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US funds terror and hate promotion
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US funds terror and hate promotion
Even though western powers have requested that their funding be used for non-terrorism related purposes, any financial assistance given to the Palestinian Authority frees up other funds to be used for supporting terror and paying terrorist salaries, as Palestinian Media Watch has documented. Therefore, any financial assistance given to the PA that is not conditioned on the cessation of incitement indirectly funds terror and hate promotion.
PA cuts salaries to released Hamas terrorists at U.S. request 
Source: Al-Hayat (London), June 5, 2017
Headline: “The PA has stopped the salaries of released prisoners from Hamas in Gaza”
     “The PA has stopped the payment of the salaries (rawatib) of a number of released prisoners who hold positions of leadership in the Hamas movement, including Director of the movement’s Political Bureau in the Gaza Strip Yahya Al-Sinwar.
Released prisoners in Gaza said that they were surprised yesterday [June 4, 2017] when they went to the banks to receive their salaries [and discovered] that they were not transferred by the [PA] Ministry of Finance in Ramallah. Hamas sources in Gaza noted that 277 released prisoners did not receive their salaries at the beginning of the month as is customary. The Ministry of Finance in Ramallah did not deny or confirm the news item, but sources in the [PA] government estimated that the stopping of these released prisoners’ salaries is part of a series of steps that the PA has decided to take in Gaza in order to press Hamas to hand over the rule of the Gaza Strip to the [PA] government. Knowledgeable sources also told the [independent Palestinian news] agency Sama that the stopping of the salaries was done in response to an American and Israeli request, and that this is only the first group, which additional groups will join later on.”

Abbas critic claims Abbas considering ploy to present terrorist salaries as “social aid” to comply with US demand 
Source: Fatah Voice, independent Palestinian news website, June 3, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Hassan Asfour, a former Palestinian minister and associate of Muhammad Dahlan, PA Parliament Member and former member of Fatah Central Committee
       “[PA President] Mahmoud Abbas’ staff has evaded the exposure of the political truth and the fact that American President [Donald Trump] demanded in their latest meeting in Bethlehem that he stop the prisoners’ and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) salaries (rawatib), and told him that this is a ‘significant’ issue for the American administration as part of the plan it has begun to draft. Abbas and his staff said that they cannot take this step ‘at the moment,’ as it would lead to an outbreak of uncontrollable ‘popular intifada.’
However, Abbas, despite his initial objection, has begun to examine practical options to comply with the American demand in a way that will not lead to an explosion that might lead to his downfall and the downfall of their joint plan (i.e., Abbas’ and US’). Among these options that are being examined with special secrecy, is the option of transferring the prisoners’ and Martyrs' salaries to a 'social insurance' body so that it will look as if it is 'humanitarian and social aid to needy families' and not 'monthly salaries to fighter families...'"
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US and European sponsored Palestinian Community Centres hold children’s activities expressing support for imprisoned terrorists, map of “Palestine” erases Israel 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 20, 2017
Headline: “Events of support for the prisoners at the Madaa Creative Center in Silwan”

“Madaa Creative Center organized a variety of activities for children on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners' Day; 80 children participated from all branches of the Center ‘Ein Al Loza,’ ‘Batn Al-Hawa’ and the main branch in ‘Wadi Hilweh.’
In Wadi Hilweh, the library of Madaa organized a children's seminar, in which about 20 children participated; there was a discussion between the children and the librarian about the Palestinian prisoners and their numbers inside the Israeli jails, and about the prisoners' strikes and demands. The children asked questions, then sang songs for the prisoners, and wrote letters to them that they hung on the library wall.
As for the branch of Madaa Center in Batn Al Hawa, the staff organized a session with the children where they talked about the suffering of the prisoners and their families, especially during visits, and about our duty as a society towards them. Forty Palestinian children released balloons that carried a name of a Palestinian prisoner on each one, and chanted ‘O Darkness of Prison Tents’ and drew drawings depicting the prisoners. The aim of today’s activities was to familiarize children with a number of prisoners in Israeli jails and to reinforce their cause in the minds of the children.
At Madaa Center branch of Ein Al Loza, children chanted sayings calling for the freedom of prisoners, and the staff of Madaa explained to the children about the prisoners' strike. More than twenty children participated in drawing paintings that reflected the prisoners’ lives and hung them on the walls of the Center.”


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First prize in competition funded by U.S. and E.U. goes to drawing of Palestinian family holding AK-47 next to map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 29, 2017
Headline: “Ru’a Amjad – young talent rises in professional drawing”


     “Seventeen-year-old student Ru’a Amjad from the Salfit High School for Girls won first place in the "What is a Fighting Woman in Your Eyes?" competition, which was organized by the [PLO -affiliated] Women’s Technical Affairs Committee in partnership with the Salfit school…
It should be noted that the "What is a Fighting Woman in Your Eyes?" competition was held by the Women’s Technical Affairs Committee as part of the youth initiatives that it is holding in 20 regions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in order to support the political participation of women. This is part of the My Right to [My] Future project, which is being held in partnership with the CARE organization (i.e., a relief organization with US governmental funding) and with European Union funding.”

The article includes an image of Ru’a Amjad holding her drawing that won first place. The drawing shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing political sovereignty over the entire area. Next to it a man, woman, and child are seen standing alongside an AK-47 assault rifle.
American rep warns Abbas that Congress intends to condition aid on cessation of PA incitement and payments to families of terrorists 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Mar. 15, 2017
Headline: “Radio: Greenblatt warned Abbas about the American Congress’ intention to stop the financial aid to the PA”
     “Hebrew radio noted that Palestinian sources said that American [Special] Representative [for International Negotations] Jason Greenblatt warned Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas about the American Congress’ intention to condition the continued provision of financial aid to the PA on stopping the incitement to terror, and on the PA stopping the provision of financial aid to the families of the resistance fighters…
In a statement of the [American] Consulate [in Jerusalem] it was said that Abbas expressed to the American representative his confidence in the possibility of achieving a historical peace under the patronage of [US] President Donald Trump.
The statement also added that Abbas ‘promised to fight incitement, violence, and terror.’”
US aid goes to humanitarian aid or Israeli creditors, not directly to the PA  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: “Did Obama’s money reach the Palestinians?”
     “New American President [Donald Trump] - upon his entry to the White House and almost as part of the first decision he made - froze an amount of $220 million that was allocated for aid to the Palestinians, and which his predecessor former [US] President Barack Obama had released a short time before leaving the White House [on Jan. 20, 2017].
According to what was reported on the Hebrew [news] website Arutz Sheva on Thursday [March 9, 2017], American State Department Spokesman Mark Toner spoke during a press briefing about how most of this money was instead transferred for humanitarian purposes in the PA and in the Gaza Strip, while part of it was transferred to Israeli bodies to which the PA owes money. ‘The money was not transferred directly to the PA, but rather to bodies that provide services,’ emphasized Mark Toner in his response to one journalist's question.”

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US senators submit bill to cut off aid due to PA funding of terror 
Source: Palestine News Network (PNN, independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "A bill in the American Senate to stop the funding for the PA"
     "Three American senators from the Republican Party submitted a new bill that calls on the American administration to stop all forms of American financial aid to the PA.
The Republican senators justified the decision by claiming that the PA funds what they called 'terror.'
Previous attempts to legislate this met strong opposition and were tabled. However, the senators who are now submitting the current bill believe that this legislation will win broad support in addition to the support of [US] President [Donald] Trump.
Senator Lindsey Graham from the state of South Carolina, the main initiator of this legislation, said in an interview with the Hebrew newspaper Haaretz: 'The fact that the PA funds those carrying out armed attacks was already brought up for discussion during [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s meeting with Trump in the White House last month [February 2017]’ (for actual quote see note below –Ed.)."

American Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was paraphrased by Haaretz as saying: “The legislation was brought up during the meeting last month between U.S. President Donald Trump and [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”
Senators submit bill calling on US to stop financial aid to PA 
Source: Palestine News Network (PNN, independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "A bill in the American Senate to stop the funding for the PA"
     "Three American senators from the Republican Party submitted a new bill that calls on the American administration to stop all forms of American financial aid to the PA.
The Republican senators justified the decision by claiming that the PA funds what they called 'terror.'
Previous attempts to legislate this met strong opposition and were tabled. However, the senators who are now submitting the current bill believe that this legislation will win broad support in addition to the support of [US] President [Donald] Trump.
Senator Lindsey Graham from the state of South Carolina, the main initiator of this legislation, said in an interview with the Hebrew newspaper Haaretz: 'The fact that the PA funds those carrying out armed attacks was already brought up for discussion during [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s meeting with Trump in the White House last month [February 2017]’ (for actual quote see note below –Ed.)."

American Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was paraphrased by Haaretz as saying: “The legislation was brought up during the meeting last month between U.S. President Donald Trump and [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”
PLO official admits US aid to PA goes toward paying terrorists 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 5, 2017
Headline: "The PA rejects the possibility that the American aid will be stopped"

"Palestinian [PLO] Ambassador to Washington Maen Erekat rejected the possibility that the American aid to the PA would be stopped during the term of the new American administration led by [US President] Donald Trump.
Erekat said to [the independent Palestinian news] agency Ma'an: 'Whatever the administration may be, the US believes that the aid it gives to the Palestinians is very important, and it is unlikely that the Trump administration will stop it since this aid serves to improve the Palestinian people’s living conditions and economy.'
However, Erekat discussed the possibility that this aid would be reduced or have additional conditions imposed on it, and predicted that the amount of the American aid to the PA for 2017 would be declared within a number of days.
Erekat said that the Trump administration has officially notified the PA that it wants to conduct a legal review of the $221 million that the Obama administration decided to transfer to the PA just hours before it left and passed the reins of government to Trump.
He added that the Trump administration wants to know if the transfer decision is consistent with the conditions and laws regarding the American aid to the Palestinians…
The amount of American aid to the PA during 2016 was approximately $380 million, but the [transfer of] $221 million of it was stopped following the opposition of two American congressmen to this aid.
The US has stopped the aid to the PA in the past because of the fact that the PA supports the Palestinian prisoners through this aid."
US reduces aid to PA from $500 million to $15.5 million because of PA payments to terrorists 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 29, 2017
Headline: "From $500 to $15.5 million – five reasons for the curtailment of the American aid to the PA"
     "The extent of the curtailment of the American aid to the PA has not been hidden from anyone recently. In the past the aid exceeded $500 million a year, and as of mid-2016 it stood at just $15.5 million; in other words, a decrease of 96.9%...
Reporter and political analyst Ahmed Awad said: '…The US wants the money transfers to the PA to be minimal, and that they not go to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners. It also wants the PA to remain alive and not collapse, but also not to develop.’"
PA PM Hamdallah: The US has not paid one dollar in aid to the PA in 2016  
Source: Official Facebook page of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, Dec. 8, 2016

Interview with Voice of Palestine Radio, posted on Facebook page of Palestinian Authority PM Rami Hamdallah, on Dec. 8, 2016.
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah: "Since last year, there is a financial siege on the Palestinian government. The aid has decreased greatly, reaching a drop of 62% compared to 2011. For example, let's speak frankly, the US approved $263 million in 2016 as aid to the government. Look, 2016 is about to end, no shekel or agora, or dinar or dollar has been paid, if we speak frankly. We hope that this aid money will be paid. There are also many [other] countries that have not supplied their aid. The countries that have given their aid, and we always thank them, are the European Union, which always [gives] consistently and according to what is expected. When we plan the budget we know that the EU will pay. We thank Saudi Arabia, as President [Abbas] said at the Seventh Fatah Conference, and we thank Algeria. These are the countries that actually support our budget.”
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US Consul General: US donated $340 million to UNRWA in 2015 and is committed to continuing aid to PA 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 22, 2016
Official PA TV program Speak Plainly, on America’s interest in the peace process in the region, hosting US Consul General to Jerusalem Donald Blome
Official PA TV host: "Does the US still continue and will it continue to support the stability of the Palestinian Authority (PA)?"
US Consul General to Jerusalem Donald Blome: "Definitely, we see in the PA a strong peace partner and have already invested resources and American technological expertise in our Palestinian colleagues for years. We have been witness to important progress achieved by the PA in the development of the institutions necessary for a state..."
Host: "For those who do not know, the US government and the American people might be the biggest supporters of the PA and the Palestinian people, I mean in terms of financial and material support. The US may stand at the head of the PA’s supporters. However, is there an American decision to decrease this aid? Is there an American decision to continue this aid?
The truth is it is being said that there is a decrease in the aid to the PA and the Palestinian people."
US Consul General to Jerusalem Donald Blome: "There is no intention to decrease the support for the Palestinian people... Last year [2015], the US gave UNRWA aid to the sum of $340 million, and we are the biggest donor to UNRWA. This is important support of UNRWA and it is the continuation of the support of the Palestinian refugees, not only in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but in the entire region. Aside from this support, we are also acting in the area of infrastructures, economy, and education. Regarding education, it is an important matter. We have invested approximately $85 million in Palestinian educational projects since 2010, and it is increasing."

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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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PA asks Congress to continue funding, after Congress members call on Obama to terminate funding to Fatah-Hamas unity government 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2014
     “The [Palestinian] government called on American Congress members to refrain from becoming drawn into the Israeli government’s incitement and false claims against our people, its leadership and government, especially after 88 American Congress members, from [both] the Republican and Democratic parties, called on US President Barack Obama to stop transferring American aid money to the PA in reaction to the establishment of the National [Fatah-Hamas] Reconciliation Government.”
PLO member: Congress members who called to stop aid following unity government between Fatah and Hamas “are more ‎extreme than the Israeli right”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 14, 2014
     “Eighty-eight US Parliament (i.e., Congress) members from the Republican and Democratic parties have demanded that US President Barack Obama halt the transfer of US aid money to the PA in response to the formation of the [Fatah-Hamas] national unity government. An open letter to Obama from the Congress members said that ‘the establishment of the unity government has damaged Congressional support for the transfer of financial aid to the PA, and necessitates the exertion of pressure on Mahmoud Abbas to end his alliance with Hamas and return to the negotiating table.’ [translation of Arabic paraphrase]
In response to the Congress members’ letter, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said that ‘these are means of [exerting] pressure that constitute the power supporting Zionism and Israel, as they are even more extremist than the Israeli right and Benjamin Netanyahu.’ In a statement, Ashrawi mused: ‘If the Israeli government transferred the tax money despite its attempt to boycott the Palestinian consensus government (In accordance with the Oslo Accords, Israel collects taxes on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and transfers the money to the PA), and [if it] understood that damaging the PA and the government would have dangerous consequences, how can these [people] demand the cessation of aid to the Palestinian government?’ Ashrawi emphasized that the letter’s signatories are trying to tell Israel that they are more Zionist than the Israelis themselves – even though the US administration understands that the Palestinian government is a government of independent [professionals], with no members from Hamas or any other faction – which is why it [the US] took no steps to punish it.”
USAID launches company together with ‎Palestinian universities 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2014
‎     “The US Agency for International ‎Development, USAID, in cooperation with ‎four local universities, has launched the ‎Ibdaa company to support entrepreneurs ‎through research and development ‎initiatives between the universities and ‎the private sector, with a 300,000 dollar ‎financing portfolio.‎
This took place during a press conference ‎held yesterday [April 13, 2014] in the ‎lounge of the Orjuwan restaurant in ‎Ramallah to announce the launch of the ‎Ibdaa company… [The press conference] ‎was attended by the US Agency’s Director ‎of Development Projects in the Private ‎Sector [Ghassan Al-Jamal] and by ‎representatives from An-Najah National ‎University, [Palestine] Polytechnic ‎University, Al-Khalil University, Al-Quds ‎University, the Arab-American University ‎and institutions from the private sector.”‎
Student group at USAID-funded Palestinian university posts antisemitic picture 
Source: Facebook, An-Najah National University’s ‎Islamic student group, Mar. 30, 2014


The Facebook page of the National University’s Islamic student group of An-Najah University in ‎Nablus, a school funded by USAID, called for murder of Jews posting this picture ‎of a religious Jews hiding in fear and the Islamic source from the Hadith that the PA interprets as ‎anticipating the genocide of Jews.
Tree:
“O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a ‎Jew behind me – come kill him.”‎

Note: The Islamic belief that Jews will be killed ‎by Muslims as a precursor to the Resurrection ‎appears in the Hadith (sayings and practices ‎attributed to Islam's Prophet Muhammad).This ‎Islamic tradition asserts that as the killing of ‎Jews progresses, Jews will hide behind ‎stones and trees, but they will expose the ‎Jews and call out: "Oh Muslim, servant of ‎Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill ‎him." Only one tree, called the Gharqad, will ‎hide the Jews from the Muslims.
USAID provides aid to Palestinian ‎universities 
Source: WAFA news agency, Mar. 29, 2014
     ‎“The US Agency for International ‎Development, USAID, celebrated the ‎completion of the training of 29 expert ‎Microsoft software instructors today, ‎Saturday.‎ The agency [USAID] has worked these ‎past few months to establish four ‎Microsoft academies, in cooperation with ‎An-Najah National University, Al-Quds ‎University, Polytechnic University and ‎the Arab-American University in Jenin. ‎This [is being done] as part of [USAID’s] ‎leading role in supporting the IT sector‎."

Note: The Muslim student group at An-‎Najah University has posted antisemitic imagery ‎on its Facebook page and held an exhibit ‎glorifying Palestinian terrorists and bus ‎bombings.‎
PA opposes US budget committee's decision to condition US aid to PA on cessation of incitement 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2014
     “The [PA] government has expressed its opposition to the US Congress budget committee’s [decision] to condition its support of the law for the continuation of American aid to the PA on the cessation of PA incitement against Israel, and to make the new American aid law contingent on a special, documented report, to be submitted to the committee, confirming that incitement against Israel has decreased.
The government emphasized that the true incitement is the Israeli government’s insistence on breaking international humanitarian laws and on violating international institution [decisions] and human rights.”
PA-funded Prisoners' Club: Israelis taught international donors everything about PA salaries for prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 17, 2014
Chairman of the Prisoners' Club, Qadura Fares:
     "Our second message is directed to the EU, international organizations and to the UN. They know by heart what the Israelis taught them. This is a disgrace. The Israelis (i.e., PMW reports) taught them and explained to them that the PA pays such and such canteen [amount] and pays such and such a salary to a prisoner [imprisoned] four years... When we meet with European, American or UN officials they question us. They know the stuff by heart because the Israelis taught them and explained to them that the PA supports -- according to Liberman's and Netanyahu's claims -- so-called "terrorists"... Minister [of Prisoners' Affairs] Issa Karake remembers that the British Minister of [International Relations and] Cooperation asked us about the Dadash company -- the Dadash company that operates the canteens. Meaning, they know all these facts by heart."
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