Fatah official at event honoring mothers of prisoners “emphasized the importance of the continuation of the popular resistance”
Headline: “The Prisoners’ Club honored the mothers of the prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment”
“The [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club, together with the Ramallah and El-Bireh district and Fatah’s [Ramallah and El-Bireh] branch, organized a ceremony yesterday [March 24, 2016], in the building of the Orthodox Club in Ramallah, honoring the mothers of prisoners [serving] life sentences… District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam conveyed the blessings of the Palestinian leadership to all the male and female prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, and expressed her support of all their mothers and wives, as well as the female prisoners… Secretary of Fatah’s [Ramallah and El-Bireh branch] Muwaffaq Sahwil warmly blessed the prisoners’ mothers in honor of Mother’s Day, and mentioned the important events that have befallen the Palestinian people during this month, including the anniversary of the Al-Karameh battle and Land Day which approaches. Likewise, he emphasized the importance of the continuation of the popular resistance in response to the occupation’s crimes… At the end of the ceremony, 87 mothers of prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment were honored.”
The picture from the event, which was posted on the official Facebook page of the Ramallah & Al-Bireh Governorate on March 24, 2016, shows that Um Nasser Abu Hmeid, mother of four prisoners serving multiple life sentences, was among the mothers honored:
The Karameh battle, or Al-Karameh - On March 21, 1968, Israeli army forces attacked the town of Karameh in Jordan, where Fatah terrorists had been launching attacks on Israel. Although Israel prevailed militarily, Arafat used the event for propaganda purposes, declaring the battle a great victory that erased the disgrace of the 1967 Six Day War defeat.
Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
Um Nasser Abu Hmeid (Um Yusuf Abu Hmeid / Latifa Abu Hmeid) - The mother of four prisoners serving multiple life sentences. She is also called Khansa of Palestine (referring to a woman in the earliest period of Islam who sent her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs), honored in 2010 and in 2015 by the PA, and was chosen in 2011 to launch the PA’s statehood campaign with the UN.
Hmeid's sons are serving the following sentences for the following crimes:
Nasser Abu Hmeid was a commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) in Ramallah and is serving 7 life sentences and 50 years for killing 7 Israeli civilians and 12 attempted murders.
Nasr Abu Hmeid was a member of Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) and is serving 5 life sentences for involvement in two terror attacks and arms dealing.
Sharif Abu Hmeid was a member of one of his brothers' units that carried out terror attacks against civilians and soldiers. He is serving 4 life sentences for accompanying a suicide bomber to his attack in March 2002.
Muhammad Abu Hmeid is serving 2 life sentences and 30 years for involvement in terror attacks.
A fifth son, Abd Al-Mun'im Muhammad Yusuf Naji Abu Hmeid, the one referred to as "Martyr," was a member of the military wing of Hamas, Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and planned and carried out the ambush and murder of an Israeli intelligence officer.
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