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PA, PLO spokesmen reject Israel’s terror salaries law, salaries to prisoners, Martyrs’ families and wounded will continue

Headline: “[Palestinian] spokesmen: It is necessary to oppose the ‘law’ to deduct the prisoners’ allowances from the tax money”
     “At a press conference dealing with the occupation’s decision to deduct the prisoners’ allowances (mukhassasat) from the tax money (see note below –Ed.) and the administrative prisoners’ strike, a number of [Palestinian] spokesmen emphasized the need to oppose the Israeli ‘law’ that violates all of the international agreements, and the need to support the administrative prisoners who are hunger striking. PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front] Wasel Abu Yusuf said at the press conference that was held yesterday [July 8, 2018] in Ramallah at the initiative of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs, the [PA-funded] Prisoners’
PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf, Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares
Club, and the factions of national activity: ‘The leadership, led by [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, has emphasized its rejection of decisions that the Israeli government has made recently, and of the bills that the Israeli Parliament ratified regarding the deduction of amounts from our people’s money against what is paid to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners.’
Abu Yusuf emphasized that they will continue to pay the allowances of the prisoners, the Martyrs’ families, and the wounded as usual, while pointing out the president’s statements at the Fatah Movement Central Council meeting yesterday (Sunday): ‘No one has the right to interfere in this matter; these are our Martyrs, our wounded, and our prisoners, and we will continue to pay them.’
Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that: ‘The Israeli law regarding the deduction of the prisoners’ allowances from the tax money violates The International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Palestinian constitution, and the signed agreements, and therefore the confiscation of the money is a violation of the law.’ Karake said: ‘The arbitrary laws must be rejected, and there is a need to continue the support of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs. Palestine will submit a complaint against the Israeli government to the International Criminal Court regarding its confiscation of the money.’ He explained that ‘The leadership emphasized this by the president signing on the status of the prisoners as legitimate prisoners of war.’  He added: ‘We will act to obtain a legal opinion regarding the legal status of the prisoners in order to thwart Israel’s attempts to remove the status of “legitimacy” from the prisoners.’ … Karake asked the UN to declare Israel a state that violates the law and an apartheid state, [and said] that the international parliaments must boycott the Israeli Parliament and its members in order to express their opposition to the decision (by Israel to deduct money for terrorist salaries from the PA tax money –Ed.) And this is in view of the fact that the Israeli Parliament has legislated 150 laws since 2015…
Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares said: ‘We must continue to pay the amounts to the prisoners, and the families of the Martyrs and the wounded, and to act in the public arena and with the help of all the parties of power in order to bring down this law.’”
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Law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money - Israeli law to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA. Should the PA stop these payments for a full year, the Israeli government would have the option of giving all or part of the frozen money to the PA. The law was enacted on July 2, 2018.

During the parliamentary vote, the law's sponsor Avi Dichter said: “The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee received much help in its deliberations... 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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