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Murderer is “heroic” ex-prisoner who lives in "occupied" Israel: Two PA fundamentals in one short Facebook post

Maurice Hirsch, Adv.‎  |

One short post on the Facebook page of the PA funded PLO Commission for Prisoners’ Affairs has managed to encapsulate two fundamental Palestinian Authority principles: that terrorist prisoners are ‘heroes’, and that the State of Israel is ‘occupied territory’.

The post, which featured photographs of the head of the Commission, Qadri Abu Bakr, meeting with released terrorist Rushdi Abu Mukh, read:

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr received released heroic prisoner Saleh [Rushdi] Abu Mukh in the commission’s offices in Ramallah today [Aug. 11, 2021]…

Saleh [Abu Mukh], a resident of Baqa Al-Gharbiya that is in the occupied Interior, sat in the occupation’s prison for 35 years. He was released this April [2021]. He is one of the oldest prisoners – ‘the generals of endurance’ – who were arrested before the signing of the [1993] Oslo Accords.”

[Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Aug. 11, 2021]

Evidently, in the eyes of the PA Abu Mukh is a “releasedheroic prisoner.”

Abu Mukh was arrested in 1986 for his part in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldier Moshe Tamam. Originally sentenced to life in prison (an unlimited term), his sentence was commuted for unknown reasons by then Israeli President Shimon Peres, and capped at 35 years. He was released in April this year.

Herein lies PA principle number one. As Palestinian Media Watch has shown repeatedly, in the eyes of the PA, terrorists like Abu Mukh and indeed all the other terrorists including murderers and mass murderers are “heroic” prisoners.

The post continues that Abu Mukh is “a resident of Baqa Al-Gharbiya, that is in the occupied Interior.”

Baqa Al-Gharbiya is an Israeli city within the armistice lines set in 1949, located 15 km from Hadera, and less than 25 from Casarea. Abu Mukh himself, is an Israeli citizen.

When the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs writes that Baqa Al-Gharbiya is in the “occupied interior” it reveals PA principle number two: While many would like to believe that PA only sees the “West Bank” as “occupied territory, as PMW has consistently shown, this is simply not the case.

In the eyes of the PA, all of Israel is “occupied.”