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Fatah vows to pay terrorist murderers at all costs

“Head of the Information Office of the Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission Munir Al-Jaghoub said that the PA will not accept tax money that is not in full, and this is following Israel’s decision to deduct the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) from the monthly transfers (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.).

In an exclusive interview with [the Lebanese] Al-Mayadeen [TV] channel, Al-Jaghoub added that Israel is behaving thuggishly with the [Palestinian] people’s money…

He noted that the goal of this thuggery by the occupation is to pressure the State of Palestine, politically blackmail it, and subdue it. He emphasized: ‘We will not submit to the plan of the US and the Americans, and we will continue to demand our full rights.’ Al-Jaghoub added: ‘Even if we are left with 10 [Israeli] shekels, we will divide them with our prisoners and our Martyrs. We will not abandon them and will continue to pay the allowances.’

He emphasized that he will work to encourage the popular resistance, and particularly the boycott of the occupation’s goods and the confrontations with it in all spheres, in addition to the continued pressure through a demand to open the case of the Paris Financial Agreement (see note below –Ed.) by cancelling or amending it, and a reexamination of all of the agreements with the occupation.”

Paris Agreement – agreement on economic relations between Israel and the PLO, signed in Paris on April 29, 1994. Its main goal is to promote peace by establishing economic relations modeled on EU economic relations.

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]