by: Kate Norman
Tuesday, 8 June 2021 | The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Sunday paid the family of a terrorist over US $42,000 to help purchase a house.
The payment was presented by order of PA President Mahmoud Abbas to the family of a terrorist who murdered two Israelis in 2015. The money will cover the remaining cost needed for the family to buy a new house after their old one was demolished as part of an Israeli policy to deter would-be terrorists.
On October 3, 2015, 19-year-old Muhannad Halabi stabbed and killed 22-year-old Aharon Bennett and also injured Bennett’s wife and two-year-old son as they were on their way to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Hearing the screaming, Nehemia Lavi, 41, ran to help and was also stabbed and killed by Halabi.
The young terrorist’s attack was finally halted when Israeli police shot and killed him.
In keeping with a longstanding policy of deterrence, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) demolished Halabi’s home.
Halabi was lauded by the PA as a hero, with Palestinian leaders praising the young terrorist as a “martyr,” even going so far as to name a street and a soccer tournament after him, watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported.
And when the house of the “hero” was demolished by the IDF, the family received donations of 130,000 Jordanian dinars (US $183,359) to purchase a new home, PMW reported, citing Halabi’s sister. The problem came, however, when the family only received 100,000 of the intended 130,000 dinars. The other 30,000 reportedly went to the families of other terrorists as part of the PA’s “Pay-for-Slay” program.
Abbas stepped in with the remaining money “so as to protect the dignity of the family,” according to a PA official’s Facebook post, when the sellers of the home decided to sue the Halabi family for the remaining funds.
To hand over the payment of US $42,000 (30,000 Jordanian dinars), Abbas sent an envoy, Ramallah Governor Laila Ghannam, to complete the president’s order: “Resolve the matter once and for all,” according Ghannam’s Facebook page, as translated by PMW.
Most US funding to the PA was cut off under President Donald Trump’s administration, who criticized the Palestinian leadership for putting American money toward paying off terrorist and their families.
President Joe Biden, however, is resuming funding to the cash-strapped PA in an attempt to revitalize ties.
Posted on June 8, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, June 8, 2021)
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