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PA salaries to terrorists
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 2,400 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:‎

PLO Commission of Prisoners: 40 Palestinians serving over 20 years in Israeli prisons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Forty prisoners are serving more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons”
     “According to a report published by the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs, 40 prisoners are serving more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons, the veterans among them being Karim Younes and Maher Younes, who have served 34 consecutive years in the occupation’s prisons, and Nael Barghouti who served 35 years and was rearrested after being released in the Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal.”

Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980 together with his cousin Karim Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Nael and Fakhri Barghouti were part of a Fatah squad who kidnapped and killed an Israeli officer in 1978. They are serving life sentences for this killing.

In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Over 7,000 Palestinians are in Israeli prisons and detention centers, of which 400 are children, 67 women, etc. 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2016
Headline: “Announcement of Prisoner’s Day events”
     “In the occupation’s prisons and detention and interrogation centers more than 7,000 Palestinians are rotting away, among them 30 [arrested] before the Oslo [Accords] and who were meant to be released, 400 children, 67 women, 750 administrative detainees, 6 parliament members, and 700 sick prisoners.”
US Congress blocks $159 million in aid to the PA  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 20, 2016
Headline: "US Congress blocks $159 million in aid to PA"
"Members of the United States Congress are delaying a payment of $159 million in aid allocated for the Palestinian Authority in effort to pressure the PA to relaunch negotiations with Israel, the PLO ambassador to Washington said Saturday.
Maen Erekat confirmed earlier reports that the US Congress was blocking the payment at the request of House Republican Kay Granger, the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, under the pretext that the PA supports 'terrorism.' The Obama administration allocated $440 million in aid to Palestinians for 2015, including $131 million for economic and development projects by USAID and $70 million for PA agencies and security agencies, while $80 million in aid was deducted following Israeli criticism of 'incitement' by the PA last October. Erekat added that some 'pro-Israel' Congress members are continuing to pressure the PA to relaunch diplomatic negotiations with Israel, and prevent Palestinians from joining international organizations and conventions."

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PA presidency objects to Iranian money for prisoners – all prisoners` funds required to go through the PLO 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2016
Headline: “The presidency: We know nothing about Iranian money that will be paid to prisoners or those whose homes were demolished by the occupation”
     “Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated yesterday [Feb. 27, 2016]: ‘We do not know anything about Iranian money that will be paid to Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons or to those whose homes (i.e., homes of terrorists) were demolished by the occupation forces, and we were not informed about this matter.’
Abu Rudeina continued: ‘The Palestinian presidency objects to any attempt to bypass it in this matter. Likewise, it insists that the PLO is the legal representative and the Palestinian people’s main and sole address, and that the organization did not take long in providing assistance and alleviating our people’s suffering, despite its limited capabilities, and objects to trading in this suffering.”
Abbas meets with families of terrorists, ‎promises to compensate those whose ‎homes were destroyed by Israel 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), Feb. 4, 2016
Headline: "Abbas promises to ‎compensate the families of the ‎Jerusalem Martyrs for their homes"‎
     Sources in the Jerusalem Martyrs' ‎‎(Shahids') families and in the National ‎Campaign to Return the Bodies of the ‎Martyrs (Shahids) confirmed that ‎President Mahmoud Abbas promised to ‎compensate the Jerusalem Martyrs' ‎families for their homes, which the ‎occupation forces demolished or ‎damaged. The sources confirmed that ‎President Mahmoud Abbas ordered his ‎assistants to begin the procedures to ‎compensate the Martyrs' families for ‎seven homes. Two of them were ‎demolished after the outbreak of the ‎popular ‘Rage [of Jerusalem] Uprising’: ‎The home of Martyr Baha Alyan, and the ‎home of Martyr Alaa Abu Jamal, into ‎which they poured cement, while five of ‎the homes that were demolished ‎belonged to Martyrs and people who ‎carried out operations (i.e., terror attacks) ‎before the October 2015 uprising.‎
President Mahmoud Abbas met ‎yesterday [Feb. 3, 2016] with a few family ‎members of Jerusalem Martyrs, among ‎them the fathers of Martyrs Baha Alyan, ‎Ahmad Abu Sha'aban, and Alaa Abu ‎Jamal, the father and cousin of Martyr ‎Hassan Manasrah, and [the fathers of ‎the Martyrs] Thaer Abu Ghazaleh, ‎Muhammad Abu Nimr, and Mutaz ‎Awisat…‎
Advisor to the president [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] on Jerusalem matters Ahmed Al-‎Ruweidi stated to Al-Arabi Al-Jadid: ‎‎'President Mahmoud Abbas shows great ‎interest in the matter of the Jerusalem ‎Martyrs' bodies, which the occupation ‎state is holding on to. He has already ‎raised the matter more than once in ‎international forums."‎

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Op-ed in PA daily responds to Israeli criticism of international aid for terrorists: The world owes the Palestinians money for enabling Israel’s establishment, majority of aid money goes to PA salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2016
Headline: “Hotovely and the baseless questions”
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily
      “Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely published an article last week in the American Wall Street Journal, titled ‘Where Does All That Aid for Palestinians Go.’ [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s deputy wondered where the aid funds have gone that have been given to the Palestinians over the past 22 years, and which have amounted to 21 billion US dollars in the form of development aid from 1993 to 2013, according to the World Bank... Hotovely’s article misleads world public opinion, turns the facts upside down, incites, and blackens the image of the Palestinian leadership and Palestinian fighters... If we consider each point [of the article] that appears in the American magazine separately, we will notice the following things: First, the Israeli extremist [Hotovely] ignores or pretends not to know that the funds of the donor countries are the minimum that the international community owes the Palestinians, and Europe in particular, which contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel on the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., 'the catastrophe,' Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people in 1948. Secondly, she ignored the fact that the majority of the total funds received by the PA over 20 years were used for salaries of the PA’s civil and military employees.”
38 Palestinian prisoners have served more than 20 years in prison; 504 are serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2016
Headline: “38 prisoners served more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons”
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs stated yesterday [Jan. 21, 2016] in a report that the number of prisoners who have served more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons has risen to 38 prisoners, most of them sentenced to life, and 14 of them from among residents of the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel). The commission noted that the veteran prisoners are Karim Younes, arrested on Jan. 6, 1983, and Maher Younes, arrested on Jan. 18, 1983. The commission said that the number of prisoners sentenced to life sentences has risen to 504 prisoners.”

Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980 together with his cousin Karim Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
PLO organization approves list of “Martyrs,” pays allowances to families of terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2016
Headline: "The National Gathering of Palestine Families: The number of Martyrs of the uprising is 153"
     "The National Gathering of Palestine Families (literally The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine) announced yesterday [Jan. 12, 2016], Tuesday, that as of the day before [Jan. 11, 2016] the number of Martyrs of the popular uprising is 153 male and female Martyrs. Secretary-General of the association Muhammad Sbeihat said that… the body that approves Martyrs is the institution that takes care of the families of Martyrs and wounded, and it is an official body under the PLO, and not the [PA] Ministry of Health, which carries out its professional task according to the PA's laws and regulations... Secretary-General of the association Sbeihat clarified that the institution to take care of the families of Martyrs and injured approves all the Martyrs of the Palestinian cause, whether they are from within the homeland or from the Diaspora, without any reference to their belonging or political leanings, and gives them monthly allowances. He emphasized that this also includes families of the Martyrs in Jerusalem and the interior (i.e., Israel) who even receive a special supplement of 300 shekels, due to the difference in the cost of living."

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PLO director of Prisoners’ Affairs urges PA to pay grants to released prisoners and announces that Abbas issued order to pay them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: "Karake demands that the government pay the accumulated release grants to released prisoners"
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake reiterated his demand that the government and treasury pay the release grants of thousands of released prisoners, who have been released in recent years, and were not paid these grants as determined by law… He said that it is important that every prisoner who is released receive aid, however minimal, in order to begin his life after his stay in prison, and because it is the law. However, unfortunately, these grants have accumulated over the years, and reached more than 6 million dollars, which has created a serious crisis and raised doubts among the released [prisoners]. Likewise, Karake said that President Mahmoud Abbas issued orders to pay these grants and set a timetable for them, according to financial abilities, because every prisoner needs money after being released. Karake noted that many of the released served more than 10 years, some of them need treatment, and others wish to marry, and they urgently need the grants. Karake clarified that among the released there is an atmosphere of bitterness and stress, and that the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs has turned to all relevant bodies in order to speed up their payment, but has received no response."
Abbas partially funds housing project in ‎Bethlehem district for terrorists serving ‎life sentences in Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 17, 2015
Headline: “Hamdallah lays the corner ‎stone for the ‘Hope Neighborhood’ ‎building project meant for prisoners ‎serving life sentences, and announces ‎that the government will provide $200,000 ‎for the project”‎
     ‎“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah laid ‎the cornerstone for the ‘Hope ‎Neighborhood’ housing project in the ‎village of Al-Ubeidiya in the Bethlehem ‎district, which is meant for prisoners ‎serving life sentences [in Israel] and ‎which will serve about 120 life prisoners ‎in Bethlehem and the Hebron district. He ‎announced government aid of $200,000 ‎for the housing project…‎ Hamdallah said to those present… ‘I am ‎very proud to be here today among the ‎families of our brave prisoners, freedom ‎prisoners, in order to lay the cornerstone ‎of the ‘Hope Neighborhood’ housing ‎project, which is meant for life prisoners ‎and it is the first national project of its type ‎in the homeland.’‎ [...] ‎Hamdallah clarified: ‘This building project ‎is based on an exceptional national idea, ‎and a strong message – we will not give ‎up on the prisoners’ release, and we will ‎protect them until they again embrace ‎freedom. The Amman charity organization ‎and the Committee for Life Prisoners’ ‎Families in Bethlehem are carrying out ‎‎[the project], with a $150,000 grant from ‎the Arab League. The remaining cost of ‎the land was covered by President ‎Mahmoud Abbas, who also decided to ‎completely exempt the project from ‎licenses.”‎
PA government “won’t hesitate” to give funds to the PLO’s Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 16, 2015
     "The government emphasized that it takes care to ensure a dignified life for the released prisoners. It emphasized that the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs is subordinate to the PLO, and that the government will not hesitate to offer the necessary assistance to the national Palestinian fund (i.e., the fund financing the PLO) in order to implement the legislation regarding prisoners. It called on the UN to ensure the protection of the prisoners, and to obligate Israel to recognize them as prisoners of state, especially in the wake of the State of Palestine having joined international treaties and agreements.”

On Dec. 31, 2014, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas signed onto 18 international treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, with the stated goal of prosecuting Israel in international forums. Abbas stated that the move was motivated by the desire "to complain about the harm caused to us and to our land.”
PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are in Israeli prisons, 1,000 prisoners have served over 15 years 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 27, 2015
Headline: “1,000 Palestinian prisoners have served 15 or more years in [Israeli] prisons”
      “Head of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake stated that there are 1,000 Palestinian prisoners who have served over 15 years in the occupation’s prisons, among them 30 prisoners who have served more than 20 years. The most veteran prisoners are Karim Younes and Maher Younes, and the female prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni, and the total number of prisoners is 6,000. Karake emphasized in a statement yesterday [Aug. 26, 2015] that any return to negotiations or political arrangements must be dependent on the release of thousands of prisoners from the prisons, especially those who have served over 15 years in prison, and the Palestinian leaders, headed by [PA Parliament Member] Marwan Barghouti, [former head of PFLP] Ahmad Sa’adat, [senior PA official Fuad] Al-Shubaki, in addition to the sick [prisoners] who are in very serious condition. He said that President Mahmoud Abbas stopped the negotiation process because of Israel’s non-commitment to the release of the prisoners, and because the Palestinian position is based on the release of thousands of prisoners, and not just the fourth stage. (See below.) This is especially so in light of previous commitments regarding this matter which were not carried out by the Netanyahu government. Karake called on the US not to release Israeli spy [Jonathan] Pollard, unless [Israel] releases thousands of Palestinian prisoners, if it [the US] wants to be an unchallenged and impartial factor in any future political arrangement regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

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PA TV guest indirectly acknowledges PMW impact: Israel “incite[s] the international community… against the prisoners” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 27, 2015
Official PA TV News report on a statement by Chairman of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares who criticized the ”incitement” of the Israeli Ma’ariv newspaper against the prisoner program “Giants of Endurance,” which is broadcast on official PA TV, hosted Director of the Hurriyat (“Freedom”) Center Hilmi Al-Araj.
Director of the Hurriyat (“Freedom”) Center Hilmi Al-Araj: “In fact, this isn’t the first attack of the occupation authorities, on all levels, against the prisoners, the Palestinian media, and the Palestinian national television, in an attempt to intimidate this voice and the prisoners and their families. They incite the international community, the European Union, and the American government against the prisoners. At the moment, they’re fighting the prisoners, their families, and the national television, which due to its patriotic policies – and this is its natural right – had its broadcasts banned in the prisons. Therefore I state clearly: The Palestinian people and its leaders will ignore all these threats and this blatant attack, because these are our prisoners, our heroes, and it is our duty to honor them, to appreciate them, to uplift them, and to be in their homes. This is justice and support for the prisoners, and therefore these attempts will not stop us from fulfilling this task: support of the cause of the prisoners until their liberation.”
Karake: Prisoners and released prisoners should be given priority in available PA government positions 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2015
Headline: “Karake calls for governmental and civil institutions to absorb the released prisoners as workers”
     “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake called for the government and civil institutions to give priority to prisoners and released prisoners in available positions, in order to allow them to integrate into society and overcome the difficulties of life after release. Karake referred to the government decision and the President Mahmoud Abbas’ orders to give released [prisoners] priority in public positions. This is part of the preparation for their struggle and their victims, and an attempt to overcome the high level of unemployment in their ranks.”
Prisoners’ Affairs official calls for prisoners released in 1985 exchange deal to get higher salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2015
Headline: “Farwaneh calls for justice for those released in the [prisoner] exchange deal of 1985”
     “The Investigator of Prisoners’ Affairs [and Head of the Statistics Department of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs] Abd Al-Nasser Farwaneh called for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, PA Minister of Finance Dr. Shukri Bishara, Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, all national factions, and the Islamists to do justice for those freed in the [prisoner] exchange deal of 1985. This should be done in a way that will guarantee them and their families an appropriate level of dignified living, equal to those of their peers who were released on later occasions, and especially those released in the Shalit deal.
Farwaneh clarified that everyone released in the framework of the [prisoner] exchange deal in 1985, and who had served many years of their lives in the occupation’s prisons, more than ten years, had not received the financial grant that those recently released received, known as the ’Dignified Life Grant.’ Likewise, some of them are receiving a very limited salary in the framework of the pension system (insurance and pensions) [parentheses in source], and others among them are not serving as workers in the public sphere, but rather receive limited salaries from the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, only $600 to $750. However, these salaries do not provide them and their families with the minimal basic necessities of life as appropriate to their suffering and sacrifice, and other peers are receiving twice as much and even more, and the continuation of this situation will impact negatively on them and their families."
Abbas supervising PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, allegedly no longer under PA control  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 9, 2015
PA TV News reader: “His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas authorized the work regulations of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, which was phrased before it changed from a government ministry to a commission belonging to the PLO.”

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Prisoners’ Affairs commission releases statistics about Palestinian prisoners in Israel 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), Apr. 15, 2015
Headline: “The Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs calls to persecute Israel for the crimes and violations it carried out against prisoners”

“As -
Palestinian Prisoners’ Day draws nearer (April 17), the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs published a report regarding the situation and conditions of the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation’s prisons.

The report states:

The prisoners in numbers
- 6,500 prisoners
- 478 prisoners sentenced to one or more life sentences
- 21 female prisoners, including two minors
- 205 children under the age of 18
- 480 prisoners under administrative detention
- 13 members of parliament, in addition to two former ministers
- 1,500 prisoners suffering various illnesses, among them about 80 in extremely poor physical condition
- 30 prisoners who have been imprisoned since before the Oslo [Accords], more than 20 years ago
- In the case of 16 veteran prisoners, more than a quarter of a century has passed since they were arrested, among them the prisoners Karim and Maher Younes, who were arrested 33 years ago.

Note: Karim and Maher Younes: Israeli Arabs (cousins) serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced their sentences in 2012.
EU and Netherlands donate 31.6 million Euros for PA salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2015
Headline: “The European Union and the Netherlands donated 31.6 million euros to the PA’s salaries to its civil servants”
     “The European Union announced its contribution of 30.9 million euros yesterday [April 2, 2015] , to the payment of part of the salaries and pensions of around 68,000 civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Prisoners’ Affairs director announces upcoming payment of salaries to prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2015
Headline: “Salaries to prisoners on Sunday”
     “Prisoners’ Affairs Commission director [and PA Parliament Member] Issa Karake said that the prisoners’ salaries would be paid this coming Sunday [April 5, 2015].”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA Ministry of Finance: Budget cuts will not affect salaries for families of Martyrs 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2015
Headline: “The Ministry of Finance will not apply the temporary [budget] cut to the salaries (ratib) of the families of the Martyrs and the wounded”
     “The National Union of the Families of the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine announced that [PA] Finance Minister Shukri Bishara had agreed to pay the families of the Martyrs and wounded their monthly allowances (mukhassas) in full, rather than the 60% of the allowance as [is done with] government employees.”

Note: The temporary cut follows Israel’s withholding of taxes from the PA.
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