The Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas vows to continue monthly stipends to murderers’ families despite US threats to discontinue financial aid and said he will not allow the PA resume security coordination with Israel.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that he will not resume security coordination with Israel nor will he end financial support for Palestinian security prisoners jailed by Israel, despite pressure from the United States.
Abbas made the declarations in a wide-ranging interview with the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabinewspaper.
Abbas described Israeli settlement building in both the West Bank and east Jerusalem to be illegitimate, and called for “peaceful popular resistance in the face of the practices and procedures of the occupation.” Continue Reading »
Executive Committee member of the PLO says he will charge Israel of ‘piracy’ at the ICC should Jerusalem enforce a new Knesset bill to withhold funds from the PA that’s equal to their monthly stipends paid to families of dead terrorists, and murderers in prison.
By Gary Willig
The Palestinian Authority will take Israel to the International Criminal Court over recent steps to punish the PA for its continuing payments to terrorists in Israeli prisons and to the families of terrorists, a senior PA official claimed.
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Issa Karaka, the head of Prisoner Affairs at the Palestinian Authority denies halting payments to terrorists’ families, saying Tillerson’s statement was ‘a declaration of war against Abbas and the PA’.
MEANWHILE: A bill in Israel’s Knesset to deduct the amount of funds the PA pays prisoners and their families from money Israel transfers to the Palestinians, is advancing through committees.
By Elior Levy
The head of Prisoner Affairs at the Palestinian Authority, Issa Karaka, denied on Wednesday a claim by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the PA has stopped paying salaries to families of terrorists.In a hearing at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Tillerson said both he and Trump had directly discussed this with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and that he had received a report saying the Palestinians “have changed that policy and their intent is to cease the payments to the families of those who have committed murder or violence against others.” Continue Reading »