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On Abbas’ orders, released terrorist prisoners begin integrating into PA Security Forces and PA ministries, with seniority based on prison time

Official PA TV News

Official PA TV newsreader: “By virtue of the presidential order that was issued by His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs has begun the initial steps to integrate the released prisoners into governmental positions, both security positions and civilian positions.”

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr: “On His Honor the president’s decision, the topic of integrating the prisoners has begun both in the military sector and the civilian sector. A number of committees have been established. We have begun distributing forms to all our departments [so] every prisoner will fill out a form with the needed information and ask for what he wants, whether in the security or civilian framework.”

Official PA TV reporter: “Designated professional committees of the Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs will work in cooperation with the Bureau of Public Sector Workers and with the management and organization of the Palestinian Security Committee for the operation to integrate the released prisoners.”

Qadri Abu Bakr: “The professional committees will have two [members] from the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, director-generals. One will be with the organization and the management, the other will be with brother Abu Zaid (PMW was unable to determine who this refers to -Ed.). This is their mission: That every framework will receive names of those who want or were registered to join, for example, the [PA] National Security Forces. There will be one [committee member] from the Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs], one from the organization and administration [that will be represented] by members of the military, and in this way the matter will be [handled] by the framework itself. This will be the case for all the frameworks and all the [PA] ministries.”

Reporter: “The number of those benefiting from this operation will reach more than 7,000 released prisoners, from among those who receive permanent salaries and were in the occupation’s prisons for five years or more, including the elderly and handicapped. They will be employed on the basis of their academic training and the time the prisoner spent in the occupation’s prisons.”

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