The Palestinians Speaking from Both Sides of Their Mouths

November 23, 2020

by: Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus

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The New York Times (illustrative)

Monday, 23 November 2020 | This week, the PA [Palestinian Authority] announced to the world via the New York Times that it will change its policy of rewarding terrorists with salaries based on the length of their prison time (i.e., the severity of the crime) to instead be based on the needs of the individual terrorist’s family.

However, in its usual two-faced way, to Palestinians the PA maintains that the practice of paying salaries to imprisoned and released terrorists and the families of dead terrorist “martyrs” will continue unabated, regardless of outside pressure.

Director of PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr—who told the New York Times the PA was changing the salaries—to Palestinians, “denies” having made any such comments:

“Director of Palestinian [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr denied a statement today…that was attributed to him in…the NYT, according to which there is a proposal ‘to change the payment of the allowances of the prisoners in the Israeli occupation’s prison’ so that ‘allowances will be given to their families according to their social condition, and not according to the length of their term in prison.’”

[Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK), Nov. 19, 2020]

To [the NYT] NYT, Abu Bakr stated:

“The proposal… would give the families of Palestinian prisoners stipends based on their financial need instead of how long they are behind bars…”

[NYT, Nov. 21, 2020]

But to Palestinians he said:

“The salaries of the prisoners’ families are non-negotiable and the Palestinian leadership’s position is firm and will not change, regardless of the circumstances and pressures.”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 19, 2020]

To the Arabic-speaking audience, Abu Bakr proclaimed that he had not even discussed the imprisoned terrorists’ salaries with the NYT, but only commented in one sentence:

“In the aforementioned interview, I spoke about the topic of the released prisoners and their absorption into the PA Security Forces and civilian institutions, and when I was asked about the prisoners in prison, I said that ‘there are proposals that have not been dealt with and not been discussed.’”

[Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK), Nov. 19, 2020]

Abu Bakr has since the interview [with] the NYT stressed that he only spoke about the incorporation of released terrorists into PA jobs—a new method Palestinian Media Watch recently exposed where the PA is planning to employ to released terrorists. Instead of receiving the financial reward for terrorism while sitting at home doing nothing, the released terrorists will receive them from the PA disguised as real salaries for “honest work” in the PA’s security forces and other parts of the public sector.

To Arabic press, Abu Bakr expanded on this, explaining that the PA has already begun to implement this new program, asking released terrorists where they would like to work, and appointing some of the 7,000 released terrorists to “governmental posts.”

Palestinian Media Watch has reported on the PA’s “Pay-for-Slay” program in detail since 2011.

Posted on November 23, 2020

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by the Palestinian Media Watch on November 22, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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