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PA condemns Arab member of Israeli Parliament for calling terrorists ‎‎“terrorists”‎

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

Israeli Arab MP Mansour Abbas to Israeli TV:‎

‎“Whoever ‎published that I visited the prison and met with terrorists ‎and embraced them ‎‎– that never happened.”‎

PLO prisoners’ affairs official responded:‎

  • “Qadri Abu Bakr condemned the statements… [Mansour Abbas] described the ‎Palestinian prisoners as ‘terrorists.’”

  • ‎“The path to liberating Jerusalem is paved only by the sacrifices of ‎our pure-hearted Martyrs, the years of the lives of our brave ‎prisoners”

Official PA daily op-ed:‎

  • Israeli Arab MP Mansour has “crossed all the national red lines” ‎

An Arab member of the Israeli Parliament, Mansour Abbas, has been ‎‎“condemned” by the PA for having made “embarrassing and shameful ‎statements” about Palestinian terrorist prisoners, who – according to the PA – ‎are not terrorists, but are “heroic.”‎
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In a recent interview to Israeli TV Channel 12, Mansour Abbas said: “Placing ‎me as a terror supporter or embracer of terrorists – that never was. Whoever ‎published that I visited the prison and met with terrorists and embraced them ‎‎– that never happened.” [Feb. 4, 2021]‎

Following this interview, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎Qadri Abu Bakr condemned Mansour Abbas, stressing that Palestinian ‎terrorist prisoners – among them murderers – “are nothing but symbols of ‎honor, heroism, and pride.” Abu Bakr further emphasized that terrorism is the ‎way to “liberate Jerusalem”:‎

‎“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr ‎condemned the statements made by Israeli Arab Parliament ‎Member Mansour Abbas, who described the Palestinian prisoners ‎as ‘terrorists.’‎
Abu Bakr said that the statements that Mansour Abbas made… ‎regarding our heroic prisoners in the occupation’s prison were ‎embarrassing and shameful statements that represent him alone… ‎Abu Bakr added: ‘Mansour should be ashamed of himself and this ‎statement. He must examine history and know well that the path to ‎liberating Jerusalem is paved only by the sacrifices of our pure-‎hearted Martyrs, the years of the lives of our brave prisoners, the ‎pains of our heroic wounded… They are nothing but symbols of ‎honor, heroism, and pride.’”‎

[Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 5, 2021]‎

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that Abu Bakr is just as supportive ‎of imprisoned (and released) terrorists and murderers as was his predecessor ‎Issa Karake. Abu Bakr is at the forefront of the PA’s defense and justification ‎of paying financial rewards to terrorists, be they imprisoned or released.‎

A regular columnist of the official PA daily added that Mansour Abbas ‎‎“crossed all the national red lines” and “stabbed a knife in the back of the ‎Palestinian national struggle” by telling it like it is and saying that terrorists ‎are “terrorists.”‎

‎“In his statements… Mansour Abbas crossed all the national red ‎lines; his usage of the Israeli term to describe the prisoners constitutes ‎stabbing a knife in the back of the Palestinian national struggle ‎against the occupation and racism, and more precisely in the back ‎of the sacrifices that the members of his people – the heroic ‎prisoners – have made.”‎

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2021]‎

The following are longer excerpts of the statements cited above:‎

Headline: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Mansour ‎Abbas’ statements on the prisoners are embarrassing and shameful”‎

“Today, Friday [Feb. 5, 2021], Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ ‎Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr condemned the statements made by Israeli Arab ‎Parliament Member Mansour Abbas, who described the Palestinian ‎prisoners as ‘terrorists’ (see note below -Ed.).‎

Abu Bakr said that the statements that Mansour Abbas made yesterday, ‎Thursday, during an interview with Israeli [TV] Channel 12 regarding our ‎heroic prisoners in the occupation’s prison were embarrassing and ‎shameful statements that represent him alone.‎

In a statement, a copy of which reached [the independent Palestinian news ‎agency] Donia Al-Watan, Abu Bakr added: ‘Mansour should be ashamed of ‎himself and this statement. He must examine history and know well that the ‎path to liberating Jerusalem is paved only by the sacrifices of our pure-‎hearted Martyrs, the years of the lives of our brave prisoners, the pains of ‎our heroic wounded, and the suffering of the uprooted and expelled in ‎the refugee camps and in the diaspora. They are nothing but symbols of ‎honor, heroism, and pride.’”‎

[Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 5, 2021]‎

Headline: “Is Mansour Abbas acting against the opinion of the Islamic ‎Movement?”‎
‎“In his statements to an Israeli TV channel, in which he described the ‎Palestinian prisoners as ‘terrorists’ (see note below -Ed.), [Israeli Arab ‎Parliament Member] Mansour Abbas crossed all the national red lines; his ‎usage of the Israeli term to describe the prisoners constitutes stabbing a ‎knife in the back of the Palestinian national struggle against the ‎occupation and racism, and more precisely in the back of the sacrifices that ‎the members of his people – the heroic prisoners – have made.‎
In recent months Mansour Abbas created a large problem in [the political ‎party] the Joint Arab List, when he began to open channels by moving closer ‎to right-wing and corrupt Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu.”‎

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2021]‎