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Top PA official: PA will maintain and even better the rights of imprisoned and released terrorists

Rajoub: "I emphasize to them [the prisoners] - in no way will any decision be made that detracts from any right they receive today. On the contrary - if we want to change it, we will make it better to take care of them, to take care of their families and to provide them with everything that gives them ability to deal with this prison guard and so that they will integrate into the Palestinian national reality by joining the [PA] institutions [upon their release]."

Jibril Rajoub made this comment following statements by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr to the New York Times, in which he said that the PA was going to change the salaries of the prisoners (i.e., terrorists) to be paid according to need only, and not according to the length of the prison sentence (i.e., the severity of the crime). Abu Bakr later denied having made such a statement and vowed that the PA will continue paying salaries to prisoners as it has done.

Jibril Rajoub also serves as Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

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