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Abbas repeats terrorists are “most sacred,” won’t deny them salaries

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting with foreign journalists: "How can I accept this [Israeli deduction of our tax money] when it harms my right and harms people who have affected our lives: The Martyrs, who are our most sacred thing; the wounded, who are our most sacred thing; and the prisoners, who are our most sacred thing. I can’t deny them salaries just because Israel wants to call them 'terrorists.' That is something that no one would accept, and we will not accept it under any circumstances."

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]