Palestinian Authority Funding and Glorification of Terrorists

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Reprinted from Palestinian Media Watch.


PMW Report Presented in US Congress:

The following report documents the Palestinian Authority’s use of American funding to pay salaries to terrorists in Israeli prisons and glorification of terrorists by the PA. It was presented yesterday by PMW director Itamar Marcus to members of Congress at a meeting in the Republican Israel Caucus.

PMW Special Report, July 26, 2011

Palestinian Authority glorification of terrorists and paying salaries to terrorists with US money:
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Palestinian Authority funding and glorification of terrorists:

– The Palestinian Authority pays monthly salaries to 5,500 prisoners in Israeli prisons, including terrorists
– The PA honors terrorists who have killed civilians, presenting them as heroes and role models
– The PA glorifies terror attacks as heroic, including suicide bombings
– The PA funds these salaries and activities from its general budget

US funding of the Palestinian Authority:

– The US funds the PA general budget
– US law prohibits funding of any person who “… engages in, or has engaged in, terrorist activity…”
– US law prohibits funding “for the purpose of recognizing or otherwise honoring individuals who commit, or have committed acts of terrorism.”

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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,, 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 Recipients Average Monthly Salary
Civil servant 2,882
Military personnel 2,704
Prisoner 3,129
[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.

US law and US funding of the Palestinian Authority:

7. US law prohibits funding terrorists and past terrorists:


“Prior to the obligation of funds appropriated by this Act under the heading ‘Economic Support Fund’ for assistance for the West Bank and Gaza, 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…”

8. The US contributed $225 million in 2010 to the general PA budget from which the salaries are paid:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that an additional US grant in November 2010 “brings our direct budget assistance to a total of $225 million for the year and our overall support and investment to nearly $600 million this year.”

[State dept. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Announcement of the Transfer of Budget Assistance Funds to the Palestinian Authority, Nov. 10, 2010]
PA’s Honoring Terrorists – Essential Facts:

9. The PA leadership and the structures they control present terrorist murderers as heroes and role models, and use the PA budget to honor them and glorify their terror attacks.

The following are examples from 2011:

10. A Palestinian Authority summer camp for children sponsored by PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad divided its campers into three groups named after the terrorists Dalal Mughrabi, Salah Khalaf and Abu Ali Mustafa.

[Al-Ayyam, July 20, 2011, reported in PMW bulletin, July 21, 2011]

Dalal Mughrabi in 1978 led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, in which 37 civilians were killed, including one American and 12 children.
Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), head of Black September terror group, planned the murder of two American diplomats, and the Munich Olympics attack in 1972, and other terror attacks.
Abu Ali Mustafa, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, planned many terror attacks against civilians.

11. PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad honored terrorist bombers:

“Prime Minister Salam Fayyad opened his weekly radio address… by sending greetings to the Palestinian mother in honor of Mothers’ Day… He said, ‘On this occasion, I will not fail to mention with honor and admiration the resolve of the female prisoners, the fighters, and of all the prisoners of freedom who are imprisoned in the Israeli prisons, experiencing indescribable suffering… I make special mention of all the female prisoners who are mothers: Iman Ghazawi;… Qahira Al-Sa’adi; Irena Sarahneh; Latifa Abu Zara’a…'” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 24, 2011, reported in PMW bulletin, March 27, 2011]

Qahira Al-Sa’adi and Irena Sarahneh, drove suicide bombers to their attacks killing 5.
Iman Ghazawi, placed a bomb in a bus station in Tel Aviv.
Latifa Abu Zara’a, smuggled a bomb into Israel for a suicide terror attack that was uncovered before it was implemented.

12. Abbas granted $2000 to family of terrorist:

In January 2011, a Palestinian terrorist carrying two pipe bombs ran towards Israeli soldiers screaming “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is Greatest”). He was shot and killed. PA Chairman Abbas granted “the relatives of the Martyr” – $2000.

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2011, reported in PMW bulletin, Jan. 27, 2011]

13. PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs honored terrorist responsible for murder of 30:

PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake visited the family of the terrorist Abbas Al-Sayid who planned the Passover suicide bombing in 2002. 30 Israelis were killed in the terror attack during the Passover Seder dinner. The PA minister handed the family an honorary plaque.

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 29, 2011, reported in PMW bulletin, March 31, 2011]

14. PA erected tree with pictures of 73 Palestinian prisoners serving life sentences:

PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake participated in a ceremony honoring all 73 Palestinians from Bethlehem serving life sentences in prison. The PA unveiled a “Tree of Freedom for Prisoners” decorated with 73 “photographs of prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment.”

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 20, 2011, reported in PMW bulletin, May 19, 2011]

15. PA officials visited homes of terrorists serving life sentences:

“District Governor of Bethlehem, Abd Al-Fatah Hamael [and other PA officials]… visited the homes of prisoners… Mahmoud Abu Sorour, Nasser Abu Sorour, Riyad Al-Amour, Adnan Al-Afandi, and Rizq Salah… The district governor gave [the families] gift packages of sweets with pictures of the prisoners printed on them.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 18, 2011, reported in PMW bulletin, May 19, 2011]

Riyad Al-Amour - Serving 11 life sentences for murder of 9 Israelis and 3 Palestinians he suspected of helping Israel.
Adnan Al-Afandi – Attempted to kill two children by stabbing them, 1992
Nasser and Mahmoud Abu Sorour - Participated in murder of Israeli Intelligence agent.
Rizq Salah – Killed an Israeli soldier with a bomb in Bethlehem, 1993.

16. The official PA daily: 4 terrorists involved in murdering 117 Israelis are “heroic”:

The official PA daily reported on the visit of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies to the homes of terrorists serving life sentences for murder. The PA daily referred to the terrorists as follows: “The heroic prisoners Abbas and Abdallah Barghouti, Mahmoud Issa, Jamal Abu Al-Haija, Hassan Salameh…”

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 13, 2011]

Abdallah Barghouti – sentenced to 67 life sentences for involvement in suicide bombing attacks in which 66 Israelis were murdered: Sbarro restaurant (Aug. 9, 2001), Moment Cafe (March 9, 2002), and triple suicide bombing at Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (Dec. 1, 2001).
Hassan Salameh – 38 life sentences. Was head of the terror infrastructure which carried out 2 suicide bombing attacks on buses in Jerusalem (Feb. 25, 1996, March 3, 1996), and the suicide bombing at the Ashkelon Junction (Feb. 25, 1996).
Jamal Abu Al-Haija – 9 life sentences for involvement in suicide bombing attacks in Hadera shopping mall (Oct. 26, 2005) and at Herzl Street in Netanya (Dec. 5, 2005)
Mahmoud Issa – serving 3 life sentences. Member of the squad that kidnapped and murdered Israeli soldiers, including Nissim Toledano (Dec. 13, 1992).

17. Official PA TV glorified terrorist Dalal Mughrabi to celebrate Fatah anniversary:

On the anniversary of the Fatah movement, PA TV chose to glorify the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history with a music video celebrating Dalal Mughrabi and the attack she led. The video shows a reenactment the terrorists coming from Lebanon to Israel in boats.

[PA TV, Jan. 2, 2011, reported in PMW bulletin, January 21, 2011]

18. Official PA TV honored the woman who drove a suicide terrorist to his bombing that murdered 15 in pizza shop attack:

PA TV broadcast a program honoring Ahlam Tamimi, the woman who drove the suicide terrorist to the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem in August 2001. 15 people were murdered in the attack, 7 of them children. Visiting Tamimi’s home, the PA TV crew interviewed her relatives, and the camera focused on an award which read:

“A gift of the Fatah Palestinian National Liberation Movement
Ramallah – El-Bireh branch
To the heroic prisoner Ahlam Tamimi
As a token of esteem for your sacrifices
And your acts of heroism.”
[PA TV, March 10, 2011, reported in PMW bulletin, March 17, 2011]

19. Official PA TV honored driver of suicide terrorist who murdered 19 on bus:

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  • StephenD

    We've got to have a lawyer or two reading this. How about we enjoin the Justice Department to sue the Administration over this? Come on, we're counting on you! A Lawyer that gets this done will be a hero and rightly so.

    • stern

      I agree. Sounds like a case for Shurat Ha Din.

  • Ghostwriter

    Look,I'm not Perry Mason,but I've got the feeling we're being played for fools here.

  • mcrobbins

    When will our government realize the PERVERSITY of the PA? After the Sbarro bombing in 2001, the Palestinians constructed a gruesome "exhibit": a scaled replica of the bombing aftermath, including models of mangled bodies and torned limbs. The Palestinians of Nablus were beaming over the exhibit like they were viewing the newest exhibit of an art museum. They were flaunting their barbarism for the world to see.

    What has happened to Israel? Israel formerly refused to negotiate with monsters. Most of these prisoners expect to be traded in some swap in the future. Most of these mass murderers should have been sentenced to death. They should face the noose like Eichmann.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    For heaven's sake, no more American tax money for terrorists. I really don't mind paying taxes. That's part of the responsibility that comes with living in the freest nation on earth. But I do not like having my tax dollars used by a bunch of flim-flam artists dressed in fatigues. Would someone please get a hold of congress and stop this madness?

  • Vivi Andersen

    And when will EU realize the perversity of the PA ….because EU is paying to the same Pal-arabians as the Amercians !

    It is crazy that WE, the people of US and EU, are those who are paying the monsters in the prisons .

    We are also paying to the Pal-arabians in Gaza and the Westbank – they could not exist without the money from USA and EU .

    It is You and I who are the Pal-arabians workers , just as good parents who are taking care of their children : we pay year after year after year….

    But children grow up and leave their homes and parents – the Pal-arabians will never grow up and they will increase their demands ; more money, pay us more money or else….

    Ugly types – just as those who are blackmailing other people .

    The Pal-arabians ARE blackmailers !

  • LindaRivera

    This information is well known by our government. The U.S. government is fully aware of Palestinian Authority adoration of Muslim terrorist killers of Jewish innocents, including knowing that U.S. tax dollars are also used to pay salaries of Muslim jailed terrorists and used to reward the families of Muslim terrorist killers. By financing the Palestinian Authority Muslim terrorist organization, U.S. leaders give their FULL APPROVAL of PA mass murder of Jews, terrorism, and PA Muslim insatiable blood lust.

    This is also why for many, many years that America supplies with weapons, and gives continual advanced military training to the Palestinian Authority security services army. One of the U.S. trained Muslim terrorists told journalist, Aaron Klein, that all of the U.S. training is used against Israel.

    Ruthless U.S. leaders DEMAND little Israel surrender up half her land to global jihad.

    Americans are a GOOD people who support our beloved ally, Israel; but G-D judges nations. Nothing can stop G-D's frightening future judgments that He will bring down upon America because of the terrible sins of our leaders against Israel.

    Bloodthirsty Palestinian Authority Muslims are infamous for being the most genocidal society the world has ever known. Two polls in 2008, showed 85% of Palestinian Authority Muslims support terror attacks against Jews. The peace process? They are code words for Israel's destruction.

    Stop American financing of the Palestinian Authority Muslim terrorist organization!

    Not one inch of Jewish land to barbaric enemies bent on Jewish genocide!

  • Asher

    Why isn't someone stopping the flow of money to terrorists who will try to destroy Israel? Obama should be impeached!

  • LindaRivera

    A nation's leaders that wickedly betray our ally, Israel, will also betray their own nation.

  • mcrobbins

    You have to wonder what planet the political elites are on. They can't help but realize the evil nature of the Janus-faced Terrorist Entity and its public worship of Kali. They can't help but recognize the thugocracy of the PA with its murderous intentions. It pays lip service to the peace process but is committed to Israel's destruction.

    Hardcore leftists are fascinated with the Abyss. They celebrate the moral entropy of our time and disparage belief. This anti-ontology is like matter being sucked into a black hole, extinguishing any light. This fascination with violence and death jolts the anesthetized consciences of our armchair revolutionaries existing in their world of ennui and cultural malaise.

    No wonder the same people are strong supporters of the PA, despite its evil deeds. However, jihadists eventually consume their infidel leftist supporters. The sad career of Vittorio Arrigoni is a good example.

  • Midas Marketing

    Everyone just needs to overcome their differences and just get along. The fighting and attacks will not help anyone win. There is no winner in this situation.