Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday issued a presidential
decree appointing a prisoner who was released in the recent Hamas
prisoner-exchange deal for Gilad Schalit as his adviser for local
The former prisoner, Mahmoud Awad Damra, was sentenced in
2006 to 15 years in prison for his role in terrorist attacks against
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Damra served as commander of the PA’s Force 17 security force
under PA president Yasser Arafat.
Two years ago, while Damra was still in
prison, Abbas decided to promote him to the rank of major-general.
was found guilty of planning and logistic coordination of numerous terrorist
attacks in which many people were killed.
Among those killed in the
attacks were US citizens Esh- Kodesh Gilmore and the couple Rabbi Binyamin (son
of former MK Meir Kahane) and Talia Kahane in 2000.