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PLO official accuses Israel of attempting to destroy the PA following withholding of equivalent of terror salaries from PA tax money
The following was posted on WAFA's website in English Headline: Israel, US attempting to destroy Palestinian Authority, says PLO official" "Ahmad Majdalani, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Sunday that Israel is now attempting to destroy the...
Feb 17, 2019
PA minister reacts to Israel’s cut to PA tax transfers: "This theft against our people and its resources is liable to endanger the financial activity… which will lead to a deterioration of the difficult financial situation"
Headline: “The [PA] Minister: The theft of our money by Israel is a blow to the national economy” “[PA] Minister of National Economy Abir Odeh said today (Sunday) [Feb. 17, 2019] that the fact that Israel has stolen from the State of Palestine’s tax money (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist...”
Feb 17, 2019
Fatah: Deducting terror salaries from Israeli tax transfers to PA is “theft”; “This will not prevent us from continuing to take care of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs at any price”
Headline: "Fatah: The deduction of our money by Israel is theft and robbery; the pressure will lead to an explosion" "The Fatah Movement said that the deduction of the money for the salaries of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners by Israel (referring to Israeli law to deduct..."
Feb 17, 2019
Palestinian National Council responds to cut in Israeli tax transfers: “This decision is part of the series of steps whose goal is to harm the sanctity of the struggle of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded”
Headline: “The [Palestinian] National Council: The deduction of the PA money is political and financial terror against our people" “This evening [Feb. 17, 2019] the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) condemned the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to actually begin the...”"
Feb 17, 2019
Fatah official: “The Palestinian leadership led by President Mahmoud Abbas will not submit to the Israeli theft… The prisoners and Martyrs' salaries are a red line, and they will be paid in a regular manner”
"During the weekly sit-in strike by the prisoners' relatives at the Gaza headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, yesterday [Feb. 18, 2019] the prisoners' families again emphasized their faith in [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership regarding the aid..."
Feb 16, 2019
Abbas advisor: "The Palestinians will not be silent about the acts of theft that Israel is committing by cutting the Palestinian money and we will turn to the international courts"
“[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas'] advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations and acting Head of the [PLO] Department for Expatriates’ Affairs Nabil Shaath said that the Palestinian people does not have to wait for the official announcement of ‘the deal of the century’ (refers to US...”
Feb 15, 2019
PA Foreign Ministry condemns Israeli decision to cut tax transfers to PA as “stealing”
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates: We will protect our people's money according to international law" "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatiates condemned the occupation's decision to steal the Palestinian tax money (i.e., refers to Israeli law to deduct..."
Feb 12, 2019
PA daily editorial attacks Israeli cut to PA tax transfers; accuses Israelis of inciting to assassinate Abbas
Excerpt of editorial by the official PA daily “The American-Israeli war against the Palestinian legitimacy, its leadership, and its national release project is growing stronger and escalating: The theft of the Palestinian tax money (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax...”
Feb 12, 2019
PLO Prisoners’ Affairs director claims Israel wants to "criminalize the Palestinian people’s struggle... to present them as terrorists and to prevent their families from [receiving] salaries that will support them"
Headline: “The Hebrew media is falsifying the facts in order to criminalize the Palestinian struggle” “Once again, in a scenario that repeats itself, the occupation government is trying to extort the Palestinians through the use of the returns from the tax money, which to them constitute a large...”
Feb 12, 2019
PA minister: Abbas will refuse to receive Israeli tax transfers if deductions are made following Israeli terror law
"[PA] Minister of Civil Affairs [and Fatah Central Committee member] Hussein Al-Sheikh said yesterday [Feb. 10, 2019] that he has conveyed an official message at the request of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas that emphasizes that 'He will refuse to receive the collected [tax] money if Israel deducts..."
Feb 11, 2019
Fatah council: “The prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded have sacrificed that which is most precious to them for the homeland, and Fatah will remain loyal to their sacrifice”
Excerpt of a statement summarizing a session of the Fatah Revolutionary Council. “The prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and wounded have sacrificed that which is most precious to them for the homeland, and Fatah will remain loyal to their sacrifice. It will continue to fulfill its duty and obligations...”
Feb 10, 2019
PA government commits to “the rights of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and… to allowing them to live with dignity”
"During its weekly meeting that was held yesterday (Tuesday) [Feb. 5, 2019] in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government condemned the leaks to the media by the Israeli government… regarding its intention to cut the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs'..."
Feb 6, 2019
USAID stops all aid to the PA following Abbas request to avoid potential lawsuits
“A senior American official said yesterday [Feb. 1, 2019] that the American Agency for International Development USAID has stopped all of its aid to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and noted that at this moment they will not take any steps to completely close the delegation’s...”
Feb 2, 2019
PA sends letter to Trump administration rejecting US security aid
Official PA TV News, on the PA refusing US aid due to new US law Official PA TV newsreader: "PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said that on orders from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah sent a letter to the American..."
Jan 20, 2019
Norway and Sweden contribute $18.5 million in aid to Palestinians
Norway and Sweden contributed an additional total amount of US$18.5 million to the Palestinian Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID fund) administered by the World Bank. The funds contributed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) of SEK...
Dec 20, 2018
Palestinian Red Crescent honors murderers of 3 Israelis, cancels celebration "out of respect for the blood of the Martyrs who ascended to Heaven"
Headline: “Out of respect for the blood of the Martyrs: The Red Crescent cancels the celebrations of its golden jubilee” “The Palestinian Red Crescent announced the cancellation of the celebrations for the golden jubilee of its establishment, which were to take place today (Thursday) [Dec. 13,...”
Dec 13, 2018
Fatah official: Caring for terrorist prisoners is a “sacred obligation,” whose salaries will be harmed “under no circumstances”
“Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub emphasized in a press statement yesterday [Dec. 3, 2018] that Fatah and its leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, views the prisoners’ cause, their release, and the care for them and their families as a national responsibility and...”
Dec 4, 2018
Fatah official: salaries to terrorists and their families a “national responsibility and sacred obligation,” there will be “no harm… to the salaries”
Official PA TV News, on Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub emphasizing Fatah’s commitment to paying terrorist prisoners’ salaries Official PA TV newsreader: “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub emphasized that Fatah and the leadership headed by [PA] President...”
Dec 4, 2018
PA Justice Minister in presence of Sudanese dictator: Israel is carrying out "torture, deprivation, and medical neglect" against Palestinian prisoners; trying to prevent the PA from paying prisoners and Martyrs’ families
"The Council of Arab Ministers of Justice concluded its 34th session yesterday [Nov. 23, 2018], which was held in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, in the presence of His Honor Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir (see note below –Ed.)… [PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak participated in the..."
Nov 24, 2018
Official PA daily quotes Israeli Justice Minister as admitting Israel has failed to stop the transfer of tax money to the PA in accordance with the law passed deducting in the amount the PA pays terrorists
Headline: "Shaked: We have not succeeded in stopping the transfer of the Palestinian prisoners' allowances" "Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked from the Jewish Home party emphasized that the present government will not be able to complete its full term until November of next year , and..."
Nov 24, 2018
France allots annual sum of 16 million euros to the PA budget
Headline: “Bishara signs an agreement with the French consul on budgetary support of eight million euros” “[PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara signed an agreement yesterday [Nov. 12, 2018] with French Consul Pierre Cochard on support for the Palestinian [PA] government’s 2018...”
Nov 13, 2018
Belgium upgrades Palestinians' diplomatic status, commits to supporting schools, despite previously condemning PA terror glorification in schools and cutting off funding to the PA Ministry of Education
English edition of the official PA news agency WAFA "Belgium has decided to upgrade the diplomatic status of the Palestinian representative office in Brussels, according to a joint statement issued on Wednesday. This was announced following a meeting between Foreign Minister Riyad Malki and his..."
Nov 7, 2018
PLO director of prisoners assures terrorist salaries will continue
Official PA TV program "Topic of the Day" Official PA TV host: “The Israeli Parliament’s decision will come into effect regarding deducting the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs from the taxes. How are you responding to this matter, and what are your steps against it?” … Director of PLO...
Nov 5, 2018