⛔ Israel passes law to deduct ‘Pay to Slay’ terrorists’ salaries from the Palestinian Authority
The State of Israel will deduct terrorists’ salaries from tax money Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, after the Knesset passed the anti Pay-to-Slay bill into law Monday night.
The bipartisan law passed by 87 to 15, with the support of MKs from every faction, except for the ultra-leftist Meretz and the Arab Joint List, which sided with the Palestinian Authority in promoting terrorism.
According to the law’s sponsors, the PA paid terrorists over NIS 4 billion over the past four years, with NIS 1.2 billion being paid in the last year alone.
“The PA turned itself into a factory that employs murderers of Jews” said MK Avi Dichter, who leads the Knesset’s influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
He said the law “is meant primarily to send a values- and principles-based message that the State of Israel will not lend a hand to the transfer of money to terrorists. In addition, we believe the law would force the PA to rethink the financing of terrorists and incentivizing any kind of terrorism.”
The bill says that welfare payments paid out by the PA to Muslim terrorists in Israeli prison and to their families, as well as the families of terrorists eliminated during terror attacks, must be deducted from tax revenues Israel transfers annually to the administrative body.
The money withheld in this way would instead go into a fund designated to help victims of terror attacks.