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Activists on social media criticize Palestinians expressing financial concerns over the PA’s decision to reject all Israeli tax transfers following “pay-for-slay” deduction

Headline: "The Israeli theft – a stage in the Israeli sadism"
      "The Palestinian response to the occupation's decision to deduct the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners and the Martyrs' (Shahids') families from the tax money (refers to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) – which is expressed by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas' decision not to accept any partial amount of the tax money and his determination to continue to pay the allowances of the prisoners and the Martyrs' families – was popularly anticipated… Activists on social media criticized the attempts by some bodies to draw attention from the Palestinian leadership’s firm position regarding the prisoners and the Martyrs' families and turn the conversation in the direction of concern for the fate of the public employees' salaries. Many of the activists thought that those spreading this news are serving the occupation’s goals that strive to increase the pressure on the Palestinian leadership and people."
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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 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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