Abbas Calls Murderers ‘Heroes’ at Prisoner Release Celebration

October 31, 2013 3:28 pm 1 comment

President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office in 2009. Photo: White House.

JNS.org - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a celebration in Ramallah in honor of the second set of 26 Palestinian terrorists released by Israel as part of Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, calling the prisoners “heroes” despite their violent history.

According to the list published by the Israeli government, many of the prisoners have an extremely violent history. With several of them involved in murder of civilians, often at close range, including Palestinian Kassem Hzem Shabir, who murdered Holocaust survivor Yitzhak Rotenberg with an axe; Issa Abed Rabo, who murdered Israeli students Revital Seri and Ron Levy near a monastery south of Jerusalem in 1984; and Rahman Abdel Hajj, who stabbed to death Genia Friedman as she was walking with her father and friends in 1992, Haaretz reported.

At the Ramallah celebration, Abbas told the crowd, “We welcome our brothers the heroes coming from behind the bars to a world of freedom and liberty.”

“No permanent peace agreement would be signed as long as there is one single prisoner in Israeli jails,” Abbas said.

Every released prisoner will receive a special grant and monthly stipend from the PA, between $710-$1,280, Israel Hayom reported. Despite the celebration held by Abbas, Palestinians seemed largely apathetic about the prisoner release.

“Anyone walking in Ramallah wouldn’t feel that it’s a special day, that prisoners are being released and there are celebrations,” Ramallah resident Yusuf Jaber told Maariv.

1 Comment

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Abu Mazen represents the majority of Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip insofar as he refers to those who murdered Israeli citizens and were prosecuted by Israeli courts and found guilty of murder as”freedom fighters.” Why would any Israeli government try to make peace with such a person? What kind of peace does he purport? Is the concept “peace” different according to Palestinian standards from those recognized by Israelis? Should we Israelis submit our children, the next generation, to a “peace” accorded to the descendants of a corrupt, deceitful, inimical regime as that presently situated in Ramallah and Gaza, a regime who officially calls for the destruction of the State of Israel? Of course, I refer to Ramallah and Gaza as one because the two groups contain the Palestinian people who neighbor Israel and would need to make peace with Israel. Although, the majority of the Palestinian people live in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Sadly, Abu Mazen does not represent those Palestinians living in Gaza; sadly, he is not a current representative of those Palestinians residing in Ramallah and the PA. His term of office expired on January 15, 2009.

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