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Abbas spokesman on terrorists: 'Heroes'

Headline: “Abu Rudeina: Jerusalem and the livelihood of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners are at the top of the leadership’s priorities”

“Official [PA] Presidential Office Spokesman [and Fatah Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideology] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that any peace plan that ignores the Palestinian people’s firm rights – and prime among them Jerusalem and the holy sites there – will not pass.

Abu Rudeina said in a press statement yesterday evening [Feb. 26, 2019] that the Israeli piracy, which is expressed by the deduction of the money of the families of the Palestinian people’s heroes (refers to implementation of the Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) will not lead to a concession on Jerusalem or the abandonment of the Palestinian people’s firm rights.”

Nabil Abu Rudeina also serves as a Fatah Central Committee member.

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]