Palestinians call Israel’s anti-‘pay to slay’ law a ‘declaration of war’

July 4, 2018 by JNS
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Palestinian leaders slammed the passage of a new Israeli law that would deduct tax funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority over their policy of paying convicted terrorists and their families for carrying out attacks known as “pay to slay.”

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with members of the Central Committee in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Jan. 14, 2018. Credit: Photo by Flash90.

“This is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people,” said P.A. spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudaineh.

He added that the P.A. considers this a “declaration of war against the Palestinian people, their fighters, prisoners and martyrs.”

Similarly, Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said that the law amounted to “piracy and theft.”

“This is a very dangerous decision that amounts to the cancellation of the Palestinian Authority, and is piracy and theft,” Erekat told AFP. “Israel is stealing the land and money of the Palestinian people, and that is a result of the decisions of [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump, who supports Israel.”

Earlier this year, the United States passed the Taylor Force Act, which similarly ends American aid to the P.A. until it ends its “pay to slay” policy.

The P.A. said it would file complaints against Israel at the International Criminal Court and U.N. Security Council.

Each year, Israel transfers NIS 8.5 billion (more than $2.4 billion) in tax payments. The P.A. budget this year is NIS 18.5 billion ($5.2 billion). In its 2018 budget, the P.A. allocated $360 million for the Prisoners and Martyrs Fund, which disperses payment to imprisoned terrorists, released terrorists and the families of dead terrorists.

JNS

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One Response to “Palestinians call Israel’s anti-‘pay to slay’ law a ‘declaration of war’”
  1. david singer says:

    Erekat claims:
    “This is a very dangerous decision that amounts to the cancellation of the Palestinian Authority..”

    Has Erekat forgotten that his boss Mahmoud Abbas disbanded the Palestinian Authority by written decree on 3 January 2013?

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