The Palestinian Authority (PA) is giving very large grants and generous
monthly stipends to terrorists. These convicted murderers - 52 of whom
already have been released from prison by Israel in the framework of the
negotiating process with the Palestinians - are receiving grants of up
to $50,000 and monthly stipends of up to nearly $4,000. Thus the PA is supporting incitement to terrorism, including through the misuse of foreign financial assistance.
According to Nael Ghannam
the Director of the PA's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, former
prisoners who were incarcerated for more than 15 years receive grants of
$2,000 per year of imprisonment, for a maximum amount of $50,000
(although there are credible reports of at least one bonus of $60,000).
Additionally, those who served at least 25 years in prison
will be awarded the equivalent rank of major-general in the security
forces or of a deputy minister in the PA, both of which earn monthly
wages of nearly $4,000. Terrorists who were incarcerated 15-25 years
will receive over $2,800 every month.
amounts of money being bestowed upon these terrorists are large not
only in and of themselves, but in particular in contrast to the average
monthly salaries of Palestinian workers in the West Bank, which stands
at $641, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
of these terrorists will receive the maximum amount of $50,000. When
the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians began on July 30,
2014, Israel agreed to release 104 terrorists who had been in prison
since before the 1993 Oslo peace process. All were heavily involved in
terrorist activities and in acts of murder. Instead of condemning their
heinous acts, the PA praises them as heroes, setting them up to be
figures of inspiration for the younger generation.
- Among those who will receive at least $50,000 is the most veteran prisoner, Issa Abed Rabbo, who shot to death two young Hebrew University students hiking near Bethlehem in 1984. In addition to the grant and salary, the PA also offered to cover the expenses of his wedding.
- Abu-Musa Atia, who used an ax to murder Isaac Rotenberg, a Holocaust survivor who had escaped from the Sobibor death camp.
- Yusef Hazaa who murdered two Israeli teachers, one of them a 19-year-old volunteer.
- Sualha Husseini and Almajed Mahmed who carried out a stabbing attack on a crowded bus, killed 24-year-old Baruch Heizler and wounding three young women.
These grants and salaries are not the only financial rewards given by the PA to convicted terrorists. Prisoners serving time in Israeli prisons for terrorism-related offences are paid a monthly salary by the PA.
to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (15 April 2011),
salaries for serving prisoners range from approximately $390 to over
$3,300, depending on the length of imprisonment. This means that the
terrorists who carried out the most horrific attacks receive the highest
salaries.The Palestinian Authority is highly dependent
on foreign aid. This money, which supports the PA budget, is used to
meet payments for imprisoned and released terrorists.
example, in 2012 the PA paid over $75 million to terrorists in Israeli
prisons, and $78 million to the families of deceased terrorists
(including suicide bombers). Together, these amounts account for over
16% of the annual foreign donations and grants to the PA budget.
rewarding convicted murderers gives an official stamp of approval to
terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians. It is a highly persuasive form
of incitement to violence and terrorism.
- Providing financial support for terrorists not only violates basic
morality, it encourages further terrorist outrages. [For example, it may
tempt young Palestinians to seek an answer to familial financial
difficulties through the use of violence].
- The international community should express their outrage at this
abuse of funding that was given for the proper management of PA
institutions and for promoting peaceful coexistence with Israel.