PA PM: PA will pay full salaries of terrorists and their families by order of Abbas; PA employees get 60%
Headline: "The [PA] government emphasizes adherence to the refusal to accept the reduced tax money and blesses the public employees’ resolve"
"[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh declared during a [PA] government meeting held yesterday [May 27, 2019] in Ramallah that the government – despite the financial crisis and by order of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas – will pay the full salaries (rawatib) of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, 60% of the public employees' salaries for May – according to the same criteria in [both] the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the full salary of those who make 2,000 [Israeli] shekels or less in the West Bank and also in the Gaza Strip.
The prime minister emphasized 'the position of the [PA] leadership that refuses to accept our money from Israel if it is reduced, and the rejection of the description of our sons who are in the Israeli prisons as terrorists, or of us as funding terror (referring to the Israeli Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law to deduct terrorist 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]