during the conversation that he and the leadership are determined to continue to work for the release of all the prisoners from the occupation’s prisons.”

PA official: Abbas ordered to rebuild demolished house of terrorists, PA “bows” to terror family for its “heroism” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 15, 2018

Official PA TV newsreader:
“[Head of Civil Affairs in the PA Hussein] Al-Sheikh added that President [Abbas] has given direct orders to immediately rebuild the home of the Abu Hmeid family in the Al-Amari [refugee] camp.”
Fatah Central Committee member and Head of Civil Affairs in the PA Hussein Al-Sheikh: “President Abbas has given direct orders this morning [Dec. 15, 2018] to quickly and immediately rebuild the home of the Abu Hmeid family. This is a fighting family. We bow to this family, its history of struggle, and their heroism (i.e., terrorists who murdered at least 10). Therefore, the minimum that can be provided to this family is to stand by it and immediately rebuild its demolished home.”
Click to view video
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information

Abbas defends Hamas in speech: “The Hamas Movement is part of our people, and I do not agree that terror be ascribed to it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 9, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “What I want first of all is that you [Americans] take back the things you have done: in other words, transferring the embassy to Jerusalem – a mistake. Cancelling the aid to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) – a mistake. And say what you have said more than once: That the borders are the 1967 ones and [the solution is] two states. After all, this was much talked about already in the days of [former US President George W.] Bush the son, so why have you taken it back? This is in regards to the Americans. Afterwards, what happened two days ago [Dec. 6, 2018] – they published a statement or proposed a [UN] resolution in which they want to consider the Hamas Movement a terror [organization]. Okay, they asked me: ‘What’s your opinion?’ I told them my opinion is that the Hamas Movement is part of our people, and I do not agree that terror be ascribed to it. I do not accept that it is a terror [organization]. Therefore, they went and submitted the resolution to the [UN] General Assembly.”

Click "full article" for more information



Fatah Facebook rebroadcasts Abbas' call to prevent Jews "in any way" from “defiling our holy places,” following terror attack on the Temple Mount  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 28, 2018


Text and video posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It's not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places.”
Click to view video
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information

Abbas visits family of terrorist murderer, takes interest in terrorist’s condition, reassures family that “the prisoners’ issue is a priority of the Palestinian leadership” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2018

Headline: “The [PA] president welcomed the mother and brother of Fatah Movement Central Committee member prisoner Karim Younes: The prisoners’ issue is a priority of the leadership, it is the entire people's issue”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas met with the mother and brother of Fatah Movement Central Committee member prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 together with an accomplice) at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah yesterday [Nov. 18, 2018]. The president took interest in the condition of prisoner Younes and of his comrades in captivity, and emphasized that the prisoners’ issue is the entire Palestinian people's issue. He emphasized that the prisoners’ issue is a priority of the Palestinian leadership, which is making every possible effort with the international institutions and organizations and with the international community in order to release them from the Israeli occupation’s prison, so that they will take part in building the independent Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem.”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more

Abbas emphasizes that the salaries to terrorists and families of Martyrs will not stop, and that “their rights must not be compromised” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2018
“The Palestinian [PLO] Central Council held its 30th session in Ramallah, in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas
The president emphasized that the salaries (rawatib) of our Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and wounded are a red line and that their rights must not be compromised, and also that from its first stone the settlement [enterprise] is illegal and opposes international law.”


Abbas: “The Martyrs and their families are sacred, [so are] the wounded and the prisoners. We must pay all of them” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
"I say this to everyone – the salaries of our Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded are a red line. They [Israel] try by all means, and exert pressure by all means, and they continue to exert: 'It cannot be that you will pay.' And they’ll even deduct our money that’s in their hands. They’ll deduct from it the amount that we pay to the Martyrs. We have said that this is a red line and we will not allow [it]. From 1965 until now, this matter is sacred to us. The Martyrs and their families are sacred, [and so are] the wounded and the prisoners. We must pay all of them. If one penny remains in our hands it is for them and not for the living."
Click to view video
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more

Abbas at UN GA: "I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners," defends PA salaries to terrorists` policy 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2018
Headline: "Experts: Mahmoud Abbas' support for the families of the Martyrs, the prisoners, and the wounded highlights that our struggle is national and not connected to terror"
       "From the UN podium [on Sept. 27, 2018], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas again emphasized the commitment to continue supporting the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded, while rejecting all of the pressures and decisions of Israel, and with it the US...
Among the things Abbas said in his speech: 'I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners. I say to all Palestinians: First, Israel considers [the Martyrs and prisoners] criminals. Why? Why does it [do so], when it has many thousands of people who have attacked everybody - and these are heroes? Why is the one who murdered [former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin considered a hero (sic., Israel does not consider Yigal Amir a hero, he is serving a life sentence in prison -Ed.), and we - our people - are criminals whom it is forbidden to pay? I pay tribute to our heroic Martyrs and prisoners! And I say to everybody, we are standing before a time close to the dawn of freedom and independence. The darkness of the occupation will come to its end'...."
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt