PLO official rejects term "terrorist," claiming Palestinian prisoners are "prisoners of war who are defending the cause and dignity of a people"
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Apr. 17, 2017

 
Headline: “With the start today of the hunger strike that is unlimited in time – Palestinian and Arab figures demand to support the prisoners and internationalize their affairs”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake confirmed that over 1,500 prisoners will participate in the prisoners’ [hunger] strike. He said that this is a rebellion against the Israeli hangman’s injustice, actions, and laws…
Karake demanded that the local, Arab, and international human rights organizations act in the international sphere to support the prisoners and give them legal protection, in light of the fact that the occupation authorities are targeting the prisoners’ humanity. He said: ‘They are prisoners of war who are defending the cause and dignity of a people .’
Karake noted that the occupation authorities are acting to define the Palestinian national struggle as a crime, and to place it on the terror list. He warned against the consequences of this path, and described it as dangerous.”