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Fatah: Terrorists are “the guardians of the Palestinian dream”

Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page, written by Secretary of Fatah’s Branch in Poland Khalil Nazzal

Posted text: “The financial rights of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners are a national commitment

There is no cause that the Palestinians – the people and leadership – agree on unanimously like adhering to the obligation of loyalty to the sacrifices of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners. This adherence is the measure of our grip on our legitimate struggle against the Israeli settlement occupation, and of our stand against the Zionist enterprise with all its dangers to the land, people, history, and future. It is no exaggeration to say that our people is grateful to its heroes for all that it is currently proud of, from establishing its national character to planting the Palestinian right as a flag proudly positioned at the top of the international community’s priorities. Without the sacrifices of our Martyrs and our wounded, and without the suffering of the prisoners and the blow to their freedom, our people would not be able to stand firm in its campaigns that have been continuing for over 100 years, including the current campaign of resisting the lie of ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan)…

The decision to stand against the Israeli piracy of the tax money (i.e., refers to Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terror salaries; see note below) was a national decision that aimed to strengthen the loyalty to our national path. Our people has paid a massive price for its decisions that were expressed by income reduction, economic recession, and the inability to remain loyal to personal and familial commitments… Despite all of this, the adherence to paying the financial rights of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners in full and with nothing missing has continued. This is in a manner consistent with the national decision that [PA] President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas still repeats – that the last penny the Palestinians have will be allocated to paying those financial rights.

The Israeli aggression against our people is comprehensive and skips nothing. This aggression is an ongoing operation of confiscating lands and executing children and young people at the occupation’s checkpoints in cold blood; it is a daily blow to the Islamic and Christian holy sites; it is the theft of our water, the pollution of our environment, the theft of our antiquities, the attack on our heritage, our history, and the poisoning of our lives. In addition, this aggression is piracy against our money and an ongoing attempt to impose their sick concepts – once with what they call ‘the Jewishness of the state’ that is refuted by our brothers who are standing firm in the Galilee, Triangle (i.e., a concentration of Israeli-Arab towns and villages in northern Israel), and Negev, and once with an attempt to impose their position that criminalizes our national struggle, while they require us to deny the symbols of that struggle and its heroes…

The Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners are the guardians of the Palestinian dream, and since we are loyal to our history, our present, and also to the future of the blessed land – we will remain loyal to our heroes, because they are part of our identity, a symbol of our national honor, and a guarantee for the continuation of our path until achieving victory.”

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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