PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs: "Our prisoners are freedom fighters"
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Sept. 6, 2010

 
     "Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, said in a meeting with the families of prisoners Jum'a Adam and Ahmad Al-Takrouri [both serving life terms] in Jericho that [official PA] visits to prisoners' families will continue in all the districts, as a national, human and political obligation, and as an ongoing expression of the demand for their release. He added that our prisoners are freedom fighters and possess clear rights, emphasizing that the [Palestinian] Authority will not allow Israel to treat our prisoners as criminals.
Karake said this during a visit he conducted, together with a delegation from the Ministry and from the Jericho district, to the families of the two prisoners Jum'a Adam and Ahmad Al-Takrouri in the Jericho district, and held an 'iftar' [breaking the Ramadan fast in the evening] meal with the families...
Karake's statement came in response to the words of the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, who regarded Karake's visits to the prisoners' families as incitement to violence and terror against Israel, and demanded an apology from Abbas.
Karake concluded his visit to the families of the two prisoners... by presenting a Freedom Award as a token of loyalty to them, of their resoluteness, and of their sacrifice in the occupation prisons. It should be noted that prisoners Adam and Al-Takrouri were sentenced to life terms, and were arrested in November 1988."
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Note: Ahmad Al-Takrouri set fire to an Israeli bus, killing and injuring a number of Israelis in 1988.