UK Government gives another $20 million to PLO for payment of salaries to terrorists
The UK Government has decided to grant 20 million pounds to the Palestinian Authority’s general budget. According to PA sources, a large part of the grant “will be allocated for the education [sector].” [WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 25, 2017]
When deciding to contribute to the PA general budget, the UK Government presumably took into account the fact, as Palestinian Media Watch has shown, that the PA uses no less than 7% of its general budget for both paying salaries to terrorists and their families and for the glorification of terrorists in general.
The Palestinian terrorists who receive salaries from the PA include the members of UK proscribed terrorist organizations and murderers of UK citizens. For example, to-date, Mousab Abu Shkhidem, Nidal Shehadeh, Is’haq Arafe, and Hussein Kawasmeh, the murderers of Mary Jane Gardner, a UK tourist murdered in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem on March 23, 2011 have each received over 33,000 pounds sterling from the PA, for carrying out the attack and being sent to prison. Jamil Tamimi, the murderer of Hannah Bladon, a UK student murdered in Jerusalem on April 14, 2017 has received over 2,500 pounds sterling from the PA, for carrying out the attack and being sent to prison. Kifah Ghneimat and Iyad Fataftah – who on Dec. 18, 2010 near Beit Shemesh attacked and seriously injured UK citizen Kay Wilson and murdered US citizen Kristine Luken – have each received over 41,000 pounds sterling for carrying out the attack and being sent to prison.
A number of Palestinian terrorists have cited the payment of salaries by the PA as the motive for committing terrorist attacks. The salaries have also been used to fund terrorist attacks.
While the international community has demanded that the PA stop paying salaries to terrorists, PA officials have rejected any change of this policy. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas even went as far as to say that “Even if I have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary of a Martyr or a prisoner.” [Official Fatah Facebook page, July 2, 2017] In addition to the payment of the salaries to terrorists, the PA also constantly glorifies terrorists.
While the glorification is widespread and encompasses almost every aspect of Palestinian daily life, two manifestations of this policy are particularly important to note.
As PMW has documented, the PA uses its school system for glorifying terrorists. 31 PA schools are named after terrorists and “Martyrs,” including terrorists responsible for the death of dozens of Israelis, 41 school names glorify martyrdom, while 3 additional schools are named after Nazi collaborators.
The glorification of terrorists in PA football is also widespread. As documented in PMW’s complaint to FIFA submitted in March 2017, the Palestinian Football Association and its president, Jibril Rajoub, use and abuse football to support and glorify terrorism; incite hatred and violence, and promote racism.
Since fund raising for acts of terrorism is outlawed by the UK Terrorism Act 2000, and the incitement and glorification of terrorists is outlawed by the UK Terrorism Act 2006, it is unclear why the UK Government continues to fund the PA general budget, knowing that these funds go for these outlawed purposes.