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Terrorists are “heroic” and “pioneers” and are given jobs in the PA

Maurice Hirsch, Adv.  |

Speaking at a rally to mark “Palestinian Prisoner’s Day,” the Director of the PA-funded PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr told the crowd that the “heroic” terrorists - many of whom are murderers and mass murderers - are the “pioneers of the Palestinian people who defend the Palestinian honor and holy sites”:

“Yesterday [April 17, 2022] hundreds of civilians participated in a rally to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day at Al-Manara Square in central Ramallah…

Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr said in his speech during the rally that the heroic prisoners are the pioneers of our people, and that they are defending our honor and our holy sites…”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 18, 2022]

Earlier, Abu Bakr declared that the Israeli prisons “have been and remain schools” for the terrorists and that released terrorists are given and now hold positions in every walk of life, including in PA government ministries:

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr: “I say that the prisons have been and remain schools. Many of the commanders and organization members (i.e., convicted terrorists) who left prison are currently fulfilling important roles in the PA. Even abroad, those who went abroad are also university lecturers and managing funds. Among us in the [Fatah] Central Committee there are released prisoners, in the [PA] government ministries there are released prisoners. All fields of life – whether in the private sector or the public sector – are full of [released] prisoners.”

[Official PA TV, From Cairo, March 30, 2022]

As Palestinian Media Watch recently exposed, one of the ways the PA is trying to hide its terror payments is by artificially creating thousands of new PA positions and assigning the released prisoners to these positions. Outrageously, hundreds of the released terrorists have even been assigned to positions in the PA security mechanisms:

“Regarding the distribution of the released prisoners between the state institutions and their integration as regular employees, he said that… a number of days ago [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] signed on [putting] approximately 3,500 released prisoners over the age of 50 on pension, in addition to released prisoners with a ‘medical disability.’

Abu Bakr said that 300 released prisoners have been integrated in the [PA] Security Forces, and he noted that they may be paid salaries next month, since this month it was not possible to pay them. He added: ‘The released prisoners were promised that they would all be absorbed [in the PA institutions], and likewise for the pensioners, at the beginning of May [2021], but this will take a certain amount of time, perhaps until the end of the month.’”

[Raya, independent Palestinian news network, May 2, 2021]

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