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Palestinian Authority Will Pay 9 Released Terrorists 19,500 Shekels a Month for Life

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Opinion

An ambulance believed to be carrying hostages released as part of a deal between Israel and Palestinian Islamist terror group Hamas, drives near the Israel-Gaza border, in Israel November 26, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Nine of the first 78 terrorists that Israel released in the exchange deal with Hamas for Israeli hostages have served more than 5 years in Israeli prison. Palestinian Authority (PA) law grants every terrorist prisoner a monthly salary from the day of arrest until the day of release, with the salary rising the longer they’re in prison.

For terrorists who are imprisoned for more than five years, the PA continues to pay their final monthly prison salary for life.

The PA will be paying four of the released terrorists 2,000 shekels each month for life, while the five who are Jerusalem residents will receive a bonus of 300 shekels a month, and thus a total of 2,300 shekels a month. These nine released terrorists will be receiving a total of 19,500 shekels each month for life from the PA.

The Palestinian Authority has been paying over 300 million dollars a year in monthly salaries to terrorist prisoners, and in monthly allowances to families of dead terrorists.

Since October 7th, Israel has arrested thousands of terrorists — 2,000 in Judea and Samaria alone — and thousands more in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip, in addition to the thousands of terrorists who have been killed. All of these imprisoned terrorists and the families of the dead terrorists will be receiving monthly rewards, in the PA program known as “Pay-for-Slay,” as soon as the Palestinian Authority can finish the bureaucratic work necessary to do this.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has been alerting the donor countries since 2011 that they are either directly funding or facilitating terror rewards, which is both immoral and illegal under their own laws.

Now that the PA will have even greater monthly expenses to reward all these thousands of terrorists and their families, the US, EU, Norway, and other donor countries should be expecting the PA to beg for even more money, since thousands more terrorists are being added to their monthly payroll.

Will the donor countries increase their funding to facilitate the extra terror awards? PMW will be following.

The following are the released terrorists who served more than five years in prison and will receive monthly salaries for life:

Maysoun Musa — Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and seriously wounded a 20-year-old female soldier at the Bethlehem checkpoint in 2015. Under interrogation by the Israeli Security Agency, she admitted her goal was to murder a soldier. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison before being released after 8 years in prison as part of a terrorist-prisoner for Israeli-hostage exchange deal on Nov. 24, 2023, between Israel and Hamas, in which Israel agreed to release 150 terrorist prisoners in exchange for 50 Israeli hostages.

Shurouq Dweiyat — 18-year-old Palestinian terrorist and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) member who stabbed and wounded an Israeli civilian in Jerusalem’s Old City on Oct. 6, 2015. She was serving 16 years in prison before being released after eight years in prison. She was a resident of Jerusalem’s Sur Baher neighborhood.

Aisha Afghani — Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City in 2016. She was serving 14 years in prison before being released after seven years in prison. She was a resident of Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood.

Malaq Suleiman — 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist and Islamic Jihad member who was convicted of attempted murder in February 2016. She was serving 9 years in prison before being released after seven years.

Marah Al-Bakri — 16-year-old female Palestinian terrorist and Hamas member who stabbed an Israeli border policeman at a light rail station in Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on Oct. 12, 2015. Al-Bakri was shot and wounded by the policeman. She was serving 8.5 years in prison before being released after eight years in prison.

Amani Al-Hashim — 31-year-old female Palestinian terrorist from eastern Jerusalem who attempted to run over Israeli security forces with her car at the Qalandiya checkpoint on Dec. 13, 2016. The forces opened fire, at which point she got out of the car with a knife and started shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is greatest”) before being arrested. Al-Hashim was serving a sentence of 10 years before being released after seven years in prison.

Mahane Yehuda Market stabbing attack — two Palestinian female terrorists — Hadeel Awwad, 14, and her cousin Norhan Awwad, 16 — stabbed and wounded a 70-year-old man with scissors outside the Jerusalem Mahane Yehuda Market on Nov. 23, 2015. An Israeli policeman shot at the terrorists, who refused to drop their weapons. Hadeel was killed, and Norhan was wounded and taken for treatment in an Israeli hospital. An Israeli security officer was also wounded during the attack. The 70-year-old victim was later identified as a Palestinian from Bethlehem. Norhan Awwad was serving 13 years, later reduced to 10 years, before being released after eight years in prison.

Israa Ja’abis — 31-year-old female Palestinian terrorist, resident of eastern Jerusalem, who carried out a car bomb attack near Ma’ale Adumim, a few kilometers east of Jerusalem, on Oct. 11, 2015. A policeman who noticed a suspicious vehicle signaled for the driver to stop, after which she drove closer to a group of police officers and detonated a gas balloon. One policeman suffered light injuries and Ja’abis was seriously injured. Ja’abis was serving a sentence of 11 years before being released after eight years in prison.

Fadwa Hamada — 29-year-old female Palestinian terrorist from eastern Jerusalem who stabbed and wounded two Israeli civilians at the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City on Aug. 12, 2017, before being arrested. Hamada was serving a sentence of 10 years before being released after six years in prison.

The author is the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, where a version of this article first appeared.

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