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Palestinian officials honor female family members of prisoners: “They are the basis for all the acts of heroism and sacrifice”

Headline: “Ramallah: Honoring the mothers of prisoners [serving] life sentences in the occupation’s prisons”
          “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs and the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club, in partnership with the Ramallah and El-Bireh district and Fatah Movement branch, yesterday [March 15, 2018] expressed support for the mothers of the Ramallah and El-Bireh district’s prisoners who are sitting in the occupation’s prisons and have been sentenced to life sentences or heavy sentences, and this was for International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day.
District Governor of Ramallah [and El-Bireh] Laila Ghannam said that the prisoners’ mothers and wives are greater than all of our words and letters during the short remarks she made while introducing [Fatah Central Committee member, Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen, who spoke on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.
In the speech on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, Dr. Jamal Muhaisen expressed his pride in the Palestinian people, and particularly the Palestinian mothers for their resolve and partnership in defying the occupation and its criminal policy…
Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of NGOs] Dalal Salameh saluted the prisoners’ mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters, and noted that this gathering has become an annual tradition in their honor. She also praised the role of Palestinian women, which constitutes support for the process of struggle and is what maintains their families during the absence of their husbands.
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] Issa Karake said in his speech that Palestinian women are mothers, wives, and sisters, and emphasized that they are the basis for all the acts of heroism and sacrifice, and they are the most magnificent of the women of the world in their pure souls that defy all of the barriers, obstacles, and difficulties on the way to the prisons in order to visit their sons, husbands, or fathers for just 45 minutes.
Karake also noted that this ceremony occurred on the day of the anniversary of the arrest of prisoner leaders Ahmad Sa’adat (i.e., head of PFLP terrorist organization) and Fuad Al-Shubaki (i.e., terrorist, attempted to smuggle 50 tons of weapons), who are among the symbols of the Palestinian people’s freedom.”
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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.

Fuad Al-Shubaki - senior PA official 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.

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