Daily Israel Report

PA Lauds 'Bravery' of Israeli Minister Murderer

PA officials honor PFLP terrorist leader thought to have planned 2001 murder of Rehavam 'Gandhi' Ze'evi.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 3/7/2014, 10:59 AM

PFLP anniversary event
PFLP anniversary event
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Even as the Palestinian Authority (PA) remains in the ongoing peace talks with Israel, the entity has continued to glorify terrorist murderers. This glorification recently was speared by PA Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, who recently honored terrorists in Israeli jails for their "heroic sacrifice."

Karake visited the family of Ahmad Sa'adat last December to honor the killer; Sa'adat is serving a 30 year sentence for leading the terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). At a 2011 PA event, a song was played praising Sa'adat for the 2001 murder of Tourism Minister Rehavam "Gandhi" Ze'evi, although he has not been charged for the murder.

While visiting his family, Karake called Sa'adat "a symbol of freedom and a conscience for all humanity, who spent his life in the service of his people's freedom and independence." Karake further claimed Sa'adat's acts of terror were "acts of bravery," lauding him as a representative of "all free men." His comments were translated by Palestinian Media Watch.

Ze'evi was the head of the Moledet party, and advocated paying Arab residents of Israel to emigrate and take up residence in new countries. He was murdered while leaving a hotel in Jerusalem's Mount Scopus.

In a January PA event, terrorist Ahed Abu Gholmeh was similarly honored; the terrorist is serving a life sentence for planning Ze'evi's murder. PA Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat also praised Sa'adat at the event, along with his support for terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for planning numerous terror attacks.

"Wait, Marwan Barghouti, Ahmad Sa'adat and the (rest of the) prisoners; the release is near," claimed Erekat at the event. He pledged to free the terrorist murderers so that they could help "in building the independent state of Palestine on all of the homeland's territory."

Last April, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas took it upon himself to praise Barghouti and Sa'adat on official PA TV, calling them "brothers" and demanding their release.

The January PA event also honored Karim and Maher Younes, Arab citizens of Israel serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an IDF soldier in 1980. Their life sentences were reduced by President Shimon Peres in 2012.