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US congressman cites PMW report in call to designate PA leader as sponsor of terror

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Rep. Doug Lamborn letter to President Trump:

“We have seen documented evidence, provided by the Israeli NGO Palestinian Media Watch that pay-for-slay stipends continue... The appropriate next step in the US war on terror is to personally sanction those PA/PLO officials involved in this incentivizing of terror … [through] designation of the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs and its Director Qadri Abu Bakr as sponsors of terror.”

Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum:

“Rep. Lamborn has taken the next step after the Taylor Force Act and focused on the key Palestinian Authority bureaucrat who makes sure that the families of Jew-killers are amply rewarded for their crimes. President Trump should follow this wise counsel and designate Qadri Abu Bakr a sponsor of terror.”

Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch”

“One of the great oversights of U.S. foreign policy in the last 20 years has been ignoring the involvement of P.A. leaders in directing terror… PMW’s report on Abu Bakr’s involvement in terror financing is intended to enable the international community to treat him as they do all others involved in terror financing. If the United States will lead the way internationally by acting against the P.A. terror-supporting leadership, it will send an important message, especially to the P.A., that no one involved in terror will have immunity.”

by PMW Staff

US Congressman Doug Lamborn wrote to US President Trump on Thursday asking him to designate the PA/PLO’s Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and its director Qadri Abu Bakr as sponsors of terror. Basing himself on PMW’s new report, Lamborn wrote:

“My legislation, the Taylor Force Act, conditions U.S. direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the abolition of the PA's payment of cash rewards to terrorists and their families… The Palestinian leadership has continued to pay the terror rewards to terrorists, spending hundreds of millions of dollars every year to these monsters and their families… we have seen documented evidence, provided by the Israeli NGO Palestinian Media Watch that pay-for-slay stipends continue. Palestinian leaders proudly admit as much regularly in Arabic.

In 2018, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said [as PMW reported]: ‘I say this to everyone... The Martyrs and their families are sacred, [and so are] the wounded and the prisoners. We must pay all of them…’ The appropriate next step in the US war on terror is to personally sanction those PA/PLO officials involved in this incentivizing of terror … [through] designation of the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs and its Director Qadri Abu Bakr as sponsors of terror, in accordance with Executive Order 13224.”

Although other leaders of the PA are involved in paying salaries to terrorists, including Mahmoud Abbas, PMW’s new report focused on the PA’s Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs and its director Qadri Abu Bakr because of their direct responsibility for the monthly payments to terrorist prisoners and their families.

JNS news service reported on Congressman Lamborn’s letter to Trump and cited the following responses by Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, and Itamar Marcus:

“Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, which was involved in the initiative, commended the move.

‘Rep. Lamborn has taken the next step after the Taylor Force Act and focused on the key Palestinian Authority bureaucrat who makes sure that the families of Jew-killers are amply rewarded for their crimes. President Trump should follow this wise counsel and designate Qadri Abu Bakr a sponsor of terror.’

Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, said one of the “great oversights” of U.S. foreign policy in the last 20 years has been ignoring the involvement of P.A. leaders in directing terrorism.

“Qadri Abu Bakr is a fundamental component in the P.A. terror-supporting infrastructure. PMW’s report on his involvement in terror financing is intended to enable the international community to treat him as they do all others involved in terror financing,” said Marcus. “If the United States will lead the way internationally by acting against the P.A. terror-supporting leadership, it will send an important message to the international community, and especially to the P.A., that no one involved in terror will have immunity.”

Click to read PMW’s new report on the PA’s Commission of Prisoners' Affairs and its Director Qadri Abu Bakr, calling to designate them as “sponsors of terror” do to their involvement in terror financing.

Rep. Doug Lamborn’s letter: