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Abbas rep glorifies murderers of Israeli hiker for carrying out "Ribat"

Official PA TV Live  |
Official PA TV Live broadcast an event honoring released prisoners in the Salfit District. The event was attended by PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen and Salfit District Governor Issam Abu Bakr.
Released prisoners Fahim Sarhan, Mustafa Al-Haj and Bilal Damra were honored at the event.

Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen: “It is a great honor for me to convey the salutations of President Mahmoud Abbas and the [Fatah] Central Committee members at this special, well-attended celebration that is being held to honor released prisoners Fahim, Bilal and Mustafa... We are proud to celebrate today the release of these generals – and I say ‘generals’. Yes, they are generals. Anyone who fights the occupation is a general; anyone who stands firm on this land is a fighter and is carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic).”

Note: Mustafa Al-Haj murdered Frederick Rosenfeld while he was hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). He was released in August 2013 as one of 104 prisoners released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

Bilal Damra was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Frederick Rosenfeld, who was killed while he was hiking near the city of Ariel in the West Bank (June 17, 1989). Damra 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.

Fahim Sarhan was serving a life sentence for committing an act of terrorism against Israel. PMW has been unable to verify the details of his crime. He was released in October 2011 as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
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