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PA salaries to terrorists and their families
PA salaries to terrorists and their families
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:‎

PA TV: “Our Martyrs and prisoners are the source of our glory and pride”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 18, 2019

Official PA TV newsreader:
"Our Martyrs and prisoners are the source of our glory and pride. They are more honorable than all of us… This was said by… President Mahmoud Abbas: 'If we have only one penny left, we will give it to the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners.'"
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The PA TV newsreader responded to a decision by the Israeli Parliament on Feb. 17, 2019 to implement the deduction law. Click "full article" to learn more.
PLO Chief Negotiator: Israeli decision to cut tax monies is “part of the Israeli-American plan to destroy the PA… Those carrying out normalization with Israel are sticking a knife in the back of the [Palestinian] people”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 18, 2019
        “PLO Executive Committee Secretary Saeb Erekat said yesterday [Feb. 17, 2019]: ‘The deduction of the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families from the tax money (refers to Israeli law deducting terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), which Israel intends to carry out, is part of the Israeli-American plan to destroy the PA, in parallel with disconnecting the Gaza Strip from the West Bank. This plan is the “deal of the century” (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.).’
In statements that he gave to [the official PA] radio [station] The Voice of Palestine, he added that Israel will carry out this step after it has denied all of the signed agreements… Erekat turned to the Arabs and said: ‘Those who are going to Warsaw – what are they going for? You spoke about the Arab Peace Initiative. What has changed that you are rewarding [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu?’ He emphasized that those carrying out normalization with Israel are sticking a knife in the back of the [Palestinian] people.”
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PLO official accuses Israel of attempting to destroy the PA following withholding of equivalent of terror salaries from PA tax money
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 17, 2019
The following was posted on WAFA's website in English

Headline: Israel, US attempting to destroy Palestinian Authority, says PLO official"
    "Ahmad Majdalani, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Sunday that Israel is now attempting to destroy the Palestinian Authority through more financial sanctions in partnership with the United States administration. In a press statement, Majdalani said these attempts 'are done through more sanctions and procedures in violation of international law and the resolutions of international legitimacy, by imposing a financial blockade [of the PA].' '[Israel] believes this will compel the Palestinian leadership to comply with the so-called economic peace plan at the expense of political and legal rights [of the Palestinian people] … The Palestinian people may not be compromised by political money,' he continued. Majdalani condemned plans by the Israeli government to deduct from the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, equal to the amounts of the salaries the PA pays to the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the families of those killed by the Israeli occupation forces."

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PA Presidential Spokesman accuses Israel of "piracy" for cutting terror salaries equivalent from tax monies transfered to the PA
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 17, 2019
The following text was posted on WAFA's website in English:

Headline: "Presidency: Israel's decision to deduct from PA tax revenues a piracy"
      "Any deduction from the Palestinian clearing funds is totally rejected and is considered a piracy of the Palestinian people's money, President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said in a statement. The Israeli government decided on Sunday to deduct over $130 million from the tax funds it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority on goods destined to the Palestinian areas for what it claims is the amount of money the PA pays families of Palestinians held or killed by Israel for resisting its occupation. 'The firm position of the President in which he affirmed that we will not accept any harm to the livelihood of our imprisoned heroes and the families of martyrs and wounded,' said Abu Rudeineh. 'We consider this arbitrary Israeli decision to be a one-sided blow to the signed agreements, including the Paris Protocols,' he said. Abu Rudeineh pointed out that this decision will have serious repercussions at all levels and will be given a priority at the meeting of the leadership led by the President during the coming days."
Fatah: Deducting terror salaries from Israeli tax transfers to PA is “theft”; “This will not prevent us from continuing to take care of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs at any price”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 17, 2019
Headline: "Fatah: The deduction of our money by Israel is theft and robbery; the pressure will lead to an explosion"
        "The Fatah Movement said that the deduction of the money for the salaries of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners by Israel (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) constitutes theft, robbery, a ruse, and a policy of thuggery… Fatah added: 'This step is absolutely offensive and unacceptable. This will not prevent us from continuing to take care of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs at any price. This step will be met with a clear official and popular Palestinian position.'
[Fatah] Revolutionary Council member and [Official] Fatah Spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi said: 'If Israel and the US think that the rounds of political and economic pressures that are coming one after the other will weigh on the Palestinian leadership and on our magnificent people… and that they will succeed in changing the political position regarding the rights of the Palestinian people – and primarily Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine – we ask to emphasize at this opportunity, on behalf of Fatah, that this is a complete delusion.’"

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Palestinian National Council responds to cut in Israeli tax transfers: “This decision is part of the series of steps whose goal is to harm the sanctity of the struggle of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 17, 2019
Headline: “The [Palestinian] National Council: The deduction of the PA money is political and financial terror against our people"
      “This evening [Feb. 17, 2019] the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) condemned the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to actually begin the deduction and theft of an amount equal to the allowances of the prisoners and their families and the allowances of the families of the Palestinian Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded from the tax money that Israel collects for the State of Palestine (referring to the Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.).
The Palestinian National Council said today in a statement that this decision is part of the series of steps whose goal is to harm the sanctity of the struggle of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded, and to pressure the Palestinian leadership to stop paying them these allowances. It added that this is political and financial terror that the occupation government is implementing so that [the Palestinians] will agree to the so-called 'deal of the century' (i.e., referring to US President Donald Trump's as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan)…"
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PA PM responds to Israeli cut to PA tax money over terror salaries as "a theft of the general Palestinian money, and a crime of an international nature"
Source: Facebook page of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Feb. 17, 2019
Text posted on the Facebook page of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah

Posted text: "The law on deducting the allowances of the prisoners and wounded from the tax money, which the Israeli Parliament ratified last June [2018], and which the Israeli [Security] Cabinet ratified a short time ago (refers to implementation of Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), is nothing but a continuation of the racist Israeli legislation… and the collapse of the two-state solution and every opportunity to establish an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
This is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention (see note below –Ed.) and of the international conventions, and a violation of the interim agreement [of the Oslo Accords] that was signed in September 1995 by Israel and the PLO (see note below –Ed.). Therefore, putting hands on this money and holding onto it is considered a theft of the general Palestinian money, and a crime of an international nature."
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PA minister reacts to Israel’s cut to PA tax transfers: "This theft against our people and its resources is liable to endanger the financial activity… which will lead to a deterioration of the difficult financial situation"
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 17, 2019
Headline: “The [PA] Minister: The theft of our money by Israel is a blow to the national economy”
         “[PA] Minister of National Economy Abir Odeh said today (Sunday) [Feb. 17, 2019] that the fact that Israel has stolen from the State of Palestine’s tax money (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) is a violation that joins the endless Israeli violations of the Paris Economic Protocol (i.e., Paris Agreement; see note below). The minister added that this theft against our people and its resources is liable to endanger the financial activity and cause a drop in it, which will lead to a deterioration of the [already] difficult financial situation. She warned about the consequences of this decision on the different levels. Minister Odeh called on the international community to carry out its obligations regarding the Israeli decision, which contradicts international law and whose goal is to impose a siege on our people and blackmail it financially in order to execute [Israel’s] racist policy while conspiring with the American administration. Minister Odeh noted that the Palestinian [PA] government is examining the existing options to respond to this decision.”

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Fatah official: “The Palestinian leadership led by President Mahmoud Abbas will not submit to the Israeli theft… The prisoners and Martyrs' salaries are a red line, and they will be paid in a regular manner”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 16, 2019
     "During the weekly sit-in strike by the prisoners' relatives at the Gaza headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, yesterday [Feb. 18, 2019] the prisoners' families again emphasized their faith in [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership regarding the aid being given to the prisoners' cause and the emphasis that they will not submit to the Israeli theft after the deduction of the prisoners and Martyrs' (Shahids') allowances (mukhassasat) (refers to implementation of Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and demanded to turn to the [International] Criminal Court and punish Israel for its racist decisions…
Released prisoner and Director of the Fatah Movement Commission of the Prisoners, Martyrs, [and Wounded in Gaza] Tayseer Al-Bardini said that the Palestinian leadership led by President Mahmoud Abbas will not submit to the Israeli theft, particularly since the president always emphasizes that the prisoners and Martyrs' salaries (rawatib) are a red line, and they will be paid in a regular manner. This requires additional popular and political activity in order to support the prisoners' rights and stand against the racist policies that Israel is implementing against the prisoners and the people."
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Abbas advisor: "The Palestinians will not be silent about the acts of theft that Israel is committing by cutting the Palestinian money and we will turn to the international courts"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 15, 2019
      “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas'] advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations and acting Head of the [PLO] Department for Expatriates’ Affairs Nabil Shaath said that the Palestinian people does not have to wait for the official announcement of ‘the deal of the century’ (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.) in order to express our opinions about it, and we will not exchange our national rights for millions.
During separate meetings that he held on Thursday [Feb. 14, 2019] with the ambassadors of South Korea, Japan, Hungary, and Tunisia, he added that the Trump administration has lost the ability to sponsor the peace process due to the many steps it has taken against our people’s rights…
He also emphasized that the Palestinians will not be silent about the acts of theft that Israel is committing by cutting the Palestinian money (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and we will turn to the international courts to restore the rights of the members of our people.”
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PA Foreign Ministry condemns Israeli decision to cut tax transfers to PA as “stealing”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2019
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates: We will protect our people's money according to international law"
      "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatiates condemned the occupation's decision to steal the Palestinian tax money (i.e., refers to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below) under false excuses and pretexts, and in a way that contradicts all of the agreements that were signed and the Israeli commitments on this matter. It also considered this an inseparable part of the occupation's comprehensive and open war against our people, its leadership, and its firm and legal national rights, and as an attempt to destroy the foundations of our people standing firm on all of the land of our homeland and its adherence to the basic principles of its national rights.”
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PLO Prisoners’ Affairs director claims Israel wants to "criminalize the Palestinian people’s struggle... to present them as terrorists and to prevent their families from [receiving] salaries that will support them"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2019
Headline: “The Hebrew media is falsifying the facts in order to criminalize the Palestinian struggle”
     “Once again, in a scenario that repeats itself, the occupation government is trying to extort the Palestinians through the use of the returns from the tax money, which to them constitute a large part of the public income…
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr emphasized in a press statement that the commission will not concede to the [Israeli] law, and said: ‘As the Palestinian leadership has emphasized, the salaries (rawatib) will not be harmed.’ He added: ‘They want to criminalize the Palestinian people’s struggle before the world, to present them as terrorists and to prevent their families from [receiving] salaries that will support them, while the Israeli criminals receive three salaries (sic., Israeli criminals receive no money).”

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PA daily editorial attacks Israeli cut to PA tax transfers; accuses Israelis of inciting to assassinate Abbas
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2019
Excerpt of editorial by the official PA daily

    “The American-Israeli war against the Palestinian legitimacy, its leadership, and its national release project is growing stronger and escalating: The theft of the Palestinian tax money (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) not just to tighten the financial siege on the PA, but also in order to harm the symbols of our souls, our national memory, and the history of our struggle – our Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners whose money Israel is stealing on the pretext of deducting their salaries (rawatib). There is also the ongoing criminal Zionist settler incitement against [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in order to assassinate and eliminate him (apparently referring to the Derech Haim Movement’s campaign and the demonstrations it organized in Tel Aviv following the brutal murder of Ori Ansbacher; see notes below –Ed.).”

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PA minister: Abbas will refuse to receive Israeli tax transfers if deductions are made following Israeli terror law
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2019
       "[PA] Minister of Civil Affairs [and Fatah Central Committee member] Hussein Al-Sheikh said yesterday [Feb. 10, 2019] that he has conveyed an official message at the request of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas that emphasizes that 'He will refuse to receive the collected [tax] money if Israel deducts even one penny from it (referring to an Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.).'
Al-Sheikh added to the French news agency that 'Large international financial bodies and institutions have begun to respond to the American demand to impose a heightened financial siege on the PA.' Al-Sheikh continued: 'Washington has requested to stop the granting of financial aid to the PA and published a memorandum to banks not to receive transfers to the accounts of the [Palestinian] Authority (PMW could find no record of such a US memorandum –Ed.).' He revealed that 'These sanctions began with the prevention of the transfer of an Iraqi grant of $10,000,000 that was recently given to the Arab League, and the league could not transfer it due to the refusal of all the banks to receive it in order to transfer it to the PA treasury or the [Palestinian] National Fund.'"
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Fatah council: “The prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded have sacrificed that which is most precious to them for the homeland, and Fatah will remain loyal to their sacrifice”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2019
Excerpt of a statement summarizing a session of the Fatah Revolutionary Council.

       “The prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and wounded have sacrificed that which is most precious to them for the homeland, and Fatah will remain loyal to their sacrifice. It will continue to fulfill its duty and obligations to them and to their families, despite the blackmail, pressures, and theft (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from the tax money Israel collects for the PA; see note below –Ed.), as severe as they may be. As [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has emphasized more than once, this is a red line. The council condemns the occupation’s targeting of the prisoners, its break-ins [to the prisoners’ wings], and its recurring attacks against the brave prisoners. It condemns the occupying power’s policy of medical neglect in the strongest language, and prays for the 214 Martyr prisoners since 1967, the last of whom was Martyr Fares Baroud (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1). The council salutes all of the prisoners...”

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PA government commits to “the rights of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and… to allowing them to live with dignity”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 6, 2019
     "During its weekly meeting that was held yesterday (Tuesday) [Feb. 5, 2019] in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government condemned the leaks to the media by the Israeli government… regarding its intention to cut the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs' (Shahids') families from the Palestinian tax money (on Feb. 4, 2019, it was reported that Israel is about to start implementing its law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.)… The government emphasized that the tax money is purely Palestinian money that belongs to the public coffers and the members of our people, and that deducting from these revenues is nothing but a continuation of the theft of billions of Palestinian [shekels] by Israel… The government emphasized that the Palestinian leadership led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, which has announced that it is rejecting the American aid (the PA chose to stop receiving the US aid in order to avoid being sued in US courts; see note below –Ed.), is emphasizing today that it refuses to submit to blackmail. It added that it is committed to the rights of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and committed to allowing them to live with dignity."

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Abbas: “The Martyrs… are sacred, [so are] the wounded and the prisoners. We must pay all of them” – broadcast 17 times in four weeks
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2018

Official PA TV filler, excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Oct. 28, 2018 speech about terrorist salaries


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "I say this to everyone – the salaries of our Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded are a red line. They [Israel] try by all means, and exert pressure by all means, and they continue to exert: ‘It cannot be that you will pay.’ And they’ll even deduct our money that’s in their hands. They’ll deduct from it the amount that we pay to the Martyrs. We have said that this is a red line and we will not allow [it]. From 1965 until now, this matter is sacred to us. The Martyrs and their families are sacred, [and so are] the wounded and the prisoners. We must pay all of them. If one penny remains in our hands it is for them and not for the living."

This video aired on official PA TV on Nov. 16, 17, 19, 21, 24, 27, 28, 30, 2018 and on Dec. 2, 3, 5, and 17, 2018, for a total of 17 times over four weeks. Some of the broadcasts occured twice a day.
Fatah official: Caring for terrorist prisoners is a “sacred obligation,” whose salaries will be harmed “under no circumstances”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2018
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub emphasized in a press statement yesterday [Dec. 3, 2018] that Fatah and its leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, views the prisoners’ cause, their release, and the care for them and their families as a national responsibility and a sacred obligation that is not subject to debate and must not be neglected… Rajoub added that the magnificent prisoners’ movement will remain – as it always has been – the spearhead of the Palestinian national struggle. He said that our brave prisoners and our released prisoners will continue to be stars of whom we are proud [along with] their families, and we appreciate the great sacrifices that they have made for Palestine… He emphasized… that under no circumstances and under no conditions will their salaries (rawatib) be harmed.”

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Fatah official: salaries to terrorists and their families a “national responsibility and sacred obligation,” there will be “no harm… to the salaries”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 4, 2018
Official PA TV News, on Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub emphasizing Fatah’s commitment to paying terrorist prisoners’ salaries

Official PA TV newsreader: “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub emphasized that Fatah and the leadership headed by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas consider the prisoners’ cause, their release, and taking care of their families a national responsibility and sacred obligation that is indisputable and cannot be neglected. Rajoub added that Fatah’s position on this matter is solid, and that there [will be] no harm under any conditions and circumstances to the salaries (rawatib) and payments (istihqaqat) to the prisoners and released prisoners.”

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
PA Justice Minister in presence of Sudanese dictator: Israel is carrying out "torture, deprivation, and medical neglect" against Palestinian prisoners; trying to prevent the PA from paying prisoners and Martyrs’ families
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 24, 2018
    "The Council of Arab Ministers of Justice concluded its 34th session yesterday [Nov. 23, 2018], which was held in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, in the presence of His Honor Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir (see note below –Ed.)… [PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak participated in the 34th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Justice, in the presence of Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Sudan Dr. Samir Oudeh… Abu Diyak said that the series of racist legislations against our brave prisoners is continuing, as the occupation is exaggerating in the methods of torture, deprivation, and medical neglect of the prisoners, and has turned to using its racist means of legislation in an attempt to break the willpower of our people and its prisoners that are resolute behind the walls of the Israeli prisons. He noted that the Israeli occupation has published a law to put children under 14 on trial (refers to law to detain terrorists under age 14 until they are old enough to be imprisoned –Ed.) and a law to steal the Palestinian tax money in a desperate attempt to blackmail us and prevent us from paying the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners."

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