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Fatah and PA official: “We will continue to pay the financial rights of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners”

Headline: "Al-Sheikh: We have notified Israel that we will continue to pay the financial rights of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners"

"Fatah Central Committee member and Minister (sic., Head) of Civil Affairs [in the PA] Hussein Al-Sheikh said that the PA has notified the Israeli side in an official letter of its absolute rejection of the decisions to deduct 'the Palestinian people's money' from the tax money (refers to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and that we refuse to accept partial money.He added in a tweet on his Twitter account:'We also notified them that we will continue to pay the financial rights of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners.’"

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]