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Shtayyeh thanks public employees for accepting cut salaries, repeats Abbas is loyal to Martyrs’ blood and prisoners

Official PA TV News, on PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh’s speech at a Ramadan fast-breaking meal in Ramallah for the families of the “Martyrs”

PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh: “We say on behalf of all of you that [PA] Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas will remain loyal, and with him we will remain the most loyal of the loyal to the blood of the Martyrs and to our prisoners, regardless of the type of war that is declared against us. We will struggle for our land. We will struggle for our people. We will struggle for recognition [as a state]. And we will struggle against the financial war that is being imposed on us (refers to Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.). At this opportunity I won’t forget to thank the Palestinian National Authority employees and the PLO employees who for three months are receiving 50% of their salary, and not one of them is even sighing. I bless them; I bless you, because you know that this crisis that they have put us in is for the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners.”

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]