The PA participated in "No Money for Terrorism" conference
The PA openly funds terrorists:
- The PA funds salaries to imprisoned terrorists
- The PA funds families of killed terrorists - who they call "Martyrs"
- The PA funds building monuments that honor terrorists and are named after them
- The PA funds presenting terrorists as heroes and role models
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
It would almost be funny if it wasn't so absurd. The Palestinian Authority, whose leaders pay salaries to imprisoned terrorist murderers and to families of killed terrorists - including suicide bombers - participated in a conference in Paris called "No Money for Terrorism"!
"The State of Palestine participated... in a ministerial conference against terror funding, which was held in the French capital Paris under the headline No Money for Terrorism. Palestine was represented at the conference by [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki and Head of the [Palestinian] Central Bank Azzam Al-Shawa, accompanied by a Palestinian delegation."
[WAFA, official PA news agency, April 26, 2018]
The PA was invited and included in the conference while the PA actively and openly uses its money and also donor countries' money to pay terrorists, while PA leaders ignore the condemnation by the international community.
The PA pays monthly salaries to around 6,500 imprisoned terrorists, as well monthly allowances to the families of tens of thousands of killed terrorists - who the PA calls "Martyrs" - to which the PA allocated over $350 million in its published 2018 budget. Despite international criticism, PA leaders vow to continue to pay these salaries rewarding terror.
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA spends money on establishing monuments to terrorist murderers and the PA Ministry of Education has named 31 schools after terrorists, just to name a few of the many ways the PA spends money on terrorists and on immortalizing them.
PMW has documented the enormous amounts the PA has paid to imprisoned terrorists.
This video exemplifies the payments made to 16 terrorists serving life sentences, who have already received hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries.
Recently, Abbas' deputy chairman of Fatah, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who may replace Abbas should he step down, emphasized the PA's commitment to continue funding terrorists:
"We are speaking about [imprisoned] heroes and fighters, about freedom fighters... Even if we are left with only a few pennies, we will allocate them only to the families of the Martyrs and to the prisoners."
[Official PA TV, April 16, 2018]
Abbas himself has stated several times that the PA remains forever obligated and committed to funding terrorist prisoners:
Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake emphasized that the PA "is proud" of its funding terrorist salaries:
Karake: "We're proud of this, not ashamed of it, and we say this openly, because it's our national, human, and moral obligation, and the obligation of the struggle. It is supported by the Palestinian leadership and by the Palestinian government."
[Official PA TV, Feb. 26, 2018]
Note that PMW has proven the falsehood of the PA claim that its funding the terrorist salaries can be categorized as "social aid" to the families.
The following is a longer excerpt of the article reporting on the PA's participation in the No Money for Terrorism" conference:
Headline: "Palestine participated in a conference that was held in Paris under the title No Money for Terrorism"
"The State of Palestine participated today, Thursday [April 26, 2018], in a ministerial conference against terror funding, which was held in the French capital Paris under the headline No Money for Terrorism.
Palestine was represented at the conference by [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki and Head of the [Palestinian] Central Bank Azzam Al-Shawa, accompanied by a Palestinian delegation comprised of the financial monitoring unit, [PA] General Intelligence, and the [PA] Attorney General's Office.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' statement, the conference discussed the ways of strengthening the states' activity against terror funding based on the actions that have been carried out since the adoption of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in 1999, and Resolution  that was published by the UN Security Council in 2001...
The conference concluded with a speech by French President Emmanuel Macron, in which he emphasized the significance of continuing the international efforts and cooperation against terror funding.
At the end of the conference, which lasted one day, the Paris plan regarding terror funding was adopted."
[WAFA, official PA news agency, April 26, 2018]