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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:‎

Abbas vows the PA won't stop paying terrorist salaries 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "There is something that the Americans are telling us to stop - the salaries of the Martyrs and the Martyrs' families. Of course we categorically reject this. We will not under any circumstances allow anyone to harm the families of the prisoners, the wounded, and the Martyrs. They are our children and they are our families. They honor us, and we will continue to pay them before the living."
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Abbas made this statement in response to the American demand that the PA stop paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of terrorists.
6,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons at the end of 2017 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2018
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs summarized 2017”
       “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs published its annual report, which documents the occupation state’s arrests and violations, and its crimes against the male and female prisoners held in its prisons in 2017…
At the end of 2017 the number of prisoners reached 6,500 prisoners in the Israeli prisons, which are divided among approximately 22 prisons and detention centers… [The prisoners include] approximately 350 children, including nine minors; 58 young women and women; 22 journalists; [and] 450 administrative detainees… The great majority of the prisoners are from the West Bank, who constitute approximately 84.8%; approximately 10% are from Jerusalem, and 5.2% are from the Gaza Strip.
The veterans: 46 prisoners who have spent over 20 consecutive years since their arrest, including 23 prisoners who have served more than 25 years, 10 of whom have served over 30 years. The most veteran among them are prisoners Karim and Maher Younes (i.e., terrorist cousins who murdered an Israeli together), who have been imprisoned for the past 35 years. Among the 46 veteran prisoners, 29 have been imprisoned since before the Oslo Accords, and were supposed to be released as part of the fourth batch in March 2014 (see note below –Ed.).”

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Abbas’ Advisor justifies salaries to terrorists’ families on official PA TV after US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 9, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem, hosting PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Nabil Shaath

Official PA TV host: “Dr. Nabil [Shaath], you have monitored the [Arab] efforts up to the moment the A rab foreign ministers’ convention was held. [What is] the significance of this meeting from your perspective in light of the American position that is biased towards the occupation state and violates the international laws and legitimacy?”


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Nabil Shaath: “[US President Donald] Trump attempted to press us by closing the Palestinian [PLO] embassy in Washington (see note below –Ed.). He attempted to press us by cutting $300 million from the budget allocated to Palestine on the claim that it equals what the Palestinians pay to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and families of the prisoners, as if it is a crime to pay the victims of the Israeli hostile acts and Israeli crimes [an amount] that is at least enough for the needs of their families. All of these measures [are intended] to pressure us. Will our [Arab] nation stand up and cancel this [US] pressure by actually presenting the material aid in place of [the money] the US has cut and is cutting from the money intended for us?”
Fatah Central Committee member says salaries and payments to terrorists and their families “cannot be neglected under any pressure” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2017
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah), and Fatah Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon] Azzam Al-Ahmad said that American President Donald Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is a type of kindling of a religious conflict and encouraging of terror and violence
Al-Ahmad referred to the fact that this American step comes at the same time as the decision published by Congress regarding reducing the amount of American aid to the PA (i.e., referring to the Taylor Force Act; see note below), in an attempt to apply pressure to stop the aid to the families of the courageous Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, and said: ‘The Martyrs and prisoners are equal in value to the sanctity of the Palestinian land, and taking care of and aiding them cannot be neglected under any pressure.”
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840 Palestinian prisoners are registered for academic studies at the Al-Quds Open University 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: “840 prisoners are registered at Al-Quds Open University – Karake and Shahin give the diploma to the family of prisoner Muhammad Zawahreh”
         “The family of prisoner Muhammad Zawahreh (see note below), who has been serving a life sentence since 2002… received the BA diploma in computer sciences that he successfully achieved during his studies within the prison. This was in the framework of the education program for prisoners, which Al-Quds Open University is supervising in coordination with the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs. The diploma was given to the family of prisoner Zawahreh by Head of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… Karake thanked [Al-Quds Open University President] Dr. Younes Amr and the Al-Quds Open University staff for the support they are giving to the prisoners so that they will complete their academic studies… He said that the academic diploma is a certificate of freedom on the path to liberation from the occupation’s prison, and that there are 840 prisoners in prison who are registered for studies at the Al-Quds Open University.”

Muhammad Zawahreh – Palestinian serving a life sentence since 2002. PMW has been unable to confirm more details.
PA agrees to pay released prisoners $10 million per month to cover unpaid release grants; On Abbas’ orders, PA will continue to pay terrorists and their families’ salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 22, 2017
      “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs... explained that in light of the meetings that were scheduled in advance, in which Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara participated, …understandings were reached and it was agreed to resolve the problems and crises connected to the payment of the released prisoners’ release grants, which stemmed from an absence of financial means, and this is by paying these grants in monthly payments of $10 million...
Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara explained during the meeting that the [PA] government – on the orders and instructions of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – is continuing to take care of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and it will not submit to any pressures or extortion because this is a national, moral, and human duty and a duty connected to the struggle. He noted: ‘The prisoners are victims of the occupation and its incessant crimes against the Palestinian people, and we will not abandon them despite all of the pressures that are exerted on [the government] in this matter.’"

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Released prisoners demand the PA Ministry of Finance pay them their “release grant” 
Source: Al-Hadath, Palestinian news website, Nov. 20, 2017
       “The released prisoners demanded that the [PA] Ministry of Finance pay the release grant, or what is known as the ‘presidential grant,’ by next Monday, Nov. 27 [2017]. They threatened to come to the Ministry of Finance from all of the districts on that day if [the grant] is not paid. In a press release that reached [the Palestinian news website] Al-Hadath, the released prisoners said that next Monday is ‘the decisive day in rescuing our rights from the grasp of [PA Minister of Finance] Shukri Bishara,’ according to the notice. [...]
It should be noted that the released prisoners are accusing the Ministry of Finance of not paying a release grant to more than 6,200 Palestinian prisoners who have been released from the occupation’s prison since 2010, at a time when the Ministry of Finance is making an excuse for this due to financial hardship. It should be noted that on Monday a meeting will be held at the Ministry of Finance between Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara in order to discuss the issue.”

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PLO official: Taylor Force Act proves US is biased in Israel’s favor; “The allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners are a red line, and they cannot be harmed” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 18, 2017
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: The allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners are a red line and they cannot be harmed”
        “Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf emphasized that the fact that the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the American House of Representatives passed the law stopping the financial aid to the PA if it pays allowances (mukhassasat) to prisoners (i. e., the Taylor Force Act, which passed the committee on Nov. 15, 2017) unequivocally proves that it is biased and is adopting the occupation’s positions. He also emphasized that the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners are a red line, and they cannot be harmed.”

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PA District Governor glorifies Martyrs in Abbas’ name, and says leadership “opposes all of the pressures whose goal is to harm the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2017
     “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs (Shahids) [of Palestine] in Tulkarem held the branch’s preparatory conference, with the participation of District Governor of Tulkarem Issam Abu Bakr … At the beginning of the meeting, District Governor Abu Bakr conveyed to the Martyrs’ family members the blessings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, who always emphasizes the status of this group from among our people, which has sacrificed its blood in order to reach freedom, independence, and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem. District Governor Abu Bakr emphasized the leadership’s position – which President Mahmoud Abbas represents – which opposes all of the pressures whose goal is to harm the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners and to stop them. This is in order to protect this right, and out of loyalty to those who sacrificed their lives for the homeland, freedom, and liberation from the occupation.”
Prisoners of Palestine Research Center : 45 “veteran” prisoners have served over 20 years in prison 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 13, 2017
Headline: “An increase in the number of veteran prisoners to 45 prisoners”
      “The Prisoners of Palestine Research Center said that the number of veteran prisoners in the occupation’s prisons has risen to 45 prisoners…
The center’s communications spokesman, researcher Riyad Al-Ashqar, said… that the veteran prisoners are the ones who have served over 20 consecutive years behind bars, and among them are 22 prisoners who have served over a quarter century (25 years) [parentheses in source], and 10 who have served over 30 years.”
Director of Prisoners Affairs: Female Palestinian prisoners are suffering from “severe mistreatment,” “intentional medical neglect,” and “a lack of appropriate TV channels” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 25, 2017
    “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that 56 Palestinian female prisoners who are in Hasharon Prison and Damon Prison are suffering from severe mistreatment, and are being denied their most basic rights. He also explained that 10 female prisoner minors under the age of 18 are in the prisons.
Karake noted that the female prisoners are suffering from intentional medical neglect, the absence of schoolbooks and cultural books, the suffering of their families whose permits are ripped up during the visits, a lack of appropriate TV channels – particularly for the female prisoner minors, and also from a lack of the basic goods that the female prisoners need in the canteens and the exhaustion and humiliation during their transportation to the court.”
PLO official calls on institutions and media outlets to focus on “veteran” imprisoned terrorists and their “suffering” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2017
      “Director of the Studies and Documentation Unit in the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs and member of the Committee for Administering PA Affairs in the Gaza Strip Abd Al-Nasser Farwaneh said that Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Al-Tous has completed his 32nd year in the occupation’s prisons, and been forced to enter his 33rd consecutive year. He added: ‘Prisoner Muhammad Ahmed Abd Al-Tous (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 5), 62, a resident of Hebron, is one of the ‘veteran prisoners’ and is considered the third most veteran prisoner in the occupation’s prisons after prisoners Karim and Maher Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with an accomplice). He is also one of nine prisoners that are serving more than 30 consecutive years of imprisonment…
Farwaneh called on all of the institutions acting in this area and the various media outlets to give the cause of the ‘veteran prisoners’ that were arrested before Oslo more attention and space, and to focus on their suffering and the suffering of their relatives, so that their cause will remain present and alive, and to apply pressure on Israel to release them and close this matter.”

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PLO official: Abbas has stated that “the allowances (to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists and their families) will not stop as long as the heart beats” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Oct. 3, 2017
         “Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake... mentioned the American and Zionist administrations’ attack now against the prisoners and their failed attempts to pressure the Palestinian leadership to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and praised the position that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has taken against this extortion and his declaration that ‘the allowances will not stop as long as the heart beats.’ He explained that the main motive behind these acts of extortion by the occupation government is to present the Palestinian national struggle as a criminal matter.
Karake revealed that there are currently 6,000 prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, including prisoners who have served 35 years, such as Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with accomplice) and Nael Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with accomplice), 19 who have served over a quarter century, and nine who have served over 20 years [and under 25 years] of imprisonment. He expressed his pride in these prisoners ‘who have sacrificed the years of their lives for the homeland’s freedom and dignity.’”

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Abbas: "I will not give up on this… the Martyrs' families [and prisoners] will continue to receive their full allowances" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2017
        "Six months have passed since the last interview of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas by [the London newspaper] Al-Quds Al-Arabi on the sidelines of the Arab Summit that was held at one of the Dead Sea resorts in Jordan last March [2017]....
[Q:] 'There was much talk about stopping the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) because of the incitement that Israel is carrying out and the pressure that it is applying on the Trump administration.'
[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'Right, Israel is inciting the US to think that the prisoners and Martyrs are terrorists. They are fighters and members of our people... We give these allowances to the families of the Martyrs, and [the US and Israel can] call them whatever they want, but I call them Martyrs. [The US and Israel] said that this is support of terror. I said to them: “Let's establish a trilateral committee that will discuss the matter,” and Israel refused. I said to the Americans: “Let the two of us discuss the matter,” but this did not happen. I will not give up on this matter, and the Martyrs' families will continue to receive their full allowances.'
[Q:] 'And the prisoners?'
[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'Of course, also the prisoners.'"

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Former PA Minister of Prisoners in Hebrew denies PA has policy of incitement, salaries for terrorists, or naming monuments after terrorists 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Sept. 15, 2017
This is an edited version of Al-Ajrami’s speech. It is only an excerpt, which Wattan, an independent Palestinian news agency, chose to publicize.

Former PA Minister of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Ashraf Al-Ajrami: “Regarding the knifings, and the people who stab, I want you to review what the security forces in Israel are saying. All of the [Palestinian] people who are participating in stabbings are completely against the Palestinian Authority. No one is responding to what is called [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas’ ‘incitement’ or I don’t know what…
Regarding the payments [of the prisoners’ salaries by the PA]... When I was the [PA] minister of prisoners’ affairs in 2007, I refused to implement the law, the law of payments. During my time, no one received a lot of money – [no one received] so much money, because I basically want – that what is important to the prisoners’ family is to live in dignity. In dignity, that [means] a little money…
It isn’t the Palestinian Authority, it is, say, a village or urban council here and there, they name [streets] and – it isn’t the Palestinian Authority, it is the municipalities that do it.”

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PLO official: Prisoners' and Martyrs' allowances will not be stopped 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 5, 2017
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake participated today, Tuesday [Sept. 5, 2017], in a conference regarding the cause of the prisoners in the Israeli occupation's prisons, which the Fatah Movement held in the Martyrs' (Shahids') Hall in the Burj Al-Barajneh refugee camp [in Lebanon].
Karake praised [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ positions supporting the prisoners’ resolve and his rejection of all of the acts of extortion, and emphasized that the prisoners and Martyrs' allowances (mukhassasat ) will not be stopped."
PLO official: 6,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 31, 2017
Headline: “During his visit with families of prisoners and released prisoners on the eve of Eid Al-Adha – Karake: 6,500 prisoners are sitting in the prisons, the [number of] arrests since the beginning of the year is unprecedented”
    “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that 6,500 prisoners are sitting in 24 prisons, bases, and detention stations of the occupation on the eve of the blessed Eid Al-Adha (i.e., Muslim “Sacrifice Feast” holiday)."
Fatah quotes Abbas: I will not stop the allowances of the prisoners, even if it costs me the presidency  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Aug. 26, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, with the Dome of the Rock and the minaret of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the background. In the upper right corner appears the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Posted text and text on image: “‘I will not stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and released prisoners’ families, even if it costs me my position and the presidency. I will pay them until my last day.’ - [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine”
Abbas: I willl never stop salaries to prisoners and Martyrs' families 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Aug. 25, 2017
Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “When a resolute position meets political experience
Israeli Channel 1 said that His Honor [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] informed the American delegation, which he met with tonight [Aug. 25, 2017] in Ramallah, that he will not stop paying the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners until the last day of his life, and thus he rejected the American-Israeli demand on this matter.
On the other hand, the Arab papers mentioned the meeting in Ramallah and said that the president informed American President [Donald Trump’s] envoys that he is ready to cooperate with President Trump in order to reach a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution on the June 4, 1967 borders.”
PLO official protests US and Israeli demand to cease PA salaries to terrorists and their families, the "victims of Israeli terror" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 24, 2017
Headline: “Tayseer Khaled: The American activity is a waste of time and its sole purpose is to instill illusions”
      “In a post on social media, PLO Executive Committee member and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine political bureau member Tayseer Khaled described the visit of the American delegation, which has been visiting the region in recent days, as a waste of time, and an attempt to mislead public opinion and instill illusions …
He continued: ‘As usual, the delegation submitted Israel’s conditions for renewing the negotiations, which are the same known arrogant and insolent conditions of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and his government's top officials, such as stopping the incitement and payment of the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Palestinian people’s Martyrs (Shahids), wounded, and prisoners - victims of Israeli terror.’”
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