Thursday, July 28, 2011

Palestinian Authority: We Will Pay Terrorists As Long As US Taxpayers Provide The Cash

Palestinian Media Watch presented a report to members of Congress on how the Palestinian Authority squanders the donations they ask from other countries--using it to pay Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons

Here is a summary of that report, followed by an embedded copy of the report itself.

PA Pays Monthly Salaries to Terrorists - Essential Facts

1. New PA law enacts payment of monthly salaries to terrorists in Israeli prisons:
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. [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 15, 2011] This new law called PA Government Resolution of 2010, numbers 21 and 23, formalizes what has long been a PA practice.


2.  Recipients of the monthly salary:
The PA has defined by law which Palestinians would be considered "prisoners":
"Anyone imprisoned in the occupation's [Israel's] prisons as a result of his  participation in the struggle against the occupation." [Ch. 1 of Law of Prisoners, 2004/19,passed and published by the PA Chairman and Government, December 2004.
The Prisoners' Centre for Studies, www.alasra.ps, Accessed May 9, 2011]
According to the PA definition, more than 5,500 Palestinian prisoners serving time for terror related offenses are recipients. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2011] Palestinian car thieves in
Israeli prisons will not receive a salary, but every terrorist in prison including murderers are on the PA payroll. The salary goes directly to the terrorist or the terrorist's family, and
prisoners receive salary from the day of arrest. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 15, 2011]

3. Hamas and Fatah terrorist prisoners receive monthly salaries:
“The PA's Ministry for Prisoner Affairs said that its policy had always been to pay salaries to prisoners and their families ‘regardless of their political affiliations.’” [Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2011].

4. Total amount that the PA pays in salaries to prisoners monthly:
Total: 17,678,247 Shekel ($5,207,000) a month, based on May 2011. [Life and the Market, supplement to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011]

5. Terrorists in prison receive higher average salary than PA civil servants and military personnel

Salary recipientsAverage monthly salary
Civil servant2,882
Military personnel2,704
Prisoner3,129

[Life and the Market supplement to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011]

6. PA salary payments to prisoners is dependent on foreign funding
The new PA law stipulates that payment of salaries "will be implemented... on the basis of available sources of funding." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 15, 2011] Accordingly, it is the contributions by the US and other foreign donors to the PA general budget that facilitates the payment of monthly salaries to the terrorist prisoners.

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