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PA accuses Israel with colonialism, theft, and state-terror

Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The theft of the Palestinian people's money is organized state terror"

"The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the occupation state's decision to steal an additional 150 million [Israeli] shekels of the Palestinian people's money (i.e., referring to the latest implementation of Israel's Anti 'Pay-for-Slay' Law; see note below) on false pretexts and claims, whose goal is to attempt to label the Palestinian people as terrorists, and said that this istheft and organized state terror.

The ministry noted in a statement yesterday [Dec. 30, 2019] that the theft of the additional money from the Palestinian people is part of the occupation'splanned financial waragainst the Palestinian people and the foundations of its standing firm on the ground of its homeland, in a desperate attempt to undermine the internal Palestinian stability and harm its social fabric. This is part of the Judaization colonialist project that the occupation government is trying to impose by force on our people, land, property, and holy sites."

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]