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Released prisoner, murderer of 1, honored at PA ceremony

PA TV newsreader: "The [Palestinian] Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Association organized a ceremony in Bethlehem to mark the release of released prisoner Khaled Asakra from the occupation's prisons after 23 years."

Among those present at the event: Deputy Minister of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs Ziad Abu Ein, Bethlehem District Governor Abd Al-Fattah Hamayel, and the mother of terrorist prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo.

Deputy Minister of Prisoners' and Released Prisoners' Affairs Ziad Abu Ein:
"We rejoice in their freedom, but we still await the grand celebration, when we'll see them, as President Mahmoud Abbas has promised: That not a single prisoner will remain behind bars. This is an oath, this is a commitment and this is a promise."

The released murderer Asakra is seen tearing down a model of a prison.

PA TV reporter:
"This ceremony was held in appreciation of the prisoners' sacrifice and out of commitment to mobilize support for them. The highlight [of the event] was a performance by prisoner Asakra who broke the walls of the Ashkelon prison (i.e., the released prisoner tore down a model of the prison at the event), the last prison he had left. He breathed in freedom and returned to his village from which he had been absent for a long time."

Terrorist Khaled Asakra:
"This is a national celebration and a genuine Palestinian achievement, the likes of which hasn't been [seen] for years. This agreement (i.e., Israel's release of prisoners, a PA precondition for renewing negotiations) was good, it included everyone, and no one was expelled from their home. Praise Allah, everyone will return to their homes. I would like to say to anyone who wants to challenge this agreement, that this is the first time since [the] Oslo [Accords] that people are released who according to Israel's definition have blood on their hands, and we thank the Palestinian leadership for this. I believe this is a great achievement."
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Note: Khaled Asakra - a Fatah member who murdered 64 year-old French tourist Annie Ley (April 29, 1991). He was sentenced to life in prison but was released in August 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

Issa Abd Rabbo
- On October 22, 1984, Issa Abd Rabbo killed two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He is serving two life sentences in an Israeli prison.

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