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Israel proposes martyrs’ funds be deducted from PA tax revenues

Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party in Israel [File photo]
Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party in Israel [File photo]

The Yisrael Beiteinu party headed by Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday presented a bill to the Knesset that would deduct “financial compensations” paid by the Palestinian Authorities to the families of Palestinian martyrs from tax revenues Israel collects on behalf of the PA, local media reported.

The bill said the proposed legislation is “designed to rectify the absurd situation in which rather than deducting the money paid for terrorism against the citizens of Israel, the Israeli government opens a ‘savings account’ for the Palestinian Authority, which will only be used to increase terrorism.”

“The recent increase in Palestinian terrorist attacks shows that salaries the PA pays to terrorists provides an incentive for new terrorists to murder innocent Jewish civilians, knowing that they and their families will receive monetary compensation for the rest of their lives,” it added.

Israel collects nearly $175 million per month in tax revenues on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

A number of Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank leading to  protests against the occupation throughout the occupied terrirtories.

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