“The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs... explained that in light of the meetings that were scheduled in advance, in which Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara participated, …understandings were reached and it was agreed to resolve the problems and crises connected to the payment of the released prisoners’ release grants, which stemmed from an absence of financial means, and this is by paying these grants in monthly payments of $10 million...
Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara explained during the meeting that the [PA] government – on the orders and instructions of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – is continuing to take care of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and it will not submit to any pressures or extortion because this is a national, moral, and human duty and a duty connected to the struggle. He noted: ‘The prisoners are victims of the occupation and its incessant crimes against the Palestinian people, and we will not abandon them despite all of the pressures that are exerted on [the government] in this matter.’"
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