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Hamas responds to PMW's letters to PA banks warning of consequences of facilitating terror salaries

This article is in response to PMW sending letters to PA banks warning them that they may be liable to criminal prosecutions if thet continue to facilitate the transfer of PA salarie allocations to imprisoned terrorists.

Headline: “Al-Zahar: The legislation of a new law to confiscate the prisoners’ money is a racist decision and a legal and moral crime

“Senior Hamas Movement official Mahmoud Al-Zahar said that the occupation’s racism – which is being expressed by the legislation of a new law to confiscate the money of the Palestinian prisoners’ families and consider it forbidden money (refers to the application of much of Israel’s Anti-Terror Law to the West Bank –Ed.) – legally and morally constitutes a clear violation of human rights, international legal principles, and international humanitarian law.

Al-Zahar said in a statement, a copy of which reached [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan, that the fact that the occupation authorities are continuing to target the prisoners and blackmail them through a series of racist laws… is a new crime that is being added to the occupation’s incessant crimes against the Palestinians…

It should be noted that the [Israeli] army commander in the West Bank recently signed the law, which will go into effect on May 9 [2020] and enables confiscation of the prisoners’ salaries from the banks or their [the salaries’] owners. At the same time, the occupation’s former Military Advocate General [PMW’s Head of Legal Strategies Maurice Hirsch] and an Israeli institute [PMW] sent the Palestinian banks a letter warning against the consequences of handling the prisoners’ salaries and [demanding] to act to close [the accounts].”