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PA bemoans hardship due to anti-'Pay-to-Slay' Law

Headline: “Abu Rudeina briefs senior French officials on the Palestinian political developments”

“Deputy [PA] Prime Minister and [PA] Minister of Information Nabil Abu Rudeina briefed several of French President Emmanuel Macron’s advisors yesterday [March 29, 2019] in the French capital of Paris on the recent political developments regarding the Palestinian cause…

Abu Rudeina mentioned the difficult financial situation that our people is in, particularly after the theft of the Palestinian tax money by Israel (refers to Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.), and expressed appreciation for the ongoing French support for our people.”

Nabil Abu Rudeina also holds the following positions: Fatah Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideology, spokesman for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and 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]