- With deepening economic crisis, PA government cuts salaries to productive workers in Gaza but not to non-productive terrorists in prison
In addition to preserving the high amount of the payments, the PA leadership continues defend its policy of rewarding terror. Earlier this month Spokesman for the PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Hassan Abd Rabbo “emphasized... that it is the right of all of the prisoners and Martyrs who have struggled and sacrificed for Palestine to receive their full salaries from the PA.” [Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, April 5, 2017]
This statement was made in response to a bill submitted by Israeli Parliament members which would deduct the amount the PA pays to imprisoned terrorists and families of “Martyrs,” from transfers by Israel to the PA, from PA tax money Israel collects.
PMW could find no calls by Israeli ministers to kill prisoners. The Palestinians have referred to statements by Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Transportation Yisrael Katz and Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman as such, however in both cases that was not what they actually said.
On March 6 and 7, 2017, Katz said that terrorist Marwan Barghouti should have been sentenced to the death penalty rather than life imprisonment.