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PA Spokesman vows to continue “Pay-for-Slay” terror rewards

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • PA Spokesman: “The leadership led by His Honor [PA] President [Abbas] will continue the constant and ongoing battle over the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs”

Despite international criticism and the PA’s alleged financial crisis, the PA continues to defend their “Pay-for-Slay” rewards, vowing to the imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorist “Martyrs” that they will get paid. Only four days ago, PA Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina reiterated that the PA, led by Chairman Abbas, will “continue the constant and ongoing battle over the salaries”:

Official PA TV newsreader: “[PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the leadership led by His Honor [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] will continue the constant and ongoing battle over the salaries of the prisoners and Martyrs, and what is more we will break bread with them.”

[Official PA TV News, Jan. 30, 2022]

“The battle over the salaries” refers to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct PA terror salaries as well as foreign governments’ decisions to withdraw or withhold aid to the PA unless the PA abolishes its policy of rewarding terrorists for attacking and murdering Israelis. Specifically, the US has passed the Taylor Force Act, which cuts almost all funding to the PA if it continues paying salaries to terrorists and allowances to families of "Martyrs." See below.

On the same day, official PA TV resumed broadcasting a filler showing Abbas making the same promise, that the last penny in the PA coffers is earmarked for the terrorists:

PA TV narrator: “Armed with the power of the right, adhering to the national principles, defying the political pressures, defending Jerusalem… Despite the blackmail, he defends the right of the Martyrs, the wounded, and the prisoners.”

Mahmoud Abbas: “A blessing is sent to our loyal Martyrs, our prisoners, and their families who are standing firm and bearing their suffering with patience. We say to them, to the families of the Martyrs, that we will defend their rights regardless of the price we’ll have to pay. I won’t submit to what Israel has requested. I won’t submit. Even if I’m left with one penny, I’ll pay it to the families of the Martyrs, to the prisoners, and to the wounded, and I won’t withhold this from them.”

[Official PA TV, June 4 (twice), 5 (twice), 6 (four times), 9 (twice), 11 (twice), 12, 15, 16 (twice), 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30, July 2, 3 (twice), 4, 6, 7, 8, 13 (twice), 17 (twice) 23, 26, Aug. 9 (three times), 13, 14, 20, 21, 29, 30 (twice), Sept. 26, Oct. 31, 2021, Jan. 30, 2022]

Palestinian Media Watch repeatedly exposes the promises of PA leaders that terror rewards are untouchable and will continue no matter what.