Saturday, 1 June 2019

Why should we Israeli tax-payers cover the maintenance of Palestinian terrorists in our jails while they get rich?

As of April 2019, there were 5152 Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails. In other words, killers or Palestinians captured attempting to murder Israelis.
There were a further 555 Palestinian criminal offenders (non terrorists).
Reports say that the Palestinian Authority pay an annual $350 Million to their killers or families of dead terrorists. The PA 'Pay to Slay' policy reward Palestinian killers by the number of Israelis they have murdered.
But, while these terrorist killers linger in Israeli jails, it is the Israeli tax payer that has to cover the cost of their incarceration including their food, entertainment including TV, lectures, libraries, movies, clothing, educational courses, as well as the cost of maintaining the jails and salaries of their jailers. Why?
Why do we Israelis have to forgo a part of our own social needs in order to cover the cost of keeping Palestinian killers?
Why should we Israeli tax-payers cover the cost of maintaining Palestinian terrorists in our jails while they get rich?
The Israeli government must deduct the cost of maintaining Palestinian killers from monthly payments made to the PA?
Israel's elderly, infirm, and children need that money more than Palestinian terrorists.
The Israeli government have stopped payments to the PA to the amount they pay to their terrorists as a reward for their murders, but it is not the PA that is paying for the heavy costs of maintaining their terrorist killers in Israeli jails, it is the Israeli tax-payer.
If it was right that we tax-payers stopped funding their 'Pay to Slay' policy, it is equally right that we insist the terrorist masters pay for their incarceration.
This has to stop! The Israeli government must go further by imposing the cost of maintaining Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails by deducting this cost from the money they hand over to the Palestinian Authority each month.
That would leave us more money to improve the lives of the vulnerable members of our own society and put the cost of caring for Palestinian terrorists onto those that incited and sent them on their deadly attacks.

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of 'Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.'

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