Aliya Hasan: “Free Palestinian political prisoners [convicted terrorists] now!”

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Toronto protest in support of the Palestinian prisoners (July 2017)

Aliya Hasan is a Co-Manager of Canadian Defenders For Human Rights (CD4HR), a pro Palestinian Canadian registered non for profit organization (NO.1067715-9).

On the occasion of the annual Palestinian Prisoner Day Aliya Hasan posted on Facebook (April 16, 2020) statements in support of the “Palestinian political prisoners being held in “israeli” jails” demanding to “FREE THEM NOW!!”

[1] There are ~5,000 #Palestinian political prisoners being held in “israeli” jails. FREE THEM NOW!! #PalestinianPrisonersDay 🇵🇸💔

[2] #WeAreWithYou #PalestinianPrisonersDay 🇵🇸 [The post was accompanied with posters of four Palestinian prisoners: Nael al-Barghouthi, Abbas al-Sayed, Walid Daqqa and Abdullah al-Barghouthi].

[3] Poster reading: “Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. Palestine’s prisoners between the threat of COVID-19 and Israel’s arbitrary policies.”

[4] #WeAreWithYou #PalestinianPrisonersDay SHARE WIDELY! 🇵🇸❤️🇵 A poster accompanied to the post reads: “Take part in the ‘You Are Not Alone, We Are With You’ campaign, and stand in solidarity with the prisoners in the occupation’s jails on 17 April 2020 using hashtags #WeAreWithYou #PalestinianPrisonersDay.”

[5] April 17, 2020 🇵🇸❤️🇵🇸#Palestinian_Prisoners_Day #Covid19 pandemic brings new urgency to calls to free all prisoners in the wake of this crisis…SHARE WIDELY!

Palestinian Prisoners – Background

The vast majority of the Palestinian ‘security prisoners’ were convicted of involvement in serious security offenses and terrorist activities against Israel. This group includes among others suicide bombers captured alive, dispatchers of suicide bombers, mass murderers, leaders of terrorist organizations, terrorists who killed civilians and/or soldiers and those who attempted or planned to kill civilians and/or soldiers.

Palestinian prisoners mentioned in Aliya Hasan’s post

Nael al-Barghouthi – Barghouthi was convicted of killing an Israel officer in 1978 and sentenced to life in jail. He was release in a swap deal with Hamas in 2011 and later was re-arrested after he violated the the conditions of his release.

Abbas al-SayedAbbas al-Sayed was responsible for the 2001 Sharon shopping mall terror attack, in which 35 Israelis died and hundreds were wounded, and the 2002 Park Hotel bombing in Netanya that left 30 dead and 140 wounded. Al-Sayed was convicted in 2006 in the Tel Aviv District Court and sentenced to 35 consecutive life sentences for premeditated murder, causing grievous bodily harm with aggravated intent, and membership in Hamas, a terrorist organization. Before his arrest, al-Sayed had served as a leader of Hamas’s Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades in Tulkarem, plotting a series of suicide attacks. His cell obtained explosive belts, recruited men to carry out the bombings and hired drivers to take them to Israel. Prior to dispatching Abd el-Baset Awda to Netanya on March 27, 2002 to blow himself up at the Park Hotel, al-Sayed helped Awda write his “will” and then made a video of him reading it. Awda detonated his explosive belt in Netanya’s Park Hotel as guests gathered for a Passover Seder in one of the deadliest terror attacks of the Second Intifada.

Walid DaqqaIsraeli Arab member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He is serving a life sentence for being part of the squad that kidnapped and murdered Israeli soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984.

Abdullah al-Barghouthi – A Former commander of Hamas’ armed/ terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in the West Bank. He was also one of the organization’s chief bomb makers (“engineer”). Barghouthi was convicted of involvement in terror attacks including the suicide attacks in Café Moment and Sbarro in Jerusalem, the Sheffield Club in Rishon Lezion, and the bus 4 line in Tel Aviv. In total, Barghouti was found responsible for the murder of 66 Israelis and the injury of around 500. In 2004 he was sentenced to 67 life sentences.

In his bookThe Prince of Shadow” Abdullah al-Barghouthi tells the story of his life focusing on his role in masterminding the series of deadly terrorist attacks aimed at Israeli civilians. The following are excerpts from his book (originally in Arabic):

Blowing donkey’s head in live experiment of an explosive charge

p. 49-50

One day when I stayed at the warehouse I [went] to pray the morning prayer at the village’s mosque and on my way back I noticed a white donkey, which had no tail because one of the teens set its tail on fire a few months before. After the [second] Intifada broke out [September 2000] one of the teens wrote on its two sides [of the body] the words ‘death to [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon’ and since that day the name of this donkey was Sharon’s donkey.

An idea occurred to me and I went with it. I grabbed Sharon’s donkey and I went with the donkey to the warehouse, and from there I took one of the bobby-trapped cellular phones and rode on the donkey to a place owned by my father, which is located in the outskirts of the village [most probably Beit Rima], which is planted with olive and almond trees, many many almond [trees].

At that place I placed the [cellular] phone on the head of donkey ‘Sharon’ and I tied it tight. I dialed the [number of the] phone from another [cellular] phone and the line was automatically connected. After I moved away from the donkey Sharon, meaning Sharon’s donkey, I heard the sound of its breathing through the other [cellular] device which I had with me. I sent the command from my cellphone in order to blow other cellphone, and thus the head of the donkey Sharon was blown.

That was the first live experiment I executed in Palestine, and thus Sharon became headless. In spite of the small size of the cellular phone the [explosive] material I planted inside it was very powerful, and even more powerful than necessary”.

Chronology of suicide bombing attack in a restaurant

P. 55-67

The [story of the] hero, the martyr of al-Qassam [Brigades] Izz a-Din al-Masri… I asked Iyman Halawa [commander of al-Qassam Brigades in the area of Nablus] to send me one of the people who want to blow themselves…

After long thought the cell of Muhammad Daghlas was chosen to carry out the operation. The main reason was that Muhammad Daghlas had a very important thing and this was the sister, the jihad fighter Ahlam al-Tamimi… I knew that she was chosen based on the highest specifications in terms of full discretion, high sense of security and true belief in the path of Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades…

In the next morning, without knowing that it was the day in which the suicide bomber Izz a-Din al-Masri was about to arrive from Nablus to Ramallah, Bilal [al-Barghouuthi] came early to a mosque in order to pray there and to wait to a person who would escort him in carrying out the operation.

After I gave Bilal the code word and the [code] word for identifying each other he went and brought Izz a-Din al-Masri… [to] one of the apartments that I had rented…

Bilal returned to my apartment and told me what he did. I said to him: ‘well done’ and asked him to go to a shop for musical instruments to buy for me a guitar… with a case made of leather…

Bilal returned and placed the guitar on the table and said: “who do you intend to give this guitar to? Is there an operation other than the operation of the suicide bomber Izz a-Din al-Masri?’ I said to him: ‘I won’t start today [carrying out any operation] but the operation of Izz a-Din al-Masri.’ He replied: ‘Where is the explosive belt?’ I said: ‘The time of the explosive belts is over and now it is the time of the explosive melodies.’

After that, I asked him to instruct Muhammad Daghlas to call Ahlam al-Tamimi to arrive in the City of Ramallah…

The previous night… I started preparing and bobby-trapping the guitar and that took all night and when I finished I laid my head down on the pillow to sleep… I woke up to the sound of a knocking on the door and I was told that Ahlam arrived in Ramallah…

I gave Bilal the guitar and he went to the place where Muhammad Daghlas and the suicide bomber Izz a-Din al-Masri stayed…

I sent a message to Bilal al-Barghouthi to dispatch the suicide bomber, Izz a-Din al-Masri, with Muhammad Daghlas in order to bring him to the sister Ahlam al-Tamimi. After that, when the dawn came, less than an hour and half since the go-ahead, Ahalm Tamimi greeted the suicide bomber and brought him to Jerusalem after she crossed the checkpoints without being checked or having any trouble as she had journalistic document that made it easier for her to travel between cities, and as she was a young lady and did not attracted attention [as a potential suspect]…

The martyr Izz a-Din al-Masri arrived at… Sbarro restaurant [in Jerusalem]. He crossed the street heading to the restaurant carrying the guitar… I was the one who decided that the guitar would be the device [used by the suicide bomber] and not the explosive belt, as across the street in which Sbarro restaurant was located there were a music school and a store of musical instruments. Some of the students of this school would walk in the street carrying their musical instruments and some of them would enter [Sbarro restaurant] to eat pizza carrying their musical instrument without being checked by the security guard, who was standing at the entrance of the restaurant. Thus Izz a-Din [al-Masri] arrived [at Sbarro restaurant] without an impediment of any kind. His appearance was very ordinary in terms of clothing, which I chose for him…

The suicide bomber Izz a-Din blew himself up and climbed to the sky… he managed to kill 15 Zionists and to injure 156, most of them suffered permanent impairments and disabilities… [I wish you Izz a-Din al-Masri] the gardens of eternity and Allah will take care of you…”

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