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PA Foreign Minister: “The forces of evil have united in the framework of an extermination operation” against Palestinians

Headline: “Al-Malki: The forces of evil have united to eliminate our achievements and break our determination”
     “[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs [and Expatriates] Riyad Al-Malki said: ‘We, the Palestinian people, are standing before a threat to our existence, a threat to our survival as a people, as a nation, as an entity, as a state, and as a [national] liberation project. The forces of evil have united in the framework of an extermination operation, beginning with the elimination of our achievements, a blow to our image, weakening us, drying up the sources of our survival (apparently refers to implementation of Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.), and waging a war against us on anything and everything. This is in order to eliminate our national enterprise and prevent the establishment of the independent Palestinian state that is sustainable, territorially contiguous, and sovereign within the June 4, 1967 borders, whose capital is East Jerusalem.’ During the opening of the discussions of the annual meeting of ambassadors of the State of Palestine in Europe, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, Al-Malki added… that the liberation of Palestine is the liberation of the world from injustice.”

Israel's Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law - 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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