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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Your tax dollars at work paying terrorists

In a report to Congress, Palestinian Media Watch has confirmed what I reported previously, namely that the 'Palestinian Authority' is using American aid money to pay salaries to 'Palestinian' terrorists being held in Israeli prisons. But they have also quantified it: The 'Palestinian Authority' is paying over $5 million per month from US aid money to terrorists in violation of US law. In effect, the American taxpayer is paying over $5 million per month to 'Palestinian' terrorists at a time when the US economy is on its way to a double-dip recession.
“The US funds the PA’s general budget,” the document reads. “Through the PA budget the US is paying the salaries of terrorist murderers in prison and funding the glorification and role modeling of terrorists.”

Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, met with Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss the report, amid efforts to get US congressmen – on the eve of the Palestinian move to gain statehood recognition at the UN in September – to cut US funds to the PA, not because of the Hamas and Fatah reconciliation, but because of the PA’s support and glorification of terrorists.

According to the report, “A law signed and published in the official Palestinian Authority Registry in April 2011 puts all Palestinians and Israeli Arabs imprisoned in Israel for terror crimes on the PA payroll to receive a monthly salary from the PA.”

The report says this law “formalizes what has long been a PA practice.”

Those eligible for the payments, according to the report, are “anyone imprisoned in the occupation’s [Israel’s] prisons as a result of his participation in the struggle against the occupation.”

Quoting from Al-Hayat al- Jadida, an official daily newspaper of the Palestinian Authority, the report said that more than 5,500 Palestinian prisoners receive these funds.

Palestinian car thieves in Israeli prisons will not receive a salary, but every terrorist in prison including murderers are on the PA payroll, the report said, adding that “the salary goes directly to the terrorist or the terrorist’s family.”

The report said the average monthly salary for terrorist prisoners is NIS 3,129, more than the average monthly wage for a PA civil servant.

According to the report, the payments are dependent on foreign funding, and the PA law governing the payments stipulates that they “will be implemented... on the basis of available sources of funding.”

The US provided some $600m. to the PA in 2010, including $225m. in direct budgetary assistance to the PA.
Read the whole thing. Given that the 2010 US budget bill required the Secretary of State to "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," and given that this was first reported in April (and in 2009 although then it was 'unofficial' - see my links above), the House Foreign Affairs Committee should immediately call in Secretary of State Clinton and ask her what she is doing about this.

The 'Palestinians' continued glorification of terrorists speaks volumes about their readiness for peace. Is anyone listening?

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