According to a new report published by Palestinian Media Watch,The Palestinian Authority spends more than $5 million a month paying salaries to terrorists sitting in Israeli prisons.
According to this report, written by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, such payments contravene US law, which prohibits funding of any person who "engages in, or has engaged in terrorist activity.
"The US funds the PA’s general budget," the document reads. "Through the PA budget the US is paying the salaries of terrorist murderers in prison and funding the glorification and role modeling of terrorists."
Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, met with congress on July 26 to discuss the report in an effort to cut funds to the PA, not because of the Hamas and Fatah reconciliation, but because of the PA’s support and glorification of terrorists.
According to the report, "A law signed and published in the official Palestinian Authority Registry in April 2011 puts all Palestinians and Israeli Arabs imprisoned in Israel for terror crimes on the PA payroll to receive a monthly salary from the PA."
The report says this law "formalizes what has long been a PA practice."
Those eligible for the payments, according to the report, are "anyone imprisoned in the occupation’s [Israel’s] prisons as a result of his participation in the struggle against the occupation."
Quoting from Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, an official daily newspaper of the Palestinian Authority, the report said that more than 5,500 Palestinian prisoners receive these funds.
Palestinian car thieves in Israeli prisons will not receive a salary, but every terrorist in prison including murderers are on the PA payroll, the report said, adding that "the salary goes directly to the terrorist or the terrorist’s family."
The report said the average monthly salary for terrorist prisoners is NIS 3,129, more than the average monthly wage for a PA civil servant.
The report also documented cases of the PA honoring and glorifying terrorists for attacks, which is also contrary to US law that stipulated that no US funds to the West Bank "may be made available for the purpose of recognizing or otherwise honouring individuals who commit, or have committed acts of terrorism."
Among the examples listed in the report of the PA glorifying terrorists are a summer camp for children sponsored by PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in which campers were divided into three groups named after terrorists: Dalal Mughrabi, who led the Coastal Road Massacre in 1978; Salah Khalaf, head of Black September that carried out the Munich Massacre in 1972; and Abu Ali Mustafa, the general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that carried out numerous terrorist attacks.