Much has been written recently of the funding of Hamas terrorist activities by both the United Nations and a large world aid organization. But Europe has also long funded terrorist salaries paid for by the Palestinian Authority's ruling Fatah party. Israel Hayom's Ariel Bolstein writes that because of pressure from those who stand for Israel, Europe is finally being forced to acknowledge that its donations are paying murderers:
The payment of salaries to terrorists convicted of murdering Jews is one of the evils of the Palestinian Authority. Nothing defies basic human morality more than compensated terrorists. The PA does not even try to conceal the vileness of the formula by which a terrorist's salary is determined: A terrorist who kills more gets more.
In the past, the salaries came out of the official Palestinian Authority budget, the same budget funded mainly with economic aid from the U.S., the EU and a few Arab countries. Israel brought the attention of European countries to the despicable deeds done with their donations, and since then, the PA has used every accounting trick in the books to obscure its payments to terrorists. Sometimes, they claim terrorist salaries are paid for by funds not donated by Europe, other times, they say terrorist compensation is paid through Palestine Liberation Organization channels, and not directly through the PA's budget. All these excuses are clearly nothing more than a ploy...
The problem is that Europe's citizens have been oblivious to the reality. But intensive work on the part of pro-Israel constituents on the continent is starting to pay off. As long as the truth about the PA's use of economic aid is made known to the public, there will be increasing pressure on Europe's governments to stop funding atrocities. I have no delusions that donors will demand the PA change its ruthless nature. That will most likely not happen. But there is value in spreading the truth. If the peaceful residents of Berlin, Paris and Rome were to learn of the monstrous project they are funding out of their own pockets, maybe they would finally understand just who the good guys and the bad guys are in the Middle East.