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Fatah supports Abbas decision to refuse all Israeli tax transfers; “The Martyrs and Prisoners` cause is a cause of the entire Palestinian people… their salaries will not be harmed”

Headline: "The Fatah Central Committee: Protecting the PLO as the Palestinian people’s identity is the prelude to protecting Jerusalem the capital and its holy sites"
      "The Fatah Movement Central Committee discussed some political issues and internal affairs during a meeting that was held yesterday afternoon [Feb. 18, 2019] at the headquarters of the [Fatah] Movement [Commission for] Mobilization and Organization in Ramallah…
The committee conveyed to [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas a recommendation to refuse the unjust Israeli decision to deduct the salaries (rawatib) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners from the Palestinian tax money (i.e., referring to implementation of Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from the PA tax money; see note below), and not to accept them if any amount is deducted. They emphasized that the Martyrs and Prisoners' cause is a cause of the entire Palestinian people and the symbol of its struggle, and we will not agree to haggle over it, and their salaries will not be harmed regardless of what Israeli pressures there may be."

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 receive 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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