For too long, those of us who stand for Israel have worried about the money paid by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists and their families. But now, an even greater concern has arisen. The Jerusalem Post's Gil Hoffman reports that in collaboration with the same United Nations that all too often sides against Israel, the P.A. has raised money to be used for humanitarian purposes that is suspisciously equal to the amount it needs for its "pay-to-slay" policy:
On Tuesday, the organization Palestinian Media Watch expressed outrage that the sum being raised by the UN and PA is equivalent to the $355 million dollars, which the PA allocated in its 2018 budget, to fund its payments to terrorists’ families. This sum includes payments to terrorists in prison, those released from prison and families of terrorists killed while carrying out attacks, including suicide bombers.
“Instead of the UN asking donor countries to contribute $350 million to provide Palestinian ‘humanitarian needs,’ the UN should be joining the unequivocal call from many governments that the PA immediately stop squandering the $355 million dollars of its own funds on its ‘Pay for Slay’ policy that incentivizes and rewards terrorism, and instead spend that money on needy Palestinians,” said Maurice Hirsch, head of legal strategies at Palestinian Media Watch.
Hirsch said that abolishing the “Pay for Slay” policy would re-open the door for the PA to receive the approximately $215 million dollars of US aid, which has been withheld by the American Taylor Force Act. This will avert the imminent deduction by Israel of the PA’s expenditures on salaries for terrorists and their families from the tax revenues Israel collects and transfers to them. He said it would also ensure that the PA would not lose funding from Australia and the Netherlands.
“The so-called Palestinian humanitarian crisis is a self-imposed crisis created by the PA leaders,” Hirsch said. “The leaders of the PA have repeatedly made their moral bankruptcy crystal clear by saying, that even if they only have one penny left in the bank, they will spend it on the terrorists before any other Palestinians. It is altogether unclear why the UN’s OCHA has decided that it is appropriate to assist the PA in raising the funds it needs to support its pugnacious policy of financially rewarding terrorists...”