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Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli

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Front page of the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, featuring Abbas-Haddad meeting. Photo: Al-Hayat, March 15, 2018 – MEMRI. – In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a 20-year term for his 1998 conviction of complicity in the murder of an Israeli in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Abbas congratulated Haddad, noting that “the prisoners’ issue holds a special place in the priorities of the Palestinian leadership, that works to free all the prisoners from the occupation’s prisons.”

Also at the meeting were Palestinian Presidency Secretary-General Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat and Amjad Abu Asab, head of the committee of families of prisoners from eastern Jerusalem.

Adnan Ghaith, head of Fatah Revolutionary Council’s Jerusalem Committee, said: “The Fatah movement will remain faithful to our people’s rights, and will support the steadfastness of the prisoners and their families, who for the sake of the homeland have sacrificed what is most precious to them.”[1]

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It should be noted that this is not the first time that Abbas has met with released prisoners. He has also met with terrorists who have themselves carried out attacks and with families of “martyrs” killed in carrying out such attacks.[2]

[1] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (P.A), March 15, 2018.

[2] See: MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 6819, Palestinian President Abbas Meets With Terrorists And Terrorists’ Families, March 8, 2017; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 7248, Fatah, Headed By Mahmoud Abbas, Fetes Released Prisoner Responsible For Shootings, Suicide Attack During Second Intifada, Dec. 26, 2017.

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