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Op-ed: Israel law is “a reflection of the principle of theft and robbery as the Israeli regime’s MO since the establishment of the first armed Jewish terrorist organization, but also... of the imperialist state that sponsors Israel (i.e., the US)"

Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The way of the Zionist state”

     “We see no connection between the elections in Israel and the decision of the occupation state’s cabinet about freezing the transfer of 500 million shekels to the [Palestinian] Authority government from the Palestinian tax money (refers to the implementation of the law to deduct terror salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.). This is because the Israeli racist settlement imperialist occupation project has a practical policy whose only goal is to diminish the idea of the national liberation and independence of the Palestinians , in order to subjugate them and turn them into just working hands…
The occupation government’s decision to implement the law to deduct and freeze money that the Palestinian government pays to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners… is not only a reflection of the principle of theft and robbery as the Israeli regime’s modus operandi since the establishment of the first armed Jewish terrorist organization, but also a natural reflection of the modus operandi of the imperialist state that sponsors Israel (i.e., the US). Therefore it is obvious that the Israeli Parliament would legislate a law to steal Palestinian public money – and this is while [US] President of the American administration [Donald] Trump is taking a step of ‘stealing the American people’s money,’ according to the American House of Representatives’ description of the state of emergency [order] that Trump signed despite the opposition of the American people’s representatives…
The [Israeli] Cabinet’s decision, on the other hand, is a reflection of a modus operandi of expulsion, settlement, and colonialist occupation, which the white settler invaders implemented on the American continent when they eliminated the original residents, the Indians, by murderous means.
In this context, we think that the grandchildren of the first invaders of Palestine are now full of regret that those who preceded them in invading approximately 90 years ago until the declaration of the establishment of Israel in 1948 allowed a million Palestinians to emigrate, and did not kill them on the spot. However, they are aspiring, together with the Trump administration, to eliminate the cause of the Palestinian refugees, in preparation for erasing half of the Palestinian people – 5,256,321 [refugees], alongside the plot to erase the PLO… The goal here is to make the Palestinian people without identity and without a homeland, without land and an address, and this in itself is the greatest crime of theft in history, exceeding the crime of exterminating the Indians… and the Palestinian who is prevented from returning to his home and land… is killed a thousand times today, at a time when there are human rights laws in the world. And herein lies the danger not only to the Palestinian people, but to all peoples that love peace, who are also liable to be victims if the world allows Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s policy – which is colonialist, racist, and violates human rights – to pass! For the states that use religion to legitimize and justify their crimes against humanity will not stop bringing [more] types of wildness and implementing them, even if the price is global peace and security – and the living example of this is the Zionist State of Israel.”
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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 by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018, and its first implementation was approved by Israel's Security Cabinet on Feb. 17, 2019, when it decided to withhold 502,697,000 Israeli shekels (approximately $138 million) from the PA. In response, the PA announced it would not accept any of the tax money collected by Israel unless it also included the frozen amount.
During the initial parliamentary vote in 2018, 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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