PA Prime Minister demands that international community “pressure Israel to stop the deductions from the Palestinian tax money… in order to stop the policy of monetary theft that it is carrying out”
Headline: “Shtayyeh demanded to create a monetary checking mechanism vis-à-vis Israel in order to stop its policy of theft”
“[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh renewed his demand that the international community – and the donor states in particular – pressure Israel to stop the deductions from the Palestinian tax money (refers to Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.), and create a mechanism to check all of the monetary matters with it in order to stop the policy of monetary theft that it is carrying out.
Shtayyeh said this yesterday [May 16, 2019] while meeting in his office in Ramallah with Representative of Norway in Palestine H ilde Haralstad.
The prime minister discussed the results of the last donors’ meeting in Brussels with the representative of Norway, and emphasized the need for the international community to play an active role against the American and Israeli monetary war to which our people is being subjected.”
Israel's Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law - 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 by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018, and its first implementation was approved by Israel's Security Cabinet on Feb. 17, 2019, when it decided to withhold 502,697,000 Israeli shekels (approximately $138 million) from the PA. In response, the PA announced it would not accept any of the tax money collected by Israel unless it also included the frozen amount. During the initial parliamentary vote in 2018, 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]