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PA Minister of Education honors murderer

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
       
PA Minister of Education honors murderer
 
Ceremony with murderer's mother at ministry
is "gesture of loyalty" to terrorist murderer Karim Younes
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Minister conveyed greetings to terrorist and his family
from PA leadership and Fatah Central Committee
 
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The Palestinian Authority continues to honor murderer Karim Younes, who is one of the so-called Palestinian "veteran" prisoners and serving time for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980.

This week, PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam led the way at a ceremony at the PA Ministry of Education. Younes' mother was guest of honor and Minister Saidam stressed that the ceremony was "a gesture of loyalty to prisoner Younes and his family," and "conveyed the greetings of the Palestinian leadership and the [Fatah] Central Committee members to them." [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2019] 


The minister emphasized the PA's support for murderer Younes and other imprisoned terrorists, calling them "symbols":

Minister Saidam: "The Ministry of Education will remain the most loyal to the national values and to the symbols who have defended the national enterprise."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2019]

The education minister is not alone with his admiration for this murderer. Palestinian Media Watch documented last week that a PA university awarded Younes an honorary certificate, and official PA TV glorified Younes with posters and by interviewing his relatives.   

In addition, PA and Fatah chairman Abbas himself appointed Younes to Fatah's Central Committee and hosted Younes' mother and brother as his guests. The PA has also named a square after this murderer.

The following is a longer excerpt of the report on the ceremony honoring murderer Younes' family:

Headline: "The [Fatah] Movement Office in the [PA] Ministry of Education honors the mother of the most veteran prisoner Karim Younes"
"The [Fatah] Movement office in the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education honored the mother of the most veteran prisoner and Fatah Central Committee member, fighter Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 together with an accomplice), yesterday [Feb. 3, 2019].
This was during a ceremony that was held at the Martyr Yasser Arafat Auditorium with the participation of [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education and Fatah Central Committee member Sabri Saidam...
Saidam emphasized that this event constitutes a gesture of loyalty to prisoner Younes and his family. He conveyed the greetings of the Palestinian leadership and the [Fatah] Central Committee members to them, and said that he thinks that this tribute ceremony has special significance at this time, when the occupation's actions against the prisoners and detainees are escalating.
The minister again emphasized that the Ministry of Education will remain the most loyal to the national values and to the symbols who have defended the national enterprise. He thanked everyone who supports the ministry and defends it, its positions, and its curricula."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2019]

The article includes a picture from the event, in which PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam is seen standing next to the mother of terrorist Karim Younes, who is receive a plaque featuring a picture of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat on it. A picture of Arafat is seen on the wall in the upper left corner, and a picture of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is on the wall in the upper right corner.

Sabri Saidam also holds the following positions: Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor for communications and information technology.

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.
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