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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.
Exhibit sponsored by Bethlehem municipality honored 52 murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 31, 2015

Headline: “We will open an exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the prisoners sentenced to life”
     “Yesterday [Dec. 30, 2015] was the unveiling of the exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the district’s 52 prisoners sentenced to life, sponsored and supervised by the Bethlehem municipality and the union of released prisoners. Present at the event were Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Governor of Bethlehem district Jabrin Al-Bakri, Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun, and [Greek-Orthodox] Archbishop [of Sebastia] Atallah Hanna… The speakers emphasized in their speeches that this exhibit is a salute of loyalty and commitment to the prisoners serving time in the occupation’s prisons.”
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PLO Director of Prisoner’s Affairs and Ramallah District Governor visit families of imprisoned terrorists  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2015
Headline: “Karake and Ghannam: Our holidays will only be complete when our prisoners are released from the deep darkness of the prisons”
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh district Laila Ghannam visited the families of a number of Christian prisoners of our people who are sitting in the occupation’s prisons, in order to bring them greetings for the holidays… Ghannam said that the Christian and Muslim holidays are national holidays… She added: “We bless all Palestinians for the national holidays, and they are not only Christian holidays. We are proud because Jesus is a Palestinian.”

Collection of items honoring Samir Kuntar, "heroic" murderer of 4  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2015
Samir Kuntar was a Lebanese terrorist who in 1969 infiltrated Israel and murdered four Israelis. Kuntar murdered his youngest victim, four-year-old Einat Haran, by repeatedly smashing her head with his rifle butt. After being released from Israeli prison in 2006, Kuntar joined Hezbollah and was planning terror attacks against Israel when he was killed in an explosion in Syria on Dec. 19, 2015. He was glorified by various PA and Fatah and media outlets as "heroic", a "Martyr" (Shahid), and a "great fighter." 
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs' office has two maps showing Israel and PA areas as "Palestine" 
Source: Facebook page of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’, Dec. 23, 2015


Photo and text posted on the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’ Facebook page on Dec. 23, 2015.
The text posted with the photo states that the meeting took place in the office of Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake.
The photo shows two maps of “Palestine” that include the PA areas as well as all of Israel hanging in Karake’s office. One on the wall to the right, and one in the center of the photo.

PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israeli occupation is “the main root of terror in the region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2015
Headline: “ Karake: I long to hear a voice within Israel calling to silence the racist incitement”
       “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member [Issa Karake]… warned that the [Israeli] religious extremism’s take-over of the political, military, and security establishments in Israel poses a threat, not only to the Palestinians, but to the entire region, and its continuation, deepening, and expansion, will constitute an Israeli ISIS-like phenomenon.
Likewise, Karake said: ‘The continuation of the occupation of our people is the main root of terror in the region.’”

Director of PLO Prisoners’ Affairs says prisoners aren’t terrorists, they “fought for their honor and freedom” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners announced the names of the winners of the 2015 Freedom Prize Competition”
      “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs held a large ceremony yesterday [Nov. 16, 2015] in the Russian Palace Theater for Culture and Science in Bethlehem, during which they presented prizes to the winners of the 2015 Freedom Competition... [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake said: ‘ The Freedom Prize is a cultural humanitarian campaign in response to the misleading and skewed Israeli discourse, which describes the prisoners as terrorists,’ and emphasized that our prisoners are freedom fighters and people who fought for their honor and the freedom of their homeland

Note: There are 6,000 Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons (as of September 2015, some of whom murdered or planned the murders of Israeli civilians. All of these prisoners were imprisoned for security offenses and terror related crimes.

PLO director of Prisoners’ Affairs urges PA to pay grants to released prisoners and announces that Abbas issued order to pay them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: "Karake demands that the government pay the accumulated release grants to released prisoners"
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake reiterated his demand that the government and treasury pay the release grants of thousands of released prisoners, who have been released in recent years, and were not paid these grants as determined by law… He said that it is important that every prisoner who is released receive aid, however minimal, in order to begin his life after his stay in prison, and because it is the law. However, unfortunately, these grants have accumulated over the years, and reached more than 6 million dollars, which has created a serious crisis and raised doubts among the released [prisoners]. Likewise, Karake said that President Mahmoud Abbas issued orders to pay these grants and set a timetable for them, according to financial abilities, because every prisoner needs money after being released. Karake noted that many of the released served more than 10 years, some of them need treatment, and others wish to marry, and they urgently need the grants. Karake clarified that among the released there is an atmosphere of bitterness and stress, and that the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs has turned to all relevant bodies in order to speed up their payment, but has received no response."

PLO official glorifies murderer of 2 who won literature prize 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Oct. 27, 2015

Picture and text posted on the official Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs

The picture shows PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake sitting with released terrorist Aisha Odeh at her home in Ramallah.

Posted text: “The prisoners are creative energies that paint the skies of freedom above the prison bars

[PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Director Issa Karake and a delegation from his office congratulated released prisoner and author Aisha Odeh on winning the Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought Prize, which designated some of [its prizes] for prison literature.
Karake said during his visit to Aisha Odeh’s home in Ramallah that the Palestinian prisoners are extraordinary creative energies from a national and literary standpoint, and their creativity burst forth within the prisons of the occupation (i.e., Israel) through the confrontation, the challenging [of the prison guards], and the refusal to submit to the prison guards and their unjust laws.
He said that Aisha Odeh, who spent 20 years of her life [writing] her books about her imprisonment experience, Dreams of Freedom and The Price of the Sun, painted the skies of freedom for the Palestinian people above the walls and bars of the prisons.
Likewise, he said: ‘The prisoners, through their great works, were freer than the hangmen. And they documented the pain and acts of heroism over the course of years, and they let them burst forth in their books, which expressed the humanity of the Palestinian and his right to a humane life and to a dignified life, without chains and without occupiers.’
It should be noted that Aisha Odeh was arrested in 1969 and given a life sentence (sic, two life senten

Head of Prisoners’ Affairs says goal is to release of thousands of prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 27, 2015
Headline: “1,000 Palestinian prisoners have served 15 or more years in [Israeli] prisons”
     “Head of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake stated that there are 1,000 Palestinian prisoners who have served over 15 years in the occupation’s prisons, among them 30 prisoners who have served more than 20 years. The most veteran prisoners are Karim Younes and Maher Younes, and the female prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni, and the total number of prisoners is 6,000. Karake emphasized in a statement yesterday [Aug. 26, 2015] that any return to negotiations or political arrangements must be dependent on the release of thousands of prisoners from the prisons, especially those who have served over 15 years in prison, and the Palestinian leaders, headed by [PA Parliament Member] Marwan Barghouti, [former head of PFLP] Ahmad Sa’adat, [senior PA official Fuad] Al-Shubaki, in addition to the sick [prisoners] who are in very serious condition. He said that President Mahmoud Abbas stopped the negotiation process because of Israel’s non-commitment to the release of the prisoners, and because the Palestinian position is based on the release of thousands of prisoners, and not just the fourth stage. (See below.) This is especially so in light of previous commitments regarding this matter which were not carried out by the Netanyahu government. Karake called on the US not to release Israeli spy [Jonathan] Pollard, unless [Israel] releases thousands of Palestinian prisoners, if it [the US] wants to be an unchallenged and impartial factor in any future political arrangement regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

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Map erasing Israel shown in PA office for military intelligence 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Aug. 24, 2015
A map that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel, labelled “Palestine,” can be seen on a wall in the Military Intelligence Administration headquarters in Ramallah.


Posted text:  “Karake and a delegation from the [PLO] Commission [of Prisoners’ Affairs] honored Zakariya Musleh, Aug. 24, 2015.
Head of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and a delegation from the Commission visited the Military Intelligence Administration in Ramallah today [Aug. 24, 2015], in order to congratulate the head of the institution Zakariya Musleh on the great confidence President Mahmoud Abbas has in him, appointing him head of the intelligence agency.”

Murderer of 15 honored as "Martyr... an example of giving, resolve and heroism" by PA officials 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 16, 2015
Headline: "Laying wreaths on the grave of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Sukkar"
     "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, and Head of Turmus Ayya Town Council Ribhi Mahmoud, laid wreaths on the grave of Martyr (Shahid) and veteran prisoner Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar in Turmus Ayya, on the occasion of the first (sic., second) anniversary of Abu Sukkar's death... Ghannam stated: 'The spirit of Ahmad Abu Sukkar is the spirit of freedom burning in our souls and in our lives. We will remain loyal to the path of this great fighter, who sacrificed his life for the freedom and independence of Palestine.'
Karake stated: 'Ahmad Abu Sukkar was a real man, fighter and human being who left his mark on everyone. He set an example of giving, resolve and heroism. We are proud of him for being one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle and a symbol of the male and female prisoners' struggle for freedom and honor.'"
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Released terrorist who kidnapped and murdered Israeli civilian congratulated on birth of his son by PA Governor and PA minister 
Source: Facebook page of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, July 16, 2015

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam
Text: “Her Honor District Governor [of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Laila Ghannam and His Honor Minister [and Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Issa Karake visit released prisoner Ismat Mansour from the village of Dir Jarir and congratulate him on his newborn baby.”
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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 official: Terrorist prisoners who together killed 12 deserve pity on Ramadan because "the holiday is bitter and difficult" in the Israeli prisons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2015
Headline: "In the homes of the prisoners the atmosphere and joy of the holiday is missing"
     "After 33 years of imprisonment, Eid El-Fitr this year, 2015, will be the 65th holiday of the prisoners Karim Younes and his cousin Maher Younes from the village of Arah in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) while still behind the walls and bars of the occupation's prisons... Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake explained that... inside the prison, the holiday is bitter and difficult, as the [Israel] Prison Service does not honor the religious and social events of prisoners, forbids group holiday prayers in prison, and prevents bringing in sweets and special dishes for the holidays. Despite this, the prisoners try to overcome their difficult situation through simple ceremonies like holiday prayer, internal visits between rooms, blessing each other, and preparing simple, easy sweet baked goods, and thus send a message to the [Israeli] Prison Service, that they have the right to celebrate the holiday and have hope that their next celebration will be their freedom.
He added: 'The holiday is very difficult for many Palestinian homes, such as the home of the prisoner couple Ibrahim Agbaria and Muna Qa'adan, and the female prisoner released only two weeks ago, Samaher Zayn Al-Din, who left behind her husband Nader Zayn Al-Din and her three brothers, Nazih, Ahmad, and Abd Al-Rahman Othman. This is in addition to the Abu Hmeid family from the Al-Amari refugee camp, which includes four imprisoned brothers, three of them serving life sentences.'"
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Praise for Palestinian mother whose 4 sons are imprisoned for terror-related crimes 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 30, 2015
Ma’an TV reports on the fast-breaking meal for prisoners’ relatives and foreign diplomats:
Ma’an TV host: “For the last 30 years, Latifa Abu Hmeid from the Al-Amari [refugee] camp hasn’t gathered around one table with her sons for Ramadan, because her sons were wanted, and afterward imprisoned, and sentenced to life, and so Al-Khansa of Palestine spends another Ramadan without her children.”
Mother of four prisoners Latifa Abu Hmeid: “I am a mother whose four sons were sentenced to life, and at the moment, each son is in a different prison, only I visit them now, and I can’t always visit them. As far as I’m concerned, Ramadan or not, it’s a regular day. I don’t have a Ramadan table to serve, with my children gathered around it.”
Ma’an TV host: “The suffering of the Abu Hmeid family from the Al-Amari [refugee] camp and the story of five of its sons, four of them serving life sentences, and the fifth who died as a Martyr, this suffering was felt at the fast-breaking meal of consuls and ambassadors to Palestine.”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake: “This is a political message, especially in the presence of ambassadors, consuls, and guests, a political message in which we assert that the issue of the imprisoned Palestinians is a central issue for us in every just peace [agreement] in the region.”

Caption: Issa Karake (standing) and Abu Hmeid (sitting, center back)

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Fatah officials wish for freedom for prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti and other terrorists 
Source: Ahmad Al-Barahmeh YouTube channel, June 29, 2015
Fatah Central Committee and PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat: “I, [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member] brother Issa Karake, [Chairman of the Prisoners' Club] brother Qadura Fares, and the [PLO] Negotiation Department staff are honored to welcome the esteemed ambassadors, representatives, and consuls of friendly Arab and foreign countries, and the Arab and foreign press, to a mass Ramadan fast-breaking meal in honor of families of our heroic prisoners. I welcome each one of you, and we ask of Allah that when we have our Ramadan fast-breaking meal next year, the prisons will be empty…  At this moment there are 22 [imprisoned] Palestinian parliament members and political leaders, among them: [PA Parliament Member] Marwan Barghouti, [Former head of PFLP] Ahmad Sa’adat, [PA Parliament Member] Sister Khalida Jarrar, and others…
Glory and eternity to our strong-hearted Martyrs (Shahids), freedom for our prisoners, recovery to our wounded. Long live Palestine, long live Palestine, long live Palestine!”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa Karake: “Here sit families with all their children in prison, Samer Al-Issawi, his sister, and also his brother -three children in prison. Um Nasser [Abu] Hmeid, also three (sic, she has four sons in prison, -Ed.) children in prison, and mother of a Martyr.”

 Latifa Abu Hmeid, mother of four prisoners,
is shown sitting (center) at a table with Issa Karake (left) and others

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PA officials celebrate the life of a prisoner who planned the kidnapping and killing of an Israeli soldier 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, June 17, 2015
 


Text and images posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Text: “In cooperation with the Prisoners’ Club and the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) Council in Jerusalem, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs held a meeting of mourning in honor of the most veteran prisoner of the interior (i.e., Israel), fighter Sami Younes.
... The meeting of mourning in honor of the deceased was held yesterday evening [June 16, 2015] in the Al Zahra Towers hall from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the family of the deceased, Director of the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Chairman of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares, [PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam were present... Karake delivered an emotional eulogy in honor of the deceased, in which he spoke about the national and human virtues of the released fighter Younes. He said: ‘He was an amiable person and was loved by all. He was a heroic fighter and an exceptional self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i), who we in Palestine are proud of. We are having this meeting of mourning to honor the soul of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Nader.’”

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Karake: Prisoners and released prisoners should be given priority in available PA government positions 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2015
Headline: “Karake calls for governmental and civil institutions to absorb the released prisoners as workers”
     “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake called for the government and civil institutions to give priority to prisoners and released prisoners in available positions, in order to allow them to integrate into society and overcome the difficulties of life after release. Karake referred to the government decision and the President Mahmoud Abbas’ orders to give released [prisoners] priority in public positions. This is part of the preparation for their struggle and their victims, and an attempt to overcome the high level of unemployment in their ranks.”

PA honors 3 terrorists who lynched two Israeli reservists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2015
     "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake... [visited the] families of prisoners sentenced to life, together with a delegation of the commission... The visit began at the home of prisoner Muhammad Hashem Nawarah, 31 years old, who has been imprisoned since 2001... Karake also visited the family of prisoner Jawad Abu Qara, 42 years old,who has been imprisoned since 2001 and is now in Rimon prison. Abu Kara is married and has four sons, who grew and came of age without him being able to raise them and show them fatherly feelings because of the occupation. The visit ended at the home of the family of prisoner Habes Bayyoud, 42 years old, who has been imprisoned since 2002... Karake awarded plaques of honor to the prisoners' families."
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Note: Muhammad Nawarah, Habbes Bayyoud and Jawad Abu Qara - serving prison sentences for participating in the Ramallah lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered two Israeli reserve soldiers, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, who had accidentally entered Ramallah. Nawarah is serving one life sentence, Bayyoud is serving two life sentences, and Abu Qara is serving 25 years.

PLO official: "We are proud" to honor terrorists' families 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 27, 2015
Headline: “The imprisonment of leaders and parliament members by Israel will bring it shame and disgrace”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that honoring the prisoners’ families is an honoring of the freedom project of which we are proud. Likewise, he clarified that Israel has nothing to be proud of, because it is a state of checkpoints, detention centers, and prisons…
Karake spoke during a ceremony held by the Supreme Council for Marking Prisoner’s Day Events in Tulkarem in order to honor the families of the prisoners and detainees in the occupation’s prisons, under the auspices of and attended by Governor of Tulkarem District Issam Abu Bakr.”

PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs says Palestinian prisoners are not terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 16, 2015
Headline: “Solidarity vigil for Parliament Member prisoner Marwan Barghouti”
     “[Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and PA Parliament Member Issa] Karake stressed that there would be no comprehensive and just peace unless it makes the prisoners its first priority. He said that these prisoners are prisoners of freedom and of war, not terrorists, as Israel tries to present them to the world, for they have fought so that our people may live in dignity and freedom on its land, and everything will be incomplete until they return to their families.”

Note: There are 6,500 Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons (as of December 2014), some of whom murdered or planned the murders of Israeli civilians. All of these prisoners were imprisoned for security offenses and terror related crimes. According to the PA Prisoner's Law, the word "prisoner" is defined as "anyone imprisoned in the occupation's [Israel's] prisons as a result of his participation in the struggle against the occupation." (Ch. 1 of Law of Prisoners, 2004/19, www.alasra.ps, accessed May 9, 2011)