who killed dozens of civilians
glorified in video by Palestinian national band
on PA TV
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Palestinian Authority TV has twice broadcast a music video honoring terrorist prisoners, including Ibrahim Hamed, serving 45 life sentences for orchestrating suicide bombings at Hebrew University (9 killed), Cafe Moment (12 killed), Cafe Hillel (7 killed), and Abbas Al-Sayid, serving 35 life sentences for planning the suicide bombing at the Jewish Passover Seder in Netanya (30 killed), and others.
The video opens with a speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas calling for the release of all Palestinian prisoners:
Abbas: "We will not rest until all [prisoners] are freed, and the prisons are emptied."
[PA TV (Fatah), May 7 and June 11, 2012]
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The video then highlights seven specific terrorists by flashing pictures of them. Those chosen to be highlighted include terrorists serving many life sentences for murder.
The band that produced the video, the Alashekeen band, was named a Palestinian national band by Abbas in 2010.
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that glorifying terrorists and turning them into role models for Palestinians is ongoing PA policy.
The following are pictures of the terrorists as they appeared in the video honoring prisoners on PA TV. The descriptions of the terrorists were added by PMW:
Ibrahim Hamed - accused of murdering over 45 Israelis in suicide attacks, including the suicide bombings at Hebrew University (9 killed), Cafe Moment (12 killed), Cafe Hillel (7 killed), Zion Square in Jerusalem (11 killed), and others. Trial is pending.
Abbas Al-Sayid - serving 35 life sentences for planning the suicide bombing at the Jewish Passover Seder in Netanya in 2002, in which 30 Israelis were killed. He was also responsible for a suicide bombing in Netanya in 2001 in which 5 people were killed.
Yasser Abu Bakr - responsible for a terror attack in Netanya in 2002 in which a nine-month old baby and an adult were killed.
Nasser Awais - serving 14 life sentences for planning terror attacks in which 13 civilians were killed, including an attack at a private Bat-Mitzva celebration and the killing of a baby in 2002.
Fuad Al-Shubaki - serving 20 years for involvement in the Karine A Affair in 2002, in which 50 tons of illegal weapons were found aboard a Palestinian ship.
Ahmad Sa'adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror organization. He has also been honored in broadcasts on PA TV for having planned the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism, Rehavam Ze'evi, in 2001, but has not yet been tried for that crime.
Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for planning terror attacks.