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PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs: terror against Israel “legitimized by UN and international law,” convicted terrorists are “prisoners of war”

Headline: “Karake: Liberman’s decision to outlaw the [Palestinian] National Fund is meant to define the Palestinian struggle as a crime and the prisoners as criminals”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the occupation’s [Israeli] Minister of War (sic., Defense) Avigdor Liberman’s statements, which considered the [PLO] Palestinian National Fund as a ‘terror organization,’ are meant to define the national struggle for freedom and independence as a crime… and that they were said as part of targeting the struggle of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), who have sacrificed for freedom, honor, and the right to self-determination.
Karake noted that Liberman’s statements were said as part of a denial of the Palestinian people’s national identity, [and] a consideration of the struggle of the prisoners and Martyrs as terror and not as a legitimate struggle verified by UN decisions and international law, which views the struggle of occupied peoples for self-determination to be a legitimate struggle, and [determines that] whoever falls in to the enemy’s hands is a prisoner of war who is protected by the third and fourth Geneva Conventions…
Karake made these statements during a visit to several released prisoners and the families of prisoners from the Jenin district, [including] the family of prisoner Anas Jaradat, who was sentenced to 30 life sentences and an additional 30 years (sic., he was sentenced to 35 life sentences and an additional 35 years). This prisoner suffers from a serious disease and spent a long period in solitary confinement.”

The picture in the article is from an undetermined visit by Karake. The text on the plaque is not shown clearly.

On March 16, 2017, Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman declared the Palestinian National Fund of the PLO a terrorist organization. The fund manages financial aid received by the PLO from different sources. The Israeli Ministry of Defense declare the fund a terror organization due to the fund's "massive support for elements responsible for committing severe acts of terrorism against Israel," and stated that the fund serves "as a significant financial pipeline for tens of millions of shekels that are transferred on a monthly basis to security prisoners held in Israel for committing acts of terrorism and to members of their families," and that "the fund also supports family members of terrorists who were wounded and killed while perpetrating acts of terrorism against Israel." It also stated that "the necessary steps will be taken, in Israel and abroad, to seize and forfeit the property and money belonging to the fund.”
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA uses the Palestinian National Fund to transfer money for terrorist salaries to the PLO.

Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."

Anas Jaradat was the leader of the Islamic Jihad terror organization in Jenin. He was assistant to the Islamic Jihad leader Iyad Sawalha who was head of the Islamic Jihad in the West Bank. Jaradat planned and organized 3 car bombings in Israel (bus no. 830 from Tel Aviv to Tiberias, June 5, 2002,17 killed. Karkour junction, Oct. 21, 2002, 14 killed. An attempted attack thwarted when a car loaded with hundreds of kilograms of explosives was seized near Haifa, Sept. 5, 2002). Jaradat was arrested by Israeli soldiers on May 11, 2003 and sentenced to 35 life sentences and 35 years.