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Palestinian official joyful at release of 104 prisoners, calling it “a new precedent for future generations”

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Official PA TV Live broadcast of the 49th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution in Tulkarem.Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares: “This year and last year there has been an important breakthrough. True, 104 [released] prisoners out of 5,000 is a small number. However, we know, and you all know, that for 20 years, the occupation state imposed its immoral and discriminating criteria, when it said [it would not release] ‘those with blood on their hands, those who killed Jews, prisoners from the1948 [areas] (i.e., Israel), prisoners from Jerusalem, prisoners from Hamas and prisoners from the Islamic Jihad.’ All criteria have been shattered with these groups we are welcoming with joy, and a new precedent has been set for future negotiations. This is the significance of this achievement. And I’m certain that, Allah willing, there will be additional breakthroughs, on all levels – the sick prisoners, the heroic leaders Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Sa’adat, and the members of the Palestinian Parliament (Legislative Council).” ...

PA TV host recites a poem in honor of released prisoner Nasser Barham. Later, District Governor of Tulkarem Jamal Sa’id, PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Secretary-General of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council Amin Maqbul each gives Barham a plaque of honor.

Note: Ahmad Sa’adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.

Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.

Nasser Barham - stabbed his employer Moshe Edri to death in Netanya on November 24, 1993. He was serving a life sentence, but was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.


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