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PA pays terrorists’ salaries in full while PA employees get 50%

Headline: "[PA] Ministry of Finance: The allowances of the Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded will be paid in full, and the public employees' salaries at a rate of 50%"

"The [PA] Ministry of Finance and Planning announced that all of the March allowance salaries of the prisoners, released prisoners, and families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded will be paid in full tomorrow, Tuesday [April 2, 2019], in accordance with the orders of [PA]  President Mahmoud Abbas.

In a statement it published today, Monday, the ministry explained that the public employees' salaries will be paid at a rate of 50% of the salaries; at least 2,000 [Israeli] shekels for all groups of public employees, and at most 10,000 for the ministers, those serving at the rank of minister, the judges, and the diplomatic staff.

On the same topic, it emphasized that there is no change in the position of the Palestinian leadership and the [PA] government, which object to accepting the tax money [from Israel] if any amount is deducted from it illegally or without our agreement in advance (referring to the Israeli 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]