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Abbas reiterates the PA will pay salaries to terrorists

Official PA TV, filler including an excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech before the Arab League Summit in Tunisia on March 31, 2019, refers to PA financial crisis due to the Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We have said and will say to Israel and the entire world that we will not abandon our people, and particularly [not] those among them who have sacrificed (i.e., prisoners, released prisoners, and families of “Martyrs.”) We will continue to support them even if these will be the last financial resources that we have.”

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.