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Abu Rudeina: “Heroic prisoners’” rights and salaries “will not be harmed”

Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The Israeli decision to deduct the tax money is unacceptable and contradicts international law”


“Official [PA] Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the Israeli government’s decision to deduct 600 million [Israeli] shekels (approximately $178 million -Ed.) from the tax money is unacceptable and constitutes piracy and theft of the Palestinian people’s money (refers to Israel’s Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct PA terror salaries; see note below -Ed.).

He added that the Palestinian leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, emphasizes its firm opposition to this dangerous decision, which will not achieve any result because the rights of our heroic prisoners will not be harmed, regardless of the pressures. He also said that we will not agree that one penny be deducted from the money of the Palestinian people’s heroes, who carried the flag of freedom for the sake of Jerusalem and establishing the independent Palestinian state.

Abu Rudeina emphasized that this decision is irresponsible and contradicts international law, and that the international community must exert pressure on the Israeli side to stop and cancel these provocative measures, because the decision is tantamount to a clear theft of the Palestinian people’s money. Abu Rudeina said: ‘What the Israeli government is currently required to do is to reexamine its positions and decisions, so that matters will not reach a dangerous dead-end.’”

Nabil Abu Rudeina also serves as PA Deputy Prime Minister, PA Minister of Information, Fatah Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideology, 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. During the parliamentary vote, 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] In accordance with the law, as of September 2021 Israel’s Security Cabinet had ordered the freeze of 1.857 billion shekels ($580.15 million) - the sum equivalent to the PA payments to terrorists in 2018, 2019, and 2020.