Will Congress Stop Paying Terrorists?

Scene of the stabbing of three members of a Jewish family by Palestinian terrorist Omar Al-Abed al-Jalil
Scene of the stabbing of three members of a Jewish family by Palestinian terrorist Omar Al-Abed al-Jalil (Photo: Israeli army (L)/social media( R) )

 

The terrorist who stabbed to death three members of a Jewish family in Israel as they sat down to eat their Sabbath meal last Friday night will be paid  a monthly salary of $3,000 by the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The PA passed a formal government resolution in 2011 awarding all Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails monthly salaries for security and terror-related offenses.

Aid money given yearly to the PA from the United States, Europe and other countries contributes to these salaries.

Currently pending in Congress is the Taylor Force bill, which would limit American aid money to the Palestinians unless it ends these payments as well as its rampant incitement.

Taylor Force was a former U.S. army officer who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist while visiting Israel on a university trip in 2016.

Despite the looming prospect of diminishment of funds for his people, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to continue the payments. As documented by Palestinian Media Watch (PalWatch.org), Abbas recently stated, “Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary (rawatib) of a Martyr (Shahid) or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the Martyrs, the injured, the expelled, and the uprooted.”

PalWatch.org notes that based on the 2016 PA budget, the PA pays 6,500 imprisoned terrorists a total of $135 million per year and 26,800 families of terrorists who were killed $183 million per year.

The U.S. gave $357 million to the Palestinian Authority last year. In addition, the U.S. contributed $355 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA), making total U.S. aid to the Palestinians in 2016 $712 million.

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org