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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:‎

Newly appointed Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs visits terrorist, criticizes Israel’s law to deduct tax money from the PA in the amount it pays terrorists and their families 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2018
Headline: “He was appointed to the role of director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and visited the first prisoner of the revolution; Abu Bakr: The prisoners’ cause is essential and central to our people”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Maj. Gen. Qadri Abu Bakr visited first prisoner of the modern Palestinian revolution Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi (i.e., terrorist, participated in Fatah’s first terror attack in 1965) at his home in Ramallah...
Abu Bakr emphasized the importance of the prisoners’ cause as a central and basic cause of our Palestinian people and its long path of struggle. It should be noted that prisoner Hijazi is the first Palestinian prisoner of the Palestinian revolution. He was arrested on Jan. 17, 1965; he was in a group of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) who blew up a bridge that served Israeli military vehicles next to Beit Jibrin in the Hebron district (sic., attempted to blow up the Nehusha Water Institute in central Israel)...
Abu Bakr said that the challenges that the new managing committee is dealing with are great – and prime among them are the Israeli law to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners from the tax money that Israel collects for the State of Palestine (refers to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.); and also the blatant Israeli attack on the legitimacy of the Palestinian struggle and the attempt to define it as criminal at the international level.
He added: ‘We will continue to cooperate with the members of the commission in order to defend the prisoners, their family members, and the released prisoners. This is because it is a national and humanitarian obligation that cannot be neglected.’”
Director of PLO Prisoners’ Commission: Prisoners' "rights" (i.e., salaries) will continue 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 5, 2018

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr on PA TV News:
“This is of course my message to all the prisoners and their families inside and outside [of Palestine], the released prisoners and those not released: There are regulations and laws and strict instructions from [PA] President [Abbas] to continue this path, and that the rights (i.e., salaries) of our detainees and prisoners won’t be harmed.”
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Official PA TV program puts a spotlight on PMW, showing posters depicting salaries paid to Palestinian terrorist prisoners by the PA 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2018
Official PA TV program Israeli Media in the Spotlight, on Israeli TV Channel 20 report on the activities of Israeli organizations – including PMW – to stop the money paid by the PA to terrorists and their families, which have led to changes in Israeli policy including the legislation of a law to deduct the terrorist salaries from the tax money Israel collects for the PA; see note below.
The Channel 20 report in Hebrew has been subtitled in Arabic.

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PMW fliers about the salaries paid to terrorists by the PA are shown.

Law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money - Israeli law stating that the PA payments to terrorists and the families of dead terrorists is a financial incentive to terror. The law instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA. Should the PA stop these payments for a full year, the Israeli government would have the option of giving all or part of the frozen money to the PA. The law was enacted on July 2, 2018.
During the parliamentary vote, the law's sponsor Avi Dichter said: “The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee received much help in its deliberations... from Palestinian Media Watch who provided us with authentic data that enabled productive and professional deliberations, nuances that are very difficult to achieve without precise data.” [Israeli Parliament website, July 2, 2018]
 
New PLO commissioner reiterates Abbas’ promise that last penny will go to the families of “Martyrs” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2018

Official PA TV News, on five hunger striking Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention, hosting Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr


Official PA TV newsreader: “Tomorrow you will be officially appointed as [director] of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs... There are many challenges, such as laws that were recently legislated in the Israeli Parliament concerning the prisoners’ allowances and the American pressures on this issue...”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr:
“The implementation of this is going to constitute a large problem for us. In other words, this is a financial war. However, both [PA] President [Abbas] and the Palestinian leadership have said that not a single penny can be touched. Even if only one shekel remains - we will give it to the families of Martyrs.”
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PA finance minister: "We pay a modest sum to the prisoners' families while they are in prison, and when they are released, we pay them a set sum as a salary for six months" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2018
      "[PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara said… regarding the deduction of the prisoners and Martyrs' (Shahids) allowances (mukhassasat) from the tax money (referring to the Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) that since the establishment of the PA there exists a legal obligation to pay these allowances, with the knowledge of the states that oversaw the signing of the Oslo Accords, among them the US, and in an arrangement with the Red Cross - and Israel knew about this. Now, the danger in the Israeli decision is not only in the sum that will be confiscated but also from a legal aspect, as it turns the payment to the prisoners' families into a criminal act, and this puts us in a problematic legal position that we must act against… He also said: 'We have a humanitarian and ethical plan, most of which relates to those who have served over 5 years in prison. We pay a modest sum to the prisoners' families while they are in prison, and when they are released, we pay them a set sum as a salary (rawatib) for six months, that ends the moment they begin to work.’"

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Criticism over Abbas appointing himself head of the Palestinian National Fund 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), Aug. 1, 2018
Headline: “Criticism of how Abbas took for himself the leadership of the Palestinian National Fund”
   “Strong criticism was heard from Palestinian factions and forces following announcements by PLO Executive Committee Secretary, (Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator) Saeb Erekat on the distribution of roles and departments among members of the [PLO] Executive Committee. The most noticeable criticism was directed at the decision of the head of the organization’s Executive Committee, [PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas, to take for himself the position of the one responsible for the Palestinian National Fund.... Clause 13 of the PLO regulations determines that ‘All members of the Executive Committee will be selected by the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO). The head of the Executive Committee will be selected by the committee. The committee will be selected from within the National Council.’ … Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] Qais Abd Al-Karim told [the UK Arab news website] Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that ‘This is the first time that the head of the PLO Executive Committee is taking for himself the role of head of the Palestinian National Fund.’ He added: ‘The National Council did not make a decision regarding the Palestinian National Fund, and neither did the [PLO] Central Council, and it is not within the authority of the Executive Committee and its chairman to determine who will be head of the National Fund.’”

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Palestinian organizations participate in “sit-in strike” to oppose Israeli law which deducts the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to terrorists and their families from the tax money Israel collects for the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 25, 2018
Headline: “Sit-in strike opposite the UN headquarters in Ramallah as a sign of opposition to the theft of the allowances of the Martyrs and prisoners”

“Representatives of human rights organizations and additional organizations that deal with the prisoners’ affairs participated in a sit-in strike yesterday, Tuesday [July 24, 2018], which was called for by the national campaign to reject the law robbing the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) money (refers to Israeli law deducting terrorist salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.). The sit-in strike, which took place opposite the office of the [UN] High Commissioner for Human Rights in Ramallah, comes to express opposition to the theft of the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs and prisoners from the Palestinian tax money…
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake demanded that the UN and its Secretary-General António Guterres bear their responsibility towards that which is happening to the Palestinian people, and oblige the occupation to implement the international conventions and agreements on the prisoners in its prisons.
He also emphasized the need for the UN to make decisions and take steps that will obligate the occupation state to respect the prisoners’ rights, and noted that the violations that it is committing are not limited to just the prisoners, but rather also include their families through the legislation of racist laws against them…
In addition he called for an extensive diplomatic, popular, and public campaign to support and aid the prisoners, and noted that the situation is liable to explode at any moment if Israel implements the deduction law.”
Abbas vows continued payments to terrorist prisoners who are “stars in the sky” and have “priority in everything” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2018

Official PA TV News, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statements at a ceremony honoring released prisoners and families of dead terrorists


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "By Allah, even if we have only a penny left it will only be spent on the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and only afterwards will it be spent on the rest of the people. This is a group that we appreciate and respect, and we consider it the one paving the way to Palestine’s independence for the future generations."
Official PA TV reporter: "With these words [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a group of released prisoners and honored the leadership of the movement of prisoners, who sacrificed their souls and lives for the defense of their people and homeland. The president gave a number of Martyrs and prisoners the Jerusalem Medal in recognition of their role and their honorable national struggle..."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We view the Martyrs and prisoners as stars in the sky of the Palestinian people and the sky of the Palestinian people’s struggle, and they have priority in everything..."
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PLO official to UN: “the Israeli violations against the prisoners (i.e. law to deduct tax money in the amount PA pays terrorists)…are reaching the level of war crimes” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2018
Headline: "Karake: The occupation state is legitimizing the war crimes against the prisoners"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake gave his testimony before the UN committee to investigate the Israeli operations that are violating our people’s human rights, and this was during a meeting with it in the capital of Jordan, Amman, after the occupation authorities prevented it from entering the occupied territories.

Karake said in his testimony that the Israeli violations against the prisoners and detainees are reaching the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which are being committed under the cover of a series of racist and arbitrary legislations and laws that are in contradiction of human rights and international and humanitarian law…
Karake also said in his testimony: 'The Israeli goal behind these laws is to consider the struggle and resistance of the Palestinian people - including the prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and wounded - as terror, and to steal from them their legal status as legitimate fighters for freedom, dignity, and independence.'
He added: 'The law to confiscate Palestinian tax money under the pretext of the aid to the families of the prisoners, the Martyrs, and the wounded, that the Israeli Parliament ratified on July 3, 2018 (sic. July 2, 2018), comes as part of the attack against the legitimacy of the prisoners' national struggle against the occupation, and as part of the ongoing system of oppression that exists under the cover of the law against the prisoners in the prisons."
PA and Fatah officials at anti-US rally: “The PA will not abandon the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families, and will continue to pay their salaries” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2018
      “Thousands of citizens participated yesterday evening [July 17, 2018] in a rally to thwart ‘the deal of the century’ (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.) at Al-Shuhada Square (i.e., the Square of the Martyrs) in the center of Nablus…
Nablus District Governor Akram Al-Rajoub gave a speech on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he said… that the president… says ‘no’ to America, ‘no’ to Trump – to whom [even] large states are unable to say ‘no’ – and ‘no’ to the deal of the century, which fell the moment the Palestinian people told it ‘no’… He emphasized that the PA will not abandon the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families, and will continue to pay their salaries (rawatib) and the money that they deserve… Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said that the Palestinian people has turned the deal of the century into a slap on the cheek of the US, because [the Americans] do not understand that is impossible for the Palestinian people’s willpower to be broken… Al-Aloul also calmed the prisoners’ families and the Martyrs’ families, and said: ‘We will not abandon you. Your children have paid a heavy price for freedom, and your salaries will continue as they are.’”

Note: US President Donald Trump was burnt in effigy at this event.

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Official PA daily reports on “the national campaign” to oppose pressure from Israel, US and other bodies to cease paying salaries to terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2018
Headline: “The national campaign to resist the theft of the money of the prisoners, Martyr’s families, and wounded was launched”

“Dozens of residents in Ramallah participated in a mass procession yesterday [July 17, 2018], in order to launch the national campaign to resist the theft of the money and allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners, the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), and the wounded from the tax revenues (refers to Israeli law to deduct the amount the PA pays in terrorist salaries from taxes collected for the PA –Ed.). The procession was also held in opposition to what is called ‘the deal of the century’ (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.). Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake announced the launching of the campaign… which will expand and include the rest of the homeland’s districts and cities [and] capitals and cities around the world, in order to thwart the decision [to deduct the PA tax money].
He emphasized the Palestinian leadership’s opposition to the Israeli blackmail and to the theft of our people’s money by the extremist right-wing occupation government. Karake said that all of the racist laws that the occupation is approving indicate an apartheid regime…
He emphasized that this will not prevent our people from standing by those who have sacrificed for the Palestinian cause.”

Law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money - Israeli law stating that the PA payments to terrorists and the families of dead terrorists is a financial incentive to terror. The law instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA.
Fatah officials praise “those that excelled in the high school final exams,” saying knowledge is as important a weapon as a rifle, and emphasizing that the salaries to terrorists “are a red line that cannot be crossed” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2018
Headline: "Salfit: Fatah honors those that excelled in the high school final exams – Class of Khan Al-Ahmar"

"Under the name [Class of] Khan Al-Ahmar: Resolve and Victory (referring to illegal Bedouin buildings on Israeli state land; see note below –Ed.), the Fatah Movement’s Salfit branch two evenings ago [July 12, 2018] honored those that excelled in the high school final exams in the Salfit district…

Secretary of the Fatah Salfit branch Abd Al-Sattar Awwad welcomed those present and congratulated the students who succeeded, who are the knights of Palestine who are waving the flag of knowledge alongside the flag of resistance, as eternal Martyr (Shahid) [former PLO and PA Chairman] Yasser Arafat emphasized…
In his speech, Salfit District Governor Ibrahim Al-Balawi expressed joy over the students excelling in the exams… He emphasized the importance of knowledge, which is considered a weapon of equal value to a rifle against the occupation and the policy of dumbing-down that it is implementing against the Palestinian people…
Fatah Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul conveyed [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas' congratulations to the students that succeeded and excelled…
In his speech, he reviewed the Palestinian political situation and talked about the leadership’s determination to release the prisoners from the occupation's prison. He emphasized that the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and Martyrs are a red line that cannot be crossed."

Khan Al-Ahmar is a site where Palestinian Bedouins have illegally erected dwellings and a school, mostly simple shacks, on land in Area C (i.e., land under full Israeli administration according to the Oslo Accords).

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Official PA daily announces “launch of a national campaign to annul the occupation’s decision to steal the money of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2018
Headline: “The launch of a national campaign to annul the occupation’s decision to steal the money of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners”

“Popular activists and national forces emphasized in a meeting the importance of unifying the efforts at all of the official and popular levels to annul the occupation’s decision to expropriate the tax money (refers to law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), which is a clear act of robbery against our people’s rights and the rights of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded.
This meeting was held yesterday [July 12, 2018] at the call of the Supreme Council for Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, and in the presence of representatives of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club, and popular and civilian forces and activists. The participants emphasized the importance of joint work at the political and diplomatic level, and also that all of the Palestinians must bear responsibility for this issue, which the occupation government is attempting to use as an opening to pass the deal of the century (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.). This is through political blackmail that is meant to extract an agreement on matters that were already rejected in the past by all of the Palestinian bodies and institutions.
In the meeting it was decided to launch a widespread local and international campaign to expose the occupation’s actions against the prisoners and the complex crime that the occupation is committing against them, against their relatives, and against the entire Palestinian people. This campaign will begin this coming Tuesday afternoon [July 17, 2018] at Martyr Yasser Arafat Square in the center of Ramallah..."
PA, PLO spokesmen reject Israel’s terror salaries law, salaries to prisoners, Martyrs’ families and wounded will continue 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2018
     “At a press conference dealing with the occupation’s decision to deduct the prisoners’ allowances (mukhassasat) from the tax money (see note below –Ed.) and the administrative prisoners’ strike, a number of [Palestinian] spokesmen emphasized the need to oppose the Israeli ‘law’ that violates all of the international agreements, and the need to support the administrative prisoners who are hunger striking. PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front] Wasel Abu Yusuf said at the press conference that was held yesterday [July 8, 2018] in Ramallah at the initiative of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club, and the factions of national activity: ‘The leadership, led by [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, has emphasized its rejection of decisions that the Israeli government has made recently, and of the bills that the Israeli Parliament ratified regarding the deduction of amounts from our people’s money against what is paid to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners.’
Abu Yusuf emphasized that they will continue to pay the allowances of the prisoners, the Martyrs’ families, and the wounded as usual, while pointing out the president’s statements at the Fatah Movement Central Council meeting yesterday (Sunday): ‘No one has the right to interfere in this matter; these are our Martyrs, our wounded, and our prisoners, and we will continue to pay them.’"
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Abbas vows the PA will continue paying salaries to prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 8, 2018

Official PA TV newsreader:
“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed the continued payment of the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families…"
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The second point is the decisions made by the government of Israel recently, made by the Israeli Parliament, regarding money and conduct towards us… we will act according to our interests in all that is connected- in other words, the money that Israel opposes paying to the Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded – we will not allow anyone to interfere with this. These are our Martyrs, these are our wounded, and our prisoners. We will continue to pay them and we began this in 1965.”
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PLO officials: “[PA] leadership will continue to pay the salaries of the prisoners”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2018
“PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said: ‘The law to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and wounded from the tax money, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament (refers to law deducting terror salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.), is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the international conventions, as whoever holds prisoners is obligated to protect their lives and sustenance (the Fourth Geneva Convention relates to civilians in wartime, not terrorists imprisoned for criminal acts –Ed.). This law also contradicts the Paris Agreement, which Israel has violated and which gave it authority to hold direct contact with the world (sic., Israel has always had such authority; the Paris Agreement established economic relations between Israel and the PLO), and it abused this in order to turn us into consumers of Israeli goods.’ …
PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said at a press conference held two days ago [July 4, 2018] that the leadership will continue to pay the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners, the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), and the wounded, despite the occupation authorities’ decision to deduct their allowances from the PA’s tax money.”
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PA spokesman: “Saying that the salaries and allowances of the prisoners and wounded are a prize and encouragement of terror is... the occupation’s interpretation that it uses as part of its despicable propaganda” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2018
    “The [PA] national unity government emphasized that the use of the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and wounded as an excuse to wave the stick of financial and economic siege (referring to an Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from tax money collected for the PA; see note below -Ed.) in order to press for the passage of [US President Donald] Trump’s [Middle East peace] deal ‘will not advance or delay’ anything in this field.
Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: ‘Our heroic people, and at its head our leadership led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, has already declared its natural response to completely reject any cooperation with this American step being led by Trump, who takes pride in his blind bias in favor of the occupation and its arbitrary and dark policies.’ The spokesman emphasized that the call by any party to harm the allowances of the prisoners and wounded is an illogical call that expresses political ignorance regarding our people’s culture and our region, in light of the possible consequences of such improvised decisions and calls. The official spokesman also emphasized that the interpretation saying that the salaries (rawatib) and allowances of the prisoners and wounded are a prize and encouragement of terror is nothing but the occupation’s interpretation that it uses as part of its despicable propaganda and rumors.”
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PLO and Fatah official: Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money is “stealing” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2018
Headline: "Al-Ahmad demanded that the Arab states fulfill their commitments to the Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds foundations"
      "PLO Executive Committee member, Fatah Central Committee member, [and Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah)] Azzam Al-Ahmad demanded that the Arab states fulfill their commitments to the State of Palestine's budget and to the Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa foundations, so that [Palestine] can deal with the steps of punishment that the American government and Israel have imposed, the most recent being the Israeli Parliament's decision to steal the salaries (rawatib) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners in Palestine (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below -Ed.."
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PA Prime Minister: “We will never abandon our responsibility to the prisoners… and we will continue to pay their salaries” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah: We will not agree to changing our national rights to humanitarian or financial [rights]”

“During a speech that he gave yesterday [July 5, 2018] on behalf of His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at the 60th annual conference of the Children of Ramallah Association at the Ramallah culture hall… [PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said:] ‘The Israeli Parliament has passed [a law] to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners from the Palestinian tax money as part of a new act of robbery of our people’s money and resources (refers to law deducting terror salaries from tax money collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.). We emphasize today on behalf of His Honor President Mahmoud Abbas that we will never abandon our responsibility to the prisoners and the relatives of the Martyrs and the wounded, and we will continue to pay their salaries (rawatib) and what they deserve, and this is the minimal obligation and loyalty to their sacrifice for the homeland’s freedom and honor.’”
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PLO chief negotiator: “The [PA] leadership will continue to pay the salaries of the prisoners, the Martyrs’ families, and the wounded”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
      “[Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb] Erekat said that the [Palestinian] leadership is preparing to sue Israel for its crimes against the unarmed demonstrators at the Marches of Return (refers to violent riots at the Gaza-Israel border; see note below –Ed.). [He said:] ‘We will also ask the International Criminal Court’s legal committee to launch an investigation of the Israeli crimes, including the settlements, according to the complaint that was submitted by the State of Palestine. The committee will monitor the topic of the law deducting the allowance (mukhassasat) money of the Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and wounded’ (refers to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from tax money collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.).
Erekat explicitly stated that the leadership will continue to pay the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners, the Martyrs’ families, and the wounded, despite the occupation authorities’ decision to deduct their allowances from the [Palestinian] National Authority’s tax revenues. Erekat sees this as a national obligation and legal and moral commitment that is consistent with the international agreements and treaties regarding prisoners, which Israel is violating with this decision..."
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