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Abbas refuses to stop paying terrorist salaries: “Impossible that we would relinquish the most sanctified thing we have… the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners”

Official PA TV News

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "The money of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners is still in Israel’s hands… We have told them that any solution that excludes the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners – forget about it completely… It is also absolutely impossible that we would relinquish the most sanctified thing we have, and that is the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners.”

Abbas made this statement at a PLO Executive Committee meeting.

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]