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PLO official: We are trying to free all the prisoners, including Barghouti

Headline: "During a press conference with Karake and Fares – Erekat: We are willing to formulate a national strategy regarding the prisoners together with the PLO factions"

"Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee [PLO Chief Negotiator, and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat yesterday [March 5, 2017,] emphasized the willingness [of the PLO Executive Committee] to convene a meeting of all of the PLO factions in order to formulate a national strategy regarding the prisoners, in conjunction with the continued efforts to internationalize this matter and transfer it to the International Criminal Court.
Erekat said these things yesterday during a press conference hosted by the [PLO] department for negotiations in its offices in El-Bireh, with the participation of Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Chairman of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares…
Erekat said: 'We are making efforts to find quick solutions to the problem of the prisoners and to free all of them, and primarily the top [prisoners], such as Ahmad Sa'adat (i.e., head of PFLP terrorist organization), Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), Fuad Al-Shubaki (i.e., attempted to smuggle 50 tons of weapons to the PA), and Nael Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) who was rearrested and had his previous sentences reinstated in a historical precedent.’

Erekat concluded by saying: 'There is no greater terror than the occupation. Whoever wishes to vanquish terror knows that ideas cannot be killed with bullets, and that he must start by drying up the sources of the occupation.'"

Ahmad Sa’adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidentified terrorist, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen, 45, was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, 53, Yosef Habi, 52, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.

Fuad Al-Shubaki - a senior PA official who is serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karine A weapons’ ship in 2002.

Nael and Fakhri Barghouti – Palestinian terrorists who killed an Israeli army officer in January 1978, near Ramallah. Both were sentenced to life but were released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011. Nael Barghouti was arrested again in 2014 for violating the terms of his release by offering Hamas to serve as its minister of prisoners' affairs, and is serving a 30 month sentence.
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