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PA PM conveys Abbas’ “blessings” to imprisoned terrorists’ families

"[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh expressed his support for the prisoners' cause. He emphasized that the Palestinian [PA] government and leadership have rejected and are still rejecting the deduction of the amounts designated for the families of the prisoners and Martyrs from the Palestinian tax money by the occupation authorities (i.e., refers to the Israel’s Anti "Pay-for-Slay" Law to deduct terror salaries; see note below)…

Shtayyeh said this while participating in the weekly sit-in strike in front of the Red Cross [headquarters] as a sign of solidarity with the prisoners…

Prime Minister Shtayyeh conveyed the blessings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to the prisoners' families, and emphasized that the Palestinian leadership will continue to support the prisoners' cause out of its absolute belief that the prisoners are the Palestinian cause's first line of defense

Mother of prisoner Hatem Al-Jayousi (i.e., terrorist who participated in the murder of 6), who was sentenced to 2 life sentences and an additional 50 years (sic., 6 life sentences and an additional 50 years), welcomed the prime minister's participation in the sit-in strike…

She expressed her appreciation for the efforts of President Mahmoud Abbas and the [PA] prime minister’s office to support the prisoners' cause, and demanded to give Haj grants (i.e., grants to fund the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca) to the prisoners' families in order to honor them."

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]

 

Hatem Al-Jayousi – Palestinian terrorist who knowingly provided the car used in carrying out the Hadera Bat Mitzvah attack, in which a terrorist shot and murdered 6 Israelis and wounded dozens of others at a Bat Mitzvah celebration on Jan. 16, 2002. Al-Jayousi is serving 6 life sentences and an additional 50 years.