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PA Education Ministry and school hold rally in solidarity with imprisoned terrorists

Headline: “As part of the Prisoner’s Day events, the Malaysian Friendship School in Jenin holds a rally of solidarity with the prisoners”

“As part of the Prisoner’s Day events and in cooperation with the [Jenin] Education Directorate (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education), the Malaysian Friendship School yesterday [April 15, 2019] held a rally of solidarity with the prisoners in the occupation’s prison, and particularly the sick and hunger striking among them.

Jenin District Governor Mansour Al-Sa’adi and Head of the Jenin Education Directorate Tareq Alawneh were present at the rally…

Al-Sa’adi called on the masses of our people to stand firm and unite around their legal leadership. He spoke about [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] awe-inspiring positions regarding the prisoners and their cause, the latest example of which was his saying that the payments to which the prisoners and the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families are eligible will be transferred even if only one penny remains in the Palestinian state coffers (refers to PA response to the Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.)…

At the end of the rally, the school administration honored the mothers of the prisoners from Jenin and its refugee camp who were sentenced to life.”

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]