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PLO official: PLO is filing a complaint against Israel for “stealing” money from prisoners and Martyrs’ families

Headline: "Tamimi: We will not abandon our prisoners no matter how much the pressures increase"
       "PLO Executive Committee member and head of the organization’s Department of Human Rights and Civil Society Ahmed Tamimi emphasized that… the violations that Israel is committing against the prisoners – the latest of which was the theft of the prisoners and Martyrs' (Shahids') money (referring to the Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from taxes collected for the PA; see note below –Ed.) constitute a central part of the case that the PLO leadership is preparing in order to put Israel on trial for its crimes before the relevant international circles."

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]

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