How Long the Palestinian Subsidies for Terror?
Judging by the over 12,000 shares (as of this writing) for an article posted by Britain’s Daily Mail on Sunday, many Britons are up in arms. They have good reason to be.
Hannah Bladon, an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham, was living in Jerusalem as an exchange student at the Hebrew University, where she was studying Bible, archaeology, and religion.
On April 14, Hannah—aged 20—was riding on the Jerusalem light rail, and was stabbed to death by a 57-year-old Palestinian man named Jamil Tamimi.
Now in custody, Tamimi, who is described as having mental-health issues, told police that he attacked Hannah in the hope that a soldier would kill him. Based on a psychiatric evaluation, however, an Israeli court has ruled that he’s fit to stand trial.
Tamimi, says the Daily Mail, stands to get a salary of more than £800 (or more than $1000) a month from the Palestinian Authority. What’s irking people is that Britain is currently paying the PA £25,000,000 annually in foreign aid.
As of last December, the aid money is only supposed to go to education and health. “But,” the Daily Mail notes, “critics point out that when British taxpayers’ cash goes to education and health, it frees up money in other budgets controlled by the PA.”
How likely is Tamimi to get rewarded for his cruel murder?
Itamar Marcus, head of the Israeli watchdog organization Palestinian Media Watch, told the Daily Mail that: “According to PA law, everyone who is imprisoned for ‘resisting the occupation’ receives a PA salary…. In PA practice, 100 per cent of the suicide bombers, stabbers, shooters and car rammers have been included in this category and do receive PA salaries.”
As Ofir Gendelman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official spokesman, tweeted: “Not only didn’t PA president Abbas condemn Hannah Bladon’s murder, but he’ll reward the Palestinian attacker who did it with a monthly salary.”
That’s the same President Mahmoud Abbas who’s scheduled to be hosted at the White House by President Trump on May 3. Their meeting is being billed as possibly leading to an ultimate Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.
Yet many in the U.S.—which forks over about $300 million to the PA annually—are also getting fed up with the notion of tax money for terror.
The Taylor Force Act, which is being pushed by Republican legislators led by Senator Lindsey Graham, would make that funding conditional on the PA ceasing to provide stipends for acts of murder.
Taylor Force was a 28-year-old American combat veteran who, like Hannah Bladon, became a victim of blind savagery in Israel. On March 8, 2016, during a visit to the country, he was killed in a stabbing spree in Tel Aviv by a 21-year-old Palestinian who also wounded 10 others before being shot dead by police.