(March 4, 2019 / JNS) The Palestinian Authority has announced that it will continue to pay salaries to imprisoned terrorists and their families. The payments will come at the expense of Palestinian workers, who will only receive part of their salary.
The move comes in response to Israel’s deduction of $138 million, equal to the amount the P.A. pays terrorists incarcerated in Israeli jails.
P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas has also followed through on his threat to reject the tax money Israel transfers each month, anounting to approximately $184 million per month.
Speaking on official P.A. TV, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki said, “We will not agree to accept any partial amount of the tax money.”
Palestinian Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara also emphasized that the P.A. would be paying full salaries to terrorists at the expense of the general population.
Israel has yet to deduct funds equal to the amount the P.A. pays so-called “martyrs” and their families.