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Algemeiner quotes PMW findings on Abbas' support for terrorists' salaries

Steven Emerson  |

Palestinian Leaders Dig in on Payments to Terrorists

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and Qadri Abu Bakr, who directs the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)’s Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, recently issued a defiant assurance that they won’t end payments to terrorists and their families, despite international pressure.

Bakr “emphasized that the leadership … will continue to support the resolve of the prisoners and their families and will not succumb to the Israeli and American pressures calling to stop the Martyrs’ (Shahids) and prisoners’ salaries (rawatib) and allowances (mukhassasat),” reports the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,as translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

Bakr’s sentiment mirrors Abbas’. “By Allah, even if we have only a penny left it will only be spent on the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and only afterwards will it be spent on the rest of the people,” Abbas said on official PA TV in July, adding that “martyrs and prisoners” are “stars in the sky,” and these terrorists “have priority in everything.”

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