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March 9, 2017 3:06 pm

Palestinian Authority President Abbas Meets With Released Terrorists, Vows to ‘End Suffering of Heroic Brothers in Occupation’s Prisons’

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Twitter

PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Twitter

During meetings this week with terrorists released from Israeli prisons, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to “make every effort to end the suffering of our heroic brothers and release them from the occupation’s prisons so they can take part in building the homeland for which they sacrificed,” the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported on Wednesday.

The terrorists with whom Abbas met on Sunday, according to MEMRI, were 14-year-old Osama Zaidat, shot while attempting to stab Israelis in Kiryat Arba in September — and recently released from detention — and Imad Asaf, a member of Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Brigades, who took part in the Second Intifada in 2000 and was recently let out of jail.

He also greeted members of the family of Muhammad Al-Jallad, who died of his wounds after being shot in November while attempting to carry out a stabbing attack at a checkpoint.

According to MEMRI, this is but one of many instances of Abbas’ emphasis on his efforts to free prisoners. The report cited as an example a reception in August for the released prisoner Shadi Al-Baba of the Al-Qassam Brigades, where he said: “The issue of the prisoners will continue to be a top priority for the [Palestinian] leadership, [which will act] to free all the prisoners and detainees.”

At the Seventh Fatah Conference on December 1, Abbas similarly praised senior Fatah and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine perpetrators of attacks, including the 2001 assassination of Israeli minister Rehavam Ze’evi, saying: “We remember the martyrs, the wounded and the prisoners and their record… We salute our brave prisoners and respect them. We will not forget our fighting comrades…or [our] glorious woman prisoners.”

Abbas’ meetings this week come on the heels of discussions in the US and Europe about the continued provision of financial aid to the PA, when its leaders encourage and incentivize terrorism.

Late last month, as The Algemeiner reported, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina reintroduced legislation that would cut off American funding of the PA if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families.

Called the Taylor Force Act — in honor of the 28-year-old West Point graduate who was murdered in a stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv last March — it was first unveiled in September, two months prior to the presidential and congressional elections.

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  • Free Israel from Arab/Muslim terror and Arab occupiers.

    It is the Arab Conflict, not Israel. The Arabs want what Israel has; which they built with blood sweat and tears; well they cannot have it.
    Israel is on its own historical territory, that with hard work and toil have turned the desert into green pastures with a first class technology and innovation that is helping all the people and nations in the world. The Arabs have over 12 million sq. km. of which 70% is vacant with a wealth of oil reserves.

    Israel is a sovereign country which also serves as a land based Super-Large Aircraft carrier for the U.S. (with no risk to U.S. personnel) with much more amenities and a sophisticated intelligence apparatus. Israel is one of the worlds leading countries in sophisticated and innovative weapons technology and development of which the U.S. benefits greatly.

    Mahmmoud Abbas and his Arab Palestinian authority are a terrorist entity and anyone who condones them is supporting terror and violence. Mahmmoud Abbas is a convicted murderer who is an escaped convict and belongs in Jail. Stop patronizing Abbas and start applying what he deserves, to be put in jail. He gladly admitted for sponsoring the Munich massacre and other terror acts. Abbas is playing the peace game as long as he can milk the nations of the world for billions of dollars and running a dictatorial terrorist entity.
    The Arab PA is no different than Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    There never was and will never be a second Arab-Palestinian State West of the Jordan River; they have Jordan which is Jewish territory. Anyone who thinks about putting another terrorist entity in Judea and Samaria aka West Bank, needs to have his head examined, and any government considering such a proposal must be replaced. Such a move is suicidal to Israel especially in view of the results from Gaza, with thousands of rockets attacking Israel. Judea and Samaria is Jewish territory no concession of this territory is permitted. Israel is a sovereign country and Israel does not need anybody’s consent to apply its sovereignty to Judea and Samaria. Israel must expedite building housing, industry and roads in Judea and Samaria. No country has the right to interfere and or dictate to Israel how to conduct its internal affairs and or its safety and security.
    Let the Arab-Palestinians in Judea and Samaria relocate to Jordan or the homes and territory of over 120,000 sq. km the Arab countries confiscated from the over a million Jewish families they terrorized and expelled from the Arab countries.
    The Arab-Palestinian Authority with its leader Mahmmoud Abbas the convicted murderer is a terrorist organization, just like Hamas and Hezbollah.
    YJ Draiman

  • Mike AU

    There is nothing “heroic” or “glorious” about killing
    innocent people. They are terrorist “cowards” and
    Abbas their supporter, should be locked up. There
    is no way Israel will get peace with Abbas as leader
    of the Palestinian Authority, he gets off on terrorism,
    It’s his personal psychotic joy.