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January 18, 2015 6:35 pm

PA Documents Detail Payments to Terrorists

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Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat. Photo: Wiki Commons.

NEW YORK – Official Palestinian Authority policy provides monthly payments for convicted terrorists held in Israeli jails. The longer the sentence, the more the terrorist’s family receives.

A jury saw the document outlining that policy Thursday during testimony in a $1 billion civil trial brought by American victims of terrorist attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004. The attacks were carried out by branches of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Palestinian Authority (PA), their employees or others who received assistance from the groups.

Alon Eviatar, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces, told jurors that the PA, PLO, Fatah and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade are all part of the same hierarchy. Fatah members dominate PA employee rosters, he said.

That information goes to the heart of the case.

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When the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade committed terrorist attacks, or when PA employees participated directly in other attacks, they were advancing the defendants’ policy of supporting “the struggle against the occupation.”

The lawsuit, Sokolow v. PLO, was brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Attorneys for the Palestinian Authority deny there was any systematic program to enable and support the terrorist attacks. They say the attacks were the actions of individuals and the PA and PLO should not be held liable.

To support Eviatar’s testimony, jurors saw official Palestinian Authority documents and emblems that list the PLO’s name just above the PA’s, indicating they are the same body.

When he was alive, PA President Yasser Arafat controlled them all. He also was the PLO’s longtime chairman and created Fatah in 1959, Eviatar said. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is Fatah’s military branch. Jurors also saw repeated examples of Palestinian Authority money being routed to Fatah branches throughout the West Bank between 2000 and 2003.

Eviatar spent most of his 22-year military career in intelligence focused on the Palestinian territories. He described the law and regulations detailing financial support for terrorists in Israeli prisons as “one of the most significant elements of Palestinian government” in maintaining public support.

According to the 2004 regulation, prisoners serving up to five years in Israeli prisons receive 1,300 shekels per month. Wives of married inmates receive another 300 shekels, and an additional 50 shekels a month is sent for each child in the family. After five years, the payments increase to 2,000 shekels. Inmates in prison longer than 25 years are paid 4,000 shekels.

In addition, convicted terrorists who were PA employees continue to draw their salaries and benefit from promotions even though they are behind bars. For example, jurors saw that Majed Al-Masri was promoted from major in the Palestinian Security Forces to colonel in 2010. By then, he had been in prison for five years for his role in an Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade terrorist shooting attack in 2002 that killed two women.

Brian Hill, an attorney for the PLO and PA, indicated outside the jury’s presence that Eviatar’s cross examination will point out that the prisoner financing policy was not yet in effect in 2002, when most of the attacks in the lawsuit took place.

Earlier Thursday, U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels rejected a defense motion for a mistrial after Kent Yalowitz, attorney for the victims, read excerpts from an addition to the Oslo Accords, the U.S.-brokered agreement between Israel and the PLO that led to the Palestinian Authority’s creation. The excerpts called on both the Israelis and Palestinians to aggressively police against terrorism and other violence and to cooperate with each other on security.

That includes arresting people plotting attacks and communicating with each other about such plots.

Evidence already before the jury shows Palestinian security officials were involved in several of the attacks at issue and that a key Hamas bomb maker was released by Palestinian police, who originally arrested him for plotting a terrorist attack. That Hamas terrorist “went on a killing spree,” Yalowitz said in his opening statement, building bombs that killed 66 people.

Reading from the Oslo document improperly injected politics into the trial, defense attorney Mark Rochon argued. Both parties promised not to do that, and the prejudicial effect on jurors was cause for a mistrial.

Daniels rejected the defense’s argument, noting that the document itself was admitted into evidence without objection. Once that happened, Yalowitz “can do what he wants with it.”

Steven Emerson is the Executive Director the Investigative Project on Terrorism (www.investigativeproject.org) where this article first appeared.

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  • charlie johnson

    Do you hear of much these folks build over there besides destructive devices?What great inventions have they conceived? What do they study?Arafat went to engineers school.Instead of creating useful things that the people could enjoy and have a better life the fool used his engineering knowledge to kill with.

  • Joe Smith

    Israel is responsible for the attacks. The Palestinians have a moral and legal obligation to resist occupation.

    • judorebbe

      > The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
      > The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
      > The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
      > The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim
      > The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
      > The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
      > The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
      > The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
      > The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
      > The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
      > The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
      > The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
      > The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims
      > The Beirut U.S. Embassy Bombers were Muslims
      > The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
      > The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
      > The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
      > The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
      > The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
      > The Beirut Marine Barracks Bombers were Muslims
      > The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
      > The First World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
      > The Bombay, Mumbai, India Attackers were Muslims
      > The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
      > The Nairobi, Kenya Shopping Mall Killers were Muslims
      > The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims
      > The Sydney, Australia Lindt Cafe Kidnapper was a Muslim
      > The Peshawar, Pakistani School Children Killers were Muslims
      >
      > Think of it:
      >
      > Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
      > Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem
      > Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
      > Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
      > Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem
      > Christians living with Jews = No Problem
      > Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
      > Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
      > Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
      > Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem
      > Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
      > Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
      > Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
      > Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
      > Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem
      > Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
      >
      > Muslims living with Jews = Problem
      > Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
      > Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
      > Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
      > Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
      > Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
      > Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
      > Muslims living with Christians = Problem
      > MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = VERY BIG PROBLEM
      >
      > **********SO THIS LEAD TO *****************
      >
      > They’re not happy in Gaza
      > They’re not happy in Egypt
      > They’re not happy in Libya
      > They’re not happy in Iran
      > They’re not happy in Iraq
      > They’re not happy in Yemen
      > They’re not happy in Pakistan
      > They’re not happy in Syria
      > They’re not happy in Lebanon
      > They’re not happy in Nigeria
      > They’re not happy in Kenya
      > They’re not happy in Sudan
      > They’re not happy in Morocco
      > They’re not happy in Afghanistan
      >
      > ******** So, where are they happy? **********
      >
      > They’re happy in Australia
      > They’re happy in Belgium
      > They’re happy in France
      > They’re happy in Holland
      > They’re happy in Italy
      > They’re happy in Germany
      > They’re happy in Spain
      > They’re happy in Sweden
      > They’re happy in Denmark
      > They’re happy in the USA & Canada
      > They’re happy in Norway & India
      > They’re very happy in England (UK) (Loads of Welfare Benefits)
      > They’re happy in almost every country that is not Islamic!
      > And who do they blame? Not Islam… Not their leadership… Not themselves…
      > THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN !!!
      > And they want to change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the countries they came from, where they were unhappy.
      >
      > Islamic Jihad: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > ISIS: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Al-Qaeda: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Taliban: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Boko Haram: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Al-Nusra: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Abu Sayyaf: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Al-Badr: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Muslim Brotherhood: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Lashkar-e-Taiba: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Ansaru: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Jemaah Islamiyah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Abdullah Azzam Brigades: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Al-Shabbab Somalia: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Hamas: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Hezbollah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
      > Think about it

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