The PA Supports Terror in Word and Deed

Although Mahmoud Abbas condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack on worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue, in the next breath he condemned “invasions of al-Aqsa mosque, the provocations of settlers, and the incitement of certain Israeli ministers.” Over the last weeks, he and his Fatah associates have praised perpetrators of terrorist attacks and published cartoons glorifying violence. Nor are they content to support terror merely with words, as Shoham Wexler writes:

The Palestinian Authority . . . is also active in protecting murderers and terrorists. Thus, for instance, the PA pays a salary to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. A prisoner serving a sentence of up to three years gets a monthly salary of 1,400 Israeli shekels. If he’s serving a period of 10-15 years, he receives a monthly “salary” of 6,000 shekels. The hardcore prisoners serving for 30 years and above get 12,000 shekels. In addition to the “salaries,” the PA prison-affairs ministry and the PLO prison-affairs authority provide grants of 2,000 shekels a month to released prisoners who can’t find work. Some of the prisoners also receive money from Hamas and organizations like the al-Nur prisoners’ association. So a terrorist can receive a monthly salary of thousands of shekels just for attacking Jews.

Before we Israelis throw up our hands and argue that there’s no way to fight a “grassroots war,” we need to remember that this was preceded by a massive incitement campaign and financial aid and security for anyone (or their families) who attacks Jews. This is a psychological and financial lifeline we can and should cut, and the sooner the better.

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As Hamas’s Reign of Terror Endures, the International Community Remains Obsessed with Jews Living in the Wrong Places

On Thursday, foreign ministers of the G-7—the U.S., Canada, Japan, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy—along with the EU, made an official “statement on the situation in the West Bank,” an area where they are very concerned, it appears, that too many Jews are dwelling. In particular, the G-7 condemned Israel’s decision to grant municipal status to five ad-hoc villages built without proper permits. Elliott Abrams comments:

I can see “condemning” murder, terror, kidnapping, and “rejecting” that legalization. Indeed in the next sentence they “reject the decision by the government of Israel to declare over 1,270 hectares of land in the West Bank as ‘state lands.’” Building houses should not be treated with language usually reserved for murder.

The statement then added complaints about the Israeli settlement program more generally, and about Israel’s decision to withhold some tax revenues it collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Why does Israel ever withhold such funds? Sometimes it is in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack. Sometimes it’s domestic politics. But it’s worth remembering something else: the Taylor Force Act, which became law in 2018 and stated that the “Palestinian Authority’s practice of paying salaries to terrorists serving in Israeli prisons, as well as to the families of deceased terrorists, is an incentive to commit acts of terror.” Until those payments cease, most forms of aid from the U.S. government to the Palestinian Authority may not be made. The payments continue. It is not clear if the State Department is pressuring the Palestinian Authority to end them.

Such moral considerations are entirely absent from the G-7 statement. The statement may be correct when it says, “maintaining economic stability in the West Bank is critical for regional security.” But it should be obvious that ending the pay-for-slay program and rewards for terrorism is even more critical for regional security. It’s a pity the G-7 did not find time to mention that.

The statement, it’s worth noting, appeared on the U.S. State Department website.

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More about: Europe and Israel, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, U.S. Foreign policy, West Bank