by: Elisha Ben Kimon ~ Ynet
Monday, 16 January 2023 | The European Parliament in Brussels held a special session on Wednesday to discuss the funding provided to the Palestinian Authority [PA], much of which, Israel said, was used to finance monthly stipends [given to] convicted terrorists or their families.
The session began with a memorial service to honor Esther Horgen, a French–Israeli woman who was brutally murdered two years ago near her home on the West Bank [Judea and Samaria].
The ceremony was attended by Horgen’s family and the head of the Samaria Regional Council of settlements Yossi Dagan and Israel’s ambassador to the EU [European Union], Haim Regev.
Dagan called for an immediate halt of the EU’s financial support to the PA. “Your money, the taxes collected from hundreds of millions of [the] EU’s citizens, was used to encourage the murder of Jews in the State of Israel,” he said.
“The Palestinian Authority transfers half a billion shekels [US $146 million] annually to terrorists in Israeli prisons. The more they had killed, the higher the reward,” Dagan said. “The despicable terrorist Muhammad Mruh Kabha, who murdered Esther Horgan, receives from you, the European taxpayer, NIS 12,000 (US $3,490) per month, six times the average salary in the PA. So, I ask you. Does it not pay to kill Jews? Look into the eyes of these orphans. And promise them that you will do everything to stop the madness,” he said.
“Don’t fund these people—don’t encourage them to resort to violence.”
Binyamin Horgen, Esther’s husband said he was aware that many in the EU Parliament support the Palestinians. “But you must see reality for what it is. There are Israelis and Palestinians who work and live together peacefully. However, some of the Palestinians do not. They are guided and supported by their leaders in the PA,” he said.
European parliamentarians seemed shaken by the notion that they are funding terrorists’ salaries.
“We want to express our solidarity with the people of Israel and we condemn in clear terms all forms of terrorism… I am shocked to hear that her murderer will receive, during his lifetime, some four million shekels [US $1.2 million] from the Palestinian Authority for committing this heinous crime,” Dutch MEP, Bert-Jan Ruissen, said “This is incredibly important.” Tomáš Zdechovský, from the Czech Republic said. “We must not tolerate any terror.”
Posted on January 16, 2023
Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by Ynetnews on January 12, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our original publication today. See original article at this link.)
Photo Credit: DrRandomFactor/commons.wikimedia.org
Photo License: Wikimedia
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. All other materials are property of Bridges for Peace. Copyright © 2023.
Website Site Design by J-Town Internet Services Ltd. - Based in Jerusalem and Serving the World.