In the past month, a number of senior Palestinian Authority officials including Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, as well as PA TV, have honored murderer Issa Abd Rabbo.
Rabbo is serving two life sentences for the brutal 1984 murder of two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem. At gun point he tied them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both.
According to Palestinian Media Watch, last month, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas sent the Secretary-General of his office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, to the home of Abd Rabbo’s family in the Deheisheh refugee camp to honor him:
“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.”
According to Wafa (the official PA news agency), on March 13, 2013 , Abbas’ representative said to Rabbo’s mother:
“The [prisoners’] chains will certainly be broken and removed by virtue of the heroes’ and mothers’ willpower,” and that “the best of the Palestinian people’s sons are in prison.”
“Of course [this is] prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo’s mother who is honored today by the Minister of Culture [Siham Barghouti], for her being with us.” (See first half of first video below).
“He wasn’t with me for four days. He lived in a cave. When he had carried out the operation (i.e., the killing of the two Israelis), he came back home to me. He brought his weapon and came to me. When he came to me he told me, ‘Mother, I shot two.’ [I asked him:] ‘Who were those two? Were they Arabs?’ He said: ‘No, mother. Jews.’ … 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.”