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WND reports on PMW bulletin: French gives aid to the PA treasury, which pays out salaries for terrorists

Bob Unruh  |

WND reports on PMW bulletin:
France gives aid to the PA treasury,
which pays out salaries to terrorist prisoners

Headline: France Making Payments for Terrorists' Salaries

by Bob Unruh

In just the last year or so, a man yelling “Allahu Akbar”attacked a police station in Tours, France. Then there were back-to-back attacks by drivers yelling “Allahu Akbar” who drove into crowds nearby. And there were the Charlie Hebdo jihadist attacks that killed 12.

In the middle of last year, an Islamic terrorist attacked a couple of churches in France, and a delivery driver decapitated a man in another attack. Four were injured in an attempted mass shooting on a train to Paris and some 130 people were killed in coordinated attacks in Paris in November.

Now, the U.S. State Department has warned of possible terror attacks in France during this summer’s Euro 2016 soccer tournament...

Nevertheless, France continues to contribute to a fund paying salaries to jailed murderers.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, several other funding sources, such as the U.S., the EU and Norway, pulled funding after it was revealed that the Palestinian Authority pays a salary to jailed terrorists.

PMW’s Itamar Marcus reported the PA announced last week that France signed agreements to give the PA money for various projects and in addition “financial aid directly to the public treasury in the amount of 8 million euro.”

He said the PA general budget to which France is contributing “pays monthly salaries to terrorists like Hamas bomb maker Abdallah Barghouti, whose bombs murdered 67 people, and Abbas Al-Sayid, who planned two suicide bombings in which 35 were killed, as well as all other Palestinians imprisoned for terror crimes.”

“The French government should note that the PA pays more than $12 million a month in salaries to terrorist prisoners. [Official PA TV, June 11, 2014] Accordingly, France’s 8 million euro ($8.9 million) will cover approximately three weeks of terrorists’ salaries,” he wrote.

PMW notes a PA daily reported PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah “briefed the government members during the weekly meeting held today [May 25, 2016] in Ramallah, regarding results of the meeting he held in his office yesterday with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. … The [PA] prime minister expressed his gratitude to the French government for the ongoing support that it gives to the Palestinian people, whether directly or through the European Union. Likewise, he praised the three agreements that were signed during the visit. They are the agreement to fund the administration of a wastewater project in Hebron in the amount of 13 million euro, the agreement to carry out research and for the French Agency to give technical aid for future development of Palestine in the amount of 500,000 euro, and the agreement to give financial aid directly to the public treasury in the amount of 8 million euro.”

WND reported when PMW showed the Palestinian Authority was paying the salaries in secret after it had promised several years ago to stop.

PMW said it found Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance documents that show a transfer of money from the PA to the Palestinian National Fund, the body that funds the Palestinian Liberation Organization, in the amount needed to pay the salaries.

The PA has received an estimated $25 billion in financial aid from the U.S. and other countries over two decades, according to the Gatestone Institute.

The PA’s payments became an issue for donor nations in 2014 after PMW exposed them.

PMW said that among the likely recipients is Abdallah Barghouti, now serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks over the years that killed 67 people.

After having been imprisoned for 13 years, Barghouti would be receiving about $1,600 a month now, according to the PA law.

When the Western donor nations objected in August 2014, the PA announced it had closed its Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and promised “that salaries to prisoners will no longer be paid by the PA but by the newly formed PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.”

But the PMW report revealed the new PLO Commission is identical to the old PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs in everything but name.

The commission and the salary payments to prisoners remain under the “supervision” of the Palestinian presidency, meaning Mahmoud Abbas. The PA minister of prisoners’ affairs became the director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, PMW explained

In 2014, the last year the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs operated, its budget was 442 million shekels ($118 million), PMW noted. The year after the “closure” of the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, the PA raised the amount it transfers to the PLO by 481 million shekels ($128 million), from 294 million in 2014 to 775 million in 2015.

PMW found the additional $128 million the PA gave to the PLO in 2015 “is the amount the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs needed to take on the responsibilities of the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, which is primarily paying terrorists salaries.”

It means, PMW said, Western nations were duped into believing the murderers’ salaries no longer were being subsidized by taxpayer funds.