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PMW report for Congress: US aid to the PA used to glorify and promote terror

Ryan Jones  |
PMW report for Congress:
US aid to the PA used to glorify and promote terror

Headline: American tax dollars at work: Bankrolling Palestinian terror

by Ryan Jones

On Tuesday, Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch explained to US congressional leaders how financial aid from America, Israel's greatest ally, is being cynically used to encourage the slaughter of Israeli Jews.

Marcus first outlined what most should know by now - that the Palestinian Authority spends a huge amount of money honoring terrorists in the most public fashion. But he also highlighted for the lawmakers a fact that most media outlets choose to ignore - that the Palestinian Authority pays a generous monthly salary to nearly all of the Palestinian terrorists sitting in Israeli jails, and provides many of their families with financial support.

All of these activities - the glorification of terror and the financial backing of the terrorists themselves - are funded by the PA's general budget.

And all of this costs a lot of money, especially paying the salaries of terrorist prisoners, which comes to $5.2 million EVERY MONTH.

As such, these expenses are heavily dependent on incoming foreign aid...

Marcus reminded his congressional hosts that it is a violation of US federal law to provide financial assistance to a terrorist or terror-supporting entity.

But Marcus was largely preaching to the choir.

A week earlier, congressional leaders had put forward a bill that would end US financial aid to Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and the Palestinian Authority unless they met a list of stringent requirements.

As far as the Palestinians are concerned, Congress wants them to immediately cease all of the nefarious activities Marcus outlined.

Fully aware that these nations are never going to meet these conditions - in other words, are never going to stop supporting terrorism - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at Congress.

The new bill "would be debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy, and to use foreign assistance strategically to that end," Clinton wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

Years ago, when she was a humble senator from New York, Clinton stood beside Marcus as he presented a worrying analysis of the anti-Jewish Palestinian school curriculum. Clinton staunchly supported Marcus and demanded reform in the Palestinian education system.

It would seem she no longer holds to those convictions.