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Israel is the real terrorist, claims PLO official

"PLO Executive Committee member and Secretary-General of the [terror organization] Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) Ahmed Majdalani… said that the occupation government's decision to steal an additional 150 million [Israeli] shekels from the Palestinian people's money (i.e., referring to the latest implementation of Israel's Anti 'Pay-for-Slay' Law; see note below) is a grave violation of all of the agreements that have been signed, and theft of Palestinian money by the occupation, and that any deduction from the tax money is organized state terror.

Majdalani emphasized the adherence of the PA to giving the salaries to the families of the prisoners and the Martyrs. He noted that these are a national, moral, and political obligation towards the fighters who have sacrificed their blood for the homeland, and also for the fighters who have wasted their youth and their lives in the occupation's prisons. He also added that the one that is committing terror is the occupation government through its occupation and the organized state terror that it commits.

Ahmed Majdalani also holds the positions of PA Minister of Social Development and of the PLO Department of Labor and Planning.

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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