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Fatah calls to “free” the prisoner who attempted to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the PA

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows terrorist Fuad Al-Shubaki, a senior PA official and weapons smuggler.


Posted text: “These days our people are experiencing difficult and painful conditions in which we face an epidemic (i.e., COVID-19 pandemic). We feel great pain and fear for our dear fighter prisoners. We fear for them because of the occupation and the diseases, and particularly because we are aware of the occupation’s deliberate neglect of the sick prisoners. Therefore, we call on the world to free these fighters, and particularly the elderly such as the oldest of the prisoners – fighter Fuad Al-Shubaki (i.e., senior PA official and weapons smuggler).

Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul ‘Abu Jihad’”



Fuad Al-Shubaki - senior PA official serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karine A weapons’ ship in 2002.

Libel on medical abuse of Palestinian prisoners - the PA claims that Israel abuses Palestinian prisoners, through medical neglect, medical experiments, and by intentionally infecting them with diseases. However, the International Red Cross regularly visits these prisoners and has not documented or accused Israel of any of these claims. Likewise, lists of demands occasionally issued by the prisoners during hunger strikes - such as during one in 2011 - include no demands relating to these claims. PMW has documented prisoners talking about how they "lack nothing" in the prisons, and that "the worst thing about Israeli prison" is riding in a prison vehicle that has no padding on the seat. When PMW contacted the Israeli Ministry of Health in 2007 regarding PA claims of medical experiments on prisoners, the ministry responded: "Clinical testing on prisoners in prison was never approved, never performed, and is most certainly not taking place at present."