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PLO official: Imprisoned terrorist was appointed to the Fatah Central Committee in a response to Israel calling Palestinian prisoners “terrorists”

Headline: "Karake: The [hunger] strike returned the prisoners' cause to the forefront"
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said… during a press conference held yesterday [May 29, 2017] at the government information center… that the appointment of veteran prisoner Karim Younes to the Fatah Movement Central Committee constitutes a political achievement, particularly since this is the most senior leadership body in the movement. He said that this step comes in response to the occupation, which is spreading [the rumor] that the prisoners are 'terrorists.'"

Hunger strike (April-May 2017) -Palestinian terrorist prisoners launched a hunger strike on April 17, 2017, which ended on May 27, 2017, after an agreement was reached. While the prisoners had issued a list of demands, reportedly only the demand to have the Red Cross reinstate a second monthly family visit for prisoners was agreed to. Nevertheless, the PA has claimed the development as a victory.

Karim Younes - Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee.