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Will the Palestinian Authority stop paying families of terrorists? (summaries of 4 articles by Daily Alert, with links)

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Jun. 14, 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson: Palestinian Authority Intends to Stop Paying Families of Terrorists – Joe Tacopino
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority has reversed their policy of paying the families of terrorists who have been jailed for attacking Israelis. “We have been very clear with them that this is simply not acceptable to us,” Tillerson said. “They 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.”  (New York Post)

See also Fatah: Stopping Payment to Families of “Martyrs” and Prisoners Is Out of the Question
Husein Al-Sheikh, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, told PA TV on May 7: “The Israelis conducted a powerful campaign, especially with regard to…the salaries paid by the PLO to the prisoners and the families of the martyrs….All the American and other parties talked to Mahmoud Abbas about this, and his response was decisive. We said that this issue was not up for discussion at all….The chairman’s response was categorically opposed.”  (MEMRI-TV)

See also Israel: Palestinians Continuing to Pay Salaries to Convicted Terrorists – Raphael Ahren
A senior Israeli diplomatic official said on Wednesday that “Israel is unaware of any change in the Palestinian policy, which continues to pay families of terrorists.”  (Times of Israel)

See also Did the Palestinians Stop Payments to Terrorist Convicts and Martyrs’ Families? – Yoni Ben-Menachem
Past experience shows that what Mahmoud Abbas says to American officials and to the press is quite different from what the Palestinian Authority puts into practice. Abbas did order the cessation of payments to 277 released Hamas convicts in Gaza, but that action emanates from an internal Palestinian political feud. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

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