(JNS) In a meeting with Fatah Party leaders, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas declared he would not stop paying salaries to convicted terrorists and their families, despite new Israeli legislation withholding funds in the amount paid to killers and attackers from taxes collected for the P.A.
“We will not allow anyone to interfere with the money that Israel is against us paying to the families of martyrs and prisoners,” Abbas said, in a transcript released by the Palestinian Wafa news agency.
He said the P.A. would continue to give salaries to those who participated in terror attacks against Jews, as it has done since 1965.
On July 2, Israel’s Knesset passed legislation that would subtract the amount used by the P.A. to fund terrorists from tax monies collected for the P.A. by Israel, and transfer the funds to organizations that provide assistance to victims of terror.