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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:‎

PA, PLO officials on Israeli prisoners’ salaries bill: “Deliberate theft… which is based on defining the resistance as a crime;” “There is no power in the world that is capable of obligating us to abandon our prisoners and our people’s heroic Martyrs”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 12, 2018
         “The occupation parliament (Israeli Parliament) [parentheses in source] Committee on Security and Foreign Affairs yesterday [June 11, 2018] approved a bill to deduct the money that the PA pays to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families and to the prisoners (i.e., from the taxes Israel collects for the PA, see note below –Ed.)…
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi condemned the Israeli approval. She said: ‘The organized and deliberate theft of the Palestinian people’s money reflects the occupation state’s method, which is based on defining the resistance as a crime and imposing collective punishments on the Palestinian people. These steps contradict international humanitarian law, and constitute additional proof that Israel is going too far in punishing all those who refuse its occupation and resist its steps.’ …
The [PA] national unity government emphasized that there is no power in the world that is capable of obligating us to abandon our prisoners and our people’s heroic Martyrs. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: ‘Our Palestinian people and its leadership are loyal like no other to our prisoners and our people’s Martyrs, who have sacrificed the years of their lives and their souls so that the members of our people would live and for their homeland’s freedom and independence.”
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PA Prime Minister says salary payments to terrorist prisoners and families of “martyrs” are “the minimum obligation and expression of appreciation for their enormous sacrifice” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 1, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah: We are committed to defending the rights of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners, regardless of the circumstances”

“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘What we need while we are dealing with challenges is greater cohesion, connection, and compassion. Ramadan fast breaking feasts with the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) constitute one of the expressions of popular cohesion and loyalty to the power, resolve, and devotion of this important and precious sector in all of our hearts. We emphasize before them that we are committed to defending their rights, taking care of their matters, and providing them with dignified lives, regardless of the circumstances. This is the minimum obligation and expression of appreciation for their enormous sacrifice.’
Hamdallah said this during his participation in the Ramadan fast breaking feast that the Fatah Movement held for the families of the Martyrs and prisoners of Hebron.”
PA PM: “I am honored today to meet with the families of the Martyrs of freedom and human dignity… The rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2018
Headline: “Hamdallah: The rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions and despite all of the challenges”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘We demand international unity that is as extensive as possible around His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ call to convene an international conference that will determine a multilateral international mechanism to sponsor the peace process…’ This was said during [Hamdallah's] speech at the feast breaking the fast for needy families of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, which was organized by the Fatah Movement yesterday [May 25, 2018] in the town of Anabta, in the Tulkarem district… Hamdallah added: ‘I am honored today to meet with the families of the Martyrs of freedom and human dignity, each of whose name constitutes a symbol of uncompromising struggle for freedom and liberation. All of the glory to our righteous Martyrs; may Allah wrap their pure souls in His mercy.  Allow me to thank the Fatah Movement in Anabta and the national institutions in it for organizing this feast breaking the Ramadan fast… The least we can do to honor our Martyrs is to show interest in their family members and unite around them. Regarding this, I emphasize before all of you that the rights of the Martyrs’ family members are protected under all conditions and regardless of the challenges. This is not under any circumstances charity.’”

Senior Fatah official: “Our commitment to the cause of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners is firm and not up for bargaining” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 11, 2018
"Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub said that our commitment to the cause of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners is firm and not up for bargaining.
Rajoub added yesterday [May 10, 2018] in a statement that this commitment, starting from the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution and until this day, will not succumb to pressures, threats, or bargaining. He also said that the commitment to this just cause is a national commitment deriving from our obligation and responsibility to our people and its cause, and that any attempt to harm this cause has not succeeded and will not succeed in the future. In addition, he emphasized the appreciation of our people and its leadership for this sector that has sacrificed for the cause and independence."

Jibril Rajoub also holds the positions of Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (an independent NGO), Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
Families of imprisoned terrorist complain about proposed Israeli legislation that cuts amount PA pays to terrorists from tax money Israel passes to PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2018
Headline: "The prisoners' families condemned the law that was passed by the Israeli Parliament to deduct [from PA tax money] the allowances of the prisoners and Martyrs' families"
      "The families of the prisoners in Tulkarem condemned the fact that the Israeli Parliament yesterday [May 8, 2018] passed in a first reading a bill to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) that the PA pays to the prisoners and the Martyrs' (Shahids') families from the tax money that Israel transfers to the Palestinian side (see note below –Ed.)… The father of prisoner Osama Al-Ashqar (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 8), sentenced to 8 life sentences and an additional 50 years, said that the occupation government’s attempts to harm the rights and savings of the prisoners contradicts all of the international norms and conventions. He also emphasized that the situation of the prisoners within the prisons is most worrying due to the steps of the Israeli Prison Service to tighten the noose around the prisoners. He said that he constantly asks for his son in the Gilboa Prison together with his wife, and that his son has complained about the occupation authorities forbidding bringing in winter and summer clothes, committing medical neglect, and preventing him from continuing his university studies and bringing books and newspapers into the prison."

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PA government condemns passage in first reading of Israeli bill that cuts equivalent amount of money from Israeli tax allowances to the PA that the PA pays to terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2018
Headline: "The [PA] government emphasized its full support for the results of the [Palestinian] National Council meeting"
       "During its weekly meeting that was held yesterday [May 8, 2018] in Ramallah, led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah… the [PA] government condemned the fact that the Israeli Parliament passed a bill (i.e., passed in a first reading; see note below) that allows the Israeli government to confiscate the Palestinian money and deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and Martyrs' (Shahids') families from the tax revenues, which are Palestinian money and not [given as] an act of kindness by Israel… The government emphasized: 'Any deduction from these revenues and its cloaking in a legal framework is nothing but an Israeli act of robbery and theft of Palestinian money.'"

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IDF soldier depicted as thief stealing money from the PA in cartoon posted on website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission 
Source: Fatah's Information and Culture Commission website, May 8, 2018
Cartoon posted on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission

Headline: "The prisoners and Martyrs' allowances are a right!"

Text on cartoon: "The Israeli Parliament approved deducting the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners' allowances (mukhassasat) from the PA tax money"

The cartoon shows a soldier in uniform carrying a smoking assault rifle and a sack on his back with a dollar sign on it. The person's shadow is striped, symbolizing prison and has a ring of keys attached at the waist, symbolizing Israel as the jailor.

Bill to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money - A bill proposed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense that would deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament in a first reading on May 7, 2018. The bill would enable the deducted money to be used for infrastructure benefiting all West Bank residents, compensation awarded to terror victims in lawsuits against the PA or individual terrorists, and projects aimed at eliminating terror.
 
Op-ed in official PA daily defends PA salaries to terrorists, claiming they are not terrorists but “fighters for freedom, peace, and political justice” and that anyone who calls them terrorists (i.e. Israel and the US) are the real terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2018
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The tax money and prisoners’ salaries”

“Necessity requires analyzing the dangers of the [Israeli] law (a bill to deduct money used for terrorists’ salaries from PA tax revenues; see note below -Ed.)… whose goal is the theft of $300 million from the Palestinian tax money each year, under the pretext that they are ‘feeding terror’... The salaries of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families are one of the legitimate rights, as they are fighters for freedom, peace, and political justice. They are prisoners of war and not terrorists. On the contrary, whoever calls them by this description is the terrorist, and he is the one that is creating the dark terror throughout the world, and not just in the region. We are proud of them and defend them with all our strength and uncompromising determination, because they are symbols of the Palestinian nationalism and people of stature.”

Bill to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money - A bill proposed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense that would deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament in a first reading on May 7, 2018. The bill would enable the deducted money to be used for infrastructure benefiting all West Bank residents, compensation awarded to terror victims in lawsuits against the PA or individual terrorists, and projects aimed at eliminating terror.
PA, which pays salaries to imprisoned terrorists, participates in conference against terror funding called “No Money For Terrorism”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 26, 2018
Headline: “Palestine participated in a conference that was held in Paris under the title No Money for Terrorism”
     “The State of Palestine participated today, Thursday [April 26, 2018], in a ministerial conference against terror funding, which was held in the French capital Paris under the headline No Money for Terrorism.
Palestine was represented at the conference by [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki and Head of the [Palestinian] Central Bank Azzam Al-Shawa, accompanied by a Palestinian delegation comprised of the financial monitoring unit, [PA] General Intelligence, and the [PA] Attorney General’s Office. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ statement, the conference discussed the ways of strengthening the states’ activity against terror funding based on the actions that have been carried out since the adoption of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in 1999, and Resolution [1373] that was published by the UN Security Council in 2001… The conference concluded with a speech by French President Emmanuel Macron, in which he emphasized the significance of continuing the international efforts and cooperation against terror funding. At the end of the conference, which lasted one day, the Paris plan regarding terror funding was adopted.”
150 prisoners “from the 1948 territories” (i.e., Arab-Israelis) serving sentences in Israeli prison 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2018
Headline: “150 prisoners from the 1948 territories are sitting in the occupation’s prisons”
    “One hundred and fifty prisoners from the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) – including 14 veteran prisoners, 12 that are serving life sentences, and 20 with long sentences – are sitting in the occupation’s prisons.”
Fatah official on the PA’s payment of salaries to terrorists and families of “martyrs”: “The Martyrs are more precious than all of us together… the prisoners are our compasses” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Apr. 18, 2018
Headline: “Dr. Muhaisen: Our national unity is the rock on which all of the plots against our cause will be shattered”

“The Al-Quds magazine [of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon] spoke with Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [Fatah] Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the Southern Districts (i.e., the Gaza Strip, sic., he holds this position in the West Bank), [and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen…
[Question:] ‘“Israel” is continuing its war against the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and this time has announced its intention to deduct their salaries (rawatib) from the [PA] tax money (refers to a new Israeli bill; see note below –Ed.). What is your opinion on this matter?’
[Jamal Muhaisen:] ‘The Martyrs are more precious than all of us together, as they died defending the Arabness of the Palestinian land, and the prisoners are our compasses who sacrificed their freedom for the freedom of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian land. Both of them have sacrificed for our right and historical identity, and this is their right and our obligation. When we talk about how there were approximately a million Palestinian prisoners in the Zionist prisons, what this means is that the entire Palestinian people is forbidden from receiving any kind of salary. These Martyrs also died due to the crimes committed by the occupation soldiers without any reason or restrictions …
Our Martyrs and prisoners are Palestinian national symbols, and we will continue to pay their salaries to their families, even if we will need to deduct from everyone’s salaries, and it does not matter what this will cost us.’"


6,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prison, including veteran prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2018
Headline: “The occupation has arrested over 1,900 civilians since the start of the year [2018]”
       “The [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club said in a report that it published yesterday [April 17, 2018] that… the occupation authorities have imprisoned approximately 6,500 Palestinians, including 350 children, 62 women – of whom 21 are mothers and eight are minors, and six members of the PA Parliament [Legislative Council]… The Prisoners’ Club added that among the prisoners are 48 who have served over 20 consecutive years, 25 who have served over 25 years, and 12 who have served over 30 years.”
At event honoring Marwan Barghouti, Fatah official honors terrorist Abu Jihad: “[He] was and will remain our example and a role model,” opposes US demands regarding prisoners' salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 16, 2018
      “The popular campaign to release leader Marwan Barghouti and the rest of the prisoners sitting in the occupation’s prison marked the 16th anniversary of Fatah Central Committee member Marwan Barghouti’s arrest yesterday [April 15, 2018] at a rally held at the Palace of Culture in Ramallah, with the participation of hundreds of members of our people.
Fatah Movement Deputy General Leader (i.e., Deputy Chairman) and [Fatah] Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul blessed prisoner Marwan Barghouti. He noted: ‘On the anniversary of Fatah Central Committee member Marwan Barghouti’s kidnapping, (i.e., terrorist who was arrested and imprisoned for orchestrating attacks in which 5 were murdered) we salute him and all the prisoners of freedom for their day – Prisoner’s Day that will take place in two days – since they are a symbol of our pride, and they are in the hearts of all our people.’ …
He added: ‘The anniversary of Marwan Barghouti’s kidnapping takes place at the same time as the anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of leader Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125)… Khalil Al-Wazir was and will remain our example and a role model… He emphasized that the leadership opposes all of the external pressures concerning the prisoners, which [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized: ‘If we will only be left with a few Dirhams (i.e., a currency in some Arab states), we will allocate them to the families of the prisoners as a sign of appreciation for their sacrifice.’"
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Fatah deputy chairman: Prisoners are "heroes and fighters." We will pay them “even if we’re only left with a few pennies" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 16, 2018

Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul:
"We are speaking about [imprisoned] heroes and fighters, about freedom fighters. We will continue to support them and struggle for their freedom, and we will refuse to bargain over this. We oppose the American Congress’ decisions on this matter. Even if we are left with only a few pennies, we will allocate them only to the families of the Martyrs and to the prisoners."
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Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen
Israeli Arab Parliament Member Ahmad Tibi

“The American Congress’ decisions” possibly refers to the Taylor Force Act - a bill named after US citizen Taylor Force who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv on March 8, 2016, which calls to cut almost all funding to the PA if it continues paying salaries to terrorists and allowances to families of "Martyrs." On March 23, 2018, the bill was approved by the American Congress and signed into law by US President Donald Trump.
PA Justice Minister, representing PA PM, on US and Israeli demands that PA stop terrorists’ salaries: “We will not abandon the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners of freedom" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2018
Headline: “Abu Diyak: We will not bargain over our Martyrs’ blood and will not exchange our promise and loyalty to them for all the money in the world”
      “[PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak said yesterday [April 9, 2018]: ‘We will not bargain over our Martyrs’ (Shahids') blood and will not exchange the promise and loyalty to the Martyrs for all the money in the world. We will remain committed to the promise to the Martyrs of freedom and to the victims of the Israeli terror crimes. We will not backtrack on the path of the struggle with all of the legitimate means until realizing our Martyrs’ dream and our people’s aspirations – freedom, independence, the end of the occupation, and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem.’
This was said in his speech as the representative of His Honor [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah at the opening of the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs [of Palestine’s] fifth general conference.
He said: ‘We will not abandon the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners of freedom. The government, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, will continue to fulfill its national, moral, and human obligation towards the Martyrs’ families.'"

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PLO official accuses the US of waging a “calculated incitement campaign,” claiming that stopping payments to terrorists constitutes “an open call to physically eliminate” Abbas 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 29, 2018
Headline: "Erekat: The American administration and Israel are waging an incitement campaign against our people and its leadership"

"PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat condemned the calculated incitement campaign that the American administration and Israel – the occupying authority – are waging against our people and its leadership
He added: ‘The direct and personal attack against [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] and the incitement against him by [Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor] Liberman due to the payment of the salaries (rawatib) of the families of the Palestinian prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) constitutes incitement against the Palestinian national movement and an open call to physically eliminate the president.’
He noted that Palestine is paying the monetary price of the occupation and the price of it shirking its responsibility and obligation as the power holding [the prisoners] according to international law. He mentioned that articles 81 and 98 of the Fourth Geneva Convention obligate the occupying power to pay allowances (mukhassasat) to the prisoners, as that is part of its responsibility towards them, and to support the families they support if they do not have sufficient means to live on (sic., these articles refer to the rights of protected persons and internees, not those imprisoned for criminal acts –Ed.).
Erekat emphasized that the Palestinian people's struggle against the colonialist occupier is a historical and legal right of all peoples subjected to occupation, and emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not abandon the prisoners, as this is a legal and moral obligation."
Abbas’ spokesman: US decisions, including decision to condition aid on cutting salaries to terrorists, are “a type of declaration of war on the Palestinian people” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 28, 2018
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The decisions of Congress and the American administration regarding stopping the aid are a declaration of war on our people”
       “Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the recent American decisions, and particularly Congress’ decision that calls to stop the direct aid to the PA (i.e., the Taylor Force Act) and add $700 million for the benefit of the Israeli occupation army (refers to omnibus spending bill allocation for US-Israeli missile defense programs –Ed.)… are a type of declaration of war on the Palestinian people and support for the policy of the occupation and aggression."

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Fatah official: “Let them stop all of the aid to us, we will not sell the family of a prisoner or Martyr” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 28, 2018
         “[Fatah Central Committee member, Fatah Commissioner of National Relations, and Fatah Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon Azzam] Al-Ahmad said: ‘Our people’s struggle is not merchandise that is sold and bought, it is a legitimate struggle guaranteed by the international conventions for the peoples bowing under occupation.’ These statements were said as part of his response to the claim of Israeli Parliament representative [Nachman] Shai, who said during the meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s c ommittee on Middle East affairs that the PA is paying the aid money as salaries to the families of the Palestinian Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, and described them as terrorists. Al-Ahmad added: ‘Let them stop all of the aid to us, we will not sell the family of a prisoner or Martyr in exchange for this money – they fought in order to get rid of the occupation.’”
PA Ministry of Information: Taylor Force Act is “political blackmail”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 26, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information: The signing of the [Taylor] Force [Act] turned Washington into a partner of the occupation”
      “The [PA] Ministry of Information said that US President Donald Trump’s signing of that which is called the ‘[Taylor] Force’ Act – which forbids the American Department of State from transferring aid to the PA and to the members of our people (sic., the law allows certain humanitarian aid to continue while stopping all other aid until the PA stops paying terror salaries) – constitutes a strengthening of the political blackmail, and a continuation of the hostility towards our people from Washington, its denial of our legitimate rights, and its rebellion against international law."

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Fatah movement opposes Taylor Force Act, Fatah official: “The White House [is] competing with the Israeli Parliament and the Israeli Cabinet in displaying hatred and racism” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 25, 2018
     "The Fatah Movement said in a statement that it 'is not at all surprised by the American Congress’ latest decision, which connects the American aid with stopping the financial aid to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) (refers to the Taylor Force Act, which was passed into law on March 23, 2018; see note below –Ed.).' The movement emphasized that our brave prisoners and heroic Martyrs fought for freedom and independence, and that the rights of their families are not up for bargaining or negotiation… Fatah Revolutionary Council member [and Fatah Spokesperson] Osama Al-Qawasmi said that Congress and the White House are competing with the Israeli Parliament and the Israeli Cabinet in displaying hatred and racism against the fighting and resolute Palestinian people."
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