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PA Minister of Justice responds to Israeli demand to cease payments to terrorists: "Our brave prisoners and righteous Martyrs... are fighters for freedom, justice, and peace"

Headline: “Abu Diyak: The occupation is terrorist and the prisoners are symbols of our struggle”
      “[PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak emphasized yesterday [April 22, 2017] that it is not possible… to stain with terror the struggle of our people that is defending itself, its land, its holy sites, its freedom, and its just rights.
Abu Diyak said in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements regarding the request to stop paying financial allowances (mukhassasat) to the prisoners and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families: ‘The Martyrs and prisoners are the symbols of our legitimate national struggle, the conscience of our Palestinian people, and victims of the organized terror and state terror that the occupation uses against our people.’
Abu Diyak noted that the Palestinian problem will not be resolved by submitting to the extremist Zionist ideology, but rather by making a just and dignified peace, and that peace will not be achieved by delegitimizing the Palestinian struggle against the occupation, but rather by ending the occupation and the settlement enterprise…
Secretary-General of the [Palestinian] Popular Struggle Front and PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Majdalani said that the statements of the occupation prime minister… are incitement against the PA and the continuation of a series of [statements by Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor] Liberman, who called to define the [Palestinian] National Fund as a ‘terror organization.’”
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On March 16, 2017, Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman declared the Palestinian National Fund of the PLO a terrorist organization. The fund manages financial aid received by the PLO from different sources. The Israeli Ministry of Defense declare the fund a terror organization due to the fund's "massive support for elements responsible for committing severe acts of terrorism against Israel," and stated that the fund serves "as a significant financial pipeline for tens of millions of shekels that are transferred on a monthly basis to security prisoners held in Israel for committing acts of terrorism and to members of their families," and that "the fund also supports family members of terrorists who were wounded and killed while perpetrating acts of terrorism against Israel." It also stated that "the necessary steps will be taken, in Israel and abroad, to seize and forfeit the property and money belonging to the fund.”
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA uses the Palestinian National Fund to transfer money for terrorist salaries to the PLO.

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