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PA PM: Aid to the PA has dropped by 70%, Israel steals the Palestinians' money

Headline: "Hamdallah: No decision, whatever it may be, can grant legitimacy to the occupation"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah... said in a speech during the laying of the cornerstone for the Centro Mall commercial center in Ramallah yesterday [July 23, 2018]: ...'In light of the drop in financial aid to approximately 70% (sic., drop of approximately 70%) and Israel's control of our resources, theft of our money (apparently refers to new Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and its attempts to weaken our national economy, we need to broaden our independent capabilities and resources, revive our sectors, and strengthen the investment opportunities.’"

Law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money - Israeli law stating that the PA payments to terrorists and the families of dead terrorists is a financial incentive to terror. The law instructs the state 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]