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Palestinians Launch National Campaign Against Israel’s Anti-‘Pay-For-Slay’ Law

By Charles Bybelezer | The Media Line

July 18, 2018

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The Palestinians have launched a national initiative to torpedo a new Israeli law stipulating that Jerusalem deduct the amount the Palestinian Authority pays in monthly stipends to jailed terrorists and to the families of “martyrs” from the tax revenue and tariffs it collects on behalf of Ramallah. Organizers of the move contend their goal is to thwart the so-called anti-“pay-for slay” law through a concerted campaign in the press and on social media. The PA also is planning to send letters to foreign diplomatic missions outlining its opposition to, and the potential dangers of, Israel’s position. Issa Qaraqi, head of the Palestinian Commission for Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners and one of the leaders of the campaign, was quoted in Israeli media as describing the drive as a counter-measure to Israel’s “piracy and theft,” adding that related events will be held across the West Bank and in world capitals. The Israeli law followed the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Taylor Force Act—named after an American killed in a Palestinian terrorist attack in Tel Aviv—which, if approved by the Senate, would cut-off U.S. financial aid to the PA unless it ends its “pay-for-slay” program. PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who imposed a boycott on American officials in the wake of President Donald Trump’s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, has vowed to continue the controversial disbursements.

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