PA TV praises terrorists and murderers: "we turn to them with a salute and appreciation"
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance, on a meeting with families of terrorist prisoners from Jerusalem
Prisoner’s relative Abu Azzam: “From this blessed place on this blessed month, we people of Jerusalem turn to our heroic prisoners, to all those who are in the arena of imprisonment, to the abducted, Alaa Al-Bazian (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 2 people), Adnan Maragha (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), Jamal, and all the heroic prisoners, Majdi Za’atri (i.e., terrorist, involved in the murder of 23 people), Ayman Sharbati (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), Murad Al-Ajlouni (i.e., terrorist, involved in the murder of 3 people), Ahmed [Abu] Khader (i.e., terrorist, involved in numerous attacks including the murder of 2 people), Husam Shehadeh (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 6), and all our prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, to Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 person together with an accomplice), Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, orchestrated three attacks in which 5 were murdered), and all the prisoners. We turn to them with a salute and appreciation and tell them: We will meet you when you are free under the Jerusalem skies, free of the occupation, the prison, and the prison guard.”
Official PA TV host: “Well done, Abu Azzam. May Allah give you health, and Allah willing, just as we welcomed you so too we will welcome the rest of the prisoners, especially the prisoners of the occupied capital [Jerusalem], all of them free outside of the prison’s darkness.”
Alaa Al-Din Al-Bazian – Palestinian terrorist who was arrested for terror activity in 1979 (including a bombing attempt during which he lost his eyesight) and released in the Jibril Exchange in May 1985. After his release Al-Bazian led a terror cell comprised mainly of terrorists released in the Jibril Exchange. The cell was responsible for several attacks, including the murder of Zehava Ben Ovadia, 59, in East Jerusalem on April 13, 1986, and the murder of British tourist Paul Appleby, 28, at the Garden Tomb Christian religious site in Jerusalem on April 27, 1986. The cell was rounded up and Al-Bazian was arrested and sentenced to a life sentence in October 1986. In October 2011, Al-Bazian was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal between the Israeli government and Hamas, but he was arrested again in 2014 for violating the terms of his release, and is serving his reinstated life sentence.
Adnan Maragha – Palestinian terrorist and member of the PFLP terror organization who murdered a Palestinian whom he suspected of aiding Israel. Maragha was arrested in 1990 and sentenced to life. In October 2011, Zalum was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal between the Israeli government and Hamas, but he was arrested again in 2014 for violating the terms of his release, and is serving 45 years.
Majdi Za'atri – Palestinian terrorist and Hamas member who participated in the planning of the suicide bombing on the no. 2 bus in Jerusalem on Aug. 19, 2003, in which 23 were murdered, including children and babies. He also transported suicide bomber Raed Misk to the bus stop where he boarded the bus. Za'atri is serving 23 life sentences and an additional 23 years.
Ayman Sharbati - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered Israeli Gavriel Hirschberg and wounded another Israeli in the Old City of Jerusalem on Nov. 20, 1997, and who was also involved in other terror attacks. Sharbati is serving a life sentence in prison.
Murad Abu Al-Rub – Palestinian terrorist involved in the Kedumim bombing, in which suicide bomber Ahmed Masharqa murdered 4 Israelis – Rafi and Helena Halevi, Reut Feldman, and Shaked Lasker – near the entrance to Kedumim, west of Nablus, on March 30, 2006. Al-Rub is serving 4 life sentences.
Ahmed Abu Khader – Palestinian terrorist and former member of the PA Security Forces, Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing), and Tanzim (Fatah terror organization), who trained terrorists for suicide missions; participated in shooting attacks against soldiers in the Nablus area and against the town of Chomesh, north of Ariel, in May 2001; and transported terrorists, including terrorists who shot and murdered 2 at the Netanya promenade on March 9, 2002, and a terrorist who shot at soldiers at a checkpoint near Baqa al-Gharbiyye in the Haifa area on Feb. 21, 2002. Abu Khader is serving 11 life sentences and an additional 50 years.
Husam Shehadeh – Palestinian terrorist and member of the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) convicted for his role in a terror cell that carried out a series of lethal shooting attacks between January 2001 and January 2002. The first attack was the murder of Akiva Pashkos on Jan. 25, 2001, in Atarot, in northern Jerusalem. Shehadeh was also involved in the murder of Yaniv and Sharon Ben Shalom, and Sharon’s brother Israeli soldier Sergeant Doron Sviri, in an attack on Aug. 25, 2001, on Route 443 between Jerusalem and Modiin. Yaniv and Sharon’s two infant daughters, 20 months and eight months old, were also wounded in the attack. The last of the series of shooting attacks took place on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem on Jan. 22, 2002, in which Ora Sandler and Sarah Hamburger were murdered and over 40 others were wounded. Shehadeh was arrested, and was convicted of both the murders and of planning a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Shehadeh is serving 6 life sentences.
Karim Younes - Israeli Arab terrorist who kidnapped and murdered Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012. Younes is serving a 40-year sentence. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee. Younes was released from prison on Jan. 5, 2023.
Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist and member of the Palestinian Authority parliament who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks in which 5 people were murdered: one attack on the Jerusalem-Maale Adumim road (June 12, 2001) in which Greek Orthodox monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorists Ismail Radaida and Yasser Ah'Rabai, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, Yosef Habi, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected as a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.