WASHINGTON – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed kidnapper-murderer Karim Younes to the ruling central committee of his Fatah party.
It’s another indication Abbas is not renouncing terrorism despite his peace gestures to President Trump last week, commented the Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch, PMW.
Younes and his cousin, Maher Younes, are Israeli Arabs who kidnapped and killed Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980.
Abbas, the Palestinian Authority and his Fatah party honored at least 44 terrorists who murdered a total of 440 people, PMW noted.
The appointment of a terrorist to the party’s leadership council was announced immediately after Abbas sent a message to Israelis demonstrating Saturday in Tel Aviv for “two states – one hope.”
Abbas said “the opportunity [for peace] still exists, and it cannot be missed when our hand is extended in peace that is created between those who are brave.”
Issa Karake, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s director of prisoner affairs, said the appointment proves the prisoners “are not terrorists and not criminal”” but “freedom prisoners and fighters.”
“I want to note an additional achievement, which was a political response by the Palestinian leadership when the Fatah Revolutionary Council made a decision to appoint prisoner Karim Younes, the most veteran of the prisoners, as a member of the Fatah Movement Central Committee,” he said.
“I think that this is a very great and significant political response, [which says] that our prisoners are not terrorists and are not criminals. They are freedom prisoners and fighters who enjoy an important national, human, and legal status among their leadership and among their Palestinian people.”
As part of the PA’s campaign to present terrorists as heroes and role models, the PA recently named two town squares after Karim and Maher Younes.
Karim Younes is serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
Abbas told the Israeli demonstrators at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported:
There isn’t a voice stronger than the voice of just and inclusive peace, just like there isn’t a voice stronger than the right of people for self-determination and freedom from the burden of occupation. The time has come to live, you and us, in peace, harmony, security and stability. The only way to end the conflict and the fight against terror in the region and the entire world is a solution of two states based on the 1967 borders, Palestine alongside Israel. We’ve accepted the decisions of the U.N., recognized Israel and accepted the two-state solution, and the world has recognized the state of Palestine. Now the time has come for the State of Israel to recognize our state and end the occupation. The opportunity still exists, and it cannot be missed when our hand is extended in peace that is created between those who are brave.