(JNS.org) Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and several of his senior officials have honored Palestinian murderer Issa Abd Rabbo over the past month, according to documentation by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
Issa Abd Rabbo is currently serving two consecutive life sentences for the 1984 murder of two Israeli hikers, Ron Levi and Revital Seri. According to PMW, Rabbo tied the hikers up at gunpoint, put bags on their heads and shot them.
In March, Abbas sent Palestinian Secretary-General Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim to the home of Abd Rabbo in the Deheisheh refugee camp to express gratitude to his family for their “sacrifice.”
“Representing President Mahmoud Abbas… [Abd Al-Rahim] spoke with Issa’s mother and conveyed President Abbas’ and the Palestinian leadership’s greetings to her. He expressed appreciation and praised her for standing strong and for what she has sacrificed throughout 30 years of waiting, coping and patience,” Al-Rahim said, PMW reported.
Additionally, several programs on the PA-run television station PA TV have also aired special features on Abd Rabbo, including interviews with his mother.
“I am proud of my son. I’m proud like a tree that is planted in the ground and grows tall. Praise Allah, I am proud. I wish I had another 10 [sons] like him. I have no regrets. Praise Allah the Almighty,” the mother said on a PA TV program called Prisoners of Freedom, according to PMW.
The PMW report also noted that the PA pays salaries to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. There have been recent debates in the United Kingdom and Norway over funding to the PA after reports surfaced that this funding was going to Palestinians convicted of terrorism.