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Fatah supports Abbas’ positions, “prime among them… the issue of the salaries of the Martyrs and prisoners”

Headline: “The continuation of the second session of the Fatah Movement Advisory Council’s meetings”

“The second session of the Fatah Movement Advisor Council’s meetings continued yesterday, Friday [July 12, 2019], at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah for the second consecutive day, in order to discuss the political developments in the Palestinian arena and the internal situation…

Those present emphasized their full support for [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ positions that adhere to the basic national principles, and prime among them Jerusalem and its holy sites and the issue of the salaries (rawatib) of the Martyrs and prisoners (refers to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terror salaries; see note below –Ed.).”

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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