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Violence and terror
Glorifying terrorists and terror
Violence and terror
After demonizing Jews and Israelis, including citing Islamic sources that depict Jews negatively, and culminating with ongoing lies and libels that portray Jews as an immediate threat to Palestinian life and existence, the Palestinian Authority foment violence against Jews and Israelis, presenting it as legitimate and even heroic self-defense.

PA terror promotion takes many forms. Nationalistically, the PA actively elevates violence as a valid and heroic means to achieve political goals, while religiously, fighting and killing Jews has been presented repeatedly by PA religious and academic leaders as Allah’s will. On the social level, Palestinian leaders and society honor even the most loathsome of murderers portraying them as heroes and role models: Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 were killed, has schools, summer camps, and many other events and places baring her name to immortalize and glorify her and her terror attack.
 
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The success of the PA’s promotion of violence is readily evident: A majority of Palestinians support killing and suicide terror against civilian Jews and Israelis. A poll conducted after the murder of eight teenagers who were studying in a Jerusalem high school in 2008, found that 84% of Palestinians supported the murder [NY Times, March 19, 2008, citing the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research].


This violent image of a dagger being thrust into the Star of David has appeared hundreds of times in a video clip for children on PA TV, from 2001 – 2008.

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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Palestinian society’s habitual glorification of terrorists as heroes and role models is one of its most effective means of promoting terror. In honoring the worst killers, the PA is simultaneously giving approval to murder and enticing future terrorists with assurances of glory and honor if they succeed in killing. Terror and murder become the Palestinian’s ticket to fame, honor and glory.

The terrorists honored most highly amongst Palestinian society are those who have killed the greatest number. Abd Al-Baset Udeh, killer of 30 at the Passover Seder massacre, had a soccer tournament for 14-year-olds named for him. His brother was honored with distributing the trophies. Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist bus hijacker (led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children) has had summer camps, schools, graduation ceremonies and sporting events named for her, as well as many TV documentaries honoring her. Palestinian newspapers also frequently glorify Mughrabi, as in the Al-Ayyam article which described Mughrabi as writing "the most glorious page of heroism in the history of the Palestinian struggle. [Aug. 2, 2009]. Thaer Hammad, who as a lone gunman murdered 10 Israelis in 2002, was glorified by the official PA daily as “the hero of the Intifada."

This adulation of the worst terrorists and praise for their heroism reflects the policy of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. This video shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas,
issuing “greetings of honour and esteem” to mass murderers, whom he publicly names, one by one:
“I send greetings of honour and esteem to all prisoners...
Said 'Ataba (serving life sentence for murder in terror attack)…
Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences for planning murderous terror attacks)
Ahmad Sa'adat (serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP; honored on PA TV for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister Ze'evi in 2001, but never tried)
Aziz Dweik (Hamas leader, chairman of Palestinian parliament)
Jamal Huweil (life sentence for planning terror attacks)
Jamal Tirawi (life sentence for café suicide terror attack).
Greetings to you from our people.”
[PA TV (Fatah), April 17, 2008]
PLO official: Israel’s deducting from PA taxes amount equaling salaries to terrorists is “robbery” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 15, 2017
Headline: “Rafat: The law deducting the allowances of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs is unacceptable”

“PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat emphasized that the fact that the Israeli Parliament yesterday [June 14, 2017] approved in a first reading a law for deducting the allowances (mukhassasat ) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) [from the taxes Israel collects for the PA] is completely unacceptable as far as the Palestinians are concerned, and constitutes robbery and theft of Palestinian money.
He emphasized that the Martyrs and prisoners are victims of the occupation, and called on the countries that provide aid to Israel to discontinue it. In an interview with [the official PA radio] station The Voice of Palestine this morning Rafat said: ‘If Israel insists on the decision to deduct this money, the [Palestinian] leadership will turn to the International Criminal Court in order to put it on trial for this.’”
PA Prisoners’ Affairs Commission’s libel: Israel “officially, systematically and legally support Jewish ‘terror’”; Jewish terror groups receive “aid and defense” from the Israeli government 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 15, 2017
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: The government of Israel officially supports Jewish ‘terror’”

As a justification for their glorification of terror, Palestinian leaders often falsely claim that Israel honors Jews who murder Palestinians – Ed.

“In a report that was published by the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs it was written that the Israeli occupation government officially, systematically, and legally supports Jewish ‘terror’ against the Palestinian people, and provides financial and political aid to the Jewish ‘terror’ organizations…
In the commission’s report it was emphasized – in response to the Israeli Parliament on June 14, 2017, approving in a first reading a bill allowing Israel to deduct amounts of money from the [tax] money [it collects] for the PA, on the pretext that they are paid as allowances (mukhassasat) to the families of the prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and wounded – that this step constitutes open and illegal theft of the Palestinian people’s money. It was also said that its [the step’s] strategic goal is to define the Palestinian people’s struggle and its legitimate resistance to the occupation as a crime.
The commission’s report exposed that the occupation government supports the non-profit organization Honenu, which was established in 2001 by settlers from the settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, and that this non-profit organization provides legal and material aid to Jewish prisoners who committed acts of murder and crimes against Palestinians, and to their families. It also helps the murderer prisoners in finding work after leaving prison…
This non-profit organization receives financial aid from the government of Israel and from the budget of the state of Israel and its institutions (sic ., Honenu has non-profit sta
PLO official: no one has the right to stop paying the prisoner salaries 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 14, 2017
Headline: “[PLO] Executive Committee member: No one has the right to stop the prisoners’ allowances (mukhassasat)”

“PLO Executive Committee member Tayseer Khaled said that the Government of Israel and the American Administration are trying to drag the Palestinians into side battles and even invented [battles], like the Jewishness of the state, the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and the dismantling of UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), and far from the gist of the conflict, which was and remains the Israeli occupation and the legal national rights of the Palestinian people.
He emphasized that the allowances that the PLO provides to the families of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners of Palestine were, still are, and will continue to be a political, national, human, and moral obligation, and that no one in the PLO or PA has the right to stop paying these allowances, other than the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO), which has the political and legal authority on this matter.

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PLO official: Paying salaries to terrorist “martyrs’” families is “a political, national, ethical, and social obligation” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 14, 2017
Headline: “Majdalani: We will not accede to the American demand to stop the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families”

“PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF)] Ahmed Majdalani responded to American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statements, in which he said that the American administration asked the PA to stop paying compensation (Ta'widat) to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families, and said that it is not possible to accede to this request.
Majdalani added in a press statement today, Wednesday [June 14, 2017], that it is not possible to accede to this request as it constitutes a political, national, ethical, and social obligation to the Martyrs’ families. He emphasized that this subject will not be subject to bargaining, pressures, or extortion from Israel.

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PLO Prisoners’ Affairs’ director about terrorist salaries: “A national, moral, and human responsibility,” some salaries to released prisoners stopped in Gaza due to Fatah-Hamas rift, not US pressure  
Source: Sawa, independent Palestinian news agency, June 14, 2017
Headline: “Karake revealed to Sawa the reasons for stopping the salaries of some of the released prisoners”

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that stopping the released prisoners’ salaries (rawatib) is a political decision that is connected to the issue of the [Fatah-Hamas] rift and the Palestinian conflict that has been waged for many years.
Karake said in a special statement to the [independent Palestinian] news agency Sawa this morning, Wednesday [June 14, 2017], that the decision concerns the connection between Gaza and the rest of the homeland, and is not connected to the American and Israeli pressures.
In response to American Secretary of State [Rex Tillerson's] statements about stopping the allowances (mukhassasat), Karake said that this is part of the aggression, war, and pressures against the Palestinians to stop helping the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids)…
Karake emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not submit to any pressure, and that the aid to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs is a national, moral, and human responsibility. He also rejected all the terms and concepts that define the prisoners and Martyrs as ‘terrorists.’”
PLO official: “We are continuing to pay the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, June 13, 2017
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Official PA TV newsreader: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake explained that there is an intention to continue paying the allowances of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners’ families. He described the Israeli occupation government’s attempt to legislate a law that will steal the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families from the tax money [that Israel collects for the PA] as robbery. Karake emphasized that it is necessary to urgently sue the occupation government over this step and turn to international law and the international legal institutions, and noted that our Palestinian people will not submit to the occupation government’s laws.”

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake is seen giving a speech but there is no sound, and in the background the following text appears: “Karake: We are continuing to pay the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families.”
Head of PLO Prisoners’ Commission: Prisoners’ salaries will continue, Israel withholding taxes is “robbery” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 13, 2017
Headline: “Karake: We’re continuing to transfer the allowances to the prisoners and Martyrs’ families”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the transfer of the allowances to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families and prisoners will continue. He described the occupation government’s attempt to authorize the theft of the allowances of the Palestinian prisoners and Martyrs’ families from the PA’s tax revenues as robbery (refers to a new bill to deduct PA salaries to terrorists from taxes Israel collects for the PA –Ed.), and emphasized that there will be a petition to the international legal system to sue the occupation government over this crime.
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It’s “a declaration of war” says PLO Prisoners’ Commission director, if Israel withholds from PA taxes the amount PA pays in terrorist salaries  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2017
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said yesterday [June 12, 2017], during his meeting with families of prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), that Israel as an occupying power can exploit its power to stop the Palestinian tax money to exert pressure and commit extortion. However, it cannot stop our national honor and our sacred right to freedom and defense of our people's rights…
Karake said that the decision of the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Israeli Parliament (sic., government) on June 11, 2017, to approve a bill (sic., the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation under the Israeli government. The bill has not yet been approved by the Israeli Parliament) to deduct [from the Palestinian tax revenues Israel collects for the PA] the allowances of the families of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded is a declaration of war against our people's rights and the humanity of the Palestinians. He added that the strategic purpose of the decision is to delegitimize the Palestinian national struggle for the right to self-determination, and to consider the Palestinian resistance to the occupation, which is represented by the prisoners and Martyrs, as a crime and terror. This is while the longest occupation in modern history is the cruelest, most violent, and severest type of terror, and is the reason for terror and instability in the region."

PLO official: PA leadership will not stop salaries but “continue to be loyal to the Martyrs’ blood and the prisoners’ suffering” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2017
Headline: “Majdalani called on countries to support the [PA] budget in response to Netanyahu’s statements”
     “Secretary-General of the [Palestinian] Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) and member of the PLO Executive Committee Dr. Ahmed Majdalani said that… [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s call to dismantle UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and transfer its responsibility for the Palestinian refugees’ issues to the [UN] High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the fact that the Israeli Parliament approved a bill (sic., the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation under the Israeli government. The bill has not yet been approved by the Israeli Parliament –Ed.) ordering to deduct the money that the PA pays as allowances (mukhassasat) to the prisoners and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families, are a type of robbery and theft of the Palestinian taxpayers’ money…
Majdalani calmed the prisoners and Martyrs’ families [saying] that the Palestinian leadership will not submit to the occupation’s laws and will continue to be loyal to the Martyrs’ blood and the prisoners’ suffering.”
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Fatah official and released prisoner in Gaza: The PA must continue the salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2017
Headline: “The prisoners’ families in Gaza condemned the theft of the prisoners’ allowances (mukhassasat ) by the occupation”
     “The prisoners’ families condemned the racist Israeli decision to stop the prisoners’ salaries (rawatib) (this refers to the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation approving a bill to deduct a sum that equals the PA’s terrorist salaries from taxes Israel collects for the PA. The bill has not yet been passed by the Israeli Parliament –Ed.). They emphasized that their sons are struggling for freedom, and they are prisoners of war and not criminals, and that Israel is the one that commits organized terror against our people, our holy sites, and our land…
Fatah Movement [General ] Commissioner for Prisoners' Affairs [in Gaza] released prisoner Tayseer Al-Bardini explained that this decision and Israeli law are not something new, as the occupation is always trying to burden our people and the prisoners, and to put them on the terror list even though they are struggling for freedom, just as has been anchored in the international conventions on human rights.
He emphasized that the PA’s role in opposing this decision is in providing the salaries to the prisoners and putting an emphasis on the prisoners’ rights and their ongoing path of struggle.”
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Fatah: Israeli bill to withhold taxes equaling sum paid in salaries to terrorists is “criminal aggression and unjust robbery” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: The fact that the Israeli Ministerial Committee authorized stealing our money is criminal aggression and unacceptable”

“The Fatah Movement opposed the fact that the Israeli Ministerial Committee [for Legislation] approved a bill (The bill has not yet been passed by the Israeli Parliament –Ed.) to steal some of the Palestinian money that is designated for the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids). It said that this step is criminal aggression and unjust robbery of the Palestinian people’s money.
Official [Fatah] Movement Spokesman [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement yesterday evening [June 12, 2017] that the Israeli occupation state and its government must stop this irresponsible behavior, which will only lead to additional tension and constitutes aggression against our people’s resources and interference in its internal affairs, which we adamantly oppose.”
National Forces react to Dalal Center backlash and demand to reduce prisoners salaries, as “harming our national symbols” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 13, 2017
     “The National and Islamic Forces (unaffiliated body with representatives from the PLO and outside of it, see further below -Ed.) discussed the latest political developments and the issues of the internal situation in a meeting that was held yesterday [June 12, 2017] in Ramallah… The forces expressed their opposition to the blow to the salaries (rawatib) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, and the importance of thwarting all of the current attempts by the occupation to exert pressure and incite, including the decision to deduct from the tax money [Israel collects for the PA] as an exchange for the prisoners’ rights (i.e., a proposed bill to deduct the terrorists’ salaries from the taxes), which constitutes theft of Palestinian money, dirty extortion, and robbery by the occupation… The forces emphasized that they oppose harming our national symbols, and particularly our people’s Martyrs and its prisoners, and the attempts to define them as terrorists as is currently happening with Martyr Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), as several countries have decided to boycott a center named after her that was established in the village of Burqa.”

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The Palestinian National Council: “Support and aid to the heroic prisoners… are a national obligation of the highest order, impossible to compromise” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 12, 2017
Headline: “The [Palestinian] National Council: The aid to the prisoners and the Martyrs’ families is a national obligation on which it is impossible to compromise”

“The Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) emphasized that the support and aid to the heroic prisoners and their families, as well as to the families of the heroic Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded, are a national obligation of the highest order on which it is impossible to compromise or submit to extortion.
In a press statement today, Monday [June 12, 2017], the National Council opposed the bill that the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Israeli Parliament (sic., the bill has not yet been passed by the Israeli Parliament) approved yesterday, which orders a deduction of the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and their families and the families of the Palestinian Martyrs from the PA tax money that Israel collects on its behalf.
The Council said that this bill comes as part of a series of steps, policies, and laws that were intended to harm the sanctity of the struggle of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded, to bring about a renunciation of their rights, and to pressure the PA to stop paying these allowances to the families of the Palestinian Martyrs, prisoners, and wounded.

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PLO official says terrorist salaries will continue, as it is a “national and humanitarian responsibility” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 12, 2017
Headline: “Tayseer Khaled: Israel returns to robbing and pouncing on the Palestinian tax money”

“PLO Executive Committee member and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) political bureau member Tayseer Khaled again emphasized the decision of the PLO Executive Committee in its latest meeting, which determined that the Palestinian National Fund (see note below –Ed.) will continue to stand by its national and humanitarian responsibility towards the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded of the Palestinian people and the families of the prisoners in the Israeli collective prisons. This is the responsibility that the National Fund has borne since its establishment in 1966, as the national institution appointed to take care of the interests of the victims of the Israeli occupation and the terror that the State of Israel has been committing against the members of the Palestinian people since the first day of its establishment.
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Terrorists deserve salaries, they are not “highway robbers, but people who sacrificed their lives and freedom,” says PA Ministry of Information 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 12, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information: The Martyrs, injured, and prisoners are an unavoidable outcome of the legitimate resistance”
    “The [PA] Ministry of Information said that the bill of what is called the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Israeli Parliament (this refers to the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation approving a bill to deduct a sum that equals the PA’s terrorist salaries from taxes Israel collects for the PA. The bill has not yet been passed by the Israeli Parliament –Ed.) on deducting the allowances of the prisoners, the wounded, and the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) from the PA tax revenues is political extortion that is added to the occupation’s record, which is overflowing with cases of robbery of the [Palestinian] people’s resources.
The ministry emphasized that the Martyrs and prisoners are not highway robbers, but rather people who have sacrificed their lives and freedom for the resistance to the occupation, which has been approved by all of the laws, and which all peoples of the world have carried out throughout history in order to be rid of colonialism.
The ministry said that Israel defining the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners [as terrorists] proves the extent of terror and incitement, which ignores the fact that the occupation is the reason, and the sacrifices of the [Palestinian] people and its struggle are an unavoidable outcome and a natural response.”
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Head of PA-funded Prisoners’ Club: PLO’s responsibility for prisoners never stops, nor will salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 12, 2017
Headline: “Fares: Deducting the allowances of the prisoners, the families of the Martyrs, and the wounded from the tax money is robbery”

“Chairman of the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares emphasized that the fact that the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation yesterday [June 11, 2017] approved a bill (the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation under the Israeli government, but has not yet been passed by the Israeli Parliament –Ed.) to deduct the money that the PA pays as allowances for the prisoners, families of the Martyrs (Shahids), and wounded from the tax money that Israel collects for the PA is robbery and theft of Palestinian money. This is after [Israel] was unable in recent years to influence the donor countries by spreading [the claim] that this aid and money are used for ‘incitement and terror.’

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PA leadership won’t be blackmailed into ceasing salaries for prisoners, will ask Arab states to pay, says PLO Prisoners’ Commission head 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 11, 2017
Headline: "Karake: We will not agree to blackmail and will continue to support the prisoners and Martyrs"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will not agree to blackmail and bargaining over everything regarding the matter of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and the financial support that the leadership provides to them. He also emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will continue to support the prisoners and the [families of] the Martyrs.
Karake said to [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the Palestinian leadership will not agree to surrender to the Israeli pressure and its racist laws that are attempting to delegitimize the struggle of the prisoners and Martyrs. He noted that the Israeli occupation is striving to present their struggle as 'crime and terror.'

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PA will continue paying terrorist salaries, even if Israel deducts money from PA taxes, says Director of PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Commission 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, June 11, 2017
Headline: "Karake to Wattan: The response to the confiscation of the tax money is to continue supporting the prisoners and Martyrs' families"
     "Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake responded to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan this evening, Sunday [June 11, 2017] about the fact that the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill (sic., the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation under the Israeli government. The bill has not yet been approved by the Israeli Parliament) to deduct the money that the PA pays as allowances (mukhassasat) to the prisoners, Martyrs' (Shahids') families, and wounded from the tax money that Israel collects for the PA. He said that they will continue to support them and will not submit to the Israeli pressure and blackmail.
Karake explained that the decision to transfer the allowances of the prisoners and Martyrs' families is in the PA's hands, and not in Israel's hands. However, if Israel will deduct large amounts from the tax money that it collects for the PA, that will influence the budget. He also noted that it is not only a financial matter, but also a legal [matter]."
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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs exposes the PA’s lie that only the PLO and not the PA pays terrorist salaries, demanding explanation from PA treasury why some salaries stopped 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 6, 2017
Headline: "Karake demands that the [PA] government explain the reasons for stopping the payment of the prisoners' salaries"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake demanded that the [PA] Ministry of Finance publish an explanation regarding the reasons for stopping the payment of the salaries of more than 200 prisoners, some of them released [prisoners].
Karake said in a press statement that the Commission [of Prisoners' Affairs] has received many inquiries and complaints on the matter, without knowing what the reasons are that led to stopping the payment of the salaries, and also without an official response on the matter from any official party.
He added that [the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs], as a concerned party, was surprised by the step that was taken without its knowledge, and that many of the complaints it receives require an official explanation from the Ministry of Finance and the [PA] government regarding the reasons for this step."
Palestinian human rights group: PA cutting some released terrorists’ salaries disrespects their “role in the struggle and defense of Palestinian people’s rights” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 6, 2017
Headline: “Addameer again emphasizes its position against the policy of stopping the payment of salaries”

“The human rights organization Addameer condemned the [PA] government’s stopping payment of the salaries of several released prisoners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It said that ‘This policy, which was implemented in an arbitrary and illegal manner, is a response by the PA to the Israeli and American demands to stop paying the prisoners and the released [prisoners].’
According to the Addameer organization’s figures, the PA Ministry of Finance paid the allowances of the prisoners’ families and the released prisoners’ salaries on June 4, 2017, but over 250 released prisoners from all of the Palestinian factions, who were released in the ‘Loyalty to the Free’ deal (i.e., Shalit prisoner exchange deal) and were convicted in the past of murdering Israelis by the Israeli occupation authorities, were surprised when their allowances and salaries were not paid…
It demanded that the PA respect the prisoners and value their role in the struggle and the defense of the Palestinian people’s rights, instead of fighting against them and their families through their livelihood.”
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