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Rami Hamdallah
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Rami Hamdallah
Former PA Prime Minister 2013-2019. He received the additional title Minister of Interior in the Fatah-Hamas unity government that lasted from June 2014 - June 2015. He was replaced as PA prime minister by Muhammad Shtayyeh on March 10, 2019.
PA PM Hamdallah: “The first salaries that we will pay are the salaries of the Martyrs and the prisoners”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2019
      “Interim [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said in his speech at the ceremony launching the Arab Training Program that is being organized by the National School for Management: ‘With new aggression, Israel has deducted the salaries of the families of the prisoners and the Martyrs (Shahids) from the Palestinian tax money (refers to implementation of Israel's Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.). This is in order to increase the strangulation and tighten the siege on our people financially and economically, and in order to destroy our ability to fulfill our obligations. We have emphasized and still emphasize that we are capable of overcoming the current crisis and strengthening our national enterprise through popular unity around His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas. We say to them that in accordance with President Mahmoud Abbas’ instructions, the first salaries that we will pay are the salaries of the Martyrs and the prisoners (today or tomorrow) [parentheses in source], and with patience and cooperation we will soon be able to pay part of the public employees’ salaries.’”

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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 sends letter to Trump administration rejecting US security aid
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2019
Official PA TV News, on the PA refusing US aid due to new US law

Official PA TV newsreader: "PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said that on orders from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah sent a letter to the American administration in which he demanded that it stop the security aid, if the law called the 'anti-terror' law (i.e., the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018; see note below) is implemented. In an interview on the [official] PA TV program Topic of the Day, Erekat said that the American administration officially received the letter four days ago [Jan. 16, 2019], but until now no response to the letter has been received from America.”
Official PA TV reporter: “At a time when the American administration is acting in Congress to implement the law called 'the terror law,' which gives it the right to submit lawsuits against states that receive aid from it, the [PA] leadership sent a sharp letter to the White House administration on the orders of President Mahmoud Abbas, in which it emphasized its relinquishment of Washington's security aid if this law is implemented."

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PA PM: PA going through financial crisis due to 71% drop in foreign aid
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah briefed the European Union consuls and representatives on the latest political and economic developments"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met yesterday [Nov. 1, 2018] in his office in Ramallah with the European Union states' consuls, ambassadors, and representatives in the presence of European Union Representative in Palestine Ralph Tarraf…
The prime minister discussed with the European Union representatives the [PA] government's efforts and achievements despite the difficult financial crisis that it is going through in light of the 71% drop in the rate of external aid."
PA PM attacks the US administration: “The illegal American decisions come one after the other in order to deny the facts, and to attempt to subdue our people and break our resolve”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah: The decisions of the US will not succeed in forcing our people to relinquish its rights"

"[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that the US can stop its aid to our people, threaten to put an end to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), and close our embassy in Washington, but it will not succeed in forcing our people to relinquish its rights…
During his speech at the ceremony [to award] the Palestine Exporter Prize for 2018 that was held yesterday [Sept. 19, 2018] in Ramallah, Hamdallah added: 'The plots around us are intensifying in order to bypass our people’s cause and prevent the establishment of our independent state in the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. The illegal American decisions come one after the other in order to deny the facts, and to attempt to subdue our people and break our resolve.' He emphasized that this will not prevent us from following the diplomatic and legal path along which [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is advancing."

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PA prime minister refers to Israel as “Palestine that was occupied in 1948”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 16, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah welcomed a delegation from the Arab American University”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah received a delegation from the Arab American University in his office… and expressed his appreciation for the role the university is fulfilling in providing an excellent education with the assistance of all the modern study tools that match the needs of the market, along with strengthening the resolve of the members of our people in Palestine that was occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel).”
PA PM: PA leadership refuses to surrender to US “extortion,” US is no longer a peace partner
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah: We refuse to surrender to the American extortion, the Trump administration is a partner of the occupation"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emphasized the refusal of the leadership – and primarily [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the [PA] government – to surrender to the American extortion and to the decisions that [US President Donald] Trump's administration has made and will make. He emphasized that it will not replace the firm national rights for political money. Hamdallah… again emphasized that the American administration is no longer a partner in establishing peace, and that at the moment it is a partner to the occupation and to undermining the stability – not only in Palestine, but in the entire region."
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PA Prime Minister emphasizes "the firm position of the leadership - led by Abbas and the government - and its commitment to pay the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners"
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 13, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah: We are continuing to provide all types of support to the prisoners"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met today (Monday) [Aug. 13, 2018] with a delegation from the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs led by Director of the Commission Qadri Abu Bakr in his office in Ramallah … The prime minister again emphasized the firm position of the leadership – led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the government – and its commitment to pay the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, despite the Israeli occupation’s decision and its threats to deduct these allowances from the Palestinian tax money (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money). Hamdallah emphasized that despite the challenges, the provision of all types of support to the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs in its lofty and patriotic activities for our brave prisoners in the occupation's prisons is continuing. He also emphasized that the prisoners are the spearhead of the Palestinian struggle, and that they are the ones who have sacrificed the years of their lives for our just cause."
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PA PM: PA will continue paying salaries of employees and utilities in Gaza
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2018
        "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: 'We will not bargain over our political positions and national principles for money. We are being subjected to great political pressures but we will deal with them and find solutions, and we will not surrender.'
Hamdallah added in his meeting today, Thursday [Aug. 2, 2018], in Ramallah with a selection of journalists, editors-in-chief, and writers… that 'I do not think that there is one Palestinian who can abandon Jerusalem and the refugees. We will not bargain over the basic principles for money, and they attempted to pressure us in the past but did not succeed.' […] He also added: 'We are now paying the water, electric, and sewage bills and the medical referrals in the Gaza Strip, and what is important for you to know is that we have 35,000 [public] employees in the Gaza Strip for whom we are paying 50% of their salaries, after having paid 70% in the past.'"

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PA PM: Aid to the PA has dropped by 70%, Israel steals the Palestinians' money
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah: No decision, whatever it may be, can grant legitimacy to the occupation"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah... said in a speech during the laying of the cornerstone for the Centro Mall commercial center in Ramallah yesterday [July 23, 2018]: ...'In light of the drop in financial aid to approximately 70% (sic., drop of approximately 70%) and Israel's control of our resources, theft of our money (apparently refers to new Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and its attempts to weaken our national economy, we need to broaden our independent capabilities and resources, revive our sectors, and strengthen the investment opportunities.’"

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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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PA Prime Minister says salary payments to terrorist prisoners and families of “martyrs” are “the minimum obligation and expression of appreciation for their enormous sacrifice”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 1, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah: We are committed to defending the rights of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners, regardless of the circumstances”

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

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

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PA PM: “Israel… is still attempting to falsify and fabricate history" through actions whose goal is to "strengthen its hold on the sites holy to Islam and Christianity” in Jerusalem
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2018
      "[PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah said: 'We have already emphasized and continue to emphasize that Jerusalem is a red line that we will not allow anyone to cross. This city is the cradle of the monotheistic religions, the focus of revelation and divine spirit, the place to which the gazes of all Muslims and Christians are drawn. Israel has and is still attempting to falsify and fabricate history through violations and actions whose goal is to steal the land from its legal owners, and to strengthen its hold on the sites holy to Islam and Christianity.'
Hamdallah added: ‘The fact that the international community continues its thundering silence in the face of what is happening in Palestine, and particularly in Jerusalem, feeds these Israeli aspirations and enlarges them, and will lead to the conflict becoming a religious conflict, whose outcome no one can predict.' [...] Hamdallah said this in a speech before the International Forum on Jerusalem Endowments held yesterday, Monday [May 8, 2017], in Istanbul, Turkey, in the presence of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."

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PA Justice Minister, representing PA PM, on US and Israeli demands that PA stop terrorists’ salaries: “We will not abandon the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners of freedom"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2018
Headline: “Abu Diyak: We will not bargain over our Martyrs’ blood and will not exchange our promise and loyalty to them for all the money in the world”
      “[PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak said yesterday [April 9, 2018]: ‘We will not bargain over our Martyrs’ (Shahids') blood and will not exchange the promise and loyalty to the Martyrs for all the money in the world. We will remain committed to the promise to the Martyrs of freedom and to the victims of the Israeli terror crimes. We will not backtrack on the path of the struggle with all of the legitimate means until realizing our Martyrs’ dream and our people’s aspirations – freedom, independence, the end of the occupation, and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem.’
This was said in his speech as the representative of His Honor [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah at the opening of the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs [of Palestine’s] fifth general conference.
He said: ‘We will not abandon the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners of freedom. The government, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, will continue to fulfill its national, moral, and human obligation towards the Martyrs’ families.'"

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PA Prime Minister claims "there is a monetary and political blockade" imposed by the US, and that the PA has not received aid from the US in two years
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 3, 2018
Official PA TV News, on the Palestinians being unwilling to trade their principles for financial support

Official PA TV newsreader: “[PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] emphasized that the leadership is withstanding political and financial pressures that the US has been exerting on Palestine through a monetary blockade for approximately two years. He emphasized his opposition to trading the basic national principles in exchange for political money.”

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah: “As much as we are facing a difficult situation, and as much as there is a monetary and political blockade. – By the way, the US blockade is not from this year. For two years they have not been paying us. We are making do and everything is fine. We always say that it is impossible to trade firm national positions in exchange for any political money. We do not want political money. Will we relinquish Jerusalem in exchange for political money? It is impossible to relinquish Jerusalem, or one grain or bit of our land.”
PA PM: Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is “empty talk,” the PA will refuse US aid that is conditional
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah: "[US President Donald] Trump has now taken an unprecedented step… And what did this Trump do? It is all empty talk. Just a piece of paper. It does not add or subtract. Others before him have made decisions, and what happened? The uprising of July [2017] – people without weapons – civilians - forced the [removal of the] metal detectors (refers to security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there; see note below –Ed.)...
And he, who will make a million decisions, yesterday [Dec. 6, 2017] boasted, signed, and showed people. We say to him that this decision is not worth the ink in his signature. And may he hear us, and stop the aid [to the PA], which he has already stopped anyway. Two years ago he stopped the aid (sic., Trump was not president two years ago), and we say that we do not want aid and do not want anything from him. This aid is conditional, we do not want it. And we will be satisfied with little."

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PA government calls on Palestinians to protest against US Jerusalem decision, says those who “stood upright” during previous unrest “will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city" and to "Judaize" it
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
     “During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called on the masses of our people – with all of its groups and wherever it is located – to express their opposition to the dangerous American intentions to transfer the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
The government emphasized that the members of our people – who stood upright during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented a spectacular example of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity. The government emphasized that transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will threaten the peace and security in our region and the world.”
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PA PM awards honorary plaque with map of “Palestine” erasing Israel on it
Source: Facebook page of the PA Prime Minister’s Office, Nov. 16, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA Prime Minister’s Office

Posted text: “During his speech at the general conference of the Palestinian Engineers’ Association, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘Our engineers in Palestine, in the Arab states, and in many states in the world, have proven their ability to excel, succeed, and enrich the engineering sector through many quality contributions that have brought praise to Palestine.”

In the image PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah awards an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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