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PA PM: Public employees will receive 60% of the month’s salary in addition to 50% for past cuts, due to financial crisis over terror salaries

Headline: “Shtayyeh: The [PA] public employees’ salaries will be paid at a rate of 110%”

“[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh emphasized that the [PA] public employees will receive 60% of this month’s [August’s] salary in addition to 50% to complete [the salary of] the first month of the financial crisis (refers to PA’s refusal to accept tax money in response 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. During the parliamentary vote, 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] In accordance with the law, as of September 2021 Israel’s Security Cabinet had ordered the freeze of 1.857 billion shekels ($580.15 million) - the sum equivalent to the PA payments to terrorists in 2018, 2019, and 2020.