Recently released Palestinian terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo, convicted of tying up two Israeli hikers and shooting them in the head, complained recently that he couldn’t maintain his stamp collection properly while in Israeli prison, reports Palestinian Media Watch.
Abd Rabbo admitted to murdering two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984. He tied them up at gunpoint, put bags over their heads, and then shot and killed both. “I tied them up of course and then sentenced them to death by shooting, in the name of the revolution. I shot them, one bullet each, and went [hiding] in the mountains,” Abd Rabbo said.
He was serving two life sentences for his crime, until he was released last October as one of 104 convicted terrorists whom Israel agreed to free in order to meet a Palestinian Authority precondition for renewing peace negotiations.
Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida recently honoured Abd Rabbo with an interview, reporting that the released murderer “has enthusiastically resumed his hobby [of collecting stamps], which the occupation had prevented him from [pursuing] during the 30 years he spent in the occupation’s prisons.” In the interview, Abd Rabbo complained of the “many restrictions” in prison that made it “difficult for me to pursue [my] hobby.”:
Abd Rabbo added, “I’m proud of the stamps I collected in prison, but it was difficult for me to pursue [my] hobby in prison, because there were many restrictions, few letters arrived, and the [poor] quality of the stamps. Prison also affects our hobbies, and I had no special albums to put the stamps in properly, so I put them in an envelope – the same one that left prison with me”