Israeli UN Envoy, Joined by Second Intifada Bombing Victim, Urges Security Council to Take Action Against Palestinian Authority Over Terror Payments
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon — joined by Oran Almog, who was severely wounded in a suicide bombing during the Second Intifada — urged the Security Council on Tuesday to take action against the Palestinian Authority over its payments to terrorists.
Almog lost five family members when a female Palestinian terrorist detonated herself at a seaside restaurant in Haifa on Oct. 4, 2003.
“Until the age of ten I was an ordinary kid, but all this changed in one moment,” Almog said on Tuesday. “Just as my family was having lunch at the Maxim restaurant, a Palestinian woman disguised to be pregnant blew herself up between the diners. She murdered twenty-one people, including my father, my little brother, my grandparents, and my cousin. I was severely injured and eventually lost my vision.”
“The Security Council is holding a discussion on the Middle East, but one of the most important subjects, the funding of terrorism by the Palestinian Authority, will remain outside this discussion,” Almog continued. “The Palestinian leadership is paying salaries to terrorists and their families every single month. Anyone who believes in the value of human life should act against these payments.”
In his own remarks on Tuesday, Danon said that last Friday’s stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish, in which three Israelis — Yosef, Chaya and Elad Salomon were murdered — “did not happen in a vacuum.”
“This terrorist committed a heinous crime following rampant, relentless calls by Palestinian officials inciting violence,” Danon noted. “It is no secret that the Palestinians have built an industry of incitement.”
Referring to the 2003 bombing in which Almog was wounded, Danon pointed out, “The family of the terrorist from the Maxim restaurant has earned tens of thousands of dollars in payments for her crime. Her two accomplices have earned over half a million dollars in terror payments from the PA.”
Danon called Almog “a true hero and a true model for the appreciation of life, while the PA pays the salaries of convicted murderers.”
Israel’s UN envoy asked, “How many more innocents will be murdered? How many thousands of dollars will the Salomons’ killer be rewarded before the world acts?”
Almog’s UN appearance was arranged by the Israel education group StandWithUs.
Last week, as reported by The Algemeiner, it was revealed that the PA’s 2017 budget included what was described as a “huge increase” in funding for payments to imprisoned terrorists and the families of “martyrs.”