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PLO Head of Prisoners’ Affairs: Israeli anti-terror law is “racist,” imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “freedom fighters”

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 of terrorists, threatening to carry out a terror attack, etc., and allows the government or Minister of Defense to define an organization as a terrorist organization at the request of the Head of the Israeli Secret Service, after receiving the opinion of the attorney general.

Jamal Rajoub – a senior member of the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) who was arrested in September 2002 on suspicions of planning shooting attacks and placing explosives in the Hebron region. Rajoub is serving 1 life sentence. PMW has been unable to verify the specific nature of his crimes.

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