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PA salaries to terrorists and their familes
PA salaries to terrorists and their familes
In April 2011, the Palestinian Authority Registry published a Government Resolution granting all Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel for security and terror-related offenses a monthly salary from the PA (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 15, 2011). This new resolution, called PA Government Resolution of 2010, numbers 21 and 23, formalized what has long been a PA practice.

The PA defined which Palestinians would be considered "prisoners": "Anyone imprisoned in the occupation's [Israel's] prisons as a result of his participation in the struggle against the occupation" (Ch. 1 of Law of Prisoners, 2004/19, www.alasra.ps, accessed May 9, 2011)

According to the PA definition, more than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners (as of December 2012) serving time for terror-related offenses are recipients of PA salaries. This means that Palestinians convicted of crimes such as theft do not receive a salary, but Hamas and Fatah terrorist murderers do.

These monthly payments to prisoners are paid from the PA’s general budget and income taxes are paid, as is the case with all other PA salaries (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011). According to the language of the PA regulation as well as PA economic reports on government salaries, the monthly salaries to prisoners range from 1,400 shekels to 12,000 shekels. The PA economic report listed the prisoners’ salaries as part of the PA general salary budget, which includes civil servants, military personnel and others. (Life and the Market, supplement to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011). It was not listed as a social service payment.

The PA’s general budget and salary budget is funded by numerous donor countries. Since 2011, PMW has been documenting that international donors' aid money given for salaries and to the PA general budget pays the salaries of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel. This is in violation of the letter or spirit of the laws of the funding countries.

Responding to queries from donor countries following PMW reports, the PA told the donor countries that they changed the wording of the law from “salaries” – “ratib”- to “assistance” – “i’ana.” British Minister of State stated in a letter that “we have discussed these issues with the PA at the highest levels” and “the PA has now changed the wording in the Cabinet Decision to unambiguously refer to the payment as assistance – i’ana.’” (Letter from Minister of State Alan Duncan to MP Mike Freer, see report here) However, the PA immediately contradicted what Duncan had claimed, calling it a rumor:

“[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake denies rumors about changing salaries (Arabic: rawatib) into social assistance (Arabic: i'anat ijtima'iya)…” [WAFA (the official Palestinian Authority news agency), Dec. 27, 2012]
 
This was likewise corroborated by Prisoners' Club Chairman Qadura Fares, when he announced that the PA had finalized a final version of the law “which considers payments made to prisoners 'salaries,' (Arabic: ratib) to which no other term applies.” [Al-Quds Internet edition, Dec. 27, 2012]

In August 2014, the PA implemented another ruse to evade pressure from international ‎donors. The PA closed the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and announced the ‎establishment of a new PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, which they claimed ‎would pay the salaries. ‎

However, the PLO Commission was new only in name. The PLO body would have the ‎same responsibilities and pay the exact same amounts of salaries to prisoners; the ‎former PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, became the Director of the new ‎PLO Commission and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas retained overall supervision of ‎the PLO Commission. [PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 29, 2014] [Ayjal radio (independent Palestinian station), Aug. 30, 2014] [Official PA TV, May 9, 2015]

Nevertheless, many international donors accepted PA assurances that the PA was no ‎longer paying the salaries to terrorist prisoners. For instance, the Dutch government ‎made this statement in April 2015: ‎

‎“The responsibility for payments to prisoners was transferred to the PLO and will ‎no longer be charged to the budget of the PA, and these [payments to prisoners] ‎are not funded by PA tax revenues or donor funds. The PLO pays such costs ‎from their own income, where the Cabinet has no access.” [Question and ‎Answer session, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 22, 2015] ‎
 
Ample evidence contradicts the PA assurances to the Dutch and other donors. These ‎findings are based entirely on information supplied by the PA: ‎

‎- In January 2015, the PA Ministry of Finance announced that the PA budget includes ‎transfer of salaries to prisoners in Israeli jails who were from Gaza. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, ‎Jan. 6, 2015] This openly contradicts the PA claim that the PA no longer pays salaries ‎to prisoners.‎

‎- When Israel withheld PA tax income in the first months of 2015, the PA announced ‎that prisoners receiving up to 2,000 shekels in salary a month would continue to ‎receive their full salary and those receiving more than 2,000 shekels would only ‎receive 60% of their salary -- the same reduction that was imposed on civil servants. ‎‎[Wattan News Agency, March 5, 2015] Were the PLO paying salaries from Arab donor ‎money and not the PA, Israel's holding up PA money would have no impact on terrorist ‎prisoners’ salaries. Clearly, it is still PA money paying terrorist prisoners’ salaries.‎

To view all PMW reports on PA salaries to terrorist prisoners, click here.

The following section documents all developments related to salaries for ‎Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel:‎

Director of Prisoners’ Commission promises to continue salaries to terrorists and their families 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2018
      "In addition, [Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri] Abu Bakr visited the Nablus and Tubas districts and met with representatives of institutions and released prisoners. He emphasized to them that the commitment to the prisoners and their families continues until they achieve their freedom, and that the leadership has many [options] in order to respond to Israel’s intent – with the support of the US – to harm the Palestinian tax money and deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners from it (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.).”

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PLO committee “emphasized its pride in the legendary resolve of our brave prisoners… [and] will continue to take care of the families of the Martyrs, the prisoners, and the wounded,” despite the US and Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2018
     “At its meeting yesterday [Oct. 7, 2018] in Ramallah, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, the [PLO] Executive Committee repeated its previous decisions and that which was said in President [Abbas’] speech before the [UN] General Assembly – in other words, resistance to the American administration being a partner or mediator in the peace process. It considered [the administration] part of the problem and not part of the solution… [The committee] emphasized its pride in the legendary resolve of our brave prisoners, who are continuing in their struggle and in their defiance towards the Israeli jailor in all areas. It also emphasized that it will continue to take care of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded, regardless of how much the American administration and the Israeli government exaggerate in the policy of blackmail and thuggery.”
Abbas at UN GA: "I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners," defends PA salaries to terrorists` policy 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2018
Headline: "Experts: Mahmoud Abbas' support for the families of the Martyrs, the prisoners, and the wounded highlights that our struggle is national and not connected to terror"
       "From the UN podium [on Sept. 27, 2018], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas again emphasized the commitment to continue supporting the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded, while rejecting all of the pressures and decisions of Israel, and with it the US...
Among the things Abbas said in his speech: 'I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners. I say to all Palestinians: First, Israel considers [the Martyrs and prisoners] criminals. Why? Why does it [do so], when it has many thousands of people who have attacked everybody - and these are heroes? Why is the one who murdered [former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin considered a hero (sic., Israel does not consider Yigal Amir a hero, he is serving a life sentence in prison -Ed.), and we - our people - are criminals whom it is forbidden to pay? I pay tribute to our heroic Martyrs and prisoners! And I say to everybody, we are standing before a time close to the dawn of freedom and independence. The darkness of the occupation will come to its end'...."
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Fatah youth movement makes statement in support of “providing full aid” to terrorist prisoners and families of martyrs, expresses “absolute rejection of all of the American administration’s attempts” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 28, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] president sent a handwritten letter to the young Palestinians through Fatah’s Shabiba”

“The secretariat of the Fatah Shabiba [Youth] Movement in the northern districts (i.e., the West Bank) emphasized in a press release that it is a national position and an obligation of every Palestinian who is committed to their basic principles and national rights to support the position of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] in his national campaign against the racist American administration, the occupation state, and their aggression against the Palestinian people and its firm rights, and also in his decisive adherence to providing full aid to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, the wounded, and the fighters, and in his absolute rejection of all of the American administration’s attempts, its crimes against Jerusalem – the capital of the future Palestinian state, and the bypassing of the [Palestinian refugees’] right of return through attempts to dry up UNRWA’s (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) sources of aid (refers to cutting of US aid to UNRWA; see note below –Ed.).”

US President Donald Trump's administration announced on Aug. 31, 2018 that it was immediately cutting all $360 million of annual American funding to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). Explaining the decision, the US State Department said, "The fundamental business model and fiscal practices that have marked UNRWA for years – tied to UNRWA’s endlessly and exponentially expanding community of entitled beneficiaries – is simply unsustainable and has been in crisis mode for many years. The United States will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation."

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Newly appointed PLO Commissioner of Prisoners’ Affairs: We “will continue to support the resolve of the prisoners,” Israel and the US trying to “present them as terrorists” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2018
Headline: "Abu Bakr: The Israeli and American pressures will not prevent us from continuing [to fulfill] our obligation"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr emphasized that the leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, will continue to support the resolve of the prisoners and their families and will not succumb to the Israeli and American pressures calling to stop the Martyrs’ (Shahids) and prisoners' salaries (rawatib) and allowances (mukhassasat).
This was said during Abu Bakr’s meeting with families of Jerusalem prisoners and released prisoners at the municipality hall in the village of Al-Eizariya, in the presence of [Jerusalem] District Governor Adnan Ghaith…
Abu Bakr explained that the Israeli and American activity in the international arena is extensive and ongoing, and its goal is to create a stereotype of the Palestinian prisoners and to present them as terrorists. He noted that the US is attempting to use its international influence in order to realize the Israeli occupation’s goals.
Abu Bakr expressed his pride in the prisoners, who did not hesitate to sacrifice years of their lives for the freedom of the country and the people that has been suffering for seven decades from the worst occupation known to history."
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PLO official visits homes of terrorists, “emphasized the centrality of the interest in the cause of the prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 15, 2018
Headline: “Abu Bakr met with the relatives of the Bethlehem district prisoners and congratulated journalist Dar Ali on his release”

“[PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr met with dozens of released prisoners and relatives of prisoners from the city [of Bethlehem] yesterday [Sept. 14, 2018] at the Bethlehem District Hall, in the presence of Deputy District Governor Muhammad Taha Abu Ulya and Fatah’s Bethlehem Branch Secretary Muhammad Al-Masri, and emphasized the centrality of the interest in the cause of the prisoners and their relatives at all levels, the aid to them, and knowing their needs…
Slightly before the meeting, Abu Bakr visited the Commission’s directorate in Bethlehem and examined its needs in order to improve its activity and services in an ongoing manner. He also visited the home of the oldest of the district’s prisoners, Musa Nawawreh (PMW was unable to confirm the details of his crimes –Ed.), who was sentenced to life…
In addition, the delegation visited the home of prisoners Mahmoud Abu Sorour and Nasser Abu Sorour (i.e., terrorists, participated in murder of 1) – who were sentenced to life and arrested before the Oslo Accords – at the Aida refugee camp.”

Mahmoud and Nasser Abu Sorour – Palestinian terrorists who participated in planning and carrying out the assassination of Israeli security agent Haim Nachmani on Jan. 3, 1993, in Jerusalem. Each is serving 1 life sentence.
 
 
Editorial in PA daily attacking Hamas states PA transfers 4 million shekels a month to Gaza in prisoners’ salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2018
Excerpt of editorial in the official PA daily

Headline: "Mahmoud Abbas 'imposes sanctions' in Gaza..."
      "What are the 'sanctions' of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas that Hamas claims that he is imposing on Gaza… What kind of sanctions are these that give and don’t take? President Mahmoud Abbas' 'sanctions' allow a government expenditure of billions on Gaza over the last 10 years, during which money was transferred to all of the sectors of government employment and services in Gaza: to health and education, water and electricity, salaries for military and civilian state employees and to members of the [PA] Parliament (Legislative Council)… and the salaries of the prisoners in the occupation's prisons and those who are released.... salaries of the prisoners and the released [prisoners]:4,446,000 shekels a month..."

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Head of PLO prisoners’ org says won’t give in to US and Israeli pressure on prisoners’ salaries, blesses prisoners, and visits mother of 6 terrorists  
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Aug. 19, 2018
Posted text: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Maj. Gen. Qadri Abu Bakr emphasized that the Palestinian leadership – led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – will make every effort for the prisoners, the released prisoners, and their families. During a ceremony honoring some released prisoners in the Jenin district, Abu Bakr emphasized… that we must deal with the challenges, and that we must not give in to the American and Israeli pressure on everything connected to the salaries (rawatib) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners... He also blessed the prisoners within the prisons and their families for the blessed Eid Al-Adha… On the same matter, Director of Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr visited Khansa of Palestine Um Yusuf Abu Hmeid (i.e., mother of 6 terrorists) from the Al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah. She is the mother of a Martyr, 5 prisoners who were sentenced to life (sic., 4, the fifth is currently on trial), and an administrative [detainee].”

The image shows Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr sitting with Um Yusuf Abu Hmeid.


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PLO: terrorists and their families are “victims of the Israeli terror,” therefore paying them salaries “is a legal and national obligation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2018
The following are several clauses from a review of the Palestinian Central Council’s decisions made Aug. 15-17, 2018 –Ed.

“The payment of the allowances (mukhassasat) to the families of the prisoners, the Martyrs (Shahids), and the wounded is a legal and national obligation to provide them with protection and dignified treatment; this is because they are victims of the Israeli terror, which has turned the Fourth Geneva Convention that protects civilians in a time of war into a convention that protects its criminal soldiers and the terrorist settlers (the Fourth Geneva Convention does not apply to Palestinian terrorists imprisoned for criminal acts, as it relates to civilians in wartime –Ed.)…
The [Palestinian] Central Council approved the recommendations that were submitted to it by the PLO Executive Committee to carry out the decisions of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) and to submit a comprehensive plan with a defined schedule that will include a comprehensive limitation of the political, financial, and security ties with the Israeli occupation authorities, including suspending recognition of the State of Israel and stopping the security coordination in all of its forms, until [Israel] recognizes a Palestinian state in the June 4, 1967 borders whose capital is East Jerusalem…
The Central Council confirmed the need to support the BDS boycott movement against Israel and strengthen it, to divest from [Israel], and to call on the world states to sanction Israel, particularly in light of the racist [Jewish] nation-state law (see note below –Ed.).”

Jewish Nation-State Law – law passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 19, 2018, which codifies in Israel's Basic Law that Israel is the home of the Jewish nation with Jerusalem its capital, and the Hebrew calendar its official calenda
PLO and PA officials express pride in Palestinian prisoners who carry out academic studies; Salaries to terrorists and their families “will not be harmed” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2018
Headline: “Completion of a course on international law and human rights for the prisoners of Nafha Prison”
       “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released [Prisoners’] Afairs Qadri Abu Bakr said that through all the years of the Palestinian struggle, the occupation has violated all of the international conventions and agreements that clearly discuss the rights of liberation movement prisoners, and the obligation of the state that holds them to provide them with all the necessities for sustenance and health and all of their humanitarian needs. Abu Bakr’s statements were made during the graduation ceremony of a course in international law and human rights for a group of 61 prisoners in the Nafha Prison… Abu Bakr expressed his pride in all the prisoners who have succeeded in turning the prisons into true schools, through the development of the study process with courses and classes and hundreds of them joining the Palestinian universities through distance learning…
District Governor Akram Al-Rajoub noted the ongoing achievements of the prisoners through the creation of new fields of victory every day that passes. He also added that regardless of how many pressures are exerted on the Palestinian leadership, the salaries (rawatib) of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and their families will not be harmed.”

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Abbas: We “will continue to support the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2018
Headline: “The [Palestinian] Central Council extended its meetings until today”
    “The [Palestinian] Central Council continued the meetings of its 29th session… at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah until today, Friday [Aug. 17, 2018], in order to discuss additional national issues.
The Central Council’s meetings began on Wednesday evening, in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas… The president emphasized that they will continue to support the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners, and will not allow passage of the settlement plan to build 20,000 new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem (refers to municipal construction plan announced Aug. 15, 2018, much of which is to be constructed in western Jerusalem –Ed.).”
PA Prime Minister emphasizes "the firm position of the leadership - led by Abbas and the government - and its commitment to pay the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 13, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah: We are continuing to provide all types of support to the prisoners"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met today (Monday) [Aug. 13, 2018] with a delegation from the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs led by Director of the Commission Qadri Abu Bakr in his office in Ramallah … The prime minister again emphasized the firm position of the leadership – led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the government – and its commitment to pay the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, despite the Israeli occupation’s decision and its threats to deduct these allowances from the Palestinian tax money (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money). Hamdallah emphasized that despite the challenges, the provision of all types of support to the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs in its lofty and patriotic activities for our brave prisoners in the occupation's prisons is continuing. He also emphasized that the prisoners are the spearhead of the Palestinian struggle, and that they are the ones who have sacrificed the years of their lives for our just cause."
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PLO official: PLO is filing a complaint against Israel for “stealing” money from prisoners and Martyrs’ families 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 9, 2018
Headline: "Tamimi: We will not abandon our prisoners no matter how much the pressures increase"
       "PLO Executive Committee member and head of the organization’s Department of Human Rights and Civil Society Ahmed Tamimi emphasized that… the violations that Israel is committing against the prisoners – the latest of which was the theft of the prisoners and Martyrs' (Shahids') money (referring to the Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.) constitute a central part of the case that the PLO leadership is preparing in order to put Israel on trial for its crimes before the relevant international circles."

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Newly appointed Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs visits terrorist, criticizes Israel’s law to deduct tax money from the PA in the amount it pays terrorists and their families 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 6, 2018
Headline: “He was appointed to the role of director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and visited the first prisoner of the revolution; Abu Bakr: The prisoners’ cause is essential and central to our people”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Maj. Gen. Qadri Abu Bakr visited first prisoner of the modern Palestinian revolution Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi (i.e., terrorist, participated in Fatah’s first terror attack in 1965) at his home in Ramallah...
Abu Bakr emphasized the importance of the prisoners’ cause as a central and basic cause of our Palestinian people and its long path of struggle. It should be noted that prisoner Hijazi is the first Palestinian prisoner of the Palestinian revolution. He was arrested on Jan. 17, 1965; he was in a group of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) who blew up a bridge that served Israeli military vehicles next to Beit Jibrin in the Hebron district (sic., attempted to blow up the Nehusha Water Institute in central Israel)...
Abu Bakr said that the challenges that the new managing committee is dealing with are great – and prime among them are the Israeli law to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners from the tax money that Israel collects for the State of Palestine (refers to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.); and also the blatant Israeli attack on the legitimacy of the Palestinian struggle and the attempt to define it as criminal at the international level.
He added: ‘We will continue to cooperate with the members of the commission in order to defend the prisoners, their family members, and the released prisoners. This is because it is a national and humanitarian obligation that cannot be neglected.’”
Director of PLO Prisoners’ Commission: Prisoners' "rights" (i.e., salaries) will continue 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 5, 2018

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr on PA TV News:
“This is of course my message to all the prisoners and their families inside and outside [of Palestine], the released prisoners and those not released: There are regulations and laws and strict instructions from [PA] President [Abbas] to continue this path, and that the rights (i.e., salaries) of our detainees and prisoners won’t be harmed.”
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Official PA TV program puts a spotlight on PMW, showing posters depicting salaries paid to Palestinian terrorist prisoners by the PA 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2018
Official PA TV program Israeli Media in the Spotlight, on Israeli TV Channel 20 report on the activities of Israeli organizations – including PMW – to stop the money paid by the PA to terrorists and their families, which have led to changes in Israeli policy including the legislation of a law to deduct the terrorist salaries from the tax money Israel collects for the PA; see note below.
The Channel 20 report in Hebrew has been subtitled in Arabic.

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PMW fliers about the salaries paid to terrorists by the PA are shown.

Law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money - 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 on July 2, 2018.
During the parliamentary vote, 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]
 
New PLO commissioner reiterates Abbas’ promise that last penny will go to the families of “Martyrs” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2018

Official PA TV News, on five hunger striking Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention, hosting Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr


Official PA TV newsreader: “Tomorrow you will be officially appointed as [director] of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs... There are many challenges, such as laws that were recently legislated in the Israeli Parliament concerning the prisoners’ allowances and the American pressures on this issue...”
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr:
“The implementation of this is going to constitute a large problem for us. In other words, this is a financial war. However, both [PA] President [Abbas] and the Palestinian leadership have said that not a single penny can be touched. Even if only one shekel remains - we will give it to the families of Martyrs.”
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PA finance minister: "We pay a modest sum to the prisoners' families while they are in prison, and when they are released, we pay them a set sum as a salary for six months" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2018
      "[PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara said… regarding the deduction of the prisoners and Martyrs' (Shahids) allowances (mukhassasat) from the tax money (referring to the Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) that since the establishment of the PA there exists a legal obligation to pay these allowances, with the knowledge of the states that oversaw the signing of the Oslo Accords, among them the US, and in an arrangement with the Red Cross - and Israel knew about this. Now, the danger in the Israeli decision is not only in the sum that will be confiscated but also from a legal aspect, as it turns the payment to the prisoners' families into a criminal act, and this puts us in a problematic legal position that we must act against… He also said: 'We have a humanitarian and ethical plan, most of which relates to those who have served over 5 years in prison. We pay a modest sum to the prisoners' families while they are in prison, and when they are released, we pay them a set sum as a salary (rawatib) for six months, that ends the moment they begin to work.’"

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Criticism over Abbas appointing himself head of the Palestinian National Fund 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), Aug. 1, 2018
Headline: “Criticism of how Abbas took for himself the leadership of the Palestinian National Fund”
   “Strong criticism was heard from Palestinian factions and forces following announcements by PLO Executive Committee Secretary, (Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator) Saeb Erekat on the distribution of roles and departments among members of the [PLO] Executive Committee. The most noticeable criticism was directed at the decision of the head of the organization’s Executive Committee, [PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas, to take for himself the position of the one responsible for the Palestinian National Fund.... Clause 13 of the PLO regulations determines that ‘All members of the Executive Committee will be selected by the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO). The head of the Executive Committee will be selected by the committee. The committee will be selected from within the National Council.’ … Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] Qais Abd Al-Karim told [the UK Arab news website] Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that ‘This is the first time that the head of the PLO Executive Committee is taking for himself the role of head of the Palestinian National Fund.’ He added: ‘The National Council did not make a decision regarding the Palestinian National Fund, and neither did the [PLO] Central Council, and it is not within the authority of the Executive Committee and its chairman to determine who will be head of the National Fund.’”

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Palestinian organizations participate in “sit-in strike” to oppose Israeli law which deducts the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to terrorists and their families from the tax money Israel collects for the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 25, 2018
Headline: “Sit-in strike opposite the UN headquarters in Ramallah as a sign of opposition to the theft of the allowances of the Martyrs and prisoners”

“Representatives of human rights organizations and additional organizations that deal with the prisoners’ affairs participated in a sit-in strike yesterday, Tuesday [July 24, 2018], which was called for by the national campaign to reject the law robbing the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) money (refers to Israeli law deducting terrorist salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.). The sit-in strike, which took place opposite the office of the [UN] High Commissioner for Human Rights in Ramallah, comes to express opposition to the theft of the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs and prisoners from the Palestinian tax money…
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake demanded that the UN and its Secretary-General António Guterres bear their responsibility towards that which is happening to the Palestinian people, and oblige the occupation to implement the international conventions and agreements on the prisoners in its prisons.
He also emphasized the need for the UN to make decisions and take steps that will obligate the occupation state to respect the prisoners’ rights, and noted that the violations that it is committing are not limited to just the prisoners, but rather also include their families through the legislation of racist laws against them…
In addition he called for an extensive diplomatic, popular, and public campaign to support and aid the prisoners, and noted that the situation is liable to explode at any moment if Israel implements the deduction law.”
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