A recent law passed in Israel fighting the Palestinian tradition of paying terrorists and their families has now come under fire by Palestinian leadership. Palestinian Media Watch's Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik report on the Palestinian Authority's claim of a right to kill Israelis:
One of the most alarming responses by the Palestinian Authority to recent Israeli legislation is its emphatic insistence that Palestinians have a “right” to kill Israelis.
Israeli Parliament recently passed a law to deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of so-called "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA. If the PA stops these payments for a full year, the Israeli government may give all or part of the money to the PA.
After the law was passed, PA leaders immediately rushed to announce that the PA is not going to stop paying these salaries for the simple reason that the people Israel calls terrorists who are in Israeli jails for murder did nothing wrong. Palestinians, PA leaders argue, have a “right” to kill Israelis, and so the prisoners are “freedom fighters,” and recognized “Prisoners of War.”
Were the PA to stop the payments, as Israel, the US, Australia, and many European countries have demanded, that would be admitting that Palestinians don't have a right to kill Israelis, and would be tantamount to defining the prisoners as "terrorists" and "criminals."
Therefore, PA leaders vow they will never stop these payments...