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Palestinians to keep paying prisoner stipend despite Israeli penalty

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FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during his meeting with Britain's Prince William in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank June 27, 2018. Alaa Badarneh/Pool via Reuters

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday his government would keep paying stipends to Palestinians jailed by Israel, their families, and the families of those killed by Israeli forces despite a new Israeli law to penalize the policy.

Israel has repeatedly demanded that the Palestinians, who view prisoners as national heroes, stop paying stipends to them and their families, saying they are a reward and encouragement for the prisoners’ actions against it. The Palestinians say they are welfare payments to support them and their families.

A week ago Israel enacted a law that orders holding back part of the roughly $130 million in tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians each month under interim peace agreements as a penalty.

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Reuters

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