U.S. Taxes Reward
The Palestinian Authority [PA] incites violence (as during the
current wave of stabbing attacks) while paying high salaries and benefits
to convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons. The more horrific the crime, and
the more Israelis or Americans murdered, the higher the salary and the better
Where does the PA get the money to reward terrorists?
Much of it comes from U.S. tax dollars. The PA budget is
heavily dependent on foreign aid—and the U.S. is the PA’s largest single
country donor. From 2008 to 2014
the “annual Economic Support Fund (ESF) assistance to the West Bank and Gaza
Strip has averaged around $400 million” provided by the U.S. Agency for
International Development. Another
$100 million per year is provided by the U.S. for nonlethal assistance for PA
security forces and the criminal justice sector in the West Bank.”
Facts about the Palestinian “Terrorism Industry”
Palestinian terrorists murdered or wounded thousands of
Israeli and American civilians between 1993 and 2014.
286 Israeli civilians murdered ;
– 2014: 1,227 Israeli civilians murdered and 8,549 wounded or maimed
66 Americans murdered and 85 wounded
Number of convicted Palestinian
terrorists—“security prisoners”-- in Israeli prisons: approximately 4,500
of these have “blood on their hands” and have been convicted of murdering
Israelis or Palestinian “collaborators.”
- The PA
also pays Arab Israeli citizens convicted of committing terrorist acts.
- The PA
does not discriminate: terrorists from every group—Hamas, Fatah,
Islamic Jihad—receive funding.
From the time it was established in 1994, the PA set up
institutions to support terrorists: From the quasi-official Prisoners Club
(1994) to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners (1998), to the Law of the
Prisoners Club and Ministry of Prisoners funnel salaries and benefits to
convicted terrorists, provide legal aid, and make demands on their behalf.
Abbas, who in 2004 was the PA’s Finance Minister, announced that only
prisoners who “resist the occupation” qualify for benefits. Other
criminals—convicted of lighter crimes like theft, burglary or
The PA uses 5% to 6% of its total budget on payments to
prisoners and to the families of suicide bombers.
2011, the PA spent an estimated 6% of its budget on payments to prisoners
and their families: 18 million shekels ($4.5 million) per month on
prisoners and 26 million shekels ($6.5 million) per month on payments to
families of suicide bombers--$132 million/year.
2013, the PA spent an estimated 5% of its budget on payments to
terrorists, and spent approximately $100 million for prisoners’ salaries.
2013, “Palestinian prisoners who were convicted of killing Israelis and
then released by Israel as a goodwill gesture to smooth the path of peace
talks were given at least $50,000 apiece as well as a comfortable monthly
salary from the Palestinian Authority.”
2014, the PA announced that it was budgeting an additional $46 million to
give to released prisoners.
average salary for Palestinian security prisoners is higher than the
average salaries of civil servants and military personnel working in the
The Ministry of Prisoners Affairs and the Prisoners Club
are given top priority in the PA budget.
PA Finance Minister Mahmoud Abbas assured Palestinians in 2004 that these
two institutions would always have top budgetary priority.
In 2012, funding for the Ministry of Prisoners was ten times
greater than that for the Ministry of Labor, and half that of the Ministry of
Terrorist salaries are on a sliding scale:
the more horrific the crime, the higher the wages.
The salaries are usually far higher than the West Bank
average wage of $533/month and sometimes higher than those of any other civil
servants. The average monthly salary paid to terrorists was $850 in 2012 while
the average salary for civil servants was 2,882 shekels, ($783), and for
Palestinian military personnel it was $734. In 2011, The PA announced the
following wages and stipulated that they would be linked to the cost of living
security prisoners get a base salary of 1400 shekels ($400) per month.
sentenced to 3-5 years get 2,000 shekels ($560) per month.
sentenced to 5-10 years get 4,000 shekels ($1,100) per month.
sentenced to 10-15 years get 6,000 shekels ($1,690) per month.
sentenced to 15-20 years get 7,000 shekels ($2,000) per month.
sentenced to 20-25 years get 8,000 shekels ($2,250) per month.
sentenced to 25-30 years get 10,000 shekels ($2,800) per month.
worst offenders, those who commit mass murder, get the top wage of 12,000
shekels ($3,400) per month—up to 10 times more than the average pay.
Violating Israeli sovereignty, the PA incentivizes Arab
Israeli citizens to commit terrorist acts by giving them an added supplement of
500 shekels ($142) per month if convicted. The PA also provides money to
families of terrorists.
receive 300 ($85) shekels monthly.
child of the terrorist receives fifty shekels monthly from the PA..
- Some $4
million - $5.6 million is budgeted in a PA university scholarship fund for
relatives of terrorists.
The PA also pays monthly salaries to terrorists after
they are released from prison.
prisoners receive the status of a deputy minister or the rank of
major-general in the PA security forces – both worth a monthly
stipend of NIS 14,000 ($4,000).
2013, four thousand released Palestinian prisoners received monthly
salaries though many of them were able-bodied men who could work.
The most horrific mass murderers receive the highest
- Abdallah Barghouti: 67 life
sentences for involvement in terrorist attacks that murdered 66 Israeli
men, women, and children. These included bombings at Sbarro Pizza
Restaurant (Aug. 9, 2001); and Moment Café (March 9, 2002); and the triple
attack at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (Dec. 1, 2001). His victims
included two Americans killed and nine wounded, including two-year-old
Salameh: 38 life sentences. Head of the terror infrastructure
responsible for two attacks on the No. 18 buses in Jerusalem (Feb. 5 and
March 3 1996) and at the Ashkelon Junction hitchhike point (Feb. 25,
1996). 20 Israelis were killed in the attacks.
Awad: 5 life sentences. He and a fellow terrorist murdered five
members of the Fogel family while they slept, including their 11-year-old
and 4-year-old sons, and their two-month-old infant daughter.
Our tax dollars are not spent on prisoner needs as the
Israeli Prison system provides this, spending 23,598 shekels ($5,900) per year
on each one.
Israeli prisons, prisoners enjoy family visits, education, television,
newspapers and radio and receive top quality dental and medical care. They
can take high school matriculation exams, study at the open university,
and graduate with accredited college degrees.
cell has its own shower, bathroom, kitchenette and a TV that receives 12
channels, including Israeli channels and several Arabic-language channels,
among them Palestinian TV. Prisoners also have access to the prison
library and when necessary, to treatment in Israeli hospitals. They are
regularly visited by the International Red Cross.
The PA incentivizes terrorism with prisoner salaries.
2013, Palestinian Husni Najjar was arrested for planning terrorist
attacks. He admitted that he was incentivized by the financial reward,
saying that his previous stint in prison had not lasted long enough to
give him a high salary. With a second prison sentence, he would get
135,000 shekels, “enough to pay my debts.”
The PA incentivizes terrorists by glorifying them and
Day is an important annual national holiday.
squares, sports teams, schools, and summer camps are named after notorious
are celebrated as national heroes.
Salah murdered a 72-year-old Holocaust survivor in 1993. Released in
2013, he was welcomed by “a cacophonous crowd.” He saved $100,000 from
his prisoners’ salary, and the PA gave him an additional $50,000 when he
[prisoners] are heroes, fedayyeen (self-sacrificing fighters), and
fighters who fought so that we could live in dignity...” PA Minister of
Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake (2013)
2015, Issa Karake stated, “Martyr Samir Kuntar is a Palestinian symbol...
We gather today in honor of Martyr Kuntar… We will not forget your heroic
acts and sacrifice, and we will talk about you with all future
generations.” (The “heroic act” committed by Kuntar was the murder of an
Israeli family in 1979, which included smashing in the head of a
four-year old girl with his rifle butt.)
The PA funds the terrorism industry
with donor dollars.
The PA budget is heavily dependent on donor money.
2003, 58% of the PA budget came from donors; in 2004 and 2005, 53% came
from donors; in 2013, foreign donations were expected to cover 40% of its
2012, a Palestinian economist reported that “the West Bank economy is
almost entirely upheld by international aid; in 2011, donors promised the
PA $1 billion in support.”
The U.S. and the EU are the major donors to the PA and
help fund the PA budget.
gave approximately $27 billion in international aid to the PA between 1993
$7 billion came from the U.S. alone and $7 billion came from the EU; $10
billion came from individual European countries, Japan, Australia, and
Foreign donations are used to pay PA salaries.
- A PA
official reported that 85% of foreign donations were used for PA salaries
in 2013, which likely includes prisoner salaries.
Europeans want their money that comes to us to remain clean- not to go to
families of those they claim to be terrorists. [They] need to renounce
this occupation mentality. These [prisoners] are heroes, fedayyeen
(self-sacrificing fighters), and fighters … We appreciate the people of
the revolution and are proud of them.” (PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs
Issa Karake quoted on Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013)
Even if donor money is not directly used for the
prisoners, the donations free up other PA money for that purpose.
United States gave $440 million in fiscal year 2013 to the Palestinian
Authority. We all know that money is fungible. The more money we give to help
them with these ‘job programs,’ the more money the Palestinian Authority
has to pay terrorists.” Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), Chair of the House Foreign
Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.
Although Congress has already passed legislation
demanding more oversight so American taxpayer money will not fund terrorism,
no major changes have been made. The Prisoners Club, the Ministry of Prisoners,
and payments to prisoners are not mentioned in U.S. Government oversight
three U.S. priorities for aid to Palestinians include “preventing
terrorism from Hamas and other militant organizations,” according to the
Congressional Research Service in 2013.
2001, appropriations acts have required that steps be taken to “ensure
that U.S. resources, including its aid to the West Bank and Gaza, do not
support terrorist activities.” In 2009, the Government Accountability
Office [GAO] reported that while measures to prevent inadvertent payments
to terrorists had been strengthened, weaknesses remained.
2014, Congress held hearings on donor funding of Palestinians convicted of
terrorism. “U.S. taxpayer money should not be paying and rewarding
Palestinian terrorists who are doing harm and killing Israelis and
Americans,” declared Rep. Ted Poe.
European governments are beginning to demand that their
donor dollars not fund the PA’s terrorism coffers.
Dutch Parliament’s lower house passed legislation on July 3, 2014 calling
for an end to Dutch funding of terrorists’ salaries. The legislation noted
that “criminality and terrorism are rewarded.” Approximately $5.5 million
of Holland’s annual $88 million donation is used to pay prisoners’