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Released prisoners demand the PA Ministry of Finance pay them their “release grant”

Headline: “The released prisoners demand that the [PA] Ministry of Finance pay the release grant by Nov. 27 – or else…”
       “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 P alestinian 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.
The released prisoners’ notice said: ‘Our patience has run out. The time has come for the one who sits in the Ministry of Finance to understand that it is impossible to be silent any more over his alignment with the American and Israeli demands to target the sector that is fighting the battle of the Palestinian people – the released prisoners, and that he alone will bear the consequences of the blow to our elementary financial rights – the release grant.’
The released prisoners emphasized in their notice: ‘Our activity on Nov. 27 rests on legitimate rights anchored in law, [and it will be carried out] through legal means. There is no group that obeys Palestinian law more than us, and we are the ones who protect it. We direct our bullets only at the occupier.’
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.”