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PA government commits to “the rights of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and… to allowing them to live with dignity”

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

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

Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018 - Among other things, this law gives US courts the jurisdiction to seize assets from any body that receives foreign aid from the US government, viewing their acceptance of US foreign aid as consent to US jurisdiction. This enables past and present victims of terror to successfully pursue lawsuits in US courts against such bodies that were connected in any way to the acts of terror. In the past many such cases have been thrown out due to lack of US jurisdiction.