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, 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.’"
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt

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.”
Click to view video

Click "full article" for more information

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.”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt

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.”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt



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.."
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information

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.’”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt

PA and Fatah official: Passage of Israeli terror salaries law is “robbery,” implementation of law will have “consequences: “All of the options will be open”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
    “Chairman of the General Authority for Civil Affairs [in the PA] and Fatah Movement Central Committee member Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh said that ‘The Israeli Parliament’s ratification of a law cutting that which is paid to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) from the Palestinian taxes is robbery and theft of our people’s money’ (refers to a law to deduct terror salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.).
Minister Al-Sheikh said in a press release yesterday [July 4, 2018] that ‘If the government of Israel implements this decision, this will have political, security, and financial consequences, and our people’s leadership will implement a series of decisions and steps in response to this. All of the options will be open in order to deal with this decision, which deviates from all of the signed agreements and protocols.’ Al-Sheikh emphasized that ‘The occupation authorities have no right to judge our people’s past and present and its national struggle for freedom and independence.’ He added: ‘There is contact with different concerned parties regionally and internationally, and this is in order to explain the danger involved in this type of decision and its consequences.’”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more

Independent Council for Human Rights condemns passage of law deducting terror salaries from tax payments Israel transfers to the PA as violation of international law 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2018
    "The Independent Council for Human Rights condemned the ratification of the law to deduct the prisoners’ and Martyrs' (Shahids') allowances (mukhassasat) from the Palestinian tax money by the 'Israeli Parliament.' (refers to law to deduct terror salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.). The council said in a statement yesterday [July 4, 2018] that 'The Israeli law constitutes an illegal blow to both the money owed to the Palestinians according to the agreements signed between the PLO and the occupation government, and a blow to the rights of these groups in the Palestinian society, and a blow to the right of the prisoners and their family members to live in dignity.' The council also emphasized that ‘There is no contradiction between the clauses of international law and international humanitarian law regarding giving support or salaries (rawatib) to the families of the detained, the prisoners, and the released prisoners - whose families completely depend on them financially in order to manage their lives and to allow them to live with dignity - and the obligation to give them the monetary allowances (mukhassasat) and their right to this.'"
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt




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..."
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more

PLO chief negotiator: Israeli law deducting terror salaries from tax payments is “robbery and theft”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
“Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said to AFP: ‘This decision (referring to law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money collected by Israel; see note below –Ed.) is most dangerous, and nears the point of doing away with the PA. This is robbery and theft.’ He added: ‘Israel is stealing the land and money of the Palestinian people… Its decision to build new housing units in the settlements (possibly referring to Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman’s May 2018 announcement that Israel plans to approve 3,900 housing units in 30 West Bank towns -Ed.) constitutes theft of the Palestinian people’s land.’ Erekat emphasized that all of this is a result of ‘the decisions of American President Donald Trump, which are encouraging Israel.’”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information

PA foreign minister condemns Australian cut to aid to the PA over terror salaries  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
       “The State of Palestine’s [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki said that the position of Australia, which has stopped the aid to the State of Palestine, constitutes a hostile position against the Palestinian people’s rights and [shows Australia is] being dragged after the extremist Israeli position. This is expressed in [Australia’s] use of the social security system, which is meant for the families of the Palestinian prisoners, as an excuse for its reallocation of its aid to Palestine (Australia announced on July 2, 2018, that it is ceasing direct aid to the PA; see note below –Ed.). In a statement, Al-Malki emphasized this evening (Tuesday) [July 3, 2018] that the regretful position of the present Australian government is not surprising, as it has consistently and embarrassingly failed to fulfill its obligations according to international law in everything related to the rights of the Palestinian people… Al-Malki emphasized that the present Australian government’s announcement is an additional step, through which this government is again proving that it is investing in the Israeli government’s war agenda…"

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt



Head of Prisoners’ Club condemns Israel salary law, prisoners are “resistance members and prisoners of war,” not terrorists; no one will harm “rights” of prisoners, Martyrs’ families and wounded  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
Headline: “Wall to wall condemnations of the approval of deduction of the Martyrs and prisoners’ allowances”
     “Chairman of the Palestinian [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares… explained that Israel’s attempts to steal the Palestinian people’s money (referring to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from tax money collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.)… are part of the actions to apply pressure in order to connect the Palestinian struggle to terror… Fares noted that the prisoners oppose all of the Israeli efforts to revoke their political status and their status as fighters, to revoke their legitimate right as resistance members and prisoners of war, and to label them as ‘terrorists’ and ‘criminals.’ Fares calmed the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded that no one will harm their rights, as there is a consensus over them among the members of the Palestinian people. He emphasized that the implementation of this racist and discriminatory law will have grave consequences that will lead to an explosion in the face of the occupation.”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information

PLO prisoners’ commission condemns Australian decision to cut aid to the PA over terror salaries; Israel is “head of the terror in the region and in the entire world” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
Headline: “After Australia announced the stopping of the financial aid to the PA under the pretext of ‘salaries for prisoners’ - the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: The world must not be dragged after Israel’s false stories and fraud”
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement yesterday (Tuesday) [July 3, 2018] that the world’s states must not be dragged after Israel’s false stories and fraud, whose goal is to change the facts, or after its failed attempts to define the Palestinians' legitimate right to struggle as a crime, and particularly the attack against the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the wounded, and the prisoners (refers to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from tax money collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.).
The commission added: 'Israel is an occupation state, which is implementing the most despicable policy of abuse, oppression, and murder against the members of the Palestinian people, and it is the head of the terror in the region and in the entire world. The Australian position was a type of alignment with the view of the occupation and oppression state' (Australia announced it is ceasing direct aid to the PA on July 2, 2018, citing the PA’s terror salaries as the reason for this decision, and instead will transfer aid through the UN –Ed.)…"
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt

PA government condemns Israeli salaries law as “theft,” says leadership “will not abandon the prisoners and the families of the Martyrs”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] government: The Palestinian cause was and is the key to international security and peace”
    “The [PA] government condemned the ratification of ‘the law to deduct [the amount of] the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids) allowances (mukhassasat) from the Palestinian tax money’ (refers to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.). It emphasized that deducting the money from these revenues and legitimizing it are nothing but Israeli robbery, theft of Palestinian money, the open legitimization of the theft of our people’s money, and harms our national symbols and the symbols of the defense of freedom and dignity…
The government emphasized that the Palestinian leadership, headed by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, will not abandon the prisoners and the families of the Martyrs, who have paid with their years and their lives for their homeland.”
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information

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

Click "full article" for more information


PA TV brings various responses to Israeli salaries law 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2018
Official PA TV News, responses to the Israeli law deducting terror salaries from the tax money collected for the PA

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

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt

PLO official: Prisoners had a “right” to kill – a “right to resist the occupation”; paying them is "sacred" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2018

PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Spokesman Hassan Abd Rabbo:
"The legislation that passed the Israeli Parliament is racist legislation and is tantamount to organized state terror, which targets the Palestinian people’s values of struggle and morals, and attempts not only to steal the Palestinian people’s money, but also to target the history of our people’s struggle and its right to resist the occupation... The [Israeli] law defines the [Palestinian] national struggle as a crime, considers it terror, and considers the Palestinian people’s fighters and its Martyrs terrorists, criminals, and murderers... The issue of paying allowances to the families of the Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded is a sacred national obligation of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership."
Click to view video
Click to view bulletin

Click "full article" for more information and a longer excerpt

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

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

Click "full article" for more information

PA daily op-ed: Imprisoned terrorists have a "right" to their salaries from the PA  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: "The Prisoners' salaries are our obligation"
    "The salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners of freedom are a right that is guaranteed to them, and colonialist Israel, the US, and anyone else cannot under any circumstances be allowed to harm this right, which is guaranteed to them as freedom fighters according to the Palestinian national criteria and laws and international [ones]... The prisoners' cause is the cause of every Palestinian family, and it is necessarily a general cause of the [Palestinian] people and of its political leadership. None of their financial, social, or political rights can be relinquished. Their salaries are an obligation upon the people and the leadership."
Click to view bulletin

Head of PLO body for Martyrs’ families and prisoners: Israeli deduction of terror salaries from PA tax transfers is “illegal and constitutes an act of robbery, state terror,” payments are “welfare money” and will continue 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 29, 2018
Headline: “Al-Wazir: Deducting the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners is an act of robbery and terror”
      “Chairwoman of the [PLO] Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution Intisar Al-Wazir condemned the Israeli Parliament’s decision to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners from the PA’s tax money (sic., the Israeli Parliament Committee on Security and Foreign Affairs passed a bill to the Israeli Parliament for final voting), and considered this an inhumane act that harms the lives and livelihood of thousands of Palestinian families that have lost their provider and struggled and sacrificed the lives of their sons and their freedom in order to resist the occupation. Al-Wazir added that this action of deduction is illegal and constitutes an act of robbery, state terror, and a new way for the occupation to subjugate the Palestinians and eliminate their legal rights that are anchored in international law and norms.
Al-Wazir emphasized that the allowances of the Martyrs’ families, the wounded, and the prisoners are welfare money that are meant to strengthen the society and defend it from extremism and deviance... Al-Wazir calmed the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners regarding the continued payment of their allowances, and emphasized that the institutions working in this sector are continuing their work, and the occupation’s steps do not deter them from carrying out the humanitarian and social work...”

Click "full article" for more