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Head of Prisoners’ Club condemns Israel salary law, prisoners are “resistance members and prisoners of war,” not terrorists; no one will harm “rights” of prisoners, Martyrs’ families and wounded

Headline: “Wall to wall condemnations of the approval of deduction of the Martyrs and prisoners’ allowances”
     “Chairman of the Palestinian [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares… explained that Israel’s attempts to steal the Palestinian people’s money (referring to Israeli law deducting terror salaries from tax money collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.)… are part of the actions to apply pressure in order to connect the Palestinian struggle to terror… Fares noted that the prisoners oppose all of the Israeli efforts to revoke their political status and their status as fighters, to revoke their legitimate right as resistance members and prisoners of war, and to label them as ‘terrorists’ and ‘criminals.’ Fares calmed the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded that no one will harm their rights, as there is a consensus over them among the members of the Palestinian people. He emphasized that the implementation of this racist and discriminatory law will have grave consequences that will lead to an explosion in the face of the occupation.”
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Law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money - A law to deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018. The law freezes the deducted money and has Israel hold it indefinitely. Should the PA not pay terrorists' salaries or allowances to families of "Martyrs" for a full year, the Israeli government would have the option of giving all or part of the frozen money to the PA.
During the vote on the law, Israeli Parliament Member and Chairman of the Israeli Parliament Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Avi Dichter said: “The [Israeli Parliament] Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee received much help in its deliberations - from the families of terror victims and those wounded by terror attacks who came to the discussions and shared their views with us, and with them were people from Palestinian Media Watch who provided us with authentic data that enabled productive and professional deliberations, nuances that are very difficult to achieve without precise data.” [Israeli Parliament website, July 2, 2018]

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