Following PMW lecture, Dutch parliament passes motion to cut funding to PA
Dutch parliament passes motion to cut funding to PA
3 weeks after PMW lecture exposing PA's terror rewards
By Maurice Hirsch, Adv. and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Kay Wilson and PMW director Marcus
speaking to MPs
Just three weeks after Palestinian Media Watch Director Itamar Marcus spoke to Dutch MPs in November, the Dutch Parliament voted 94-56 to cut 7% of Dutch funding to the Palestinian Authority. The cut of 7% was chosen because PMW documented that the PA spends 7% of its budget on payments to terrorists in jail and to families of killed terrorists ("Martyrs"). The Dutch motion is binding unless the PA stops these payments.
The need for such steps by foreign donors is as relevant as ever as the PA just added four new families of terrorists to its growing terror rewards payroll. One terrorist shot a pregnant woman, forcing an emergency delivery, but the newborn son died a few days later. Another terrorist murdered two of his Israeli coworkers. The other two terrorists were killed while attempting to kill Israelis. The families of the four terrorists will now receive monthly allowances for life.
In July 2014 following a previous presentation by PMW to Dutch MPs, the parliament voted 148-2 to cut funding to the PA if it continued paying salaries to terrorists. However, the cut never happened because the PA deceived Western donors by closing the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs and claiming the payments were made by the PLO from non-donor money. When PMW exposed the PA fraud, in 2016, the international community was outraged. This and PMW's continued documentation of the PA payments, led to the US Taylor Force Act, in March 2018, which conditions most of US aid to the PA, and to the Australian government's decision, in July 2018, to cut all its direct aid to the PA. This is the first time since PMW exposed the PA's deception in 2016 that a European country has legislated to cut funding because of the PA's payments to terrorists.
During his recent talk to the Dutch MPs, PMW Director Itamar Marcus documented that the PA continues its monthly payments to terrorist prisoners and families of killed terrorists. Kay Wilson, who survived a terror attack, also addressed the MPs.
Dutch MP Joël Voordewind responded to the PMW lecture by saying that he would propose legislation:
"I was very impressed with the story of Kay Wilson that she survived 13 stabbings in her body. This makes Itamar Marcus' appeal even stronger, that the [PA's] paying of convicted terrorists should stop... We're now part of the government...Hopefully the other parties will agree to cut the budget from the PA, by the amount they're spending on the terrorists."
[Parliament of The Netherlands, Nov. 7, 2018]
The Dutch De Telegraaf reported on two political parties submitting the proposal:
"Due to the continued support for the families of terrorists, the Netherlands must reduce its development aid to the Palestinians. That is what ChristenUnie and VVD (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy) have presented today in a parliamentary debate on development cooperation. The proposal will probably receive support from a majority of the House of Representatives.
The reason for this [proposal] is the payments that the Palestinian Authority pays to families of killed terrorists. It is a 'perverse incentive,' says MP Voordewind of CU...
About 7 percent of the Palestinian Authority's budget is spent on this, says Voordewind. 'I don't think it's unreasonable that we cut 7 percent of our donation to the Palestinian Authority,' says the MP."
[De Telegraaf, Nov. 28, 2018]
Two days later, the Dutch Parliament website reported that the vote passed with 94 in favor and 56 against. [Parliament of The Netherlands' website, Nov. 30, 2018]
From left to right: MP Kees van der Staaij, Kay Wilson,
Itamar Marcus, MP Joël Voordewind
For press coverage on this issue, see JNS, The Tower, and The Algemeiner.