by: Adv. Maurice Hirsch and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Friday, 12 July 2019 | Since the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, in June 2014, the Palestinian Authority [PA] has paid over 350,000 shekels (over US $98,000) in terror rewards to the Hamas terrorist convicted of planning their kidnapping and murder and to the families of the other two terrorists who carried out the kidnapping and murder and who were later killed while resisting arrest.
As Palestinian Media Watch has documented for years, part of the PA’s “Pay for Slay” policy is to pay monthly salaries to terrorist prisoners and allowances to the families of dead terrorists, the so-called “martyrs.”
The terrorist convicted for planning the kidnapping and murder of the teens—Husam Al-Qawasmi—was arrested on July 11, 2014. Having now served five years in prison, Al-Qawasmi is having his salary doubled by the PA, jumping from 2,000 shekels/month [US $563] to 4,000 shekels/month [US $1,126]. The organizer of this murderous attack has already been paid 98,400 shekels [US $27,711] by the PA since his arrest.
The rise in Al-Qawasmi’s salary is a function of the 2004 PA Law of Prisoners and Released Prisoners—in which the PA codified its own obligation to pay monthly salaries to terrorists—combined with the 2010 PA government regulations “Regarding the Regulation of Payment of the Monthly Salary to the Prisoner”—which, inter alia, established the pay scale according to which the PA pays the terrorist prisoners and released terrorist prisoners.
In addition to the monthly salary it pays to Husam Al-Qawasmi, the PA also pays monthly allowances to the families of the two dead terrorists, Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh, who kidnapped and murdered the boys and who were killed in September 2014 in an exchange of fire with Israeli security forces when the terrorists resisted arrest.
Since Marwan Al-Qawasmi was married and had a child, in addition to the basic allowance of 1,400 shekels/month [US $394], the PA pays his family 400 shekels [US $113] extra for his wife and 200 shekels [US $56] extra for his child. Having thus paid 2,000 shekels/month [US $563] since September 2014, the PA has paid his family in total 116,000 shekels [ US $32,668].
The second dead terrorist, Amer Abu Aisheh, was also married and had three children. Accordingly, in addition to the basic allowance of 1,400 shekels/month [US $394], the PA pays his family 400 shekels [US $113] extra for his wife and 600 shekels [US $169] extra for his children. Having paid 2,400 shekels/month [US $676] since September 2014, the PA has paid his family in total 139,200 shekels [US $39,204].
While suffering from a self-imposed financial crisis, in the first five months of 2019 the PA paid over 234 million shekels (over $65 million) in rewards to terrorist prisoners and released prisoners. This reflects an 11.8% rise in the PA payments to the terrorist prisoners and released prisoners compared to 2018. These figures do not include the PA payments to the dead terrorists.
Posted on July 12, 2019
Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Palestinian Media Watch on July 11, 2019. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)
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