The governing body of Palestine, the (PA) has a long-standing practice of rewarding their most loyal subjects. After years of disapproval, the United States and several other nations finally took action. They demanded the tradition be stopped. Unsurprisingly it has been revealed that the Middle Eastern government ignored those orders.
To accomplish the goal of jihad, the Palestine military requires people to carry out the terrorist acts. In a similar, but a decidedly different system to the U.S., they take care of their personnel and families.
If a is caught before or during the act, the PA continues to pay them a salary while they serve their jail time. In addition, they are eligible for promotions, bonuses, and the certainty of a job when they are released.
In a shocking example, the driver of the vehicle that took Muhammad Al-Faqih to the drive-by killing of a rabbi is being rewarded while in jail. After 20 years, he will attain the rank of general. He is still being paid by the PA and when he leaves jail he will be given a bonus.
The investigation into these payments revealed a chart that detailed the ranks that could be reached while incarcerated.
The that are given upon release are substantial, up to $30,000. Terrorists are even eligible for disability payments if they are injured.
If a terrorist is killed while serving his God and country, as in the case of suicide bombers, the martyr’s family receives compensation.
When all of this information was uncovered, Western countries that supply salaries to prisoners will no longer be paid by the PA but by the newly formed PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.” with financial aid, wanted the practice to be stopped immediately. The PA announced the closing of the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and declared “that
This was a sneakily worded compromise that they had no intention of following. Eventually, the U.S. recognized this and proposed the Taylor Force Act. This would cut off aid to PA due to the continuing payments to and their families. It was named after American citizen Taylor Force who was killed in Tel Aviv. U.S. lawmakers were enraged to find out that the dead attacker’s family would be taken care of for life. With aid coming from America, this meant the U.S. was essentially paying that reward.
The legislation, led by Senator Lindsey Graham, would limit funding to Palestine unless proof was provided that the PA “has terminated payments for acts of terrorism against the United States and Israeli citizens to any individual who has been imprisoned after being fairly tried and convicted for such acts of terrorism and to any individual who died committing such acts of terrorism, including to a family member of such individuals.”
Israel proposed legislation as well. They announced intentions to deduct the amount of the rewards to terrorists from the tax revenues that the country collects for the PA. At the same time, Norway also announced their intent to withhold funds. With such intense scrutiny and facing harsh sanctions, perhaps the Palestinian government reconsidered their stance; but not for long.
Last week Muhammad Sbeihat, the Secretary-General of the National Association of the Martyrs’ Families of Palestine issued a statement;
“In the upcoming period, the allowances of the Martyrs’ families will be linked to the cost of living index, which will cause an improvement in these allowances, if only slightly.”
So instead of ceasing those type of payments, families will now receive even more when a loved one gives his or her life for the jihad. This direct defiance from the PA is not likely to be well received by the United States. At a time when tensions are so high in the Middle East, the government is boldly taunting the Trump administration.
Currently, the allowances go to families of suicide bombers and others who are killed committing crimes. There is a so-called system to this tragic madness.
If a bomber kills or tries to kill Israeli citizens, their family will get a one-time payment of 6,000 shekels, or approximately $1,640 dollars. Then the martyr’s family receives 1,400 shekels a month, about $382 dollars.
If the attacker killed a spouse, the family earns an extra 400 more shekels a month, about $109 dollars. 200 more are given for each child killed, about $54 dollars. If the victims were residents of Jerusalem there are bonuses of 300 shekels, $82 dollars.
Reportedly, more than 32,500 families are collecting these martyr payments. The total paid is about$180 million a year.
Palestinian newspaper reports that the government is continuing to work on the forbidden payments. They desire to improve them even more. The paper stated;
“He emphasized that the Association will continue its efforts and demands to improve the allowances of the Martyrs’ families, and deal with the issue of the allowances of the families of the Martyrs of the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip in 2014.”
While Obama’s administration was willing to look the other way at such atrocities, President Trump has shown he will not. Terrorist organizations will not be allowed to act with impunity. If the Palestinian Authority is supporting these attackers, they should expect consequences as well.