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Thursday, March 05, 2009

'Palestinian Authority' to use Sharm money to support terrorists

I received this email without a web link, and therefore I can only assume that it was meant to be posted in full.
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 9:28 AM
Subject: JCPA: Palestinian Authority Will Use Funds Raised in Sharm to fund terrorists

Jonathan Dahoah-Halevi Senior Policy Researcher
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Available for comment - ydh@netvision.net.il

The international committee which met on March 2 at Sharm el-Sheikh to raise funds for rebuilding the Gaza Strip managed to amass pledges of almost $5 billion. The lion’s share of the money is supposed to be channeled through the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). During the years of its regime, the Palestinian Authority has received billions of dollars of foreign aid. Where did it go and why did such enormous sums not lead to economic growth and an improvement in the lot of the Palestinian refugees, most of whom still live misery in cramped camps?

In September 2006 we dealt with the Palestinians’ institutionalized system of supporting terrorism. Nothing has changed since then. Beginning March 2009, instructed by Palestinian chairman Abbas, the Palestinian ministry for prisoner affairs was supposed to transfer an additional 800 shekels to the monthly allotment given to security prisoners serving jail terms in Israel. The funds will be transferred exclusively to prisoners belonging to terrorist organizations which are members of the PLO, with the exception of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners. Ra’ed Omar, president of the Palestinian prisoners’ club, told the Ma’an News Agency website that there about 4,500 Palestinian prisoners belonged to that category.

The decision has caused much resentment in Hamas. The ministry of prisoners’ affairs in the Hamas de facto administration regards the decision as proof of the Palestinian Authority’s lack of serious intent to mend the internal PA rift or to take sincere measures to secure unity. According to a ministry announcement, “all the prisoners are fighters for freedom and the homeland,” and they “were detained because of the struggle against the Zionist occupation,” and therefore there is no reason to differentiate between prisoners on the basis of their organizational affiliation.

According to Palestinian law, every Palestinian prisoner, Arab or Israeli Arab, imprisoned in an Israeli jail, is entitled to financial assistance from the Palestinian Authority, on condition he (or she) was sentenced for activity connected to the “struggle against the Israeli occupation.” During his entire prison stay every prisoner is entitled to a salary which ranges from 1,000 shekels for serving a term of one to five years, to 4,000 shekels for serving a term of more than 25 years. Furthermore, married prisoners receive an additional 3,000 shekels a month, 50 shekels for every child, and 300 shekels for prisoners living in the Jerusalem area. In addition, every prisoners receives an allotment directly to his prison commissary account and 800 shekels a year to buy clothes.

A bonus is given to every prisoner on release, and the sums vary from $500 for a prisoner who spent less than a year in prison, to $10,000 for those serving terms of 25 years or more. In addition, every prisoner is entitled to a job in a government office after release if his term lasted more than five years. As a way of honoring the activity of released terrorists and showing appreciation, each one who served a term of five to seven years in an Israeli prison is entitled to receive a job and the rank of captain in the security forces, and if the term was more than 25 years, he is entitled to the rank of deputy minister and of brigadier general with seniority. The time he spent in jail is also counted into his pension.

After release, he is entitled to receive a salary for six months until he begins working at his official job in one of the Palestinian Authority institutions. A prisoner who served a term of more than five years receives an allotment of between 1,200 and 2,000 shekels every month until he begins working. The ministry of prisoner affairs employs 95% of all the released prisoners.

According to statistics from the Palestinian prisoners’ club, as of March 2008 there were about 11,600 prisoners in Israeli jails, some of them Israeli Arabs and Arabs who were also entitled to assistance from the Palestinian Authority. Of them 485 came from the Jerusalem area, 710 were serving life terms, 287 were serving sentences of more than 15 years and 3,205 were married. A rough estimate of the monthly allotment paid by the Palestinian Authority to prisoners in accordance with the prisoners’ law (without taking children into consideration) is about 13.7 million shekels a month, or more than 165 million shekels a year, about $40 million at the current exchange rate. To that should be added the bonuses and assistance for released prisoners, the families of shaheeds, the wounded and Palestinians whose property was damaged during the intifada. Many of the Palestinians in the last categories are terrorist organization operatives. Thus an enormous slice of the Palestinian budget goes to support thousands of Palestinian terrorists and their families.

The Palestinian Authority never apologized for the terrorist attacks carried out against Israel. The financial aid officially given to long-standing terrorist operatives and their families serves them as a kind of social security and sends the message that their activities have received the Palestinian Authority’s stamp of approval. Not making international assistance to the Palestinian Authority conditional on its abandoning support for terrorists (and rehabilitating the refugee camps) enables the Palestinian Authority to continue disbursing huge amounts of economic resources to strengthen support for terrorism instead of developing the Palestinian economy.
Your tax dollars at work. They're not expanding your economy - and they're not expanding the 'Palestinian' economy either. Makes a lot of sense during a severe recession, doesn't it? But any cost is worth hating the Jews.


At 1:30 PM, Blogger Butchie! said...

The heading doesn't make any sense.

"'Palestinian Authority' to use Sharm money to support terrorists"

The PA, or Fatah, are terrorists.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

No! Seriously? Surely they wouldn't have seen something like that coming.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

We're supposed to believe the "good terrorists" want peace with Israel. Then why do we never hear them denounce Hamas' resort to terror against the Jewish State? It takes a lot of willful suspension of disbelief to argue Fatah is reconciled to Israel's existence and Hamas isn't. What we have in the Israeli government and the international community is a case of the blind leading the blind.

With all too predictable results.


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