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PA salaries to terrorists
In April 2011, the Palestinian Authority Registry published a Government Resolution granting all Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel for security and terror-related offenses a monthly salary from the PA (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 15, 2011). This new resolution, called PA Government Resolution of 2010, numbers 21 and 23, formalized what has long been a PA practice.

The PA defined which Palestinians would be considered "prisoners": "Anyone imprisoned in the occupation's [Israel's] prisons as a result of his participation in the struggle against the occupation" (Ch. 1 of Law of Prisoners, 2004/19, www.alasra.ps, accessed May 9, 2011)

According to the PA definition, more than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners (as of December 2012) serving time for terror-related offenses are recipients of PA salaries. This means that Palestinians convicted of crimes such as theft do not receive a salary, but Hamas and Fatah terrorist murderers do.

These monthly payments to prisoners are paid from the PA’s general budget and income taxes are paid, as is the case with all other PA salaries (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011). According to the language of the PA regulation as well as PA economic reports on government salaries, the monthly salaries to prisoners range from 2,400 shekels to 12,000 shekels. The PA economic report listed the prisoners’ salaries as part of the PA general salary budget, which includes civil servants, military personnel and others. (Life and the Market, supplement to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011). It was not listed as a social service payment.

The PA’s general budget and salary budget is funded by numerous donor countries. Since 2011, PMW has been documenting that international donors' aid money given for salaries and to the PA general budget pays the salaries of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel. This is in violation of the letter or spirit of the laws of the funding countries.

Responding to queries from donor countries following PMW reports, the PA told the donor countries that they changed the wording of the law from “salaries” – “ratib”- to “assistance” – “i’ana.” British Minister of State stated in a letter that “we have discussed these issues with the PA at the highest levels” and “the PA has now changed the wording in the Cabinet Decision to unambiguously refer to the payment as assistance – i’ana.’” (Letter from Minister of State Alan Duncan to MP Mike Freer, see report here) However, the PA immediately contradicted what Duncan had claimed, calling it a rumor:

“[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake denies rumors about changing salaries (Arabic: rawatib) into social assistance (Arabic: i'anat ijtima'iya)…” [WAFA (the official Palestinian Authority news agency), Dec. 27, 2012]
 
This was likewise corroborated by Prisoners' Club Chairman Qadura Fares, when he announced that the PA had finalized a final version of the law “which considers payments made to prisoners 'salaries,' (Arabic: ratib) to which no other term applies.” [Al-Quds Internet edition, Dec. 27, 2012]

In August 2014, the PA implemented another ruse to evade pressure from international ‎donors. The PA closed the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and announced the ‎establishment of a new PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, which they claimed ‎would pay the salaries. ‎

However, the PLO Commission was new only in name. The PLO body would have the ‎same responsibilities and pay the exact same amounts of salaries to prisoners; the ‎former PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, became the Director of the new ‎PLO Commission and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas retained overall supervision of ‎the PLO Commission. [PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 29, 2014] [Ayjal radio (independent Palestinian station), Aug. 30, 2014] [Official PA TV, May 9, 2015]

Nevertheless, many international donors accepted PA assurances that the PA was no ‎longer paying the salaries to terrorist prisoners. For instance, the Dutch government ‎made this statement in April 2015: ‎

‎“The responsibility for payments to prisoners was transferred to the PLO and will ‎no longer be charged to the budget of the PA, and these [payments to prisoners] ‎are not funded by PA tax revenues or donor funds. The PLO pays such costs ‎from their own income, where the Cabinet has no access.” [Question and ‎Answer session, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 22, 2015] ‎
 
Ample evidence contradicts the PA assurances to the Dutch and other donors. These ‎findings are based entirely on information supplied by the PA: ‎

‎- In January 2015, the PA Ministry of Finance announced that the PA budget includes ‎transfer of salaries to prisoners in Israeli jails who were from Gaza. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, ‎Jan. 6, 2015] This openly contradicts the PA claim that the PA no longer pays salaries ‎to prisoners.‎

‎- When Israel withheld PA tax income in the first months of 2015, the PA announced ‎that prisoners receiving up to 2,000 shekels in salary a month would continue to ‎receive their full salary and those receiving more than 2,000 shekels would only ‎receive 60% of their salary -- the same reduction that was imposed on civil servants. ‎‎[Wattan News Agency, March 5, 2015] Were the PLO paying salaries from Arab donor ‎money and not the PA, Israel's holding up PA money would have no impact on terrorist ‎prisoners’ salaries. Clearly, it is still PA money paying terrorist prisoners’ salaries.‎

To view all PMW reports on PA salaries to terrorist prisoners, click here.

The following section documents all developments related to salaries for ‎Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel:‎

PA stops salaries of Gaza PA employees who support Abbas’ political opponents  
Source: Safa, independent news agency, Nov. 2, 2016
     Headline: “In an initial response to the stopping of the salaries of dozens of [PA government] employees, Abbas Zaki calls on the president to reinstate their salaries”
“In an initial response from a senior leadership official in Fatah to the news items that were reported about the [PA] Ministry of Finance having stopped the salaries of dozens of employees in the [PA] Security Forces [in the Gaza Strip] claiming that they support leadership member and [PA] Parliament member Muhammad Dahlan (i.e., former leader who was expelled from Fatah), Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki called on [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas to reinstate the salaries of those whose salaries were recently cancelled, and likewise to reinstate all of the cancelled salaries…
Palestinian sources noted this evening [Nov. 2, 2016] that the PA until now has stopped the salaries of dozens of PA employees claiming that they support Parliament Member Muhammad Dahlan…
The sources said that as a first stage the salaries were stopped for dozens of Dahlan’s supporters, who were surprised that their salaries did not appear in the bank. In the coming months the salaries of additional [Dahlan] supporters will be stopped gradually, and the final list includes 2,000 PA employees, according to the claim of these sources.”
PA asked employees in Gaza not to work and still get paid, but won’t allow them to leave Gaza 
Source: Sama, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 17, 2016
Headline: “What is not discussed in Gaza”

Op-ed by Riyad Al-Hassan, former Chairman of both the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation Board of Trustees and the official PA WAFA news agency

“The WAFA [official PA news agency] administration made an unjust decision against some of its employees in Gaza, under the pretext that they have moved to Egypt or other states, and stopped payment of their salaries and conditioned the continuation of their salaries on their return, otherwise they will be fired. I do not really know if there is a clause in the law or a regulation that prevents an employee in Gaza from moving to live outside of [Gaza]. What I know is that the relations between the PA and its employees are conditional relations – work for a salary. After the coup (i.e., Hamas takeover in 2007), a special situation was created for the employees in Gaza, which cancelled the same conditional relations and even turned it around, as the PA asked its employees not to work in return for receiving a salary. The employees accepted the PA’s demand and stopped working in order to guarantee the continued payment of their salaries. The question is – as long as we do not want these employees to work, and have no connection with them, why do we demand that they return? Logically, what is the message we are sending to them? Is it not: ‘Return to Gaza in order to do nothing!?’

Details of specific cases of these employees show that WAFA’s decision is not only an absurd step, but a most damaging step. For instance, one of these employees was arrested a number of times by the Hamas security forces in 2009, and they again persecuted him in 2010, and he had no choice but to secretly enter Egypt through the tunnels, where he succeeded in getting by and invited his wife to live with him in Cairo with his modest salary (i.e., from the PA). Is it permissible to force him to return to Gaza in o
Gazan workers’ salaries too low to encourage young interest in local job market 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 3, 2016
     Official PA TV program Workers’ Affairs, on the problems of unemployment in Gaza, employment alternatives found by young people in Gaza, and the emigration of young people from the region.
According to PA law, the PA pays competitive salaries to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists that increase
based on the length of time in prison. Through this law, the PA provides a clear reward system for those who commit attacks against Israelis. By contrast, Gazans who work hard to earn academic degrees and cannot find work or receive low salaries are given no comparable reward or support from the PA.
Studio audience member participating in the program Ayoub Al-Qaisi: “There is a problem: Even if there are work opportunities, the salary will be very low. In other words, it takes a young person who finishes studies at the age of 22-23 three to four years afterwards to [find] work in a simple job or as a laborer and to be able to take care of his family’s future.”
Official PA TV host: “A low salary, in other words, what is the range?”
Al-Qaisi: “A daily or monthly salary - the monthly [salary] is roughly 1,000 [Israeli] shekels and the daily salary is around 30 shekels, in other words the [minimum] limit.”
PA TV reports on proposal to increase salaries to imprisoned “Martyrs” (i.e., terrorists) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 19, 2016
Secretary-General of the National Gathering of Palestine Families (i.e., organization for "Martyrs'" families) Muhammad Sbeihat: “We are optimistic regarding what [PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] said, because we met with him in recent weeks and we requested to increase the allowances of the Martyrs’ (Shahids) families, the monthly allowances… There is understanding from all sides. Even the [PA] Ministry of Finance knows that the current allowance, or the base allowance, that stands at 1,400 shekels a month, is very low. This amount was determined and implemented in mid-2011, which is to say around five years ago... There is understanding on the part of the [PA] Ministry of Finance regarding this demand. However, the discussion is currently revolving around the exact amount…The [PA] Ministry of Finance says that there is no allocation in the 2016 budget to increase the allowances, because this is supposed to start at the beginning of next year [2017], but on the other hand the [PLO’s] Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution says that there is a surplus in the budget and therefore we can start implementing this [increase] before the end of the year… The Palestinian Authority gives allowances to roughly 30,000 families of Martyrs and wounded inside the homeland and in the diaspora.”

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PA Prime Minister: “The [PA] government and PLO institutions... will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ families as soon as possible” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2016
Headline: “[PA Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah: We will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ (Shahids) families”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emphasized that the government and PLO institutions involved in the matter will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families as soon as possible, and that they are acting to ensure that the rights of the Martyrs’ families will not be harmed, even in the shadow of the financial crises and difficulties that are shaking them (i.e., the government and PLO institutions). He emphasized that we will make an effort to improve their living conditions, and that services are continuing to be provided in the homeland and abroad on the basis of justice and equality, with no discrimination. The statements were made while he [Hamdallah] participated in the central fast-breaking mass meal honoring the families of Palestine’s Martyrs, held in Ramallah… The Prime Minister stated: ‘First of all, while we remember today the execution of Martyr commanders Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir in the Acre Prison in 1930, allow me to ask Allah to have mercy on the souls of the Martyrs of Palestine, who are more honored than all of us. [Allow me] to salute with honor and appreciation their family members, with whom we are meeting again today.”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.
Released Palestinian prisoners have not received allowances from the PA for the past three years, following international pressure  
Source: Gulf News, May 24, 2016
Headline: "Former Palestinian prisoners ‘deprived of allowances’"
Sub-headline:" Israel and Western countries applying pressure on PNA not to give allowances to ‘terrorists’"
      "Ramallah: Dozens of released Palestinian prisoners who had served decades in Israeli regime jails have not received their allowances for the past three years, said a senior Palestinian official. According to Eisa Qaraqei [Issa Karake, Ed.], who heads the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian consensus government must solve the issue of the long-delayed salaries of the former prisoners with immediate effect. 'Long delays have devastated the lives of many ex-prisoners who served more than 20 years behind Israeli bars,” he told Gulf News. “The longer the salaries are delayed, the more former prisoners and families suffer and find it rather difficult to survive.'...
According to Palestinian law, once a Palestinian is arrested by the Israeli occupation forces, the PNA starts granting him 1,400 Shekels a month; the prisoner’s salary increases to 2,000 Shekels once the prisoner reaches two years in prison, 4,000 Shekels after five years in prison and jumps to 6,000 Shekels when the prisoner reaches ten years in prison. The scheme for those who serve more than five years in Israeli jails even enhances when they are released, but those who are released before five years of imprisonment receive only a financial aid of six months’ allowance as lump sum. No further assistance is given."

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: “Israel and a number of Western countries [are] trying to revoke the prisoners’ financial rights on the pretext that they engaged in ‘terror’... in order to negate their being fighters” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2016
Headline: “In its new conference – the Prisoners’ Club demands to unite the national discourse regarding the prisoners’ cause”
PMW note: Palestinian Media Watch has presented in US Congress and in many European parliaments its findings on PA rewarding imprisoned terrorists with salaries.
      “During its fifth conference, titled The Late Released Prisoner and Leader Rabiha Dhiab (i.e., former PA Minister of Women’s Affairs who recently died) Session, the Prisoners’ Club emphasized that the national discourse on everything regarding the prisoners’ cause must be united… Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake discussed a number of matters regarding the prisoners, including… the offense being led by Israel and a number of Western countries, who are trying to revoke the prisoners’ financial rights on the pretext that they engaged in ‘terror,’ as they call it, in order to negate their being fighters, in addition to the importance of tendering prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize and the significance inherent in doing so, which can legitimize the Palestinian struggle.”

Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
PA Ministry of Finance owes released prisoners 9 million dollars, but isn’t paying them despite Abbas’ decision 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 10, 2016
     Headline: "Karake: The sum of the unpaid release grants is 9 million dollars"
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the sum of the release grants due the released prisoners is 9 million dollars, and that the [PA] Ministry of Finance has not paid them in many years, 'which has created a situation of bitterness and anger among the prisoners released from the occupation's prisons.' (Released terrorists who have been imprisoned in Israel more than 5 years continue to receive a salary from the PA upon their release. Terrorists who have served less than five years receive a lump sum upon release. –Ed.)
Karake noted that there are instructions from the president [Mahmoud Abbas], the prime minister [Rami Hamdallah], and the head of the Palestinian National Fund [Ramzi Khoury] to pay the release grants according to the law, but that this has not been done until now.
He explained that about 3,000 male and female prisoners that have been released in recent years – some of whom served more than 15 years – need this grant in order to begin civilized and human lives after long years in prison.
Karake demanded that the relevant bodies regarding this matter 'solve this problem, which has created a negative atmosphere among the released [prisoners].'
Karake spoke of this during a meeting with released prisoners in the Nablus district and visits he made to a number of released prisoners in the Tulkarem district."
Abbas confirms main charge of PMW's new report - that the PA is still paying salaries to terrorists - in meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister 
Source: Dagen (Norway), May 4, 2016
Headline: “The support program for prisoners is unacceptable”
“In a meeting with [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende stressed that the current support program for prisoners should be abolished.
Foreign Minister Brende (Conservatives) is on a new tour of the Middle East. Tuesday afternoon and evening, he had meetings first with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and then with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah...
‘In the meeting, I emphasized that this support program in which financial payments are increased the [longer] the prisoners serve time [in prison], is unacceptable and should be abolished. I emphasized that with the political and economic challenges that Palestinians now face, it is in their own best interest to abolish this program,’ says Brende.
Abbas responded by repeating assurances that Norwegian funds are not going to finance the program. This is something Brende too continues to emphasize.
‘Norwegian support to Palestine goes to state building and institutional development, which everyone is interested in continuing. This is also stressed by the Israeli authorities,’ said the Foreign Minister to Dagen.”
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PMW report on PA salaries to terrorists debated in Norway. Norway’s Foreign Ministry knows the PA still pays salaries, MPs object 
Source: NRK TV (Norway), Apr. 24, 2016

NRK TV reporter Tormod Strand: "Malki [Roth] only reached the age of 15 because a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at this pizza shop in Jerusalem in 2001. 15 civilians were murdered. The person responsible for making the bomb, Abdallah Barghouti, is imprisoned in an Israeli jail. Palestine honors hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, among them many terrorists, with a monthly salary. Every month, Abdallah Barghouti receives about ten thousand Norwegian kroner from Palestine. The worse the terror, the higher salary the prisoners receive. NRK TV reported on [PMW's report] about this [PA] program in 2013, and that the money was being paid by the PA. Norway gives 200 million kroner to Palestine annually, and demanded along with other donor countries that the program be stopped. In 2014, Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas gave in to the pressure, and said that the program would be stopped. Now it was the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organization, that would be paying money to prisoners, with the help of Arab donors. He [Itamar Marcus] heads Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli organization on the right that monitors Palestinian media. Palestinian Media Watch claims in a report that the PLO is only a cover to appease Norway and other donor countries and that the PA continues to pay money to terrorists in prison."
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PLO Commission of Prisoners in Gaza lists all forms of aid given to prisoners: Salaries to prisoners, salaries to prisoners` families, legal aid, medical, free university studies, etc. 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 20, 2016
Official PA TV program I Call You, a special broadcast for Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, hosting Director of the Gaza office of the PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Bassem Al-Majdalawi, Researcher and expert of prisoners’ affairs Majdi Salem, Head of the prisoners’ committee of the National and Islamic Forces Yasser Muzhir, and the released prisoner Jihad Ghabn.

Director of the Gaza office of the PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Bassem Al-Majdalawi: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs provides many services that guarantee the prisoners’ families a dignified life in Palestinian society. There are monthly salaries (rawatib ) paid by the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs to all the Palestinian families with prisoners in the prisons, without differentiating between the Palestinian organizations. The Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs is responsible for paying monthly salaries to all Palestinian and Arab prisoners. Likewise, it conducts legal monitoring for the prisoners serving time in prisons, and in Israeli meetings (i.e., regarding legal matters of the prisoner’s trial). It covers the [legal] expenses of these meetings and the lawyers. It [the PLO commission] pays a clothing allowance to the prisoners’ families every six months, in addition to their salaries. Likewise, medical and legal monitoring are being conducted in situations of oppression that the prisons (sic., prisoners) are exposed to. In certain cases, some of the [prison] wings are burnt down. The men within the prison burn down the wings as a reaction against the courts’ administration. There are losses of prisoners’ belongings in this prison, and the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs compensates both the wings and the prisoners so that the prisoners can buy what they need…”

Official PA TV host:
PMW salary report leads Congressman to condemn PA salary rewards to terrorists 
Source: House Committee on Foreign Affairs' website, Apr. 13, 2016

Congressman Ed Royce: "For some years now you have a system [in the PA] where basically there's been an inducement to pay human assassins to seek out innocent people and kill them, and then a stipend is given for the time that those [Palestinian] individuals serve in custody [in Israeli prisons] for their crime... You were before the committee before [April 2014] and were asked about this and at the time you indicated, 'well that is being,' what were your words at the time, I think, 'phased out' ... There's a stipend upon a stipend if you're an Israeli [Arab] and commit an act against another Israeli. This is a very perverse creation. Unbelievably perverse. And I'd like your response there. And second... Did you know they [the PA] were going to simply transfer this to the PLO? In that sense, they were phasing it off their books, but they weren't phasing it out. They were simply disguising the funding..."
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PLO Commission of Prisoners: 40 Palestinians serving over 20 years in Israeli prisons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Forty prisoners are serving more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons”
     “According to a report published by the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs, 40 prisoners are serving more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons, the veterans among them being Karim Younes and Maher Younes, who have served 34 consecutive years in the occupation’s prisons, and Nael Barghouti who served 35 years and was rearrested after being released in the Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal.”

Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980 together with his cousin Karim Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Nael and Fakhri Barghouti were part of a Fatah squad who kidnapped and killed an Israeli officer in 1978. They are serving life sentences for this killing.

In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Over 7,000 Palestinians are in Israeli prisons and detention centers, of which 400 are children, 67 women, etc. 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2016
Headline: “Announcement of Prisoner’s Day events”
     “In the occupation’s prisons and detention and interrogation centers more than 7,000 Palestinians are rotting away, among them 30 [arrested] before the Oslo [Accords] and who were meant to be released, 400 children, 67 women, 750 administrative detainees, 6 parliament members, and 700 sick prisoners.”
US Congress blocks $159 million in aid to the PA  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 20, 2016
Headline: "US Congress blocks $159 million in aid to PA"
"Members of the United States Congress are delaying a payment of $159 million in aid allocated for the Palestinian Authority in effort to pressure the PA to relaunch negotiations with Israel, the PLO ambassador to Washington said Saturday.
Maen Erekat confirmed earlier reports that the US Congress was blocking the payment at the request of House Republican Kay Granger, the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, under the pretext that the PA supports 'terrorism.' The Obama administration allocated $440 million in aid to Palestinians for 2015, including $131 million for economic and development projects by USAID and $70 million for PA agencies and security agencies, while $80 million in aid was deducted following Israeli criticism of 'incitement' by the PA last October. Erekat added that some 'pro-Israel' Congress members are continuing to pressure the PA to relaunch diplomatic negotiations with Israel, and prevent Palestinians from joining international organizations and conventions."

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Prisoners in Israeli jails can register for university degrees 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 1, 2016
Headline: "[PLO] Commission of Prisoners: University registration for prisoners has begun at the Gilboa prison"
      "Director of the education department in the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Sayyaf Abu Saif yesterday [Feb. 29, 2016] announced the opening of registration for Al-Quds Open University, which will take place March 1 – 31, 2016. Abu Saif demanded that relatives of the prisoners in the Gilboa prison begin their children's registration, which will take place under the following conditions: A prisoner cannot halt the registration to this program (sic), the prisoner must have a high school diploma recognized by the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher education in Ramallah, with an average of 85 or higher, a prisoner whose [prison] sentence is more than three years is allowed to register for the program, except for students for the Al-Quds Open University who can join regardless of the length of their [prison] sentence, student prisoners registered at other universities who have completed 30 or more recognized [academic] hours can join the program, and they have priority, regardless of the length of their [prison] sentence, after their [data] has entered a calculation mechanism that takes their situation as prisoners into consideration. The only specializations that can be registered for are social work, the Arab language, Islamic education, and social sciences."
PA: Iranian funds to Martyrs and their families should go through the PA institutions, not on its own 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 27, 2016
Official PA TV News, report on transfer of Iranian funds to Martyrs’ and prisoners’ families through unofficial channels

PA TV newsreader: “In response to what Iranian Parliament Deputy Speaker said about the funds Iran is transferring in illegitimate ways, and Hussein Sheikh Al-Islam’s revelation that Tehran is submitting the funds through its special ways, Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that it would have been proper for Iran to officially transfer its funds to the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) and prisoners’ institutions, which fulfill their duty to Palestine’s heroes and their families.”
PA presidency objects to Iranian money for prisoners – all prisoners` funds required to go through the PLO 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2016
Headline: “The presidency: We know nothing about Iranian money that will be paid to prisoners or those whose homes were demolished by the occupation”
     “Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated yesterday [Feb. 27, 2016]: ‘We do not know anything about Iranian money that will be paid to Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons or to those whose homes (i.e., homes of terrorists) were demolished by the occupation forces, and we were not informed about this matter.’
Abu Rudeina continued: ‘The Palestinian presidency objects to any attempt to bypass it in this matter. Likewise, it insists that the PLO is the legal representative and the Palestinian people’s main and sole address, and that the organization did not take long in providing assistance and alleviating our people’s suffering, despite its limited capabilities, and objects to trading in this suffering.”
PA TV describes how 12-year-old girl caught with knife asked for money for canteen at sentencing  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2016
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance on detention of minors

The reporter in the program talks about a 12-year-old girl named Dima Al-Wawi who entered a Jewish settlement with a knife, and was sentenced to 4.5 months in prison. The reporter recounts that during the girl’s trial she was seen making a V gesture for victory with her fingers and telling the judge that she wants 200 shekels to shop in the prison canteen.

Official PA TV reporter: “When the occupation court’s judge sentenced Dima Al-Wawi, 12, to 4.5 months in prison and an 8,000 shekels fine, after she was charged with possessing a knife on the 9th of this month [Feb. 2016], Dima was playing with her hair and arranging it in the courtroom so that she would look prettier… this way [reporter making a V gesture for victory], Dima signaled to her mother in the courtroom. The judge wrote down: ‘She signaled the sign of victory.’ She replied: ‘I want 200 shekels to shop in the [prison] canteen.’”

Note: In addition to monthly salaries, prisoners receive monthly allowances from the Palestinian Authority to purchase goods in the prison canteen.
Sec-Gen of organization for Martyrs’ families: PA pays money to terrorists’ families to support them, not to motivate terror, and will not stop the payments 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2016
     Headline: “The National Gathering of Palestine Families condemned the statements of an Israeli minister”
“The National Gathering of Palestine Families (i.e., literally The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine) condemned the statements of Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett regarding Martyrs, according to which ‘Their families do not prevent them from carrying out operations (i.e., terror attacks) in order to obtain monthly salaries.'...
[Secretary-General of the organization, Muhammad] Sbeihat, emphasized that all the money in the world cannot compensate the mother of a Martyr, not even for one drop of blood that bled out of her son’s body, as our people values the human being, and loves life more than all peoples of the world. However, the Israeli occupation is what pushes our children to confront its military apparatus with bare chests, and what actually happens is that the occupation soldiers, under clear orders from their leadership, are killing our sons without [even] a minimal excuse. He added that what the PA is doing is an attempt to provide a dignified life to the miserable families of Martyrs, and it is a national duty to these families. Likewise, he emphasized that [Israeli Minister of Education Naftali] Bennett’s statements will not prevent the [PA] government from continuing to pay monthly allowances to these strong fighting families.”

Note: During a cabinet meeting on Feb. 21, 2016, Israeli Minster of Education Naftali Bennett’s said that Palestinians do not prevent their children from carrying out stabbing attacks because the families know that they will receive a grant and a monthly allowance from the PA.
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