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PA salaries to terrorists and their familes
PA salaries to terrorists and their familes
In April 2011, the Palestinian Authority Registry published a Government Resolution granting all Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel for security and terror-related offenses a monthly salary from the PA (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 15, 2011). This new resolution, called PA Government Resolution of 2010, numbers 21 and 23, formalized what has long been a PA practice.

The PA defined which Palestinians would be considered "prisoners": "Anyone imprisoned in the occupation's [Israel's] prisons as a result of his participation in the struggle against the occupation" (Ch. 1 of Law of Prisoners, 2004/19, www.alasra.ps, accessed May 9, 2011)

According to the PA definition, more than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners (as of December 2012) serving time for terror-related offenses are recipients of PA salaries. This means that Palestinians convicted of crimes such as theft do not receive a salary, but Hamas and Fatah terrorist murderers do.

These monthly payments to prisoners are paid from the PA’s general budget and income taxes are paid, as is the case with all other PA salaries (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011). According to the language of the PA regulation as well as PA economic reports on government salaries, the monthly salaries to prisoners range from 1,400 shekels to 12,000 shekels. The PA economic report listed the prisoners’ salaries as part of the PA general salary budget, which includes civil servants, military personnel and others. (Life and the Market, supplement to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011). It was not listed as a social service payment.

The PA’s general budget and salary budget is funded by numerous donor countries. Since 2011, PMW has been documenting that international donors' aid money given for salaries and to the PA general budget pays the salaries of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel. This is in violation of the letter or spirit of the laws of the funding countries.

Responding to queries from donor countries following PMW reports, the PA told the donor countries that they changed the wording of the law from “salaries” – “ratib”- to “assistance” – “i’ana.” British Minister of State stated in a letter that “we have discussed these issues with the PA at the highest levels” and “the PA has now changed the wording in the Cabinet Decision to unambiguously refer to the payment as assistance – i’ana.’” (Letter from Minister of State Alan Duncan to MP Mike Freer, see report here) However, the PA immediately contradicted what Duncan had claimed, calling it a rumor:

“[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake denies rumors about changing salaries (Arabic: rawatib) into social assistance (Arabic: i'anat ijtima'iya)…” [WAFA (the official Palestinian Authority news agency), Dec. 27, 2012]
 
This was likewise corroborated by Prisoners' Club Chairman Qadura Fares, when he announced that the PA had finalized a final version of the law “which considers payments made to prisoners 'salaries,' (Arabic: ratib) to which no other term applies.” [Al-Quds Internet edition, Dec. 27, 2012]

In August 2014, the PA implemented another ruse to evade pressure from international ‎donors. The PA closed the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and announced the ‎establishment of a new PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, which they claimed ‎would pay the salaries. ‎

However, the PLO Commission was new only in name. The PLO body would have the ‎same responsibilities and pay the exact same amounts of salaries to prisoners; the ‎former PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, became the Director of the new ‎PLO Commission and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas retained overall supervision of ‎the PLO Commission. [PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 29, 2014] [Ayjal radio (independent Palestinian station), Aug. 30, 2014] [Official PA TV, May 9, 2015]

Nevertheless, many international donors accepted PA assurances that the PA was no ‎longer paying the salaries to terrorist prisoners. For instance, the Dutch government ‎made this statement in April 2015: ‎

‎“The responsibility for payments to prisoners was transferred to the PLO and will ‎no longer be charged to the budget of the PA, and these [payments to prisoners] ‎are not funded by PA tax revenues or donor funds. The PLO pays such costs ‎from their own income, where the Cabinet has no access.” [Question and ‎Answer session, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 22, 2015] ‎
 
Ample evidence contradicts the PA assurances to the Dutch and other donors. These ‎findings are based entirely on information supplied by the PA: ‎

‎- In January 2015, the PA Ministry of Finance announced that the PA budget includes ‎transfer of salaries to prisoners in Israeli jails who were from Gaza. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, ‎Jan. 6, 2015] This openly contradicts the PA claim that the PA no longer pays salaries ‎to prisoners.‎

‎- When Israel withheld PA tax income in the first months of 2015, the PA announced ‎that prisoners receiving up to 2,000 shekels in salary a month would continue to ‎receive their full salary and those receiving more than 2,000 shekels would only ‎receive 60% of their salary -- the same reduction that was imposed on civil servants. ‎‎[Wattan News Agency, March 5, 2015] Were the PLO paying salaries from Arab donor ‎money and not the PA, Israel's holding up PA money would have no impact on terrorist ‎prisoners’ salaries. Clearly, it is still PA money paying terrorist prisoners’ salaries.‎

To view all PMW reports on PA salaries to terrorist prisoners, click here.

The following section documents all developments related to salaries for ‎Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel:‎

Israeli Arab MP on PA TV: Israeli terror salaries law is “theft” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2018
Official PA TV News, on the recently passed Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money

Official PA TV newsreader: “On the same subject, head of the Joint [Arab] List in the Israeli Parliament Ahmad Tibi said that the law to loot the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners’ allowances (mukhassasat) (Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money -Ed.) is armed robbery and theft that the government of Israel is committing against our people’s rights.”

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Abbas’ spokesman: Israeli salaries law is a "dangerous decision, " "a sort of declaration of war against the Palestinian people, its fighters, its prisoners, and also its Martyrs" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 3, 2018
      “The Palestinian [PA] presidential office condemned the Israeli Parliament's decision to ratify the law to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners from the Palestinian tax money (referring to a law deducting terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below). Official Spokesman for the [PA] Presidential Office [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement today (Tuesday) [July 3, 2018] that the presidential office adamantly objects to this dangerous decision, and that it thinks it harms the foundations of the relations from the time of the Oslo Accords and until now.
He added that if this law is implemented, it will lead to significant Palestinian decisions in order to deal with this dangerous decision, as this matter is considered one of the red lines that no one is allowed to harm or cross...”
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PA TV brings various responses to Israeli salaries law 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2018
Official PA TV News, responses to the Israeli law deducting terror salaries from the tax money collected for the PA

Official PA TV newsreader: “The [PA] presidential office condemned the Israeli Parliament’s decision to pass a law deducting the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners from the Palestinian tax money (see note below –Ed.), and emphasized that this is tantamount to a declaration of war against our people, its fighters, its prisoners, and its Martyrs. [PA] Presidential Office Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the presidential office is expressing its firm opposition to this dangerous decision, and considers it a blow to the foundations of the connection [between Israel and the PA] from the Oslo Agreements until now...”
Official PA Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud: “The [PA] government emphasized its refusal of any financial proposal or process to resolve the Palestinian problem at the expense of our national principles…”
Official PA TV reporter: “The government also condemned the Israeli Parliament’s passing of what is called ‘the law deducting the allowances of the prisoners and Martyrs from the tax money.’ It emphasized that the leadership will not abandon the prisoners and the families of the Martyrs, who sacrificed their souls and lives for their homeland.”
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PA daily op-ed: Imprisoned terrorists have a "right" to their salaries from the PA  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: "The Prisoners' salaries are our obligation"
    "The salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners of freedom are a right that is guaranteed to them, and colonialist Israel, the US, and anyone else cannot under any circumstances be allowed to harm this right, which is guaranteed to them as freedom fighters according to the Palestinian national criteria and laws and international [ones]... The prisoners' cause is the cause of every Palestinian family, and it is necessarily a general cause of the [Palestinian] people and of its political leadership. None of their financial, social, or political rights can be relinquished. Their salaries are an obligation upon the people and the leadership."
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Head of PLO body for Martyrs’ families and prisoners: Israeli deduction of terror salaries from PA tax transfers is “illegal and constitutes an act of robbery, state terror,” payments are “welfare money” and will continue 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 29, 2018
Headline: “Al-Wazir: Deducting the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners is an act of robbery and terror”
      “Chairwoman of the [PLO] Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution Intisar Al-Wazir condemned the Israeli Parliament’s decision to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners from the PA’s tax money (sic., the Israeli Parliament Committee on Security and Foreign Affairs passed a bill to the Israeli Parliament for final voting), and considered this an inhumane act that harms the lives and livelihood of thousands of Palestinian families that have lost their provider and struggled and sacrificed the lives of their sons and their freedom in order to resist the occupation. Al-Wazir added that this action of deduction is illegal and constitutes an act of robbery, state terror, and a new way for the occupation to subjugate the Palestinians and eliminate their legal rights that are anchored in international law and norms.
Al-Wazir emphasized that the allowances of the Martyrs’ families, the wounded, and the prisoners are welfare money that are meant to strengthen the society and defend it from extremism and deviance... Al-Wazir calmed the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners regarding the continued payment of their allowances, and emphasized that the institutions working in this sector are continuing their work, and the occupation’s steps do not deter them from carrying out the humanitarian and social work...”

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PLO official: Israeli terror salaries law is “robbery and theft” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 27, 2018
Headline: “Khaled: Robbery and theft in the Israeli Parliament, the likes of which only exists in the American Congress”
      “PLO Executive Committee member Tayseer Khaled responded in a post on social media to the Israeli Parliament approving the deduction of the amount that the PA pays the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) from the Palestinian [PA] tax money (sic., the bill passed the Israeli Parliament Committee on Security and Foreign Affairs on June 27, 2018, prior to a general vote in the Israeli Parliament; see note below)…
He said that frankly this is robbery and theft, the likes of which is only that taking place in the American Congress and the Taylor Force Act (i.e., a law cutting almost all US aid to the PA as long as it pays terrorist salaries; see note below), which the American administration is using as a means of blackmail in order to achieve political concessions from the Palestinian side.”
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PA government: Israeli salaries law is “theft,” “the government will not abandon the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 27, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] government: The law to deduct the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ [families]”
     “The [PA] national unity government condemned the approval of what is called ‘the law to deduct the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) [families] from the Palestinian [PA] tax money’ by the Israeli Parliament (sic., the bill passed the Israeli Parliament Committee on Security and Foreign Affairs on June 27, 2018, prior to a general vote in the Israeli Parliament; see note below). Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that this ‘law’ openly and blatantly gives legitimacy to the theft of the Palestinian people’s money, and targets our national symbols and the symbols of the defense of freedom and honor… He added that the government will not abandon the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families, who have paid with their years and lives for the people, homeland, and all of humanity, because they struggled against the Israeli occupation that constitutes part of the injustice that harms people everywhere in the world.”
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PLO official vows to continue terrorist salaries 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 27, 2018

Official PA TV News, on an Israeli bill to deduct the amount the PA pays in terror salaries from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, telephone interview with Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

Official PA TV host:
"Israel is looting the Palestinian people’s money, this time through laws that it legislated today..."
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake: "This is clear theft and piracy in broad daylight... Israel strives not only to hold the money on the pretext of [PA] support for the families of the prisoners and the Martyrs - it wants to define the Palestinian people’s entire struggle as a 'crime' and those who have resisted the occupation as 'criminals.' This is the resistance of our Palestinian people, which is guaranteed by the international and humanitarian laws...
We will continue despite the pressures, threats, and blackmail.  We will continue to take care of and help the families of our prisoners and our Martyrs, we won't abandon them."
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PLO Prisoners’ Commission condemns approval of Israeli prisoners’ salaries law, says “the Martyrs and prisoners are the symbol of the struggle, freedom fighters, and fighters of independence, and not murderers and terrorists” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 27, 2018
      “The [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs (sic., PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs) condemned the approval of the law to deduct the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) [families] from the PA tax money in a second and third reading in the Israeli Parliament (sic., the bill was approved by the Israeli Parliament Committee on Security and Foreign Affairs on June 27, 2018, prior to a general vote in the Israeli Parliament; see note below). It said that this law legitimizes the robbery and theft of the prisoners and Martyrs’ rights.
The ministry (sic.) demanded that the PA not submit to racist laws like these, whose goal is to prevent the Palestinian people’s legitimate resistance and its resolve before the occupation’s ongoing conceit and arrogance towards the prisoners, the Martyrs, and their families…
The ministry (sic.) explained that adopting the family members of the prisoners and Martyrs and taking care of their life needs is a national and moral obligation resting on the shoulders of the people and the leadership.
The ministry (sic.) added that it is impossible to abandon this obligation regardless of the price, and that the Martyrs and prisoners are the symbol of the struggle, freedom fighters, and fighters of independence, and not murderers and terrorists as the occupation defines them.”
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PLO official denies PNF has stopped allocating money to PFLP terror organization 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 17, 2018
Headline: “Al-Ahmad: This is the truth about the allocation to the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] and Fatah’s meeting with the [PA] government”
     “PLO Executive Committee member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Azzam Al-Ahmad denied that the allocation from the Palestinian National Fund to any Palestinian organization, including the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (PFLP), has been stopped.
In a telephone conversation with Al-Ahmad from Amman, he said: ‘There is no truth to the rumors that [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas or any other party has stopped the allocation to the PFLP. The truth is that the allocation to the PFLP is entering a bank account under the name of former [PLO] Executive Committee member and former Deputy Secretary-General [of the PFLP] Abd Al-Rahim Malouh, and comrade Malouh’s health condition does not allow him to carry out banking operations until the matter is arranged by the bank. That being said, this allocation has not been harmed.’”

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000- 2005 (the Intifada).
PA Director of Prisoners’ Affairs: legislation cutting funding due to PA salaries to terrorists “will lead to an explosion of the situation” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 14, 2018
Headline: “Karake: The threat to the prisoners and the laws against their rights will blow up the situation in the prisons and outside of them”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake responded to the threat of Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, who yesterday, Wednesday [June 13, 2018], called to take harsher steps against the prisoners and the conditions of their imprisonment (Erdan called for a committee to examine the privileges given to jailed terrorists –Ed.). Karake said that this threat, together with the legislation of the law (sic., committee approval of a bill) to expropriate the Palestinian tax money under the pretext of the aid to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) (refers to a bill to deduct terror salaries from tax money collected by Israel for the PA; see note below –Ed.), the rest of the laws that violate the international agreements and treaties, and the occupation government’s insistence on relating to the prisoners as terrorists devoid of their human rights and legal status, will lead to an explosion of the situation inside and outside the prisons. He also added that the extremist and racist occupation government will bear responsibility for all of the consequences that will occur as a result of the incitement against the prisoners and the violation of their rights…"

Bill to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money - A bill to deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, which passed the Israeli Parliament Committee on Security and Foreign Affairs unanimously on June 11, 2018, clearing the way for a second and third reading in Israeli Parliament.
PLO official attacks Israeli bill which would deduct money in the amount the PA pays terrorists from taxes Israel collects for the PA, says terrorist acts are internationally legitimate 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2018
Headline: “Karake: ‘Confiscating the [PA] tax money is theft under the protection of the law’”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released [Prisoners’] Affairs Issa Karake said: ‘The fact that the Israeli Parliament “Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee” approved the bill to confiscate the PA’s tax money in a second and third reading (sic., the committee approved the bill for a second and third reading in the Israeli Parliament; see note below –Ed.) on the pretext that [it serves as] support for the families of prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and wounded, and to direct this money to the benefit of Israeli terrorists and settlers (sic., under the bill the deducted money would cover court ordered compensation for the PA to terror victims and projects to eliminate terror), is more despicable and immoral than war itself; it is skinning the Palestinian people alive, determining legislation that is nothing but “grinders of humans” under the protection of the law, looting, and stealing under the protection of the law.’
He said: ‘The goal that Israel and the US want to achieve through this blackmail and pressure on the PA, more than being financial, is meant to define the entire Palestinian national struggle as “terror” and a “crime.” [The bill] makes the Palestinian resistance to the occupation – which the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded represent – illegitimate and stripped of its legal and humanitarian foundations, and of the international legitimacy that permits every people subjected to occupation to resist it for its freedom and self-dignity.’

PA, PLO officials on Israeli prisoners’ salaries bill: “Deliberate theft… which is based on defining the resistance as a crime;” “There is no power in the world that is capable of obligating us to abandon our prisoners and our people’s heroic Martyrs”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 12, 2018
         “The occupation parliament (Israeli Parliament) [parentheses in source] Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee  yesterday [June 11, 2018] approved a bill to deduct the money that the PA pays to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families and to the prisoners (i.e., from the taxes Israel collects for the PA, see note below –Ed.)…
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi condemned the Israeli approval. She said: ‘The organized and deliberate theft of the Palestinian people’s money reflects the occupation state’s method, which is based on defining the resistance as a crime and imposing collective punishments on the Palestinian people. These steps contradict international humanitarian law, and constitute additional proof that Israel is going too far in punishing all those who refuse its occupation and resist its steps.’ …
The [PA] national unity government emphasized that there is no power in the world that is capable of obligating us to abandon our prisoners and our people’s heroic Martyrs. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: ‘Our Palestinian people and its leadership are loyal like no other to our prisoners and our people’s Martyrs, who have sacrificed the years of their lives and their souls so that the members of our people would live and for their homeland’s freedom and independence.”
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PA Prime Minister says salary payments to terrorist prisoners and families of “martyrs” are “the minimum obligation and expression of appreciation for their enormous sacrifice” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 1, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah: We are committed to defending the rights of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners, regardless of the circumstances”

“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘What we need while we are dealing with challenges is greater cohesion, connection, and compassion. Ramadan fast breaking feasts with the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) constitute one of the expressions of popular cohesion and loyalty to the power, resolve, and devotion of this important and precious sector in all of our hearts. We emphasize before them that we are committed to defending their rights, taking care of their matters, and providing them with dignified lives, regardless of the circumstances. This is the minimum obligation and expression of appreciation for their enormous sacrifice.’
Hamdallah said this during his participation in the Ramadan fast breaking feast that the Fatah Movement held for the families of the Martyrs and prisoners of Hebron.”
PA PM: “I am honored today to meet with the families of the Martyrs of freedom and human dignity… The rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah: The rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions and despite all of the challenges”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘We demand international unity that is as extensive as possible around His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ call to convene an international conference that will determine a multilateral international mechanism to sponsor the peace process…’ This was said during [Hamdallah's] speech at the feast breaking the fast for needy families of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, which was organized by the Fatah Movement yesterday [May 25, 2018] in the town of Anabta, in the Tulkarem district… Hamdallah added: ‘I am honored today to meet with the families of the Martyrs of freedom and human dignity, each of whose name constitutes a symbol of uncompromising struggle for freedom and liberation. All of the glory to our righteous Martyrs; may Allah wrap their pure souls in His mercy.  Allow me to thank the Fatah Movement in Anabta and the national institutions in it for organizing this feast breaking the Ramadan fast… The least we can do to honor our Martyrs is to show interest in their family members and unite around them. Regarding this, I emphasize before all of you that the rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions and regardless of the challenges. This is not under any circumstances charity.’”

Senior Fatah official: “Our commitment to the cause of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners is firm and not up for bargaining” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 11, 2018
"Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub said that our commitment to the cause of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners is firm and not up for bargaining.
Rajoub added yesterday [May 10, 2018] in a statement that this commitment, starting from the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution and until this day, will not succumb to pressures, threats, or bargaining. He also said that the commitment to this just cause is a national commitment deriving from our obligation and responsibility to our people and its cause, and that any attempt to harm this cause has not succeeded and will not succeed in the future. In addition, he emphasized the appreciation of our people and its leadership for this sector that has sacrificed for the cause and independence."

Jibril Rajoub also holds the positions of Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (an independent NGO), Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
Families of imprisoned terrorist complain about proposed Israeli legislation that cuts amount PA pays to terrorists from tax money Israel passes to PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2018
Headline: "The prisoners' families condemned the law that was passed by the Israeli Parliament to deduct [from PA tax money] the allowances of the prisoners and Martyrs' families"
      "The families of the prisoners in Tulkarem condemned the fact that the Israeli Parliament yesterday [May 8, 2018] passed in a first reading a bill to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) that the PA pays to the prisoners and the Martyrs' (Shahids') families from the tax money that Israel transfers to the Palestinian side (see note below –Ed.)… The father of prisoner Osama Al-Ashqar (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 8), sentenced to 8 life sentences and an additional 50 years, said that the occupation government’s attempts to harm the rights and savings of the prisoners contradicts all of the international norms and conventions. He also emphasized that the situation of the prisoners within the prisons is most worrying due to the steps of the Israeli Prison Service to tighten the noose around the prisoners. He said that he constantly asks for his son in the Gilboa Prison together with his wife, and that his son has complained about the occupation authorities forbidding bringing in winter and summer clothes, committing medical neglect, and preventing him from continuing his university studies and bringing books and newspapers into the prison."

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PA government condemns passage in first reading of Israeli bill that cuts equivalent amount of money from Israeli tax allowances to the PA that the PA pays to terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2018
Headline: "The [PA] government emphasized its full support for the results of the [Palestinian] National Council meeting"
       "During its weekly meeting that was held yesterday [May 8, 2018] in Ramallah, led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah… the [PA] government condemned the fact that the Israeli Parliament passed a bill (i.e., passed in a first reading; see note below) that allows the Israeli government to confiscate the Palestinian money and deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and Martyrs' (Shahids') families from the tax revenues, which are Palestinian money and not [given as] an act of kindness by Israel… The government emphasized: 'Any deduction from these revenues and its cloaking in a legal framework is nothing but an Israeli act of robbery and theft of Palestinian money.'"

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IDF soldier depicted as thief stealing money from the PA in cartoon posted on website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission 
Source: Fatah's Information and Culture Commission website, May 8, 2018
Cartoon posted on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission

Headline: "The prisoners and Martyrs' allowances are a right!"

Text on cartoon: "The Israeli Parliament approved deducting the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners' allowances (mukhassasat) from the PA tax money"

The cartoon shows a soldier in uniform carrying a smoking assault rifle and a sack on his back with a dollar sign on it. The person's shadow is striped, symbolizing prison and has a ring of keys attached at the waist, symbolizing Israel as the jailor.

Bill to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money - A bill proposed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense that would deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament in a first reading on May 7, 2018. The bill would enable the deducted money to be used for infrastructure benefiting all West Bank residents, compensation awarded to terror victims in lawsuits against the PA or individual terrorists, and projects aimed at eliminating terror.
 
Op-ed in official PA daily defends PA salaries to terrorists, claiming they are not terrorists but “fighters for freedom, peace, and political justice” and that anyone who calls them terrorists (i.e. Israel and the US) are the real terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2018
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The tax money and prisoners’ salaries”

“Necessity requires analyzing the dangers of the [Israeli] law (a bill to deduct money used for terrorists’ salaries from PA tax revenues; see note below -Ed.)… whose goal is the theft of $300 million from the Palestinian tax money each year, under the pretext that they are ‘feeding terror’... The salaries of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families are one of the legitimate rights, as they are fighters for freedom, peace, and political justice. They are prisoners of war and not terrorists. On the contrary, whoever calls them by this description is the terrorist, and he is the one that is creating the dark terror throughout the world, and not just in the region. We are proud of them and defend them with all our strength and uncompromising determination, because they are symbols of the Palestinian nationalism and people of stature.”

Bill to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money - A bill proposed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense that would deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament in a first reading on May 7, 2018. The bill would enable the deducted money to be used for infrastructure benefiting all West Bank residents, compensation awarded to terror victims in lawsuits against the PA or individual terrorists, and projects aimed at eliminating terror.
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