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PA: anti-'Pay-For-Slay' law is criminal

Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The financial strangling of the leadership will not succeed in leading to the implementation of the deal of the century"

"The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the occupation authorities' decision to steal the [Palestinian] people's money (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and said that it is a crime according to the principles of international law and the Geneva Convention…

The ministry has monitored this crime at all levels, and it will act to expose it in coordination with the brothers and friends in the world. The ministry will necessarily turn to the international courts, and primarily the International Criminal Court… in order to demand an accounting from the Israeli war criminals and to put them on trial."

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]