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Commitment to terrorists' salaries, reiterated by PA PM

“[PA] Interim Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah received a number of delegations in Ramallah yesterday [March 18, 2019] for the conclusion of his role as [PA] national unity government prime minister… Among the delegations were the National Council for [PA] Security Forces Pensioners led by Maj. Gen. Salah Shadid, the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs (Shahids) [of Palestine], and the Independent Human Rights Council…
Hamdallah again emphasized the commitment of the leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the government, to pay the allowances of the Martyrs and prisoners in full, despite all of the difficult delays and conditions that we are facing (refers to Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.).
Hamdallah praised the Security Forces pensioners’ sacrifice at all stages of our cause, while emphasizing the need to provide them with dignified lives as befits their sacrifices.”

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]