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“The machine gun and the bullet are the essence of the path” - song at PA terrorist prisoner graduation ceremony

Official PA TV, broadcast of the first graduation ceremony of prisoners who studied for their degree in prison, in Nablus

Song lyrics: "Give me the machine gun so that I can keep going
Our occupied land will not return without it...
The machine gun and the bullet are the essence of the path
Whoever destroys my home – we will shoot them with a bullet..."

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr:  "They [the prisoners] armed themselves with desire and determination and completed the path of struggle through knowledge... They have enrolled in the Palestinian universities [while in prison]… 1,026 prisoners [out of 5,700] are currently registered at the Palestinian universities."

Prisoners in general and security prisoners in particular are only allowed to conduct specific activities permitted to them under Israeli law and the rules of the Israeli Prison Service. In accordance with these, since 2011, security prisoners are not permitted to participate in degree courses. 

At the graduation ceremony, which was held in Nablus, Al-Quds Open University President Younes Amr and Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr  handed out the degrees to the terrorist prisoners’ relatives.


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