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Qadri Abu Bakr appointed as head of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, replacing Issa Karake, due to internal Palestinian politics

Headline: "A presidential decision regarding the establishment of a committee to manage the [PLO] Commission of Palestinian Prisoners' Affairs"
   "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to establish a committee headed by Maj.-Gen. Qadri Abu Bakr to manage the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs in place of Director of the Commission Issa Karake… Maj.-Gen. Qadri Abu Bakr told [the UK Arab news website] Al-Araby Al-Jadeed: 'Indeed I have received the presidential order, and on Sunday [Aug. 5, 2018] the transfer of the role in the PLO will be carried out.' He added: 'The Commission of Prisoners' Affairs is subordinate to the PLO, and replacing its head is a natural matter that is within the framework of PLO Executive Committee Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ authorities.'
Abu Bakr was born in 1953. He is a released prisoner who was arrested in 1970 while participating in a military patrol (i.e., an infiltration of Israel from a bordering country), and after his release at the end of 1986, he was expelled to Iraq.
Since he returned to the Palestinian territories together with the PA, Abu Bakr has worked in [the] [PA] Preventive Security [Force], and he retired in 2008 with the rank of major general. He is a member of the Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council and chairman of its financial supervision committee, and also a member of the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO).
According to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed’s sources, there is an inclination to merge the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs with the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club in the framework of one institution. These two institutions are led by two senior Fatah officials and former prisoners, Issa Karake and Qadura Fares.
The sources emphasized: '[Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub is behind the changes, and he convinced President Mahmoud Abbas to make them.' They added: 'Karake and Fares have been harassed since the prisoners' [hunger] strike ended this past May (sic., May 2017). Heavy pressures have been applied to the Prisoners’ Club since August 2017 on the pretext that it supported the prisoners' strike, which was led by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three attacks in which 5 were murdered), and senior Fatah official Nasser Aweis (i.e., was commander of the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades terror organization in Nablus), and approximately 100 prisoners for 41 days, and which ended in what is known as the ‘Ashkelon Agreement’ on May 27, 2018 (sic., 2017).'
Former Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake yesterday (Thursday) published an article in which he hinted that the decision to fire him arises from him being accused of supporting the prisoners' strike. In the article, which Karake published on his [Facebook] page, is written: 'I am completely guilty of supporting the strikers, and guilty of rage for the dearest and holiest people – the male and female prisoners. I admit I did not succeed in doing anything. They suppressed the strikers and turned the goals of the humanitarian strike into something else.'"

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

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.

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist and member of the Palestinian Authority parliament who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks in which 5 people were murdered: one attack on the Jerusalem-Maale Adumim road (June 12, 2001) in which Greek Orthodox monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorists Ismail Radaida and Yasser Ah'Rabai, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, Yosef Habi, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 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 as a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.

Nasser Awais – Palestinian terrorist who planned many attacks, one of the founders of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), and assistant to arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti. Awais was convicted of murdering 14 Israelis and wounding dozens in different attacks: 6 murdered in a shooting attack at a Bat Mitzvah celebration in Hadera on Jan. 16, 2002; 3 murdered in a shooting and stabbing attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv on March 5, 2002; 2 murdered in a shooting attack in Jerusalem on Jan. 22, 2002 ; 2 murdered, 1 a baby, in a hand grenade attack in Netanya on March 9, 2002; one Israeli border policeman murdered when Israeli forces deployed to prevent a planned terror attack in northern Israel on March 31, 2002. Awais is serving 14 life sentences and an additional 50 years.