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PA PM: Public employees will receive 60% of the month’s salary in addition to 50% for past cuts, due to financial crisis over terror salaries

Headline: “Shtayyeh: The [PA] public employees’ salaries will be paid at a rate of 110%”

“[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh emphasized that the [PA] public employees will receive 60% of this month’s [August’s] salary in addition to 50% to complete [the salary of] the first month of the financial crisis (refers to PA’s refusal to accept tax money in response to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terror salaries; see note below –Ed.).”

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]