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United States Funds Pay Jailed Palestinian Murderers

paIsrael National News is reporting that jailed Palestinian Authority terrorists in Israel are receiving monthly salaries from the PA, which receives half of their funding from the United States.  Last year the United States provided almost $600 million to the PA.  European nations provide the other half of their funding.

Jailed prisoners receive from 1,400 to 12,000 shekels per month, which is about $400 to $3,400 per month. Prisoners receive more per month for serving longer sentences, with those serving 20 to 30 years receiving the most.  These would be the people who planned and took part in the intentional murder of civilians.

Some of the PA terror victims are American citizens, meaning that US taxpayers are funding the monthly salaries of the very people who murdered fellow Americans.  The PA spends more than $5 million per month in salaries for 5,500 terrorists imprisoned in Israel.
Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the payment of salaries to jailed terrorists became legal under a new PA law, but that the practice of paying prisoners has been occurring since 1994.  The new law includes:
  • A monthly salary “to provide for the needs of prisoners within Israeli prisons”
  • Additional benefits for released prisoners
  • Additional benefits for prisoners’ families
  • Funding “for the prisoners’ legal needs”

Palestinian Media Watch also reports that openly paying jailed terrorists would violate 2010 US funding legislation that provides rules for supplying funds to Gaza and the West Bank.  The rules state that the secretary of state “shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that such assistance is not provided to or through any individual, private or government entity, or educational institution that the secretary knows or has reason to believe advocates, plans, sponsors, engages in, or has engaged in, terrorist activity.”

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik of Palestinian Media Watch also said, “Paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists is just one example of how the PA uses its budget to support and glorify violence, thereby violating the intentions of its donors.  As long as the donor countries continue to support the PA budget – ignoring what the budget as a whole is funding – they are directly responsible for the continuation of PA hate incitement and terror glorification.”

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