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Fatah official: Terrorist prisoners are "our elite and most favored ‎people”‎

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • We “honor everyone” who fought Israel, “the enemy,” with “armed struggle,” says Fatah official

When 6 Palestinian terrorists escaped from an Israeli prison earlier this month, senior Fatah official Abbas Zaki was quick to reiterate PA ideology when it comes to Palestinian prisoners. In two separate interviews, Zaki stated that it is PA policy to “honor” anyone who fights Israel - the enemy - including those using the “armed struggle,” and that imprisoned terrorists are “our elite and most favored people” and deserve salaries.

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “Our custom in the Palestinian arena is to honor everyone who waved this flag of struggle and fought against this enemy – whether with a pen, politics, armed struggle, or diplomatic activity.”

[Official PA TV News, Sept. 7, 2021]

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “We have approximately 543 prisoners who were sentenced to life… Israel is also preventing the payment of salaries to them. They want to turn our elite and most favored people into terrorists.”

[Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Sept. 10, 2021]

Palestinian Media Watch has reported on numerous statements by Zaki in which he has expressed his support for terror and terrorists.

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