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February 8, 2015 10:38 am

Palestinian Authority Rewards Terrorists for Number of Jews They Kill

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Hamas slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for attending the anti-terror rally in Paris. Photo: World Economic Forum.

Last year, Congressional legislators were astonished to learn that the Palestinian Authority was issuing monthly payouts totaling between $3 and 7 million as salaries and other financial rewards to specific terrorists and their families.

The money was channeled, in part, through the Ministry of Prisoners pursuant to the Law of the Prisoner. The law set forth a graduated scale, pegging monthly salaries to the length of Israeli jail sentences, which generally reflects the severity of the crime and the number of people killed and/or injured.

Thousands of documents, newly obtained by this reporter through a lawsuit to unseal court-protected files, demonstrate that these payouts are not blind automated payments. Rather, senior Palestinian Authority officials as high as President Mahmoud Abbas scrutinize the details of each case, the specific carnage caused, and the personal details of each terrorist act before approving salaries and awarding honorary ranks in either the PA government or the military.

Ministry of Prisoners spokesman Amr Nasser has explained, “We are very proud of this program and we have nothing to hide.” Nonetheless, in response to the international furor, the Palestinian Authority announced that it would replace the Ministry of Prisoners with an outside PLO commission known as the Higher National Commission for Prisoners and Detainees Affairs.

The PA is dependent upon foreign donor countries to supply much of its budget, which now exceeds $4.2 billion annually. About ten percent of the PA budget, more than $400 million, is contributed annually by United States foreign aid. The U.S. and many other countries have enacted laws forbidding any payments when the monies directly or indirectly support or encourage terrorism.

The interdepartmental bureaucratic notations the Palestinian Authority has recorded on each terrorist before approving the level of salaried compensation is extensive. For example, one prominent case involved Ahmad Talab Mustafa Barghouti, who personally coordinated numerous terrorist acts. These included a January 2002 shooting spree on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, killing two and wounding 37; a March 2002 shooting spree at a Tel Aviv restaurant, killing three and wounding 31; and finally a March 27, 2002, attempt to smuggle an explosive suicide belt in an ambulance. The Israel Defense Forces arrested Ahmad. On July 30, 2002, a military court concluded that he was responsible for murdering 12 Israelis, and Barghouti was sentenced to 13 life sentences.

According to on-going internal Palestinian Authority security reviews dated February 3, 2009, and July 6, 2009, Barghouti’s special compensation began retroactively to July 1, 2002, the first of the month that the 13 life sentences were imposed. At the time of his arrest, Barghouti was a Sergeant in the Palestinian Police. As a reward, while in an Israeli prison, Barghouti’s annual salary of 12,953 Israeli shekels was continued and gradually escalated when he was promoted to First Sergeant.

Still in prison, Barghouti was promoted again, this time to Warrant Officer, pursuant to a November 13, 2008, Presidential Order 15999/3, according to Palestinian internal security records. One document lists Barghouti’s bank account as account 36079 at the Housing Bank for Trade and Finance in Ramallah. A related document tabulates additional monthly allocations for Barghouti’s two named beneficiaries, showing they jointly received 900 shekels monthly in 2002, beginning the month he was sentenced. That monthly allocation rose to 1,000 shekels in January 2004. The beneficiary payments were deposited into account 628134 at the Arab Bank’s al Bireh Branch 9030, the documents show.

In another case, terrorist Sa’id Ibrahim Sa’id Ramadan went to a busy Jerusalem street around 2:30 p.m. on January 22, 2002, and began randomly shooting passers-by. Two people were murdered: Sarah Hamburger, 79, and Orna Sandler, 56. Dozens of others were injured. Police shot and killed Ramadan at the scene.

Just five days later, on January 27, 2002, Ramadan’s case was reviewed by the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Social Affairs for martyrdom status and to determine the financial benefits that would accrue to the family. That review was conducted by the Martyr’s Families and Injured Care Establishment, a little known organization originally created in 1969 by the Palestine Liberation Organization to systematize financial benefits to those wounded or killed in terrorist attacks deemed acts of “martyrdom.”

“Martyrdom Establishment” compensation is dispensed worldwide, wherever the terrorist act takes place, according to a 2010 Palestinian Authority Social Ministry report. The report states that by 2009, more than 288 million shekels were paid in the program, of which more than 97 million went outside Israel and the Palestinian region to reward international terrorism.

In Ramadan’s case, the opening file noted that his body was still in Israeli custody. Kuwait-born Ramadan’s employment was listed as a Sergeant in the Palestinian Maritime Police. The qualifying martyrdom incident is routinely described in a section headlined “Date and Place of Event,” which simply records “January 22, 2002, West Jerusalem.”

In the next section, “Description of Event,” the form states, “He was martyred while executing a martyrdom operation in West Jerusalem. The operation led to the death and injury of a number of Israelis.” In a short biographical sketch, Ramadan is described in these words, “He was known to be a calm person and faithful to his country. Among his expressions was ‘O Martyr! You have tested my soul.’ He was martyred while performing his nation duty.” The Establishment director ruled: “We recommend that he is considered as one of the al-Aqsa Martyrs.”

Some weeks later, a Palestinian Authority internal security document shows approval of the recommendation, concluding “Sergeant Sa’id Ibrahim Sa’id Ramadan, from the Maritime Police/ Northern Governates, is hereby approved as a martyr by the Palestinian Authority as of January 23, 2002, by rank and salary, as he was martyred while performing his national duty.”

The money was “to be disbursed by General Headquarters / Northern Governates / Martyr’s Roster.” Copies of the payment order were routed to the PA’s Financial Administration, the Maritime Police, Social Affairs, Medical Services, Supply and Equipment, and Computer departments, among others.

How much would he get? A married martyr would have a family payout of about 1,300 shekels monthly. But the family of an unmarried martyr would only be entitled to 400 shekels. The money would go the father, but when the elder Ramadan passed away, his allocation was transferred to Ramadan’s mother, the documents record.

A posthumous August 2006 review stated, “The martyr is single … His mother is alive. The martyr’s father passed away May 5, 2006. I recommend a transfer to the martyr’s mother,” adding, “Her bank account number at Cairo Amman Bank is 349834 … The Islamic Development Bank [previously used by the father] shall be notified of the situation.”

The Barghouti and Ramadan cases are just two of hundreds of terrorists who are rewarded for their actions – not in a blind, faceless program, but in a meticulous, exacting official process that can remain in place for years. The money is represented to donor countries as “government salaries.” Most taxpayers in donor countries have no idea that their well-intended money is actually financing the flames of terrorism.

Edwin Black is the author of the award-winning IBM and the Holocaust, as well as his most recent bestseller, Financing the Flames which broke the story of taxpayer-funded terrorist salaries.

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  • Israel must be steadfast in protecting its rights and its people
    Many nations and people are questioning Israel’s control of its liberated territory.
    No one is mentioning that the Arab countries had ejected about a million Jewish people and their children from their countries, confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real estate. Many of the Jews ejected from Arab countries died while their forced departure from Arab countries, due to hardship, famine and starvation. 650,00 Jewish people and their children of these expelled Jewish people and their children were resettled in Greater Israel. The Land the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people 120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles, which is over 5-6 times the size of Israel, and its value today is the trillions of dollars.
    The Jewish people and their children during the over 2,000 years living in Arab countries have suffered Pogroms, Libel claims, beheadings, beatings, false imprisonment and extreme hardship as a second class citizens. They had their businesses and homes pillaged, their wives and daughters raped, sold them as slaves, their houses of worship pillaged and burned, forced conversion to Islam.

    Today over half of Israel’s population are Jews expelled from Arab countries and their children and grandchildren.

    The Audacity of the Arab countries in demanding territory from the Jewish people in Palestine after they ejected over a million Jewish people and their children who have lived in Arab land for over 2,000 years and after they confiscated all their assets and Real estate 5-6 times the size of Israel (120,440 sq. km. – 75,000 sq. mi.), valued in the trillions of dollars.
    Now the Arab nations are demanding more land and more compensation.
    The Arab countries have chased the million Jews and their children and now the want to chase them away again, from their own historical land.

    Israel must respond with extreme force to any violent demonstration and terror. Israel’s population must have peace and tranquility without intimidation by anyone.
    The Jewish people have suffered enough in the Diaspora for the past 2,500 years. It is time for the Jewish people to live as free people in their own land without violence and terror.
    It is time to consider that the only alternative is a population transfer of the Arab-Palestinians to the territories the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people and settle this dispute once and for all. Many Arab leaders had suggested these solutions over the years.
    YJ Draiman

  • wyatt earp

    i enjoy the dialogue….it shows strength…keep it up fellow jews and like minded enlightened christians and others….we are all in the same boat whether you realize it or not…racism is racism if it is not one then it will be another so we must stop at one…..wyatt earp(alias)….poet singer songwriter….toronto ontario canada…..thankyou….keep it goin….teach your children well !!!

  • Ken Kelso

    Here is the most detailed article on the Palestinian barbarians Israel is dealing with.
    Dealing with Savages.
    By Rabbi Pruzansky
    Posted on November 21, 2014

  • wyatt earp

    this is a question for anyone out there…what is the status of the state of israel`s new or maybe just concidering policy of compulsory army time for the othodox…lubavitcher`s and the..hasidic jews….my opinion is everyone serves …..i would like to hear other views….please and thankyou……………….wyatt earp-alias…poet/singer songwriter….toronto,ont canada

    • robert nebel

      All Jews have to serve in some way. Muslims, Christians and Druze do not have to serve. Many do though

      • Mira Manoah

        For your information the army service is compulsory for the Druze and for the Circassians.
        Arabs – Moslems and Christians serve on a voluntary basis only.

  • Lea Perez

    Our thoughts that are posted here are read by like minded individuals. The word must be spread out to the uninformed and disinterested masses. Otherwise , we are all blowing in the wind.
    I shudder when I think of the world we are turning over to the not too distant future generations of Christians and Jews alike

  • Ken Kelso

    Remember what Kahane said,
    I prefer an Israel hated by everybody than in Auschwitz loved by all.”
    Right now Chaim Ben Pesach who is the successor to Kahane has been barred from entering Israel by the fools who run Israel.
    That includes Likud, Kadima and Labor.

    Chaim Ben Pesach wants to use all out force to stop these Islamo killers from terrorizing Israel and Ben Pesach wants a death penalty for Muslims who murder Jews.
    Here’s a video from Chaim from 3 months ago where he talks how he would stop Arab terrorists from murdering Israeli civilians.
    This is a must hear.

    • Emily Watson

      I support whatever stops the Palestinian terrorists.

  • marc

    This is one of the ‘world leaders’ who marched at the head of the “Je suis Charlie” parade in Paris?

  • wyatt earp

    nothing should surprise anyone anymore….bottom line is ….think the worst of our enemies and fully support all actions by the state of israel….israel has one goal and one purpose and that is to survive….israel does no wrong and can do no wrong this is the stance we must all take no matter what….history chose not to shine on the jewish people so we must manipulate history for sunshine….wyatt earp-alias…..poet/singer songwriter….toronto,ont canada

  • Linda Rivera

    It is beyond evil that non-Muslim taxpayers are FORCED against their will to finance the extremely wicked, genocidal Palestinian Authority Muslim terrorist organization.

    How far and how low Western leaders have fallen. Financing the PLO/Palestinian Authority is a vicious attack on the foundation of Western civilisation and values.

    Not one more pound, euro, dollar or shekel to the enemies of all innocent humanity. And not one more inch of Jewish Holy Land surrendered to Muslims. NO SURRENDER, EVER.

  • Alexi

    One positive note is that every time we kill a terrorist it sends the PA one step closer to bankruptcy.

    In this way their bank accounts will accurately reflect their morality.

  • Robert B Geller

    Amazing, and we thought that the Palestinians simply thought that Jewish blood was cheap; though now we learn that it can get expensive. What is truly astonishing is that the US continues to fund this organization knowing that this has been going on for years. In American forget about using your tax dollars to fund roads or education or fighting ISIL, we are funding the killing of Jews.

  • Israel the time has come to re-instate all territory granted in 1948 through legal and proper legislation. There is no further discussions to be negotiated. The Gaza strip and West Bank is Israeli and the Temple Mount never at any time was a religious focus for Islam. The Temple Mount has merely been used as a source of grievance to provoke and humiliate the freedom and rights of Israel.

  • since the united nations peace keeping forces were useless and allowed hezbollah to launch attacks into israel, israel has to create a bank of its republican supporters in usa, and evangelical supporters in england etc

  • Jack

    If they want to be at the ICI they should be subject to the ICI.

  • Florence

    I am ready to throw up.

  • Larry

    This is pathetic!

  • Wm. J.Levy

    And this is the 2 state solution with?

  • An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly and made the world community smile.
    A representative from Israel began: “Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses.”
    “When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, ‘What a good opportunity to have a bath!’ He then removed all his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished.
    A Palestinian had stolen them.”
    The Palestinian representative jumped up furiously and shouted, “What are you talking about? The Arab-Palestinians weren’t there then.”
    The Israeli representative smiled and said, “And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech.

  • Carl

    Considering that the EU was just caught paying for illegal construction, I would bet all of these “donor countries” know full well where their funds are going.

  • Dante

    Learning this should immediately lead Western countries to stop any aid for the Palestinian Authority.

    • Julian

      Well stated Dante. All aid for for the Palestinian Authority should be immediately terminated.