PA will continue paying terrorist salaries, even if Israel deducts money from PA taxes, says Director of PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Commission
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].
Karake added that the goal of the Israeli step is to delegitimize the struggle of the Palestinian people and present its legal struggle against the occupation as a criminal act, as if Israel is not an occupying state and anyone that resists it is a 'terrorist,' which contradicts international laws and human rights regulations.
Karake emphasized that it is the right of a people under occupation to resist it, and whoever is held captive is a freedom prisoner. In addition, he emphasized that the Palestinian people and the prisoners are under the authority of international law, and not under the authority of the occupation's laws."
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