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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:‎

PA Minister of Finance: US legislation on PA salaries to imprisoned terrorists will limit management of PA bank accounts in the US 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] minister of finance presented the budget proposal to the parliament factions and bodies”
     “[PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara presented the general outline of the 2017 budget to the representatives of the parliamentary factions and a number of members of the PA Parliament (Legislative Council) in Ramallah… He explained that the American Congress has legislated six laws that define the PA as criminal arguing that it supports the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, and these laws will have consequences if they are adopted, as they will limit the ability to manage the Palestinian [bank] accounts in the US and abroad.”
Martyrs of 2014 Gaza War to receive payments from the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2016
“[PLO] Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution Chairwoman Intisar Al-Wazir ‘Um Jihad’ said that the institution has completed all of the administrative procedures – preparing the files, opening bank accounts, and checking the social background – for all of the Martyrs (Shahids) of the last war against the Gaza Strip (i.e., 2014 Gaza war).
Al-Wazir added that currently the institution is waiting for the allocation of the needed budget for payment of the allowances (mukhassasat), which it is anticipated and hoped will be included in the 2017 budget. She noted that the leadership, led by His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, is making every effort to realize this. She emphasized that since the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution in 1965, the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution presents its services to all of the Palestinians without exception, everywhere they are located in the homeland and in the diaspora.

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Families of Martyrs of 2014 Gaza War say they have not received their salaries yet  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 13, 2016
Headline: "Several members of the Martyrs' families broke into the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution in Gaza"
     "Several members of the Martyrs' (Shahids') families broke into the [PLO] Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution in the Gaza Strip today (Tuesday) [Dec. 13, 2016] for several hours. They left after they received promises that their salaries (rawatib) will be paid next May [2017].
Spokesman for the Martyrs' families Alaa Al-Barawi told [the independent Palestinian news agency] Ma'an that approximately 700 families of Martyrs broke in to the institution, where Director of the [Families of the Martyrs and Wounded] Institution Intisar Al-Wazir was, and demanded that the salaries of the families of the Martyrs of the 2014 [Gaza] war - 1,943 families - be paid. Al-Barawi blamed Director of the Institution Intisar Al-Wazir for what he defined as procrastination in solving the problem of the salaries of the Martyrs' families. He emphasized that she bears the full responsibility for the non-payment of their financial allowances (mukhassasat)… It should be noted that the members of the Martyrs' families are holding a sit-in strike every Tuesday in front of the offices of the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution, in order to press for a solution to their problem which has been pending for several years. Members of the Martyr's families emphasize that [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] decided to recognize them [as members of Martyrs' families], while the institution is procrastinating in the implementation of the decision."

Director of Commission of Prisoners' Affairs reaffirms PA's commitment to support terrorists and their families 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 7, 2016
Headline: “Karake: The leadership continues to support the families of the prisoners and Martyrs and provide for them”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake denied the reports of several media outlets about a cutback in the allowances of the prisoners’ families. He emphasized that this news item is completely unfounded, and that the PA and the Palestinian leadership continue to support the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners, to provide for them, and to express loyalty to them in accordance with the customary regulations and laws.
Karake said that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, in his historic speech before the Seventh Fatah Conference, emphasized the continuation of the support for the prisoners’ families, for the prisoners in prison, and for the released prisoners, and continuation of the efforts to release the prisoners.”
484 terrorist prisoners study for BA degrees in Al-Quds Open University program, in cooperation with PA Ministry of Education and paid for by PLO 
Source: The Al-Quds Open University Message (university newspaper), Dec. 1, 2016
      "Al-Quds Open University recently opened a prisoners' study program within the [Israeli] prisons, and the number of prisoners who joined it has reached 484 prisoners within three months. Likewise, the forecast is that this number will rise to 600 prisoners by the end of the current year [2017], with another prison joining the program...
It should be noted that approximately 260 students are currently studying as part of the program at the Ktzi'ot Prison, 163 at the Rimon Prison, and 61 at the Gilboa Prison. This is while the university is currently examining a file that was submitted on behalf of the Eshel Prison, and if it is agreed on, the number of students will reach approximately 600 at the end of the current year...
[Director-General of the study program in the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Muhammad] Al-Batta noted that the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs is the one funding this program through the payment of tuition. He also thanked the Al-Quds Open University administration for providing special discounts for the prisoners. On everything regarding the future plans for developing the program, Al-Batta said: 'We hope that the conditions in all of the prisons will allow this, so that we will be able to open similar programs in them.'"
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December 2016 issue of The Al-Quds Open University Message, the university's newspaper. 
Terrorist sponsors tablets for children of Martyrs 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2016
"Yesterday, the family of Martyr (Shahid) Nasser Al-Faroukh and prisoner Issam Al-Faroukh [Nov. 22, 2016] gave tablets [computers] to 30 male and female students from among the children of Martyrs in Ramallah.
The charity event was held under the auspices of the National Association of the Martyrs' Families [of Palestine], in the presence of [PA] Minister [of Education and Higher Education] Sabri Saidam, Head of the [PA] Environmental Protection Authority Adalah Al-Atira, and many children of the Martyrs and prisoners from all districts of the homeland.
This generous donation of prisoner [Issam] Al-Faroukh is from his personal salary, and the Environmental Protection Authority also gave many symbolic presents as an expression of its love for the Martyrs and their children.
The minister of education and higher education said: 'This is a new Palestinian opus written in letters of light by this genuine Palestinian family, which has sacrificed a Martyr and a prisoner, and of its own will gives gifts to our children, the students…'
Al-Atira emphasized that this is the minimum that can be given, and that it does not compare to even a part of the suffering of the Martyrs who chose the path of light for us."

Nasser Al-Faroukh - PMW has been unable to verify details about Nasser Al-Faroukh’s death.

Issam Al-Faroukh - Palestinian terrorist and member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) who, together with Palestinian terrorist and fellow Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades member Muhammad Saidi, murdered Israeli civilian Maryk Gavrielov in Ramallah in October 2000. Al-Faroukh is serving a life sentence.
29 released prisoners complain they haven't gotten their salaries from the PA due to political reasons 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 17, 2016
Headline: "29 released prisoners are not receiving a salary! – And the Independent Commission for Human Rights adopts their issue"
       "It has been several years now that 29 released prisoners are not receiving their salaries [that they are entitled to] as released prisoners according to Palestinian law, which states that any prisoner who was imprisoned for more than 5 years has a right to a monthly salary of a certain amount.
Sufian Jamjoum (45) from Hebron, one of the released prisoners whose salaries have not been paid since 2007… told a journalist of the Ma'an [independent Palestinian news] agency: ‘The PA does not have a realistic and justified excuse to stop paying me the prisoners' salary since 2007.’
Released prisoner Jamjoum sat in the occupation's prison for 20 years, and his last imprisonment was a year and a half ago. He added that his issue and the issue of the prisoners whose salary payment was stopped is political par-excellence, as most of them belong to the Hamas movement, and the decision not to pay their salaries was made by the [PA] government in 2007 as a result of the rift (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah, see note)..."

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PA stops salaries of Gaza PA employees who support Abbas’ political opponents  
Source: Safa, independent news agency, Nov. 2, 2016
     Headline: “In an initial response to the stopping of the salaries of dozens of [PA government] employees, Abbas Zaki calls on the president to reinstate their salaries”
“In an initial response from a senior leadership official in Fatah to the news items that were reported about the [PA] Ministry of Finance having stopped the salaries of dozens of employees in the [PA] Security Forces [in the Gaza Strip] claiming that they support leadership member and [PA] Parliament member Muhammad Dahlan (i.e., former leader who was expelled from Fatah), Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki called on [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas to reinstate the salaries of those whose salaries were recently cancelled, and likewise to reinstate all of the cancelled salaries…
Palestinian sources noted this evening [Nov. 2, 2016] that the PA until now has stopped the salaries of dozens of PA employees claiming that they support Parliament Member Muhammad Dahlan…
The sources said that as a first stage the salaries were stopped for dozens of Dahlan’s supporters, who were surprised that their salaries did not appear in the bank. In the coming months the salaries of additional [Dahlan] supporters will be stopped gradually, and the final list includes 2,000 PA employees, according to the claim of these sources.”
PA asked employees in Gaza not to work and still get paid, but won’t allow them to leave Gaza 
Source: Sama, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 17, 2016
Headline: “What is not discussed in Gaza”

Op-ed by Riyad Al-Hassan, former Chairman of both the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation Board of Trustees and the official PA WAFA news agency

“The WAFA [official PA news agency] administration made an unjust decision against some of its employees in Gaza, under the pretext that they have moved to Egypt or other states, and stopped payment of their salaries and conditioned the continuation of their salaries on their return, otherwise they will be fired. I do not really know if there is a clause in the law or a regulation that prevents an employee in Gaza from moving to live outside of [Gaza]. What I know is that the relations between the PA and its employees are conditional relations – work for a salary. After the coup (i.e., Hamas takeover in 2007), a special situation was created for the employees in Gaza, which cancelled the same conditional relations and even turned it around, as the PA asked its employees not to work in return for receiving a salary. The employees accepted the PA’s demand and stopped working in order to guarantee the continued payment of their salaries. The question is – as long as we do not want these employees to work, and have no connection with them, why do we demand that they return? Logically, what is the message we are sending to them? Is it not: ‘Return to Gaza in order to do nothing!?’

Details of specific cases of these employees show that WAFA’s decision is not only an absurd step, but a most damaging step. For instance, one of these employees was arrested a number of times by the Hamas security forces in 2009, and they again persecuted him in 2010, and he had no choice but to secretly enter Egypt through the tunnels, where he succeeded in getting by and invited his wife to live with him in Cairo with his modest salary (i.e., from the PA). Is it permissible to force him to return to Gaza in o
Red Cross cuts funding for second monthly visit for families of prisoners; PA will cover cost instead 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: "Fares: The president signed on covering the expenses of the second monthly visit of prisoners' relatives"
     "Chairman of the [PA-funded] Palestinian Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares revealed that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas signed a resolution to cover the costs of the second monthly visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the Israeli prisons.
Fares said today, Tuesday [Aug. 9, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'After the Red Cross reduced the visits and limited them to once a month, the president signed a resolution to cover the expenses of the second visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the occupation state's prisons.' Likewise, he spoke about a conditional agreement which the Palestinian government and the Red Cross will sign, according to which the government will cover all of the expenses of the second visit, on condition that the Red Cross will continue to obtain permits from the Israeli side."
Gazan workers’ salaries too low to encourage young interest in local job market 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 3, 2016
     Official PA TV program Workers’ Affairs, on the problems of unemployment in Gaza, employment alternatives found by young people in Gaza, and the emigration of young people from the region.
According to PA law, the PA pays competitive salaries to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists that increase
based on the length of time in prison. Through this law, the PA provides a clear reward system for those who commit attacks against Israelis. By contrast, Gazans who work hard to earn academic degrees and cannot find work or receive low salaries are given no comparable reward or support from the PA.
Studio audience member participating in the program Ayoub Al-Qaisi: “There is a problem: Even if there are work opportunities, the salary will be very low. In other words, it takes a young person who finishes studies at the age of 22-23 three to four years afterwards to [find] work in a simple job or as a laborer and to be able to take care of his family’s future.”
Official PA TV host: “A low salary, in other words, what is the range?”
Al-Qaisi: “A daily or monthly salary - the monthly [salary] is roughly 1,000 [Israeli] shekels and the daily salary is around 30 shekels, in other words the [minimum] limit.”
Abbas advisor defends PA payments to terrorists before Congress: "This is the right of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 18, 2016
Headline: “Zumlut: The Israeli lobby is behind the deterioration of the situation in Palestine”
     “Advisor to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] for Strategic Affairs Husam Zumlut held the extremist Israeli lobby in Washington responsible for the deterioration of the situation in the Palestinian territories by encouraging the occupation, the policy of colonialism, and the creation of [a cover of] defense for the occupation soldiers and settlers to carry out many types of violence and organized terror against our people...
During the speech he gave before American Congress members in Washington in response to the invitation of the Congress’ Foreign Relations Committee, Zumlut emphasized that ‘The extremist Israeli lobby is involved in methodical forgery of the facts and carrying out political blackmail as part of a pre-planned agenda, whose goal is to thwart the opportunities for peace and fight the regional and international elements striving to achieve it…
As part of his response to a question about Congress’ proposed resolution calling for the cessation of financial aid to the Palestinian government due to the government’s payments to the families of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, Zumlut said: ‘This is a Palestinian law, in force since the establishment of the PA, and it is a law that applies to everyone detained by Israel without exception or choice.’ Likewise, he emphasized: ‘This is the right of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and the obligation of the Palestinian government to provide a security plan that will provide a dignified life in the absence of the breadwinner.’”

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Official PA daily calls 223 terrorists killed during Palestinian terror wave between October 2015 – January 2016 “martyrs” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 2, 2016
       “The Abdallah Al-Hourani Center for Research and Documentation, which is connected to the PLO, said in its report on the Israeli violations that the Israeli occupation forces killed 78 citizens and demolished 620 houses and buildings in the first half of 2016… And so, the number of Martyrs since the outbreak of the popular uprising (‎‎Palestinian euphemism for several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 -Ed.) at the beginning of last October [2015] has risen to 223.”

Palestinian terror wave (2015-2016) – Palestinian violence and terror attacks against Israelis, ‎including stabbings, shootings, throwing Molotov cocktails, and car rammings. It started in September 2015 and as of July 12, 2016, Palestinian terrorists murdered 40 people (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans, and 1 foreign worker from Eritrea) and injured over 500.

PA TV reports on proposal to increase salaries to imprisoned “Martyrs” (i.e., terrorists) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 19, 2016
Secretary-General of the National Association of the Martyrs' Families of Palestine Muhammad Sbeihat: “We are optimistic regarding what [PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] said, because we met with him in recent weeks and we requested to increase the allowances of the Martyrs’ (Shahids) families, the monthly allowances… There is understanding from all sides. Even the [PA] Ministry of Finance knows that the current allowance, or the base allowance, that stands at 1,400 shekels a month, is very low. This amount was determined and implemented in mid-2011, which is to say around five years ago... There is understanding on the part of the [PA] Ministry of Finance regarding this demand. However, the discussion is currently revolving around the exact amount…The [PA] Ministry of Finance says that there is no allocation in the 2016 budget to increase the allowances, because this is supposed to start at the beginning of next year [2017], but on the other hand the [PLO’s] Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution says that there is a surplus in the budget and therefore we can start implementing this [increase] before the end of the year… The Palestinian Authority gives allowances to roughly 30,000 families of Martyrs and wounded inside the homeland and in the diaspora.”

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PA Prime Minister: “The [PA] government and PLO institutions... will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ families as soon as possible” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2016
Headline: “[PA Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah: We will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ (Shahids) families”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emphasized that the government and PLO institutions involved in the matter will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families as soon as possible, and that they are acting to ensure that the rights of the Martyrs’ families will not be harmed, even in the shadow of the financial crises and difficulties that are shaking them (i.e., the government and PLO institutions). He emphasized that we will make an effort to improve their living conditions, and that services are continuing to be provided in the homeland and abroad on the basis of justice and equality, with no discrimination. The statements were made while he [Hamdallah] participated in the central fast-breaking mass meal honoring the families of Palestine’s Martyrs, held in Ramallah… The Prime Minister stated: ‘First of all, while we remember today the execution of Martyr commanders Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir in the Acre Prison in 1930, allow me to ask Allah to have mercy on the souls of the Martyrs of Palestine, who are more honored than all of us. [Allow me] to salute with honor and appreciation their family members, with whom we are meeting again today.”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.
Released Palestinian prisoners have not received allowances from the PA for the past three years, following international pressure  
Source: Gulf News, May 24, 2016
Headline: "Former Palestinian prisoners ‘deprived of allowances’"
Sub-headline:" Israel and Western countries applying pressure on PNA not to give allowances to ‘terrorists’"
      "Ramallah: Dozens of released Palestinian prisoners who had served decades in Israeli regime jails have not received their allowances for the past three years, said a senior Palestinian official. According to Eisa Qaraqei [Issa Karake, Ed.], who heads the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian consensus government must solve the issue of the long-delayed salaries of the former prisoners with immediate effect. 'Long delays have devastated the lives of many ex-prisoners who served more than 20 years behind Israeli bars,” he told Gulf News. “The longer the salaries are delayed, the more former prisoners and families suffer and find it rather difficult to survive.'...
According to Palestinian law, once a Palestinian is arrested by the Israeli occupation forces, the PNA starts granting him 1,400 Shekels a month; the prisoner’s salary increases to 2,000 Shekels once the prisoner reaches two years in prison, 4,000 Shekels after five years in prison and jumps to 6,000 Shekels when the prisoner reaches ten years in prison. The scheme for those who serve more than five years in Israeli jails even enhances when they are released, but those who are released before five years of imprisonment receive only a financial aid of six months’ allowance as lump sum. No further assistance is given."

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: “Israel and a number of Western countries [are] trying to revoke the prisoners’ financial rights on the pretext that they engaged in ‘terror’... in order to negate their being fighters” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2016
Headline: “In its new conference – the Prisoners’ Club demands to unite the national discourse regarding the prisoners’ cause”
PMW note: Palestinian Media Watch has presented in US Congress and in many European parliaments its findings on PA rewarding imprisoned terrorists with salaries.
      “During its fifth conference, titled The Late Released Prisoner and Leader Rabiha Dhiab (i.e., former PA Minister of Women’s Affairs who recently died) Session, the Prisoners’ Club emphasized that the national discourse on everything regarding the prisoners’ cause must be united… Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake discussed a number of matters regarding the prisoners, including… the offense being led by Israel and a number of Western countries, who are trying to revoke the prisoners’ financial rights on the pretext that they engaged in ‘terror,’ as they call it, in order to negate their being fighters, in addition to the importance of tendering prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize and the significance inherent in doing so, which can legitimize the Palestinian struggle.”

Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
PA minister: the PA "employs twice as many employees as it needs," international community demands that it reduce number of workers 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, May 22, 2016
Headline: “Abu Shahla: The international community demanded that the government reduce the number of Palestinian [state] employees”
     “Palestinian Minister of Employment Ma’moun Abu Shahla revealed that the international community has demanded of the Palestinian government that it reduce the number of current employees.
Abu Shahla stated in a press conference he held in the city of Gaza in order to update journalists regarding recent government developments that ‘the Palestinian government is suffering from functional weakness at the moment, and the international community has demanded a reduction in the number of its current employees.’
He added: ‘PA Minister of Finance Shoukry Bishara requests loans from all over every month in order to pay the employees’ salaries,’ and noted that the Palestinian government ‘currently employs twice as many employees as it needs.’
Abu Shahla continued: ‘The political capital of 5 billion dollars a year which the PA is supposed to be receiving since the Oslo Agreements in 1994 has begun to decline, until it reached 760 million dollars last year. He clarified: ‘We expected to receive 1.2 billion in external aid last year, but what we received was not more than 760 million dollars.’
He noted: ‘This year’s signs indicate that we will see a decline in external aid,’ and commented that all of this ‘constitutes general pressure whose aim is to cause political concessions, but it will not succeed.’”
PA Ministry of Finance owes released prisoners 9 million dollars, but isn’t paying them despite Abbas’ decision 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 10, 2016
     Headline: "Karake: The sum of the unpaid release grants is 9 million dollars"
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the sum of the release grants due the released prisoners is 9 million dollars, and that the [PA] Ministry of Finance has not paid them in many years, 'which has created a situation of bitterness and anger among the prisoners released from the occupation's prisons.' (Released terrorists who have been imprisoned in Israel more than 5 years continue to receive a salary from the PA upon their release. Terrorists who have served less than five years receive a lump sum upon release. –Ed.)
Karake noted that there are instructions from the president [Mahmoud Abbas], the prime minister [Rami Hamdallah], and the head of the Palestinian National Fund [Ramzi Khoury] to pay the release grants according to the law, but that this has not been done until now.
He explained that about 3,000 male and female prisoners that have been released in recent years – some of whom served more than 15 years – need this grant in order to begin civilized and human lives after long years in prison.
Karake demanded that the relevant bodies regarding this matter 'solve this problem, which has created a negative atmosphere among the released [prisoners].'
Karake spoke of this during a meeting with released prisoners in the Nablus district and visits he made to a number of released prisoners in the Tulkarem district."
Abbas confirms main charge of PMW's new report - that the PA is still paying salaries to terrorists - in meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister 
Source: Dagen (Norway), May 4, 2016
Headline: “The support program for prisoners is unacceptable”
“In a meeting with [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende stressed that the current support program for prisoners should be abolished.
Foreign Minister Brende (Conservatives) is on a new tour of the Middle East. Tuesday afternoon and evening, he had meetings first with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and then with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah...
‘In the meeting, I emphasized that this support program in which financial payments are increased the [longer] the prisoners serve time [in prison], is unacceptable and should be abolished. I emphasized that with the political and economic challenges that Palestinians now face, it is in their own best interest to abolish this program,’ says Brende.
Abbas responded by repeating assurances that Norwegian funds are not going to finance the program. This is something Brende too continues to emphasize.
‘Norwegian support to Palestine goes to state building and institutional development, which everyone is interested in continuing. This is also stressed by the Israeli authorities,’ said the Foreign Minister to Dagen.”
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