The Palestinian Authority are not only not stopping their 'Pay to Slay' policy of financially rewarding their terrorist killers, they are beginning to double their salaries!
Hamas terrorist, Husam al-Qawasmi, currently serving three life sentences for masterminding the abduction and killing of 3 Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel, will have his salary doubled to 4,000 shekels a month paid by the PA out of monies donated to them by governments, institution and supporting European and Christian charities.
As Maurice Hirsch, head of legal strategies at Palestinian Media Watch, who personally dealt with the prosecution against Qawasmi following his arrest, said, "For the PA it doesn't matter if you belong to Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad or Fatah, whether you murdered children, women or the elderly. What is important is that you were involved in terrorism against Israelis."
As part of the Palestinian Authority's 'Pay to Slay' policy, it doesn't matter if you are live or dead. You still get paid according to the number of Jews killed. In the case of dead terrorists, his money goes to his family. It's the Palestinian perversion of life insurance. It's called "death insurance." A Palestinian commitment to pay your family if you are killed and go the join your 72 virgins in terrorist heaven.
According to a 2014 Daily Telegraph report, the PA used $90M of British aid to pay convicted terrorists in 2013. The figure must be considerably higher since.
According to a JCPA report, the annual figure of the PA "Pay to Slay' reward budget for 2016 was $300M.
One must consider that, behind this payment system, is a heavily financed education, propaganda and incitement campaign that brainwashes Palestinian Arabs to go out and slaughter Jews. Who pays for that? No one has studied how this is financed and from where that money derives.
As US Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, so rightly said, "Again and again, the PA ignores the graciously (some would say 'stupidly') donate assistance for the Palestinians by INCREASING its finding of its DESPICABLE 'Pay to Slay' program by over 11% in the first months of 2019. Why do the donor countries tolerate this?"
A good question. The answer is they do it either malevolently, a wink and a nod to the Palestinian killing of Israeli Jews, or they are so knotted to their misconception that the Palestinian Authority is really a moderate peace partner, the only one that can deliver peace.
Either or, they are totally wrong on both counts.
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.'