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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.
PLO official accuses Israel of "deliberate medical neglect" of Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2017
Headline: "Karake: The Commission of Prisoners' Affairs demanded an investigation of the circumstances of the death as a Martyr of prisoner Al-Jalad"
      "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the commission has demanded the opening of an investigation of the circumstances of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of prisoner Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist), and the reasons for the delay in declaring his death. He noted that the [Israeli] Beilinson Hospital administration conspired with what is known as the [Israeli] Prison Service.
Karake added that this is a recurring crime, which the occupation government has perpetrated against the prisoners and the wounded who are being held in the Israeli detention camps. He also noted that since 2010, 10 prisoners have died as Martyrs in the Israeli detention camps as a result of deliberate medical neglect. He said: 'These are deliberate crimes against the prisoners in the detention camps.'"

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.

Released prisoner claims Israel tortures prisoners, who are turned into “medical guinea pigs” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2017
     “Dozens of family members of prisoners and released prisoners, representatives of official and popular institutions, and representatives of the national activity factions in the Jenin district participated in a solidarity rally in Silat Al-Harithiya for sick prisoner Anas Jaradat, who was sentenced to 35 life sentences and another 35 years…
[Released prisoner] Muhannad Jaradat said in a speech he gave on behalf of Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] that the occupation tortures the prisoners in many mental and physical ways, while ignoring all of the international humanitarian norms and conventions. He held the occupation authorities fully responsible for the life of prisoner Jaradat and the rest of the prisoners, ‘who have become the medical guinea pigs of the occupation authorities.’”

Anas Jaradat was the leader of the Islamic Jihad terror organization in Jenin. He was assistant to the Islamic Jihad leader Iyad Sawalha who was head of the Islamic Jihad in the West Bank. Jaradat planned and organized 3 car bombings in Israel (bus no. 830 from Tel Aviv to Tiberias, June 5, 2002, 17 killed. Karkour junction, Oct. 21, 2002, 14 killed. An attempted attack thwarted when a car loaded with hundreds of kilograms of explosives was seized near Haifa, Sept. 5, 2002). Jaradat was arrested by Israeli soldiers on May 11, 2003 and sentenced to 35 life sentences and 35 years.

Muhannad Jaradat was serving a 20-year sentence. Israel released him in July 2007 as a gesture to the PA after he had served 18 years in prison. PMW has been unable to verify the specific nature of his crimes.


Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs visits father of terrorists serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2017
     “[Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake and his entourage visited Abd Al-Rahim Al-Skafi, the father of prisoners Alaa (i.e., terrorist) who was sentenced to 30 years (sic., 1 life sentence), and Yusuf Al-Skafi (i.e., terrorist) who was sentenced to one life sentence (sic., 4 life sentences) and recently suffers from several illnesses.”

Alaa Al-Skafi
- member of the terrorist organization the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah military wing). He was involved in a shooting attack and in recruiting suicide terrorists. He is serving 1 life sentence.

Yusuf Al-Skafi - member of the terrorist organization the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah military wing). He was involved in recruiting suicide terrorists and is serving 4 life sentences.

PLO official: Archbishop who abetted terror died as a Shahid, "his glorious path that was checkered with his noble national positions" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: "Karake: Released prisoner Archbishop Hilarion Capucci died in Rome with his eyes towards Palestine and the prisoners"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake praised the late released prisoner, [Greek Catholic] Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who died yesterday, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Rome, the capital of Italy, at nearly 94 years old, after a path of struggle and giving, in which he took care that Palestine would remain present in his heart despite being expelled from it by force by a decision of the occupation.
Karake clarified that Archbishop Capucci was a released prisoner who served 4 years in the occupation’s prisons. He was arrested in 1974 for his support of the Palestinian revolution, his aid to the [Palestinian] resistance, and his objection to the criminal Israeli occupation. He was sentenced at the time to 12 years, and after serving 4 years, the decision to expel him to Italy was published.
The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs, represented by Commission Director Issa Karake, the prisoners' movement, and all of the institutions that are active in the field of prisoners, expressed their sorrow and sincere condolences to the family of Archbishop Capucci and all of his friends and loved ones. Likewise, they expressed the pride of the Palestinian people and its leadership for this fighter and his glorious path that was checkered with his noble national positions, and emphasized that he died as a Martyr (Shahid) on the path of freedom and struggle."

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention.

PLO official accuses Israel of trying to kill hunger-striking prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 18, 2016
Headline: "Karake: The next few hours are critical if [prisoners] Abu Fara and Shadid continue to refrain from drinking water"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the next few hours will be critical and decisive if prisoners Ahmed Abu Fara and Anas Shadid (i.e., prisoners held in administrative detention) continue to refrain from drinking water. He added that yesterday [Dec. 17, 2016] Palestinian Doctor Muhammad Jadallah examined the two prisoners - who have been hunger-striking for 85 days and have not been drinking for four days – at the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital. In a phone conversation with [the official PA news agency] WAFA, he noted that Dr. Jadallah said that the lower extremities of the two of them have lost their vitality, and that not passing urine for several days indicates kidney failure, which is liable to be irreversible…
He [Karake] noted that the occupation is trying to kill the two prisoners through procrastination, stubbornness, and by rejecting their demands."

Note: The deputy director of the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital sent a letter to the court, including pictures, stating that Abu Shara and Fadid are actually secretly eating and drinking.

Director of Commission of Prisoners' Affairs reaffirms PA's commitment to support terrorists and their families 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 7, 2016
Headline: “Karake: The leadership continues to support the families of the prisoners and Martyrs and provide for them”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake denied the reports of several media outlets about a cutback in the allowances of the prisoners’ families. He emphasized that this news item is completely unfounded, and that the PA and the Palestinian leadership continue to support the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners, to provide for them, and to express loyalty to them in accordance with the customary regulations and laws.
Karake said that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, in his historic speech before the Seventh Fatah Conference, emphasized the continuation of the support for the prisoners’ families, for the prisoners in prison, and for the released prisoners, and continuation of the efforts to release the prisoners.”

PA officials visit families of terrorists serving life sentences for planning and carrying out the murder of civilians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2016
Headline: "Karake: 470 prisoners have been sentenced to life sentences and 42 prisoners have served more than 20 years"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that 470 prisoners in the occupation's prisons have been sentenced to 1 life sentence or more. He noted that 42 prisoners have served more than 20 years, among them 16 prisoners who have served more than 25 years…
Karake said this during his visit to the family of prisoner Muhammad Al-Tous, who has begun his 32nd year in the occupation's prisons. He is one of the prisoners who was not released in the fourth group (of prisoners arrested before the Oslo Accords who were set to be released during the 2013-2014 peace talks –Ed.). Prisoner Al-Tous was arrested on Oct. 6, 1985 and was sentenced to a life sentence…
Karake and a delegation from the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs visited the family of prisoner Jamal Rajoub in Dura in Hebron, who has begun his 19th year in the occupation’s prisons, and who was sentenced to a life sentence. Fatah Central Committee [Deputy Secretary and] member Jibril Rajoub and Governor of the Hebron District Kamel Hamid participated in this visit.”

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PLO Head of Prisoners’ Commission: Israel is carrying out “incitement” campaign against imprisoned Palestinian terrorists to isolate them, prisoners are freedom fighters 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 16, 2016
Headline: "Karake: The prisoners must be legally protected from the Israeli targeted attack against their standing as freedom prisoners"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that Israel and its right-wing government are striving to eradicate the prisoners' movement and its national, humanitarian, and legal standing, and to make the prisoners nothing more than numbers and security cases that do not enjoy the rights determined for them in humanitarian and international resolutions and conventions…

Karake continued: 'Israel does not recognize the application of the Geneva Conventions to the prisoners and their legal description as national freedom movement prisoners, applies racist and military laws to them, and is managing an international propaganda campaign of incitement against the prisoners in order to isolate them and keep any assistance or support away from them. Therefore, it is necessary to hurry to provide legal protection to the prisoners and to force it (i.e., Israel) to recognize them as freedom prisoners and legitimate fighters.'"

PLO prisoners’ commission director: Israel spreads diseases among Palestinian prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 27, 2016
     Headline: “Karake: The deliberate death (sic) of prisoners [taking place] in the occupation’s prisons must be stopped”
“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake held the occupation state responsible for the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of prisoner Yasser Hamdouni, and considered him to be one of the victims of their deliberate policy of medical negligence. Likewise, he demanded the opening of an international investigation regarding the occupation’s violations and crimes against the prisoners in the prisons in order to stop the deliberate death (sic) [of prisoners] in the occupation state’s prisons.
Karake said yesterday [Sept. 26, 2016] in a radio interview: ‘The occupation’s prisons have turned into a death site after diseases were spread among the prisoners, and they were not given the appropriate medical examinations.’ He noted that the prisoners are suffering from serious diseases, and said that what happened to prisoner Hamdouni is liable to happen to other prisoners as well.”

Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni – was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June, 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016, after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.

PLO official: Israel has “barbaric and racist” policy toward Palestinian prisoners, carries out “arbitrary summary executions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 22, 2016
     Headline: “Karake demands that the UN send an investigative committee for the occupation’s crimes against the prisoners”
“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that one of the reasons for the tension and anger on the Palestinian street and the renewal of the popular uprising is the barbaric and racist Israeli policy against the prisoners in the prisons and the prisoners’ protests against the injustice and oppression being carried out against them, and particularly the arbitrary administrative detentions.
Karake held Israel responsible for the bloody deterioration in the recent period (- a rise in attacks against Israelis by Palestinians –Ed.) and particularly the arbitrary summary executions and the ascent of eight Martyrs (Shahids) [to Heaven] in one week, alongside dozens of wounded, hundreds arrested, and ongoing invasions.”

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Senior PLO official lays wreath on grave of terrorist bomber 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 14, 2016
Headline: “Karake and released prisoners laid a wreath of flowers on a prisoner’s grave”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, together with released prisoners Rizq Salah, Ibrahim Al-Zir, Nasser Mahadiya, Hassan Abd Rabbo, and Ibrahim Najajreh , and Fatah Movement Secretary in Dura in Hebron Yasser Doudin, laid a wreath of flowers on the grave of prisoner Martyr (Shahid) Na’im Al-Shawamreh at his birthplace Dura, after a visit to the Martyr’s family for Eid Al-Adha (i.e., Muslim “Sacrifice Feast” holiday).
Prisoner Na’im Al-Shawamreh fell as a Martyr on Aug. 16, 2016, after he served 27 years in prison and fell ill with muscular dystrophy.”

Na’im Al-Shawamreh was sentenced to life in prison for planting a bomb that killed Israeli policeman Yossi Hayoun in 1993. He became sick with muscular dystrophy in prison and was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations. He died on Aug. 16, 2016.

Senior PLO official calls Israeli soldiers "murderers," justifies Palestinian terror 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 18, 2016
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake speaks at length about the difficulty in paying the fines and damages levied by the Israeli courts against terrorists and their families. Karake also says that the PA government has been forced to stop paying the fines due to the financial pressures on it to pay not only the fines but compensation as well.
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “In other words, if I want to go and hit an [Israeli] soldier and I injure him, I [have to] go and pay him damages? He is an occupier. He comes to murder me-”
Official PA TV host: “The message has been conveyed, Abu Khaled (i.e., Karake). The program’s time is up.”
Issa Karake: “He comes to murder me. In other words, they want to define the Palestinian struggle as a crime, as if [the fact] that we are struggling and defending ourselves and our honor has become a crime.”

PA Prime Minister meets with families of terrorists whose bodies are being held by Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2016
Headline: “Hamdallah: We will not let Israel use the bodies of the Martyrs as a bargaining chip”

“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘We will not let Israel use the bodies of the Martyrs (Shahids) as a bargaining chip or to pressure the [PA] leadership, the government, and our people, over the activities to achieve our legal rights, to end the occupation, and to establish an independent Palestinian state in the 1967 borders.’
These statements were made during a reception held yesterday [July 28, 2016] at his office in Ramallah for relatives of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held by Israel, in the presence of Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake.”

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PA daily cites PLO minister: "Wage war" using "all forms of resistance" to release prisoners from Israel's "oppression and abuse" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2016
Headline: “Ramallah: Sit-in strike and rally as a sign of support for [Bilal] Kayed and the [hunger] striking prisoners”
     “Dozens of activists and family members of prisoners, led by officials and leaders, yesterday [July 26, 2016] held a sit-in strike at the tent in Martyr Yasser Arafat Square in the center of Ramallah. This was as a sign of support for the struggle and the demands of [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine] member Bilal Kayed (i.e., being held in Israeli administrative detention), who is [hunger] striking, and for the prisoners who are hunger striking in protest of the administrative detention…
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] warned of the severity of prisoner Bilal Kayed’s health condition…
Karake emphasized the determination of the prisoners to wage the war (i.e., hunger strike) until victory, despite the oppression and abuse from the occupation.
He called on the national, popular, and official sectors to continue to support the prisoners by all the forms of resistance (i.e., including violence), until the last Palestinian prisoner in the occupation’s prisons is released.”

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Murderer of 15 was “great fighter,” monument in his honor is “sign of loyalty and love” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 18, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the unveiling of a monument for Palestinian terrorist Abu Sukkar in Turmus Ayya, hosting Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: “On the third anniversary of the Martyrdom (Istish’had) of the great fighter Ahmad Abu Sukkar (i.e., terrorist, murdered 15), indeed, a monument to Abu Sukkar was built at the place of his birth in Turmus Ayya. This is an expression of the loyalty and love of the Palestinian people for all the prisoners, both the Martyr prisoners who died after a long struggle like fighter prisoner Abu Sukkar, as well as the prisoners living in the prisons, Abu Sukkar’s comrades, some of whom have been in the occupation’s prisons for more than 35 years, like Nael (likely Nael Salhab, terrorist serving 30 years for his part in a murder –Ed.), Karim [Younes], Maher [Younes] (murdered one –Ed.), Lina [Al-Jarbouni] (aided terror organization –Ed.), and dozens of other veteran prisoners.
This is also a response to the attempts of Israel and of theIsraeli government to define the struggle of the Palestinian people as a crime, and to charge the prisoners as terrorists and criminals. By establishing this monument we are saying in this mass ceremony that the prisoners are freedom prisoners. These are prisoners who struggled and sacrificed for the dignity and the freedom of this land. They are legitimate fighters and not criminals and terrorists. The occupation government is the mistress of terror in this region, and it is the criminal that violates the rights of our Palestinian people and uses murder and all forms of oppression against the Palestinian people.”


PA leaders honor killer of 15 at dedication of monument in his name: Terrorist was "a real man, a fighter... We are proud of him as one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2016
    “Top officials yesterday [July 17, 2016] unveiled the monument in memory of Martyr (Shahid) Ahmad Jabarah ‘Abu Sukkar,’ (i.e., Palestinian terrorist who murdered 15 Israelis) one of the most veteran Palestinian prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, at the entrance to the town of Turmus Ayya in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district...
Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh District] Dr. Ghannam said that the death of Ahmad Jabarah ‘Abu Sukkar’ was a loss for everyone who protects human rights and every freedom fighter. She noted that the deceased fighter left behind a legendary history… [Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura] Fares added in his speech: ‘This man was not a regular man, but rather an epic of a struggle that will be written by the history of the Palestinian victory in large letters due to the greatness of our resolute prisoners… [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake emphasized in his speech that this monument is intended to implant in the minds of our sons and daughters that we are continuing to be loyal to the path of the Martyrs… Karake added: ‘Ahmad Abu Sukkar is a real man, a fighter, and a man who left his impression on everyone and who was a school for giving, resolve, and courage. We are proud of him as one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle…”
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PA officials participate in dedication of monument to terrorist who killed 15 
Source: Official Facebook page of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, July 18, 2016
 

The picture shows the monument erected to Palestinian terrorist Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar in the town of Turmus Ayya on July 17, 2016. In the picture Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake is to the left of the monument, Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh District Laila Ghannam is standing to the right of the monument, and Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and PA Parliament Member Qais Abd Al-Karim is seen to the right of Ghannam.

Text on monument:
“Monument of the heroic Martyr
Prisoner Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar
1936-2013
This monument was erected under the auspices of:
Ramallah and El-Bireh District
The Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club
The Turmus Ayya municipality
Arrested in 1976
Sentenced to life
Released in 2003”
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Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar (“Abu Sukkar”) - planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA.

PLO and PA officials participate dedication of monument for “heroic” terrorist who killed 15 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, July 17, 2016

Text and photo posted on the official Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs

The photo shows the monument erected to Palestinian terrorist Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar in the town of Turmus Ayya on July 17, 2016. In the picture Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh District Laila Ghannam is to the left of the monument, wearing a yellow head covering, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake is between Ghannam and the monument, Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares is furthest to the left, Chairman of the PA Committee Against the Wall and Settlements Walid Assaf is second from the right, and Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and PA Parliament Member Qais Abd Al-Karim is directly to the right of the monument.

Text on monument:
“Monument of the heroic Martyr
Prisoner Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar
1936-2013
This monument was erected under the auspices of:
Ramallah and El-Bireh District
The Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club
The Turmus Ayya municipality
Arrested in 1976
Sentenced to life
Released in 2003”

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PLO Head of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israeli anti-terror law is “racist,” imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “freedom fighters” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 11, 2016
Headline: “[PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa] Karake: We submitted a legal plan to the leadership to respond to what is called the Israeli ‘terror law’”

“[PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake said that the commission, in cooperation with human rights organizations, submitted a legal plan to the [Palestinian] leadership based on a petition to the International [Criminal] Court (ICC) in The Hague.
This [petition] is for the purpose of receiving a legal opinion regarding the legal status of the prisoners and detainees in the occupation’s prisons, and Israel’s responsibility towards them as an occupying state…
He said that this comes as a response to a series of racist and arbitrary laws that the government of Israel has legislated against the rights of the prisoners, the last of which is called the Israeli ‘terror law.’
[Karake noted that this law] is meant to define the national struggle of the Palestinian people as a crime, to delegitimize the Palestinian resistance to the occupation, to take the title of ‘freedom fighters’ from the prisoners, and to negate their legal status as legal fighters and prisoners protected by four Geneva conventions…
For Eid Al-Fitr (i.e., Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan), Karake and a delegation from the Commission [of Prisoners’ Affairs] visited…the family of prisoner Jamal Rajoub, who was given a life sentence.”

Israeli anti-terror law – ratified on June 15, 2016 - legislates significantly stiffer penalties for acts related to terror – involvement in a terror attack, aiding terrorists in carrying out an attack, public support of or identification with acts of terror, heading a terrorist organization, working for a terrorist organization, acts/business deals involving weapons used for terror, training

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “fighters for freedom”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2016
Headline: “[Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake: The defense of the prisoners’ issue and their rights constitutes the defense of human justice”

“Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that ‘The defense of the prisoners is defense of human justice, human values, and human culture, and it is necessary to come out against the Israeli attack of the prisoners’ issue in political, legal, and humanitarian ways.’

Karake noted that there is an Israeli campaign in the international arena, whose goal is to deny prisoners their humanity and status as fighters for freedom and for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.”