ISRAEL - Palestinians Raise Pay of Terrorists

Arno Froese

The Palestinian Authority has just raised the salary of the terrorist who prepared the suicide belt for the bombing attack in Jerusalem’s Café Hillel on September 9, 2003, Palestinian Media Watch reported.

Specifically, the PA just raised the salaries of the two terrorists who prepared the suicide belts to from NIS 6,000 to 7,000 shekels/month.

“Similar to an employee of any company that receives a raise after a certain period of employment—following PA law—these two terrorists received a salary increase for having completed 15 years in prison,” explained Maurice Hirsch, head of legal strategies at PMW.

“According to PMW’s calculations following the PA’s own pay scale, the PA has, to date, paid the six terrorists who were arrested and imprisoned for their roles in the attacks, a total of 2,892,500 shekels,” Hirsch explained. “In addition to the monthly salaries it pays to the imprisoned terrorists, the PA has also paid the families of the two suicide bombers—so-called “Martyrs”—a total of 356,400 shekels since the attacks.”

The law guaranteeing terrorist prisoners a monthly salary was adopted by the authority in 2004. PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has twice approved considerable salary hikes for terrorist prisoners. In 2006, Abbas approved the regulations that codified the monthly salary payments paid by the PA, and a rise in those salaries. In 2010, he approved an additional salary hike for them, including a 300% rise, from NIS 4,000 to 12,000/month for prisoners having served more than 30 years in prison.

Earlier this year, Israel implemented the “Pay-for-Slay” Law that instructs the state to deduct and freeze the amount of money the PA pays in salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of “martyrs” from the tax money it collects for the authority. The law was passed last July and was approved for implementation by Israel’s security cabinet this year. In 2019, the cabinet is withholding approximately $138 million., 9 September 2019

Arno's commentary

This article again shows with clarity that Israel is not dealing with people of reason. When a person, no matter who or where, is found guilty of a crime, he should be punished and not rewarded. Not so with the Palestinians. But, the world at large is silent on this issue. This has not changed since the proclamation of the State of Israel in May of 1948. Yet all nations, without exception, continue to insist that Israel is the reason for terrorist activity, because of building new subdivisions all over the land of Israel.

Here we again quote Genesis 15:18: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” While some of the Arab neighbor nations are mentioned in the Bible and their territory defined, the rest of the world has none. Borders of any country were established by the power of weapons. The winner took all, and loser lost all.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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