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PA PM: Israel is “waging a war against us regarding the [PA] curriculum" and salaries for terrorists and their families

“[PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said… that we are dealing with many challenges, and foremost among them the results of the occupation, such as the settlement enterprise… and this is in addition to taking control of lands, cutting down trees, stealing our water, and waging a war against us regarding the [PA] curriculum and the livelihood of our prisoners and [the families of] our Martyrs (refers to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terror salaries; see note below –Ed.). He emphasized that despite this we will remain loyal to the curriculum, the Martyrs, the prisoners, the land, the olive trees, and every person in this homeland.”

 

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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