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PA PM reiterates Abbas' policy on terror salaries: “We will remain loyal to the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners until the last penny”

Headline: “Shtayyeh: The land in Palestine is not real estate, but rather a right and a homeland”

“[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said: ‘Israel is waging a war of geography against us by building settlements and expanding them. The settlements must not surround us – we must surround them. If they expropriate our land, we will settle new land. Just as colonialism has collapsed in the world, so too Israeli colonialism will collapse on the land of Palestine.’

He said this during his speech at the Palestinian Flag Waving Festival in the village of Abu Falah, east of Ramallah…

Shtayyeh added: ‘Since 1967, one million Palestinians have entered the occupation’s prisons, and this means it has harmed every Palestinian home or family. As [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has said, we will remain loyal to the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners until the last penny.’ He emphasized: ‘This [PA] government is not just a government of paying salaries; it is a central element in the national project managed by President Mahmoud Abbas on the path of [former PLO Chairman and PA President] Martyr Yasser Arafat. We are not looking for money, but rather we are looking to disconnect from the occupation.’”

 

Yasser Arafat – Founder of Fatah and former chairman of the PLO and PA. During the 1960s, 70s and 80s Arafat was behind numerous terror attacks against Israelis. Although he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 together with then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and then Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East" after signing the Oslo Accords peace agreement, Arafat launched a 5-year terror campaign - the second Intifada (2000-2005) – in which more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered. Arafat died of an illness in 2004.